December 10, 2014

Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Tarte Park Ave Princess Palette

Contouring fan? The new Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette launching for Spring 2015 includes all the essentials for sculpting and contouring!

Take a look!

Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

Tarte actually recently launched a limited edition Park Ave Princess Bronzer Palette for Holiday 2014 so I was pretty shocked when I heard they were doing a permanent Park Ave Princess Contour Palette with their Spring 2015 Collection. Two bronzer palettes released a few months apart? Cool for the bronzer lovers out there.

But….I actually like the one from the Holiday Collection considerably more and I’m kinda saddened it isn’t available permanently as the new version isn’t as nice.

Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Face Palette

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Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette swatches

Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette Swatches

The compact comes with a larger Park Ave Princess and a split pan of Posh Blush and Gold Champagne Highlighter. Both versions have the exact same contents however, the shades differ a good deal as well as the packaging. The Holiday compact comes housed in a beautiful mirrored compact where as the new Spring release comes in bronze compact with gold lettering. Both have full size mirrors and both are actually very nice packaging however, the new version is nicer as it isn’t a magnet for fingerprints. One of the things I noticed about the Spring 2015 release is the bronzer formula and color is slightly off and as well as the highlighter. Both palettes contain Posh Amazonian Clay Blush which is a dusky mauve pink. This shade is a bit on the powdery, dry side but still applies and blends out beautifully. It quite reminds me of Elevated Blush which but is a bit deeper which makes an appearance in the Tarte Be MATTEnificent Palette.

The Holiday palette has a very pretty shimmering dirty gold highlighter shade where as the new compact features a frosty creamy golden beige. I prefer the highlighter from the Holiday Palette as it proves easier to use and blend. The frosty creamy gold is really a difficult shade to pull off anywhere on my face as it’s quite pigmented, powdery, and frosty so it clings to drier areas and feels like I’m applying eyeshadow on my face vs a sheerer luminous highlighter. I felt like the Park Ave Princess is the new compact is a bit off as well as the color is sheerer, drier, and not as deep and rich as the shade that makes an appearance in both the Holiday compact as well as the permanent collection!

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Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette Holiday 2014 on the left and Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette Spring 2015 on the right

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Out of everything in the palette I only got on well with the Posh blush and even that was slightly disappointing formula wise as it’s not quite what we know and expect from Tarte’s range of blushes. The Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette is an exciting release for those who often contour and highlight their face but the formula of the products inside aren’t exactly the easiest to use to perform the task. Quality was missing here so if you do want to experience this trio of products I’d highly suggest grabbing the Tarte Park Ave Princess Palette from the Holiday 2014 Collection before it disappears as the new Spring 2015 permanent compact isn’t as good in my humble opinion.

The Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette launches at on December 15th and will be available at Sephora, Ulta, and more shortly!

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • amy

    I saw this at Sephora over the weekend! I need to do more research on the ingredients, but if it’s talc-free, I will seriously consider it.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I’m not into contouring and highlighting, so I’m not too bummed out to hear that it doesn’t perform that great πŸ™‚

  • Genevieve

    I am not too impressed with Tarte at the moment because some of their products are underwhelming. What a shame.

  • Sarai

    The Holiday 2014 version looks more warm and shimmery whereas the Spring 2015 version looks very matte and cool-toned. I’ll definitely pick up the latter when the time comes.

  • Karen M

    Hi Isabella, I remember seeing this on your blog and I just ordered the palette for the Sephora 20% off sale items, and guess what? it is the limited holiday 2014 addition one you liked πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      fantastic! That’s the best one Karen (imho!) glad you got it on sale chica! Enjoy, wear in health! Happy Holidays!

  • Jennifer Xie

    Hey, could you tell me the difference in terms of quality of the bronzer in the two? Thanks!

  • WendyS

    Taste is a brand I want to love, really I do. I think they have product variations frequently, especially because so many of their products are LE. The PAP bronzer and highlight in the RainForest After Dark are different than the permanent line as well. I also scored the Holiday 2014 edition from Ulta for $24, no extra 20%, but I had some Ulta cash. I look forward to your reviews, and rarely purchase without seeing what you have to say. Thank you very much!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Wendy! It does vary! I agree. But when they do something right they really do it right πŸ™‚ aw thank you very much that’s very flattering to hear!

  • Andrea

    Hi! Thank you so much for your review, so detailed. I tried to order the Tres Chic palette at Ulta but they were OOS so I ended up getting the Spring 2015 palette. It’s on its way! I’m bummed to hear the quality is not as good…

    I love all your review and written comparison, but would it be possible for you to post a picture of the swatches of the 2 palettes next to each other? I think that would really help!

    Thanks so much!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure andrea hope it helped a little how are you liking the palette? I’ll see about updating with side by side swatches just been a bit swamped!

  • GinaE

    This is my first time reading your reviews and I will definitely be back! I am a Tarte fan and purchased the Spring 2015 palette. The Posh blush is my favorite product in it. Apparently Tarte does not sell that shade separately. Any ideas for a similar blush – both in shade and formula?

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Gina! Welcome πŸ™‚ I’m glad you find me! Hmmm for posh, I’m not sure. Let me check my blush stash and get back to you? πŸ™‚