Tarte Showstopper Palette Review

Tarte Showstopper Palette Review

The Tarte Showstopper is a round full-face palette that contains six eyeshadows, one blush, one bronzer and a highlighter. It’s perfect for……….Read on to find out 😛

According to the Tarte website, this palette is:

A long-wearing, Amazonian clay-infused eye and cheek palette… These warm, flattering eye and cheek shades features six never-before-seen shadows, a full-size blush, and a highlighter/bronzer duo that’s perfect for creating camera-ready looks. Infused with tarte’s iconic Amazonian clay, each fade-free, blendable formula is inspired by the glitz and glam of Hollywood and is perfect for camera-ready makeup looks.

tarte showstopper palette review and swatchesFirst of all, the packaging is beautiful. Tarte always comes out with some of the most feminine yet chic palettes and this one is no exception. The shadows are housed in a sturdy gold case with a deep purple textured lid. It’s a bit bigger than my palm but it’s relatively thin so it still looks and feels sleek.

Review time!
I know that many of you may be thinking ‘omg, another neutral palette, hurrah *rolls eyes*’ haha but this one really is pretty great. It retails for $48 CAD and all of the colours are pigmented, long lasting, as well as easy to blend and layer. Aside from the bronzer and the blush, there is only one other true matte colour, ‘ You’re a Natural.’ However as you will see in the swatches below, ‘Dim the Lights,’ also looks matte. In the palette it appears to have a bit of shimmer but it doesn’t translate onto the skin, which I appreciate because I usually use the darker colours to deepen my crease or as an eye liner.
tarte showstopper palette review and swatchesAs you can see in the swatches above, the shadows, bronzer and blush all look like they have a warm undertone. But, and it pains me to say this because it kind of ruins the harmony of the palette, in person ‘Steel the Scene’ and  ‘Dim the Lights’ have more of a cool undertone. And unfortunately, if you use either of these colours on your lids, in conjunction with the bright coral blush, your makeup may look a bit off. The blush and the more cool toned colours clash, you know what I mean? But aside from that, any of the other shadows pair fantastically with the blush and bronzer. The highlighter also has more of a warm undertone and the specks of shimmer are very fine so it gives your skin a nice subtle glow.
tarte showstopper palette review and swatchesPros
Long lasting
Very Blendable
Easy to layer
Has everything you need for a full face of makeup
Affordable – $48 at Sephora for six eye shadows, a blush, bronzer and highlighter

☹ Two of the shadows, ‘Dim the Lights,’ and ‘Steel the Scene,’ have more of a cool undertone that don’t harmonize well with the blush
☹ A bit difficult to get your hands on – in Canada this can only be purchased online or at Sephora stores

tarte showstopper palette review and swatches
tarte showstopper palette review and swatches
A big fat yes! This palette is perfect for anyone who is looking for a good quality full-face neutral palette, or for anyone who is always on the go and looking for a single dependable palette to accompany them in their travels. Lately, this is the only palette I pack if I know I’m going to be away for a few days because I can achieve numerous looks with this. It’s a bit disappointing that I can’t use two of the colours on my lids if I’m using the blush BUUUT I do use ‘Dim the Lights,’ as a liner instead of a shadow and for that it works perfectly.

What eye or face palettes have you been using lately? 😀 Let me know in the comments!
<3 Candice


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