Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review! Tarte "Pin Up Girl" Blush Palette

Hi my lovelies! Did everyone spend all of their money on the numerous holiday sets that the cosmetics companies are putting out? I did pretty well, kept my composure...and spent too much money. But I was calm while doing so. But now I'm losing my composure because the credit card bills are going to be rolling in. Eeeeek!

Today I'm going to review Tarte's "Pin Up Girl" blush palette they put out for the holidays. I'll be honest, I was a bit ambivalent about this palette when I received it and seriously contemplated sending it back. However, the more I looked at it and used it, the more I fell in love with it. Tarte did a fantastic job of coming up with some really beautiful packaging. A golden clutch (which I feel looks a bit "distressed") and added a couple of functional bobby pins to the front patterned ribbon. How cute is that?


The clutch opens much like a clutch purse would with a push button in the front embossed with the brand name "Tarte". It snaps closed, but sometimes you kind of have to force it and the button on mine seems a bit wobbly. Let's hope it holds up! But all in all, I think the packaging is really clever.


This palette is exclusive to Sephora from what I understand (it is not on Tarte's website) and the cost is $42.00. The palette contains 5 brand new, limited edition shades and the range of shades (as you'll see below) is really quite good. I took 3 photographs in different lighting so you could get a good look at the shades. I took photos of the hand swatches in direct sunlight.






As you can see, there is alot of variety in the colors that Tarte chose to include in this palette. The first photo is away from any direct sunlight. The last two are in direct sunlight at different angles. The colors in the palette from left to right are as follows:

BREATHLESS:  A matte almost nude peachy shade that will give an extremely natural look on the lightest of skin tones. I believe that this would not really show up with much color on anything other than the fairest of skin. But this would work very well as a transition shade in the crease for an eye look.

EMBRACED:  The only shade in the palette that I would call a shimmer. It is a deep mauve shade with plum undertones. It gives off quite a bit of sheen in a heavy swatch, but on the cheeks it's not as intense as  you see here in my hand swatches. I feel that this is the most unique of all the shades in the palette and is perfect for fall!

WHIMSY:  A matte babydoll pink shade if I've ever seen one! Not a very unique shade for a blush, but it's still very pretty and a nice addition to the palette. We all need a straight up pink blush sometimes!

BASHFUL:  In the pan this matte shade looks blatantly peach, however when swatched you can see the slight pink undertones. This comes off as more peachy on the cheeks when blended out and the slight pinkyness (is that a word?) isn't very apparent.

IRREPLACEABLE:  I completely agree with the name Tarte gave this shade. It is a matte rose pink that is also going to be a great fall and winter shade. I'm in love with this color!

All in all, I think that this palette is definitely worth the $42.00. Especially when you consider the price of a regular full size Tarte blush. And these shades are also limited edition. I would definitely recommend my fellow blush junkies pick up this palette.

I hope that you all enjoyed this post and that it was helpful to you. Please feel free to comment below with your thoughts, I love to hear from you all! You can also find me on all my social media. Instagram @beautography_by_bruch and Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto. Check out my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography and my official website at www.reneebruch.com.

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