Tarte Tartelette Toasted VS. Colourpop Double Entendre – Dupe?

Tarte came out with their third palette in their Tartelette series in October 2017. The Tartelette Toasted palette. I did a review on this palette a while ago together with a post where I present a few makeup looks. Overall this is a nice quality well put together warm neutral palette.

Some weeks later Colourpop released their Double Entendre palette. Also a warm neutral palette with nice mattes and delicious metallic shades. When I first got this in the mail I was surprised to see that this palette had exactly the same packaging as the “I Think I Love You” palette by the same brand, just with different shades. But the shades are in deed very similar to the Tartelette Toasted palette. While the Tartelette Toasted is a beautiful palette it still costs 46$, so if Colourpop can offer a 16$ copy with their regular great quality then I am not one to complain.

So I took both palettes and decided to do comparison swatches. Since they are not arranged in a similar way I decided to swatch the Tartelette Toasted palette in the right order and then I found the best matching shade from the Double Entendre palette to match it with.

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I always swatch the matching pair in the same order. Firts is the swatch from the Tarte Palette, then the similar shade from the Colourpop palette, then the next shade from the Tarte palette and so on. Here is the first row from Tartelette Toasted with similar CP shades, but lets go through them one by one.

The first shade in Tartelette Toasted (from now TT) is S’More which is a matte bone shade. This is comparable to Double Entendres (from now on DE) Locked & Loaded which is basically the same just a bit more yellow. On the eyes they will look very similar.

Next is from TT is Sunrise which is compared to DE Flasher. Again the shade from DE is slightly more Yellow, and Sunrise from TT has a slightly more high shine to the finish, but in the eyes it would be hard to tell the difference. The DE shadow is slightly more pigmented.

Third shade in the first row in TT is Sunset, a metallic golden shade. The equal shade in DE is Uninhibited. Sunset is a bit more rich in texture, while Uninhibited is a bit more smooth in consistency and slightly more red in undertone. You can tell them apart on swatches, but I doubt it would be easy to see on the eyes.

Crackle is the last one in this row, and it is a dark brown with flecks of golden glitter. The “twin” from DE is Hot Bod. They are as good as identical.

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So lets jump down to the second row in TT.The first shade Cashmere is a matte muted pastel orange, and the equivalent in DE is Nekkid. Cashmere is a bit smoother and richer than Nekkid, and Nekkid is a bit warmer. But, as you can see in the swatches they are pretty darn similar still.

Warmth is the next shade and is compared with Extra Curricular in DE. They are both matte burnt orange shades, but Warmth from TT is just a bit darker.

Flame in TT is a stunning red-tones coppery metallic, the closest one in DE was Draft that is a bit paler and less red. Flame is also a bit more rich. This time TT has the better shade for sure.

The final shade on this row is Cozy. A deep matte terracotta shade. The comparable shade in DE is Hard. Also these guys are pretty close dupes both in performance and color.

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Third row in the palette, and this time I could only compare three of the shades to a similar one in DE.

The first one in TT , Candle,  is very close to Keep it PG in DE. These metallic champagne shades are pretty similar only that Keep it PG is slightly more warm. Candle is also a bit more rough in texture so the consistency of the DE shade is much smoother and a bit richer. This time around DE wins the match.

Latte from TT is very close to Nip Slip in DE. They are both richly pigmented, smooth and blendable but “Latte” is a bit warmer on my skin even though it does not look like it in the pan.

Simmer was the only unmatched one in the TT palette. I guess it is still pretty close to Draft from DE but that one is already a good match to Flame and Simmer is not as red-toned. It is more warm gold. So this one is paired up with Send Noodles from DE which I am aware does not match at all, but it had to go somewhere. Send Noodles is however a nice transition shade, so what palette you prefer may depend on if you want an extra metallic shade, or an additional transition shade.

Finally the dark matte Fireside is a close match to Teddy Bare. However Fireside is slightly darker and much richer in color. Again TT is the clear winner.

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So, are they dupes? I would say yes. It also seems very intentional since Colourpop used the same packaging as with the “I Think I Love You Palette” it is almost like they did not have time to create a unique packaging in order to get out the palette while Tartelette Toasted was still a hot topic. Honestly, I find in a bit tacky. It is still a beautiful palette, and with the arrangements of the colors it is not very obvious that this is the same palette as Toasted so I think people would snag this up regardless.

They are both beautiful palettes and perfect for warm toned neutral lovers, but which one is worth picking up?

