I don't remember the last time I got so excited about a high end eyeshadow palette, not to mention a(nother) nude eyeshadow palette (again). As soon as reviews and swatches from the Tartelette In Bloom palette started popping up like mushrooms after a rain I knew I had to get my hands on it asap. Tarte Cosmetics's eyeshadows have a very good reputation, and for someone who's never tried anything from the brand what better way to start off with than a nice, neutral palette with an edge!
I absolutely love the color selection of this palette, these are exactly the type of colors I like to use when creating eyeshadow looks. On the left side there's a bunch of great transition shades which are a excellent hit for (my) pale skin, especially Jetsetter, Smarty Pants and Flower Child. The three shimmery shadows: Rocker, Firecracker and Funny Girl make for a nice pop of sparkle on the eyelid and the darker shadows on the right are perfect to create some extra definition in the crease and lower lash line.
The matte white eyeshadow called Charmer was the cherry on the cake for me, lots of brands like to include a shimmery highlight, which for people with hooded eyes, like me, is not always that flattering so that got me real excited. The scent of this palette is also to die for, it smells exactly like Kinder chocolate from Ferrero, just a little less intense and sweet. I really like that, every time I open this palette it reminds me of my childhood.
Because I like to show the true nature of a product the swatches on my arm are done without the use of a base. To be totally fair my first impression of these eyeshadows wasn't living up to my expectations at all. The shades are really dusty and not as buttery as many people describe them to be. Tapping of excess product is an a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e must here.
In spite of that as soon as I started using the palette on my actual eyes my disappointment quickly faded: the pigmentation and color pay-off of these is insane! Especially combined with a nice eye primer (I like to use the H&M Beauty Eyefidelity Primer). They blend really well and are easy to build up, they're also difficult to remove haha. I've really enjoyed using this palette so far and I can see myself hitting pan on a lot of the shades in no time. A lot of my creations have ended up a little darker than I expected, but that's okay, I'm all for a day time smoky eye these days anyhow.
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