Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gift Review: Experimental Weekend--EOTD Using Tarte Starlet Palette

As I had stated in the beginning of the year, one of the things that I wanted to do was Experimental Weekends where I play with new makeup, items that I don't normally use or doing something that it out of my comfort zone with regards to makeup. This past weekend I decided to finally play with Tarte's Starlet Palette, which was a Limited Edition item from the Holiday 2011 collection. I received this from Vonnie of Oh So Vonnie in the Blogger Secret Santa gift exchange. You can see more detailed pictures of the palette in this post.

For Saturday's EOTD, I used the palette combo that was in the top layer, upper right hand corner.

The colors listed are: Talent, which is the top left color, a peachy/shimmery burnt orange; Idol, which is underneath Talent, a matte beige taupe; Cameo, which is next to Talent and Idol, a matte pink beige; and Virtuoso, a glittery forest green.

Other products used:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner
Nanoce BB Cream #2 Healthy Ocre

Using a small crease brush to easily apply a fine line using Cameo under the eyebrow as a highlight. Idol is applied in the inner 1/3 of eyelid, Talent is applied to middle 1/3 of eyelid and blending it upward to above the crease, into the contour area. Virtuoso is applied to the outer 1/3 of the eyelid and gently blending it toward the inner corner of the eyelid along the crease line. K-Palette is applied to the upper lashline and to just the outer corner of the lower lashline. Virtuoso is applied to the lower lashline, starting from the outer corner and bringing it toward the inner corner of the lashline. It actually fades out towards the middle of the eye.

The colors in this quint is quite neutral with the exception of Virtuoso. While I don't normally tend to like neutrals, I really liked the result of this EOTD. Virtuoso is such a pretty and strong color that it adds a necessary and beautiful pop of color to what I would consider a boring and plain look. I actually wore this on Sunday too since I liked the result so much.

I also decided to use the blush from the Starlet. The color of the blush that I used is Starlet.

It is a beautiful pink, described as "shimmering rose" on Sephora's website. It is an Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush, which is long wearing and solar baked. It is infused with natural clay from the Amazon River and is rich in nutrients. It is nicely pigmented and applies very nicely. I really like this color and I'm just a bit sad that it is a LE color. I would love to try another blush from Tarte. The one thing that is a negative for me is that this blush is quite soft and powdery. I like to swirl my brush over the blush but when I do that with this one, it leaves a powdery mess behind. Enough that I have to tip over the blush and empty it out into the rubbish can. I should probably try to tip it out into a container and save it so that I can use whatever remants of it as a loose powder blush. The best way to pick up the blush is by lightly dabbing the brush into the blush pan.

One thing that I noticed when I played with this palette, each of the layers of makeup will pop out very easily so that you can reuse the Starlet set as a jewelry box or vanity. The makeup itself is housed in such flimsy material, which surprised me a bit.

The one good thing about this is that I think they will be very easy to depot and place into a magnetic palette. I will be traveling again in a couple of weeks and I think that I will want to take this set of eyeshadows and the blush with me as my makeup to use everyday. I will attempt to depot it soon.


NOTE: This is a scheduled post


Rainy Days and Lattes said...

The blush is very pretty. I love how it highlights as well.

wuzzyangel said...

I've always heard good things abt Tarte blushes. Very nice EOTD!!

Anonymous said...

the forest green looks lovely on you and on the pan Kathy! Pretty EOTD!

Jamilla Camel said...

A lovely Aloha look!

galpal.hi said...

@Rainy Days and Lattes--Really liking this blush. I do need to check out their regular item blushes. I might find a color that I really like. However, I do have so many blushes already and only have two cheeks to put them on.


galpal.hi said...

@Wuzzyangel--Thank you!


galpal.hi said...

@Nic Nic--Thank you! Hope that you are doing well.


galpal.hi said...

@Jamilla--Thank you!


Jian said...

Very pretty look! I think the blush is such a pretty pink! But I also hate blushes that leave powdery messes behind. I can't stand eyesahdows that do it either. In fact generally not a fan of powdery messes! XD