Today I’m reviewing the Tarte ‘Tarteist’ Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette. I picked this up from Sephora while they were having their Week of Wow deals- a promotion where every week for a few weeks they put products on sale at half price, including this palette. I was intrigued by this product anyway but wasn’t sure I wanted to fork out the $59CAD retail price. So, is this palette a good contour product or should you skip it? Find out below.
For $59CAD you get six products in this palette- four highlights, one cream contour and one bronzer. One of the highlights is quite dark however and is more of a bronzer topper unless you have very dark skin. This palette is formulated with Tarte’s famous Amazonian clay as well as vanilla extract, coconut, vitamin E and mineral pigments for a natural, rich finish.
The products themselves are all 0.17oz/4.81grams in weight for a total of 0.85oz or 24.05 grams. To compare, the Kat Von D powder contour palette contains 19.75grams, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette contains 0.66oz.
-Nice packaging and good use of space with pan sizes
-Only one shade of contour/bronze so space isn’t wasted on overly light/dark shades
-Very creamy, blendable formula across all products in palette
-Contour shade is very effective and works beautifully
-Easy to contour and highlight with this palette
-Product lasts all day
-Palette is slightly heavy so may not be good for travel
-Contour shade won’t work very well with people of deep skin tones
-Outside packaging marks easily and is difficult to clean
-Tarte doesn’t test on animals, but is owned by Kose, a company that does conduct animal testing, so their ‘cruelty free’ status is controversial
I really have been enjoying this palette but I think they could have done a bit better with the highlighters. The formulations are good, but the shade ‘Strobe’ is on the icier side and has tiny flecks of glitter in it (but none of the others do). ‘Stunner’ is a bit too dark for an ideal everyday highlight for me, but it swatches really nice. ‘Lit’ is a beautiful champagne toned highlight that reminds me slightly of Becca’s Champagne Pop (but nothing can ever be better than Champagne Pop). ‘Fire’ is more of a bronzer topper than a highlight and I don’t see myself using it very often.
I think Tarte really killed it with the contour shades in this palette. I’m not a big cream contour fan, but the cream contour in this palette is incredible! At first it’s a bit alarming as it looks SO DARK and is really intense and should only be applied in very small amounts then built up, but it blends out like a dream. It makes me question my love for Chanel’s Tan de Soleil cream to powder bronzer. ‘Sculpt’ is a great powder bronzer/contour to help set the cream contour or to be used alone. Honestly, if I didn’t see such good results with the contour products I would say to pass on this palette. If you can grab it on sale I’d try it as it’s quite decent, but they highlight shades don’t wow me or flatter me as much as I’d like them to, so I’m glad I didn’t buy this for full price.