I recently reviewed the Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case which I picked up at Sephora during their Holiday 2016 Rouge Preview Event. That set is a Sephora Exclusive and I wasn’t very impressed with it sadly! After I reviewed it many of you said I should try the Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette because the quality was much better!
Here are my thoughts on it!
The Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette is a little cheaper than the Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case by $10 but it does contains a little less. It comes housed in the same jazzy vintage 60’s print as the other pieces in the collection. It isn’t quite festive or Holiday but should be appealing if you like vintage style prints. Sadly, just like the Pretty Paintbox you’re unable to reuse the packaging as the eyeshadow tray is not removable. This is rather sad since the compact has a little draw which holds the blush palette, mascara, and lipgloss and that try is removable. If the eyeshadow tray was also removable this would make a nice little keepsake box once you used the eyeshadows up. But unless you rip the tray out that isn’t happening.
This set holds 24 0.035 oz eyeshadows, deluxe Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (0.16 oz), mini Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in Doube Tap (0.034 oz), a removable palette that holds two contour palettes (0.084 oz each) and a highlighter (0.084 oz), and a blending brush. Oddly enough the contents are almost identical to Sephora’s set but you’re missing either one powder in this set as the Sephora set contains two bronzers, blush, and highlighter and in place of the eyeliner you get a blending brush. So, the contents are nearly the same but Sephora’s set does have more powder options and larger ones as each is 0.158 oz. But something else to consider is the fact that the shadows are smaller on the Sephora Set at 0.031 oz each. Needless to say the Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette seems the cheaper option with more contents.
But that’s not all, the quality seems a lot better in this set as well. I was disappointed in the shimmering metallic shades in the Sephora palette but these are SO much nicer. There aren’t a lot of the mind you but the ones that are available in this palette are dense yet have a certain creamiest with a pretty sparkle. I thought the mattes were good as well as they are much denser in this set with a lot less powdery kick up and a nice silky texture. Some of the lighter shades are sheerer but they act nicely as highbrow highlighters or color washes. There were one or two shades that applied a little patchy and worked best as eyeliners those were Contrast and Gothic. Roygbiv was one of the few shades I didn’t like as it was drier and patchier. I did wish they had a few deeper because the first line of shades are quite sheer but again they make good color washes and transitional colors. I’m not going to say this formula will blow you out of the water but it seems a lot nicer than the Sephora palette’s formula that’s for sure!
As I mentioned above the palette has a drawer that slides out to reveal the mascara, brush, gloss, and a removable palette which holds the contour and highlighter powders. When you flip it open it looks like a little palate. Oddly enough I didn’t feel like the first “contour” shade was a contour shade at all but more of a blush (I’m wearing it below on my cheeks). It’s a dusky nude rosy peach that worked best as a blush! I can’t imagine anyone wanting to contour with this shade. It had a soft, silky texture with a good deal of powdery kick up but it blended easily and had a nice sheer but buildable tint on my cheeks. The bronzer contour shade had the same texture as the blush but I felt both shades faded quickly at around 6 hours of wear where as your typical Amazonian Blush will wear long and strong for a good 12 hours. The highlighter shade was a bit denser but still had a nice luminous sheen on my face.
If you find yourself waffling between the Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette and the Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case, I would go with the Taretist Paint Palette! I was considerably more happy with this Ulta exclusive and felt like the quality was a lot better! I don’t think this has any groundbreaking shades especially if you have a lot of Tarte Holiday Palettes from the past but if you’re really wanting to indulge in Tarte’s Holiday offerings this is the set that stands out as one to get.
The Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette is available now exclusively at Ulta.com.