Review | Tarte’s Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

Hey Beauties!

I must admit that I am always attracted by cute packaging and it has a lot to do with why I buy certain things. Well over the holidays I caught a glimpse of the tarte cosmetics Park Ave Princess Contour Palette and just about died for the gold case and lilac font. It was so gorgeous that I had to pick it up without knowing anything about it, which is not my normal way of buying things. 

After playing with it a little bit, I decided I wanted to share my thoughts but by then it was completely sold out online. It was a limited edition product so chances of anyone being able to get their hands on it were slim to none BUT now that tarte has decided to make it a permanent product I knew it was a sign!

The tarte cosmetics Park Ave Princess Contour Palette is a rather simple contour kit compared to ones from Kat Von D and Anastasia Beverly Hills, instead of an array of contour and highlighting shades, taste offers one bronzer, one blush and one highlighter in a slim compact. 

As suggested by the name, the compact comes with the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Matte Bronzer in Park Ave Princess, an Amazonian Clay 12hr Powder Blush in Posh – a pale pink and an Amazonian Clay 12hr Highlighting Powder in Champagne Gold – a golden beige. The bronzer is on the warm side, it has a distinct warm undertone but is not at all orangey. It is the perfect shade for warming up my fair complexion but I would not use it to contour, as I prefer a more grey tone to mimic an actual shadow.

 The blush is a lovely light blush pink that adds just a hint of colour to my cheeks without being anywhere near overwhelming and the highlight is a shimmery warm gold that adds a glow to the skin but is not very noticeable. All three powders are relatively dry and powdery and lacking in pigment. They work for my very pale skin but for anyone darker than me it would be difficult to get them to show up. 

Despite the dryness, the bronzer and blush blend really well and are easy to use. The highlight is not quite as easy, it has pretty heavy shimmer in it that tends to sit on the skin and draw attention to texture and pores. The base shade of the highlighter is so sheer that you are left with random shimmer particles sitting on your cheeks. Out of the three, I would use the bronzer to warm up my face and I would use the blush on lighter makeup days but the highlight won’t get much use. 

Since I wasn’t overly thrilled with how this palette performed, I wanted to see if the new permanent version was really new and improved. According to Musings of A Muse – one of my go to blogs – the shades are slightly different and the texture of the highlighter is off. It seems that the new version isn’t much better, so I’m really surprised tarte didn’t take the time to improve the formula. 

{ Top – Bottom – Blush, Bronzer, Highlight}

When I first bought the tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette I had really high hopes and unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. I think this could be a good palette for someone who wants a simple one stop shop for basic contouring but this is not the palette for chiseled cheekbones and an intense glow. It would also only work for someone with a fair complexion, I think it would be great if tarte would come out with different versions for various skintones. 

The tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette retails for $41 CAD and can be purchased in Sephora stores or online


1 Comment

  1. A Certain Romance
    July 29, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Shame! Especially considering that for much much less, Sleek does really great palettes with highlighter + blush + bronzer in various shades. The packaging is so beautiful though.

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