December 16, 2015

Tarte Tarteist 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.

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The Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette ($45) is a new contour, highlight, and blush compact that includes six powders to contour, define, and add color to your complexion with a step by step guide to create the “strobing” effect everyone is so wild about lately.

Tarte isn’t a virgin to the contouring world as they have introduced bronzer/highlighter compacts in the past featuring their popular Park Ave Princess Bronzer.

The Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette basically takes everything you could possibly need to get your contouring game on and includes it in this one “easy” to use palette.

Let’s take a look!

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Tarte Contour Palette

I’m a complete n00b when it comes to contouring and I’m slowly trying to learn which products work for me, where color placement should be, and proper blending skills to recreate some of the incredible contouring I’ve seen on youTube. Of course, I’m in no way as talented as many of the guru videos I’ve seen and although they make it seem simple enough I personally find it challenging to recreate.

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette comes housed in in a larger CD sized gold compact. The packaging is pretty swoon worthy with a splashy but simple gold cushy front cover and a very generously sized mirror inside. Each of the six powders have a label printed on the compact telling you what they are used for. Tarte includes two highlighters, a correcting yellow powder or highlighter if you like, two contour powders, and a blush.

Contouring is a pretty individual thing just like foundation so you do have to get the best colors to suit your skin tone in order to get the job done right. There’s variety in this palette but it’s not enough variety to suit every single skin tone out there. I wouldn’t call this a universal contour palette for all because that’s simply not the case. I would say it’ll work for medium fair to medium skin types but fairer skin might find some of the contouring shades a touch to dark where as olive and darker tones might feel the contouring shades are too light.

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I do think it proves a good beginner palette as the shades are very soft and easier to blend however, they are a bit on the chalky side but the texture is silky enough so they blend more easily. However, the chalkiness means they tend to sheer out considerably which makes it difficult to get any definition. If you have oily skin you’ll like the consistency but those with drier skin might feel they catch on drier areas and accentuate pores. I noticed that the powder had a kinda cocoa fragrance of some sort that reminded me of the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette. Tarte includes a how to get the look guide with this set which I found pretty helpful for color placement. I did feel the colors faded very fast. I could get about five to six hours of wear before they disappeared and faded into oblivion.

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Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches (Highlighter 1, Correct Powder, Highlighter 2)

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches (Highlighter 1, Correct Powder, Highlighter 2)

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches (Accentuate, Contour Powder 3, Contour Powder 4)

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches (Accentuate, Contour Powder 3, Contour Powder 4)

I actually liked the light yellow correct shade the best in this palette as it works great to set concealer and in the hollow of eyes. I also liked the Accentuate Blush shade which was a warm medium pink that looks very natural on cheeks. I don’t have enough warmer pinks like this so I was quite happy with it but like many of the powders in this palette it faded at around the five hour mark so not near the long 12 hour wear of the Amazonian Blush Collection.

If you’re like me and just trying to get down your contouring game the Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette might be an easier way to do so but if you’ve already a expert contourer this might not be the palette for you. For me it was more a practice palette but I question who would want to spend near $45 on a palette you’re merely practicing with. The colors are a bit too sheer, a bit too silky, and a bit too powdery for good solid wear and definition yet the silkiness makes them easy to blend and easy to learn contouring without being overwhelmingly pigmented.

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette makes for some nice practice but I fear it’ll disappoint the true contour connoisseurs out there!

You can get it now at Sephora and

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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  • Dee

    It’s pretty…that would actually make a great travel palette as you could use some of the shades for eyes. But think I’ll be passing!

  • zVintageFashionizta

    I have the ABH contour palette which I rarely use but I want this one.

  • Bree

    I’ve totally notice my in bloom palette smells sweet like chocolate…glad it’s not just me! I wonder why tarte didn’t market that aspect?

    • Isabella Muse

      Me too. Maybe it was unintentional? I didn’t look at the ingredients does it have chocolate or cocoa I wonder? Do you like it btw…?