Face Off | Tartelette Palette vs. Tartelette in Bloom Palette


You guys…

The Tartlette in Bloom palette just launched, and I can’t remember the last time I was this excited! When I first saw the photos online a few weeks ago, I actually squealed with delight. I ordered it as soon as it was available on Ulta’s website, and it arrived in my mailbox today.

For those of you eager to see what shades are inside, or maybe just trying to decide which one is right for you, today I’m comparing the original Tartelette palette with its new sequel, Tartelette in Bloom.



the basics

Tartelette (Original)

  • $45, available everywhere Tarte is sold
  • 12 matte shades, 0.053 oz each
    • Formula is super creamy and easily blendable
  • Cool toned neutrals with pink and purple pops
    • Free Spirit (cream); Force of Nature (nude); Dreamer (warm brown); Multi-Tasker (chocolate); Caregiver (pale pink); Natural Beauty (mauve); Best Friend (mulberry); Bombshell (dark plum); Super Mom (ivory); Wanderer (light brown); Power Player (taupe); Fashionista (black)

Tartelette in Bloom

  • $45, available exclusively at Ulta (Currently this palette is only available online, but it will be available in stores beginning the 29th.)
    **Does anyone know if Tarte is expected to release this palette in other locations later on?**
  • 9 matte, 3 luster shades, 0.053 oz each
    • Same, smooth formula found in the original Tartelette palette
  • Warm toned neutrals with pink and burgundy pops
    • Charmer (off white); Jetsetter (warm taupe); Rocker (shimmering taupe); Smokeshow (black brown); Flower Child (peachy nude); Smarty Pants (tan); Firecracker (bronze copper); Activist (dark brown); Funny Girl (champagne); Sweetheart (peach); Rebel (chestnut brown; Leader (aubergine)
    • I found “Activist” to be just a touch chalky.





Shade by shade, you’ll notice that there are a handful of similar shades, though no two are exact duplicates.

  • “Free Spirit” and “Charmer” are quite similar, though Charmer is closer to a true-white.
  • “Smarty Pants” from the Tartelette in Bloom palette is a bit like “Force of Nature” and “Wanderer” from the original had a baby.
  • “Force of Nature” and “Sweetheart” look similar in the pan, but “Sweetheart” is actually much pinker.
  • “Multi-Tasker” and “Smokeshow” also look quite similar in the pan, but “Smokeshow” is much deeper.
  • Also, I’ve found that “Rocker” from the Tartlelette in Bloom palette is a great dupe for Urban Decay’s “Suspect.”

It’s also worth noting that the Tartelette in Bloom palette lacks some of the “basic” shades found in the original. As a sequel palette that makes sense, but you might find it frustrating if you’re only looking to purchase one or the other.

So what’s my take? Here’s the short version.

You should get the original tartelette palette if…

  • You dislike shimmery eyeshadows, or are looking to break out of your typical makeup routine.
  • You’ve had bad luck finding matte eyeshadows that are pigmented and easy to blend without being patchy.
  • You’re sick of same old neutrals palette.

But stay away if…

  • You tend to stick to your comfort zone with makeup.

You should get the tartelette in bloom palette if…

  • You want a solid, stand-alone palette that can create easy, everyday looks.
  • You’re new to makeup but find the the dark, shimmery shades of other neutral palettes intimidating.
  • You’re loving the warm, burgundy shades that are in this fall.

But stay away if…

  • You already own the original Tartelette palette along with some of the other neutral palettes on the market. You’ll likely have dupes for most of these shades.


More thoughts

As much as I’m a makeup lover, I’m also pretty lazy when it comes to my everyday routine. My default eye look is to sweep a shimmery shade over my lid, and blend it out with a slightly darker matte shade in the crease. It can be fun to create more dramatic looks with unexpected pops of color and creative shadow placement, but on most mornings, I just don’t have the time.

That’s why I was intrigued when the original Tartlette palette was introduced. Made up entirely of matte shades, it was something completely different than anything else in my collection at that point.The palette made me fall in love with matte eyeshadows, and it showed me that matte doesn’t always mean a chalky, patchy application.

The shades are beautifully pigmented and rich in color. It contains many of your basics: Fashionista (a true black), Free Spirit (a neutral bone), and Dreamer (the perfect mid-tone brown), as well as a few unexpected pops like Best Friend (a gorgeous orchid) and Force of Nature (a light, neutral peach shade that’s one of my all time favorite transition colors).

However, the all-matte format does have its downsides. On mornings when I’m in a rush, or I’m not feeling particularly inspired, I rarely reach for my Tartelette palette. I’ll use a shade or two here and there to supplement looks using shadows from other palettes, but it’s a real struggle for me to find the inspiration to create all-matte looks on an everyday basis.

On the other hand, the new Tartelette in Bloom palette is pretty much as close to my perfect palette as it gets. While there are only three luster shades, they are the perfect options—at least in my book. There’s one cool-toned (Rocker), one warm-toned (Firecracker) and one light, champagne color for inner-corner highlighting or a simple, glossy eyelid (Funny Girl). The other shades offered in the palette are right up my alley, too. Filled with warm, cozy neutrals, this palette is a bit like an expanded Lorac Unzipped palette. However, it doesn’t fall into the trap of being “too pink,” like the Naked 3.

While I’m sure that there are many beauty bloggers who will complain that the Tartelette in Bloom palette is “the same old neutral palette,” I think there’s one particular feature that makes it stand out. The three shimmery shades are all very wearable and daytime appropriate. And as much as I love my  Naked palettes, my Chocolate Bar palettes and Lorac Pro palettes, I just don’t get a lot of use out of the darker, shimmery shades. A dramatic smoky eye is lots of fun, but it’s not exactly the most practical thing to rock at the office every day. I find that the shades in the latest Tartelette palette are all shades that I’ll reach for. Regularly.

All in all, both of these are excellent palettes, though they will certainly appeal to different groups of people. Hopefully this review helped those of you who are trying to make up your mind! I’m definitely happy with my purchase, and will continue to sing the praises of the new Tartelette in Bloom palette to anyone who will listen.

Thanks so much to everyone who made it this far! I’ll catch you next time!