Aspyn Ovard has joined forces with Tarte Cosmetics to create a limited edition Eye & Cheek Palette ($44 CAD). This palette has considerable weight to it (heavier than the tartelette palettes), has a highly reflective rose gold packaging with a giant mirror on the inside. The products in this palette are scented with the same rich vanilla scent that’s contained in all Tarte palettes, which I dont mind. Although I wish this had a magnetic closure (it has a clasp that’s a bit stubborn), this palette contains a mauve/ brown colour story with 1 blush, 1 highlight and 9 eyeshadows (1 textured glitter shade, 3 shimmer shadows and 5 mattes). The Tarte x Aspyn palette is available at Ulta stores and Tarte online.
With the brightness turned down, you can see how highly reflective the palette is with the beautiful matte flowers painted on top:
The colour story of this palette is mauve-rose and brown toned and I think best suited for fair to medium light complexions. I dont mind the colour range in this because it remains authentic to the creator who is fair. It would be great to see Tarte partner with other creators in the future across a spectrum of skin tones to bring more stories to life.
The shimmer eyeshadows are quite sheer and chunky in this palette and best/ only applied with the finger:
- Brilliance is a light pinky champagne shade, ideal for highlighting the inner corner
- Heart of Gold is a textured copper shadow that has chunks of glitter in it
- Endless Summer is a champagne shade that is more glittery than colourful, so you really need to pack on the colour to get the base shade
- Wanderlust: deep brown with gold flex
The matte shadows are truer to the Tarte formula of being creamy, pigmented and blendable:
- High School Sweetheart is a soft mauve brown
- Santorini Sands is a medium nude shade (applies darker than it appears)
- Road Trip is a deep cocoa brown
- Married Life is a ivory bone colour
- Tea Time is a medium neutral tone brown
From the two cheek products, Made You Blush is a gorgeous soft muted rose shade with some brown tones to it to make it a very soft, everyday wearable blush. The highlighter, Pure Soul, is quite sheer and sparkly, which isn’t my favorite formula, but I find that when you slowly build this up and really take the time to buff it into the skin, that’s when you start to get a seamless reflective finish.
Overall, I dont think that Tarte has mastered pressed glittery eyeshadows: they are usually quite sheer and chunky unless packed on with the finger. Despite that, I love the colour story of this palette, the packaging and the mattes are true to Tarte’s great quality. While I find this to be overpriced for what it is, I do quite enjoy the palette.