Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: tarte Double Duty Beauty Day/Night Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power


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Review, photos and swatches of the Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power from tarte's new Double Duty Beauty collection


I usually plan my beauty purchases long in advance and stick to my wish list - and my budget. But every once in a while I'll be strolling down a beauty store aisle, checking out the new makeup releases, and be so impressed by something that I'll buy it here and there. It's quite rare these days, but it happened a few weeks ago with a product from tarte's new Double Duty Beauty collection, exclusive to Ulta, the Day/Night Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power. I swatched it and the shadows felt so buttery soft and looked like they would create such a perfect cool-toned smokey eye look that I had to get it. Was it as fantastic as it first looked? Let's find out:


The Packaging

Purple compact of the Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power from tarte's new Double Duty Beauty collection


Star Power is a sleek square palette that will be perfect for travelling. It feels very sturdy and the metallic purple faux-leather exterior is absolutely gorgeous! I guess they COULD have made it smaller, since there's some empty space between the shadows, but it actually feels like the perfect size. Smaller would have been too small.


Shadows and blush in Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power from tarte's new Double Duty Beauty collection


The Shades

Closeup of eyeshadows and blush of the Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power from tarte's new Double Duty Beauty collection


The eyeshadows in the palette lean very cool, while the blush is decidedly warm-toned. It's an interesting combination but not a first for tarte, who also paired cool eyeshadows with a warm blush in their Energy Noir palette last fall. Let's take a look at the shades here:

- Glimmer is a sheer champagne highlighter. It's very shimmery and it works well on the brow bone or the inner corner of the eye to add light. It feels very soft and not gritty at all despite the amount of sparkles.

- Twilight is a silky soft matte taupe with a very cool undertone. This is a good, well pigmented transition shade on the eye, but it's not super easy to blend. It also causes quite a bit of fallout.

- Stiletto is a very dark and intense blackened brown. It's still quite soft, but it feels dryer and stiffer than the other shadows. Unfortunately it applies quite patchy on the eye and it's difficult to blend, while causing tons of fallout. It actually works best as a liner, if you can stomach the fallout since it doesn't look like it can be used wet.

- Ladies Night is an ivory with a strong mauve tint. It's nicely pigmented but not completely opaque. It works well as a blending shade or all over the lid for an easy day look, but it can fade if blended out.

- Sparks Fly feels a bit out of place in the palette: it's neutral to warm toned, and it's a very shimmery opaque shade of brownish taupe. It's best to pat it on with a flat brush, because it creates a lot of fallout if you swipe.

- Star Power blush is a plummy rose that looks super sparkly in the pan, but applies with a satin finish. I don't know where the sparkles go, but they don't end up being transferred to my cheeks! It's powdery, kicking off a lot of dust when you barely touch the surface with a brush. It's also very pigmented and not too easy to blend. I've tried a multitude of tarte clay blushes over the years and this one is clearly the hardest to blend out, so it can look a bit patchy if you're not careful.


Swatches of all eyeshadows and blush: Star Power Blush, Stiletto, Twilight, Glimmer, Ladies Night, Sparks Fly. In the Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power from tarte's new Double Duty Beauty collection


The Textures

I think you noticed from my description of each shade that I'm not too thrilled about the texture of the shadows and blush. They swatch beautifully because most feel amazingly soft, but they're also stiff and don't blend too well. It's really too bad because they're all so intensely pigmented!

When I attempted a dramatic smoky eye with Stiletto all over the lid (pic below) I had a VERY hard time blending it properly. It was so patchy and applied crease-y (refusing to get into the fine lines where my lids fold, despite the use of a primer) it took me an hour to get to the result you see. And I had to wipe out one eye and restart it from scratch after I attempted to smudge the edge with a finger. Do NOT try that, it turns Stiletto, as well as Twilight, into a horrendous patchy mess that's impossible to fix! I often just swipe my finger upwards in the outer corner of my eyes if I've gone a bit too far or too low blending my shadows outwards, but now I know I can't do that with the Star Power palette...


Review, photos and swatches of the Eye & Cheek Palette in Star Power from tarte's new Double Duty Beauty collection


The Looks

Here are 3 looks I created with the Star Power palette:

Natural eye look with tarte Star Power Double Duty palette: Ladies Night, Sparks Fly, Twilight, Stiletto
Ladies Night all over the lid, Sparks Fly in the outer corner,
Twilight in the crease and on lower lash line, Stiletto as liner

Day look with tarte Star Power Double Duty palette: Sparks Fly, Twilight, Glimmer
Sparks Fly all over mobile lid, Twilight in the crease and on lower
lash line, Glimmer on brow bone

Smoky eye look with tarte Double Duty Beauy Star Power palette: Stiletto, Twilight, Ladies Night, Glimmer
Stiletto on mobile lid and lower lash line, Twilight in crease,
Ladies Night above crease, Glimmer under brow

Full face motd look with tarte Double Duty Beauty Star Power palette: Star Power Blush and smokey eye with Stiletto
The smokey eye that took an hour... Also wearing Star Power Blush
on the cheeks


Overall

Unfortunately I can't say that tarte Star Power Eye & Cheek Palette really lived up to my expectations. The shade combination is absolutely gorgeous for a cool-toned smoky eye and all the colors are nicely pigmented, but nothing in there is very easy to blend, not even the blush. If you're a seasoned makeup lover with a lot of blending experience who owns good brushes, you can make it work, but I wouldn't recommend it to beginners or anyone not willing to spend 30+ minutes on their makeup.


Where to buy?

The Double Duty Beauty Day/Night Eye & Cheek Palettes are exclusive to Ulta. Besides Star Power there's a palette of warm neutrals called Classic Courage.


The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.


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