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Tarte - Works of Tarte | Color Wheel Blush Palette | Christmas 2016

18 October 2016

Tarte's Holiday 2016 collection, Works of Tarte, has hit the stores here in Australia and while it was on preview sale at Sephora I snapped it up.

The palette contains 10 pans, 6 matte blushes, 2 shimmery blushes and 2 highlights, all 2.4g each with a total of 24g of product in the palette. The palette retails for $65.00AUD making the value work out to $2.70 per gram, single Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes contain 5.6g of product, retail for $38.00AUD and work out to $6.78 per gram. Value is good.

Aesthetically speaking the palette isn't really my cup of tea but that's a very personal thing and obviously things like that don't actually prevent me from purchasing products that I'm interested in, for me it's what's inside that counts.

Functionally the palette is well designed, you have a clam shell style palette with 5 shades on each side, separating them is a plastic sheet that is perforated at the base which allows you to move it to either side depending on what shades you want to use, it doesn't flip back or slip out meaning it's never a pain in the ass and it's always there to protect your shades when the palette is closed, all double sided palettes should have one of these.

The formula of the blushes and highlights are really quite nice, I know a lot of people are wary of brands who manufacture their holiday collections in China and rightfully so, I've got the Tarte Holiday 2015 Eyeshadow palette and it's a little bit of a dud, it's usable and some shades are great but I don't think it compares to the Tartelette palette I own. With this particular blush palette I'm happy with the quality, I think the pigmentation is nice without being so intense that it's difficult to work with, they build well, blend beautifully and wear all day.

I would say they are a little soft (most of them anyway, but I'll get in to specifics with the swatches), which makes them seem a bit powdery but they don't kick up product when I tap a brush in the pan. The highlights are subtle but buildable and offer a natural glow rather than a metallic sheen.

When it comes to shade range this is probably where I personally have issues with the palette, I'll get in to the specifics as I go through the swatches.

One side of the palette is what I like to call the 'Summer/Spring' shades, these are bright, light pinks and coral with a champagne highlight that has a subtle rose hint to it.

Surreal - This is straight up barbie doll pink, I find the formula of this one to be a bit firmer and my brush doesn't pick up as much product as some of the other shades, this does however make it an easy shade to use because it goes on as a soft flush and can easily be built up if I'm filming or wearing heavier makeup and need more colour intensity.

Deco - Another one with a firmer formula, this one is a bit more of a coral pink and I find it just a little bit more wearable than Surreal because of the warmer undertones.

Mod - This is a gorgeous peach shade that I've been gravitating heavily towards, it offers warmth and a natural flush that is really pretty.

Culture - Mid toned pink with a gold shimmer, very much like Nars Orgasm just more pink and less gold shimmer.

Idol - This is the darker highlight in the palette, it's kind of like a peach champagne with a hint of pink, very pretty!

The other side of the palette has more of an Autumn/Winter feel for me and it features plum shades predominantly.

Ironic - The darkest of the plum shades with a hint of red, slightly firmer formula but pigmentation is a little more intense.

Montage -Plum with a purple hint, again slightly firmer but good pigmentation.

Icon - Plum with a hint of pink, the lighter of the plum shades with a soft formula.

Concept - Peachy bronze with a gold shimmer which is subtle enough that it can be used as a sculpting blush.

Crafty - Light champagne highlight with a hint of pink.

Personally this is a winner for me, the shades are so wearable, even the barbie pink that I wouldn't usually gravitate to is working for me and I just find it so easy to work with and use, it's one of those palettes I can pick up and feel confident that nothing is going to go wrong during application and I won't be at risk of clown face.

The Tarte Works of Tarte Color Wheel Palette retails for $65.00AUD is stocked online at Sephora Australia (currently unavailable, will update when back in stock) and in Sephora Australia stores.

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