I ordered my Tarteist Contour Palette during the VIB sale, since I had 25% (retail price $45) and ordered it the morning it was released. I have had time to finally decide my thoughts on this palette and also put a review on Sephora. If you’re amazed by the beauty of this palette prepare for some shocking news.
I opened my package and couldn’t believe how small the palette was. In pictures, Tarte made it seem like it was a larger palette. The pan sizes are small. The product is actually around .90 oz total which is more than Anastasia and Kat Von D!
(I compared it to a sharpie to get a gist of actual size)
What is great is first opening the palette! It smells amazing and somewhat soothing. Reminds me of the Coco Contour scent from Too Faced. The mirror and packaging is just amazing, great job on packaging as always Tarte!
Depending on how you prefer to apply your makeup, not having the whole brush evenly fit in the pan to grab the product might be a con. A pro would be not getting a lot of product on the brush! This could be useful for beginners in makeup or in contouring.
What is cool about this handy palette is that Tarte numbered the shades and the palette came with a how-to-guide. (I lost it already but it is cute!)
Many reviews and comments I have read are others confused if their palette was defective. Swatches from Tarte’s instagram (which that post was deleted & they have never posted a swatch of the palette since) make these powders seem smooth and extremely pigmented! They are silk like..not pigmented. There is fall out and the lighter shades are chalkier than the others. All though this product has more product in terms of ounces compared to other palettes… well “quality over quantity” comes into play.
Highlight (matte highlighter) – left swatch
Correct (yellow correcting powder) – middle swatch
Glow (shimmer highlighter)- right swatch
(I honestly had to press hard into the powders to make the pigmentation appear but all 3 aren’t very distinguishable)
Accentuate (rosy blush)- left swatch
Contour – deep (for medium-to-dark skin tones)- middle swatch
Contour – soft (for light-to-medium skin tones)- right swatch
What attracted me to this palette was the packaging and the all-in-one palette! I was hoping this would be great for traveling. This has every thing one needs to contour. The blush is my favorite. I like the contour shades because they are satin-like and easy to blend with, just not in love.
If you already own contour palettes, you probably wont be reaching for this one much. Well you might because of the pretty gold packaging.. but other than that it is not worth $45. If it was cheaper I would be more satisfied with the product. This palette might go well for someone who likes very natural and light contouring and highlighting.
Hopefully this helped you decide if this would be worth it. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 star- not bad but not impressive.