If you’re an active reader of my blog then you’d know how much I love contour palettes, and after receiving this in the last day of my Glossybox advent calendar I bet you already guessed how excited I was to start using it. Although I’d never heard of it before, I recognised Tarte as a good, popular brand that I’ve always wanted to buy from but never been available in any UK stores. So did it live up to my expectations or not.. carrying on reading to find out.
Okay so the packaging definitely gets a 10/10 from me. The bronze and gold combination makes the palette appear luxurious hench the name ‘Park Ave Princess’. It’s a bulky box so if dropped it’s likely to damage more of the packaging than the actual product itself which is still heartbreaking but better than having to used a crushed bronzer for eternity..
The palette consists of 4 shades of contour and 2 shades of highlight all with names in association to the theme of royalty. It includes a pretty big mirror that is good enough for doing your makeup in and the phrase ‘chiseled like a diamond’ inscribed across it. The products are also pretty big so are likely to last for some time before hitting pan. The shades are all pigmented and long lasting but finding your ideal shade is crucial.
I first tried it the morning I was going back to college for the first time after the new year. I used the tutorial sheet it came with saying to apply it how you’d first apply cream contour and then blend it all in afterwards.. This I can safely say did not go to plan. I had THE biggest contour line in the world and no amount of blending could have saved me. The tutorial sheet suggests which shades to use and where to contour based on your face shape, I followed the instructions for an oval face by using the shade ‘Crown’ which could have possibly (slightly over-dramatically) been the worst decision of my life.
So, it is hard to blend, and a little does go a long way. But once you find your right shade, and apply the right amount of product to your brush it does define your cheekbones perfectly. The light shades I had absolutely no problem with and they highlighted my face in all the right areas whilst being easily blendable. So if you’re looking at buying this palette, please keep this in mind that not all the shades are that easy to use.
Link to buy: Tarte Park Avenue Princess Chisel Palette
Overall once you get used to it I feel as though this palette has potential. But maybe not for the retail price of £40. Thank you for reading, if you have any further question please let me know in the comments below! Hope you all have a great week.