Released as the sequel to the original Tartelette palette, which housed a collection of cool-toned matte eyeshadows, the Tartelette In Bloom palette features an assortment of warm neutral shimmers and mattes to get us excited for Spring.
All 12 eyeshadows are enclosed in a metallic gold plastic case. The palette, which is also part of the Amazonian Clay line, is larger than Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palettes, but still fits in the palm of your hand. A gradient of red, pink, and purple flower petals overlay the front of the case to signal “Spring!” It’s also really cute. Though prone to fingerprints, the compact case is great for travel, comes with an upright full-sized mirror, and has all the colors and textures you need for a day to night look. Yay for all in ones! Except for 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners, I need the separate conditioner. Who’s with me?
The quality and pigmentation of the eyeshadows are great, but there are a few things to note, which I’ll go into detail about. I had never been interested in Tarte eyeshadows before, but I’ve learned that Tarte had been improving their eyeshadow formulas over the last few years and now have buttery matte shadows that are comparable to Lorac’s matte shadows.
The eyeshadows are pigmented, soft, and buttery to the touch. The lighter matte shades are amazing and I love applying them all over the lid for a wash of color. Interestingly, the darkest colors in the palette including Smokeshow, Activist, and Leader (the entire last column of shades on the right) swatch a bit patchy, be it with my fingers or with an eyeshadow brush. However, because I use the darker shadows to do small detail work such as deepening the outer thirds of my eyes for a dramatic look or as eyeliner, it doesn’t affect the outcome of the shadows as much. If you’re looking to do a Taylor Momsen smokey eye, I suggest using an eyeshadow primer or dark eyeshadow cream to bring the dark colors to full opacity.
Funny Girl, one of the three shimmery eyeshadows in the palette doesn’t apply as opaquely as the colors Rocker and Firecracker do. Funny Girl requires a bit of layering in order to achieve a more opaque saturated color over the lid. I suggest using your fingers to apply the shadow onto the lid and in general to always use an eyeshadow primer so that the shadows have something to adhere to as well as to increase its longevity. Rocker is a beautiful taupe and Firecracker is a gorgeous copper shade.
All in all, the Tartelette In Bloom palette has buttery, warm, neutral eyeshadows that many would find great use out of. And! Interestingly, though it’s not marketed has having this feature, the palette smells like whaa…CHOCOLATE?! YES. Putting on eyeshadow became a little more fun. Furthermore, it’s formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates (seriously can’t pronounce this one), tricolsan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and is cruelty free and gluten dermatologist tested. So if you’re looking for a warm, neutral palette, with an assortment of shimmery and matte shades that come from a brand that values natural ingredients, the Tartelette In Bloom would be a great one to consider.