Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

I got roped into buying this palette while in Ulta in Miami in early Spring. I had a super friendly sales women, she actually really knew her stuff and we bonded over our mutual love for making videos and uploading them to youtube. I was lucky to have walked in that day when she was on shift actually because that was my most successful beauty shopping trip. I stayed focused, for the most part, on the things I was running low on and what I really had come in for. I didn't really need another contour palette but I swatched every powder in this Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Kit and was wowed. So that is the story about how it came home with me. I've been playing with it ever since. 

The cardboard packaging gets super dirty and was covered in makeup the moment I laid it in my drawer. I do like those little doors that swing open with a nice sized mirror on each one. The black and gold details are of course classy but also typical. The writing is a nice touch with it's cursive and caps letters boldly telling you what it is. Now let's get to what's inside- 4 highlight shades, 2 of which are useless to me being far too bronze to be a highlight and far too shimmery to be a bronzer. There are 3 shades I use almost daily and one I am still working on figuring out. "Strobe" and "Stunner" are the two beautiful ivory and pink highlight shades I like to mix and apply to my cheek bones for an other worldly glow I've demonstrated on my insta-stories many times. One is a bit more frosted in finish then the other but they work well together. The final powder shade I use all the time is "Sculpt"- a matte bronzer perfect for contouring with just the right mixture of brown, red and even a tiny bit of orange tones throughout. The powders are all soft to the touch and easy to work with and blend onto the face and look really great in photos as well. The final pan in the palette is a cream contour called "Shade" and it's very similar in tone to it's buddy "Sculpt". I personally have always had a hard time getting cream products to blend nicely on my face and meld into my skin. This one is the least terrible of the ones I've tried and therefore I'm still trying to see if moisturizing my skin first, applying my rosewater mist, using a beauty blender and a whole other slew of ideas will work to give me that airbrushed cream contour others seem to so easily achieve. I'm getting close now so I'd have to say it works decently. The palette itself is $45 and compared to others like it from Anastasia, Kat Von D etc. I would say that's not bad. I do think I could have done without a couple of shades. A cream foundation or cream highlight would have been great actually because then I would have everything I need in one place. I use this palette all the time and I am quite happy I brought it home. I look forward to really figuring this cream contour thing out! I may not love every single Tarte product I come across, their famous Shape Tape Concealer being one that just never worked for me, but this is one I can certainly highly recommend to all of you beauties. 

Wearing Sculpt as my contour shade and Strobe and Stunner as my highlight. This photo was taken after I filmed my most recent makeup tutorial where I actually showed the application process, watch it here if you like. 

Have you given this Tarte Contour & Highlight palette a go? Give it a swatch the next time your in a Sephora or Ulta and you will see why it's a must have. 

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