I’ve been playing with the Tarte Spring 2016 collection for the past month and it’s a mix of takers and leavers. The collection includes the Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette,Tarteist Contour Palette, Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayons and Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint. Off the bat I can tell you the eyeshadow palette and the lip crayons (aka lip liners) are a perfect 10. If there are two products you’re adding to your must-try list, it’s these two!
Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette ($45) – The Tartelette 2 In Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette is a new take on the popular Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette that launched last year with a warmer selection of eyeshadow shades including Charmer (off white), Jetsetter (warm taupe), Rocker (shimmering taupe), Smokeshow (black brown), Flower Child (peachy nude), Smarty Pants (tan), Firecracker (bronze copper) Activist (dark brown), Funny Girl (champagne), Sweetheart (peach) and Rebel (chestnut brown). LOVE this palette. It’s a great mix of matte shades that range from nude to rose to dark chocolates with even some shades that work well for brow colors mixed in with some beautiful metallics. It’s my perfect travel palette with so many wearable colors that blend like butter and wear all day! It’s even better then the original.
Tarteist Contour Palette ($45) – Paint by numbers with this all-in-one face slenderizing palette. With 6 numbered contouring shades and a coordinating visual guide, you can highlight, correct, contour and accentuate your best features like a pro. The ultra-soft, satin powders are powered by Amazonian clay, and the matte shades blend seamlessly across all skin types to add rich, gradual dimension while softening any harsh lines. The palette includes a highlighter, corrector, accentuating blush, and two bronzing contour shades. I’ve always loved Tarte’s bronzers/blushes so this palette is a great get if you don’t have 6,000 contour palettes already. While I like the circular shape, I find the conventional square pans more convenient for applying product (I had this issue with Kevyn Aucoin’s contour palette before they revamped it).
Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayons ($18) – I’m going to start with these are my favorite lip liners on the market.Yeah, I said it. Favorite! The lip crayons are a 2-in-1 product that prime and line a perfectly contoured pout and come in 10 coordinating colors with the lip paints Tarte has simultaneously launched. They are retractable (so no sharpening required) and go on smooth and stay put. You can define a line or fill in and the pigment is perfection.
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint ($20) – Unfortunately, the Lip Paint’s didn’t invoke the same reaction as the Lip Crayons. The Tarteist Lip Paint is Tarte’s new, liquid matte richly-pigmented lipstick. Use the lip paint following the lip crayons after priming to fill in the lip creating a bold long-lasting colorful pucker that bleeds all over your face. While the pigments are perfection, and I love the feel of the product (they aren’t dry like most matte lippies), they run. For me that’s a liability since I’m always on the go, my hair’s in my face and who knows what else so I need my makeup to stay put. After trying multiple shades, the result was always the same, inevitably it was gliding off my lips.