Palettes are all the rage right now and I am all for all-in-one palettes that just make my routine so quick and easy. The Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Contour Palette and the Tarteist x Shayla Contour Palette are exactly that, they are more than just a contour palette and also include highlighters, a corrector shade and a blush. They are really easy to use with the paint by numbers style of labels and have the most gorgeous packaging. The palettes are identical in terms of quality and formula, however, they differ in shades. I wanted to review the formula as well as swatch them so you can easily choose which one would be more appropriate for your skin tone.
Review of the Tarte Cosmetics Contour Palettes
Both of the contour palettes are packaged within a deep purple box with a gold metallic Tarteist logo front and centre. The Tarteist x Shayla Contour Palette packaging has the addition of Shayla’s signature and has more gold accents with a confetti-like pattern. Inside this box also comes a leaflet with information on how to use each shade and diagrams on where to use them.
Outside of the Palette:
Both of the palettes have identical packaging with a gold textured front cover and the Tarteist logo. The only way to differentiate them is on the sticker on the back. It would have been nice to have the Shayla signature on the front cover, like the outer packaging. The palette is similar in size to the Tartlette palettes and can fit in your palm.
Inside of the Palette:
The palettes have a gorgeous metallic gold finish, similar to the Tartelette eyeshadow palettes. Even though the palettes are made of plastic, they look and feel much more expensive. The palettes have a generously sized mirror, which is always a nice touch. They contain six shades and have labels identifying what each shade is for.
Amount of product:
Each of the 5 outer shades in each palette are 0.16 oz of product and the centre glow shade is 0.07 oz. Considering that an Amazonian Clay Blush is $43USD for 0.20 oz, I find these palettes to be really good value
Variety of uses:
Each palette contains highlight shades, a corrector shade, two different contour shades and a blush. They are very versatile and can be taken almost anywhere. Tarte Cosmetics also states that these shades can also be used as eyeshadows. I found the light contour shades to be perfect transition shades. As these shades can double for eyeshadows , I find that this palette is really great value. I will be more likely to reach for them for these reasons.
The first thing that you notice about these palettes is the gorgeous chocolate scent that wafts up as you open them. This reminds me of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar scent! The powders are really smooth and finely milled, making it really easy to apply and blend out. Most of the shades are light-medium coverage but you can build them up. This is perfect for not going overboard and creating a subtle look.
I find that these palettes are perfect for everyday subtle contouring but the shades can be built up for more pigmentation. If I wanted a more chiselled or dramatic look, I would use a cream contour first and set this with the contour shades. Except for the blushes, all the shades lasted on average around 7 – 8 hours, but the blushes did fade throughout the day on my skin tone.
If you are a contouring novice, someone who likes a subtle contour or someone looking for an all-in-one, these palettes are perfect for you. The powder shades are light to medium, buildable coverage and I find this pigmentation great to blend out and easy to use. If you are an expert at contouring or someone who likes their contour as sharp as a knife, this may not be the palette for you. I personally have been using this palette for more of a day to day basis for a subtle finish.
Swatches of the Tarteist Contour Palette and the Tarteist x Shayla Contour Palette
The Tarteist Contour Palette is more suited towards light to medium skin tones while the Tarteist x Shayla Contour Palette is great for medium to deeper skin tones.
Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches and Review of Shades
White shade with a slight shimmer. This shade is easiest to apply with the finger.
Light beige with a yellow undertone.
Medium yellow “banana” correcting shade.
3. Contour (Soft)
Matte light to medium brown with a warm undertone. This is a perfect transition eyeshadow shade for me.
4. Contour (Deep)
Matte medium dark brown with a cool undertone.
Soft pink blush shade. Light pigmentation but buildable coverage.
Tarteist x Shayla Contour Palette Swatches and Review of Shades
Bronze shimmer highlight.
Champagne gold shimmer highlight. This shade also doubles as a really nice shimmer eyeshadow shade.
Medium yellow “banana” correcting shade. This is the exact same shade in the Tarteist Contour Palette.
3. Contour (Soft)
Matte medium brown with a cool undertone.
4. Contour (Deep)
Matte dark brown with a cool undertone.
Peachy pink blush shade which has more of a pink undertone in person. Light pigmentation but buildable coverage.
What do you think of these palettes? Do you have a favourite contour palette? Let me know in the comments below!
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