Review: Tartelette Palette

After a short break from the wee ol’ blog here (life got in the way!) I’m back!

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A few weeks ago I picked up the new Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette from Sephora. And I’m happy to report back that I absolutely love it!

I’ll be honest though – when it was first released I wasn’t interested in it at all. I had picked up a holiday set from Tarte last year and ended up being pretty disappointed with the eye shadows. They were very dry and patchy & they didn’t go on my eyelids smoothly. Overall they were pretty much duds! Sad, right?

Back to this new release, I had no intention of buying it, but secretly admitted that shadows looked lovely and I really liked that it was an all matte palette. I use matte shadows for my crease in almost all my looks, so the palette would come in handy, but again, I still felt a bit burned by the holiday palette I bought.

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Well I was in Sephora picking up a few other items and I decided to give the palette a little swatch and get a feel for the shadows in person. And oh my! They felt lovely and swatched great. Color me intrigued! I tucked that baby in my Sephora bag right that second.

(Side note: I always prefer to check out eyeshadows in person versus ordering blindly online, you just never know what you’re gonna get when you only have a picture online to make a decision.)

I’ve been happily using this palette almost every day since I bought it. The first row of shadows are perfect brow bone highlight shades, and the second row is perfect for building up my crease. The third and fourth row are going to be super fun when I want a more dramatic look! I don’t do those very often though. I would have to say that my favorite shades are Natural Beauty and Best Friend.

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I think my favorite part of the palette is the fact that it’s really reasonably priced! It’s $44 for 12 matte shades that all work really well together. And the setup of the shadows within the palette make it really easy to create simple but beautiful eye looks. This palette will be very loved in 2015, I just know it!

Swatches below the cut!

Have you tried this palette? Do you love it as much as I do?

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Marc Jacobs’ Little Black Box

A few months ago I picked up the Marc Jacobs The Sky-Liner Seven Piece Petite Highliner Collection ($45available at Sephora) because I had received a deluxe sample of the liner in Brown(out) and I was quite impressed with it. I had been on the hunt for an eyeliner that I could use on my tight line without smudging or transferring and the sample was working out really well for me!

As I was searching for the full size in both brown and black I found the petite set. I was excited about that because I don’t usually go through my eyeliner very quickly, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to try out some other colors. Gotta love those pops of color, right?

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The packaging is to die for! But that’s to be expected from Marc Jacobs. Sleek, modern and timeless.

So how did the liners fair in the long run? The liners come in a Gel-like formula, very creamy and pigmented — super easy to smudge out, if that’s the look you want. But once the product sets, it is set! I think that makes the eyeliners so versatile.  With the exception of the black, they all come with a bit of a metallic sheen to them. Some may not like that but it’s something that I really like.

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I still love Brown(out) the most for tight lining. I found that Blacquer was a bit too creamy at times but workable. I use it the most at the base of my lashes and then smudge it out a little. The other colors are just really fun to play with! I really like Sunset (golden bronze shimmer) when I’m working with warm toned shadows.

One downside? The black was almost a bit too creamy and I had difficulty with the product wanting to break off of the packaging. I have to use a gentle hand when applying. However, I did not have this issue with any of the other colors.

Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Highliners? If not, what are some of your favorite liners? 

Swatches below!

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FIRST IMPRESSION: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

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Ahh, such a beauty, right? I had been eyeing this stunning palette for several months now. I kept putting it in my shopping cart and then taking it back out. I finally bit the bullet last week when I stopped in Sephora to pick up another item.

This is what Sephora.com has to say about the palette:

Evoke a luminous glow with this soft-focus cheek palette. Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, its cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Infused with Photoluminescent Technology to create depth and dimension, this blush does not fall flat and is lightweight, amplifying the colors to a multidimensional level, and leaving the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.

I have been using the palette for just over a week now and I’m a little disappointed at this point. Let me explain though! I simply expected a bit more out the blush if I’m being completely honest. It does offer a subtle glow but the pigmentation is lacking a little bit which may be due to the intentional soft-focus formula. Pigmentation happens to be an important feature for me when it comes to blushes.

However! I do think this is the kind of product that will grow on me and I will end up head over heels in love with it. I have very fair skin so typically I have to use a light hand with my blushes because color shows up very easily on my cheeks. I did have to go back for two or three more swirls with my blush brush with this product than I normally do.

Favorite color so far, you ask? Hands down Luminous Flush (champagne rose) is MY color! I tend towards the rosier shades anyways – it’s just what looks best with my skin tone. Today while doing my makeup I mixed Luminous Flush with Incandescent Electra (cool peach), which is the limited edition blush that only comes in this palette, and it turned out beautifully. But again, the pigmentation left a little to be desired for me. I look forward to using Mood Exposure (soft plum) more with some darker looks, perhaps with a smokey eye? I think that’s where the subtly of the blush will shine best.

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The packaging is spectacular and of course, it should be!

Overall, I think the blushes are natural looking and sit beautifully on the cheeks — they are also long wearing, lasting 6-8 hours on me while fading softly throughout the work day. I do think the product was hyped up more than it should have been but I do find that they are worth the money and I would buy again.

Have you picked up this blush palette? If so, what are your thoughts?