Since Christmas is right around the corner Tarte came out with a new Christmas collection or holiday collection as some might call it. Just like in previous holiday collections Tarte has launched a little blush palette. Last year I didn’t get the chance to buy that, so when I saw it this year I immediately decided to get it. So, after testing this palette for a decent amount of time it’s time for the review. I’ve been so excited to write this review so let’s just get into it. If you’re interested in finding out more about this gorgeously packaged limited edition Tarte Blush Bliss Palette, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off by talking about the packaging. Like you probably already know brands like to go all out when it comes to the packaging on their Christmas collections. Tarte did a great job at that this year. The cardboard box that holds the palette itself already has a gorgeous colourful design, but the palette itself looks stunning as well. The palette is for the most part gold and on the front it has a really pretty cut-out design through which you can see a bit of purple. I do think it could look a tiny bit over the top, but overall I do really like the look of it. I mean gold is just a gorgeous colour especially in luxury makeup packagings!
On the inside of the palette is a big mirror which is about the size of the entire palette. I always think that a mirror inside a palette of any kind is a huge plus because it just makes it so much more easy for on the go. It’s just a necessity in my opinion. Aside from the actual palette I also got a little brush to go with it. This isn’t included when you buy the palette on the Tarte website I believe, but you do get it when you buy it off of QVC.
When you open up the palette you will find four blushes with a gorgeous design on them. This is the same design as the individual Tarte blushes have and I really like the look of that. The blushes have a decent size, you get 5,6 grams of product per shade which is about the same amount of product as you would get if you’d be buying a full size Nars blush or something like that. It’s also the same amount as a full size individual Tarte blush, so in fact you’re getting four full size blushes in this palette and all of that for a very reasonable price if you ask me. I’m quite impressed by that!
What I like about this palette is the colour selection. In a lot of blush palettes you see that the shades are quite close to each other, but I feel like there’s actually quite a lot of diversity in shades when it comes to this palette. There are two rather pink shades, one is more on the fuchsia side and the other has a bit of a purply undertone, and there are also two more peachy shades, one is just peachy and the other one leans more towards the coral side of the spectrum. I also like that there is diversity in matte and shimmers, three of the blushes are matte and one is shimmery.
Having said all of that, let’s discuss the shades one by one:
- Genuine – Genuine is the most natural shade out of the four. It’s a very simple peachy tone with enough pink to it in order for it not to look too much like a skintone shade. It’s perfect for everyday wear since it is so natural but you can definitely build it up to be a bit more popping.
- Breathtaking – Next up is Breathtaking. This is a more bright pink shade with a cool, purply undertone and a matte finish. Even though it doesn’t look that special I do think it’s a very unique shade. Because of the cool undertone I think it can create a very fresh look and I like that about it.
- Graceful – Moving on to Graceful which is the only shimmery colour in this palette. It’s a very pretty pink coral kind of shade and that’s definitely one of my favourite shades when it comes to blush. I think it’s a very flattering shade for a lot of skin tones and I think it’s perfect for everyday wear. It really adds that sign of life back into your skin and makes you look very healthy.
- Loveable – Lastly we have Loveable, which is another matte bright pink colour. It’s a bit more fuchsia than Breathtaking is and that might look quite scary but it’s actually pretty wearable. It’s another very fresh colour that really freshens up the look which is perfect for days where you look a little dull.
Having discussed the shades, let’s start talking about the quality of the blush powders. The Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are known for their soft and creamy texture. They are very smooth to apply and feel great on the skin. According to Tarte the blushes in this palette make every skin tone glow and they’re supposed to stay in place for up to 12 hours. The powders should have supreme colour pay-off and again, they’re supposed to be very long wearing.
Overall Tarte makes it sound like these blushes are everything you could ever want in a blush, and to be honest I think they are right. Last year I tried Tarte blushes for the first time and I fell in love with them because of the amazing texture and how easy they are to work with, and the blushes in this palette are making me fall in love again. The texture is just so beautiful, the blushes feel so rich and soft. Almost as if they’re a bit creamy.
I also think that they blushes are incredibly nice to work with. You do have to be careful with the amount of product you apply, I highly recommend using a light hand with these, but if you do they are an absolute dream to work with. They blend very easily and they look so stunning on the skin.
Top to bottom: Loveable – Graceful – Breathtaking – Genuine
Pigmentation wise these blushes are just the best of the best. I do think they’re on the verge of being a bit too pigmented, but they aren’t actually too pigmented. The colour pay-off is just breathtaking and that makes them so nice to work with. You don’t have to build these blushes up in order to actually make them show up. Just one swipe of powder is enough. If you do want a more extreme look you can always get that by using a denser brush or applying another layer of product, but in my opinion that isn’t necessary at all. If you do think the pigmentation is a little too extreme for your liking I recommend applying them with a duo-fibre brush or something else with very little hairs.
When it comes to staying power these blushes have definitely wow-ed me. Blushes are usually not the most longlasting products in the entire world, but these blushes do stay in place almost all day. It does depend on the amount of product you apply and how often you touch your face, but generally speaking these four Tarte blushes hold up pretty dang well!
Having talked about the blush palette for a while, let’s quickly talk about the brush that came with it. This is the Tarte Blush Brush. The handle is completely golden and has Tarte graved into it. The hairs of the brush are brown and angled. It isn’t the worlds most poofy or fluffy brush, but it does look okay for applying blush with.
The hairs are synthetic and very, very soft. However, the brush is pretty dense which, in my opinion, isn’t necessarily perfect for these blushes since they are already very pigmented. I don’t think using a dense brush to apply them is the best idea in the entire world. However, in combination with other, less pigmented blushes I do think this brush performs very well. It applies the blush evenly and easily, I really have nothing bad to say about it.
So overall I do think the brush is very nice, but it’s not outstanding. It does a great job at applying blush, but I’m not blown away by it. It’s nice that it came with this palette, especially for those who don’t already have blush brushes, but if you’re thinking about buying it separately if you already have a couple of great blush brushes I wouldn’t recommend it because it’s just not that special.
Overall I think this Tarte Holiday 2017 Blush Bliss palette is just stunning. I love how diverse the colours are that come in their, the quality of all four blushes is just outstanding and they all just look so stunning on the cheeks. I think it’s the perfect blush palette and the perfect product to get if you’re interested in trying out some of the Tarte blushes. It’s a great value!
And that’s pretty much it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you think of this palette and if you have any experience with the Tarte blushes!