What’s that I hear? The distant ringing of Jingle Bells and Christmas music? October has only just begun but in 75 short days (yes, 75!) Christmas will be here. That also means that all of those gorgeous holiday collections, palettes and sets are hitting stores now. The early bird gets the worm, as they say so be on the look out for limited edition value sets as they tend to sell out quickly. Fun to give and awesome to receive, Tarte comes out with great sets every year.
This time they’ve totally stunned me with their Off the Cuff blush palette. Amazonian Clay blush—–PALETTE?! Say no more.
The palette opens with a bold move- a gorgeous sparkling platinum gold cover wrapped with a leather cuff. Bonus- the leather cuff can be worn on it’s own to add a hint off edgy-cuteness to any holiday outfit.
Colors L-R: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess
I knew I already had Dollface when I read the shade names, but the rest looked new/limited edition to me. It turns out that I also own Dazzled, which was released on it’s own in a set I got from QVC two years ago. I also have the original shimmering version of Park Ave Princess so I was excited to get to try the matte version.
The formula on these is what I’ve come to expect from Tarte: smooth, pigmented and long-wearing. I’ve long said that the Amazonian Clay blushes are some of the longest-wearing powder blushes on the market and I still stand by that.
Swatches L-R: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess
Crave is a bright, beautiful pinky-coral and a shade I don’t currently have from Tarte. As far as I can tell from my research this shade is brand new.
Dazzled is a soft muted rose that has actually been released as a single before. It’s not part of their permanent line but was included in a set I got from QVC. I’m happy to see it repromoted. It’s an easy-to-wear shade that will work well in the fall and winter.
Darling is a new shade that is a soft peach/melon color that has won my heart. It’s the kind of peach that can give life to your cheeks without being dramatic or a shade that can really accent a nice tan.
Dollface is a fan favorite from their permanent line. It’s that light pop of pink that adds a girly, youthful radiance to the skin.
Park Ave Princess is a matte bronzer that isn’t too orange or too muddy. It can be used all over to warm the complexion or as a contour to add definition.
I also wanted to see how some of these colors compared to the other Tarte blushes I own.
Tarte Achiote, Tarte Crave, Tarte Blissful
Tarte Dazzled (single) Tarte Dazzled (palette) Tarte Blushing Bride
Swatches L-R: Darling, Achiote, Crave, Blissful, Dazzled (single), Dazzled (palette), Blushing Bride
I didn’t have a close comparison for Darling. It’s much more peach than the other shades I own from Tarte. Crave was most closely related to Blissful, but Crave leans more pink and Blissful more peach.
Oddly, Dazzled is different in the original version I have than the one that’s in the palette. I actually prefer the new palette version. It’s more pigmented and rosier in tone. I also compared it to Blushing Bride, but Blushing Bride is darker, more plum and more shimmery.
I can’t recommend this palette enough. The gorgeous packaging catches your eye but the contents of the palette really win you over. It retails for $42 and each shade is 0.158 oz. (about 80% of a full size). Since each shade retails for $26 you really are getting a great bang for your buck. If you’re giving it as a gift, make sure to get another for yourself- you know… one for me….one for you.