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The biggest difference in comtent is the difference between “Simmer” and “Send Noodles”. If you think you would miss that extra transition shade in TT, then go for DE. If you think you can do with the other shades as crease and transition shades and would like an additional metallic then go for TT.

Other than that the obvious difference is the price. Tartelette Toasted is off course the more expensive one with 46$ compared to Double Entendres 16$. It is a whopping 30$ difference, and you can get a lot of extra fun stuff from Colourpop for that 30$! Tartelete Toasted does have more exclusive and more high-end packaging compared to Colourpops simple re-used cardboard packaging, and TT has a mirror. If you value packaging then you may want to splurge those extra $$ because TT is better by far when it comes to packaging.

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If content quality is the most important then these palettes are very similar. They are both of excellent quality. These where a few shades where TT had the better option, but on the other hand “Candle” in TT was a bit lesser compared to the DE equivalent. Overall I would say that Tartelette Toasted beats Colourpop by a nose, but it is not a 30$ nose so I am sure Colourpops quality will not disappoint. You really have to swatch them side by side to discover any difference, and on the eyes it is very hard to tell a difference.

In my opinion it is about packaging. If you value pretty packaging then maybe consider Tartelette Toasted, if you are most concerned about eyeshadow quality or jsut want the most out of your money then Colourpop is the better choice. No matter how you twist and turn it, they are both good quality, so wether or not you pick either one of them depends on your preferences.

Which one would you pick? If I had to re-pick I would actually pick Tartelette Toasted, but I am happy enough to own both.

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Tarte Tarteist Pro – Review and Swatches!

I always have room for another good quality, everyday-friendly eyeshadow palette with pretty packaging in my collection. So I was very happy when I could finally add Tarte Tartelette Pro to my collection in the later parts of 2017. I had been drooling for a while. Packaging looks pretty, simple and classy, and the shades are just perfect for everyday wear with plenty of options to deepen the look, or glam it up with some pretty metallic shades.

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I know I am slow with getting out reviews. It very often take me a month or two from the time I get the palette until a review goes live, but I just want to make proper use out of the palettes before I review them. I will never be as fast as the influences that get palettes in PR and get out a review in no time anyway. So since I can’t beat the fast reviewers I just take my time. I feel like I have to have used every single shade in each palette I review at least once on my eyes. I mean, how could I tell about how a palette performs if I haven’t seen it in action?

This palette got plenty of action before I managed to put together this review, because it was in my monthly makeup bag in December (I think, or maybe January?). That means it has been used at least 5 times every week in four weeks when I get ready for work. I call that proper research if self-bragging is allowed.

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Lets just talk about the packaging for a moment because it deserves a mention. The cover is black soft touch with gold details. It feels luxurious and looks very timeless and classy. The inside is metallic gold high-shine finish with a big mirror. The shades smells like vanilla cookies. They actually smells exactly like the kind of cookies my grandmother used to serve when I was a kid. It brings back great memories, but I never really liked those cookies, I just ate them because I was a kid and wanted sugar.

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But before I go into how the shades performed, maybe you would like to get to the interesting part first and see the swatches?

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Here are the first and second row. First row have some nice warm toned browns with a rich copper in the end. The second row have some cool toned mauve with a pale gold to finish of the row.

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The third row has got some red and pink tones with a metallic chocolate brown in the end, and the last row has some nice browns and a beautiful brown to green metallic duo-chrome.

I really like the way this palette is arranged. Each row goes from light to dark with colors that compliments each other in color and tone, with a matching metallic to finish each row. The selection of shades is also really good. There are plenty of base shades, crease shades and darker shades, which makes it so so easy to create a quick look before work. The darker shades and the metallics also make it super easy to go dark and dramatic too. Overall the palette is just super versatile!

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But how is the quality then? At first I was a bit skeptical I have to admit. I already have, tried and enjoyed the Tarte Tartelette palette, so I knew a bit what to expect from Tarte eyeshadows, but these guys were so powdery!

The shades have a lot of kick-back and they are quite dusty. I was a bit afraid that they would look dry and chalky on the eyes because of this quality. Fortunately they looked good on the eyes. They are quite pigmented, even the palest shade pack a punch, and they blend like an absolute dream. Very easy to work with in that manner.

However, since they seem to be very loosely pressed and kick up a lot of product I found that I easily got fallout. Very necessary to kick off the brush every time. I am not very good at remembering that though, so it got messy sometimes.

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The metallic shades are pigmented as well, but they are a bit on the denser and dryer side than what my absolute preference is. They work absolutely fine, I just like my metallics to be very buttery and smooth.

Wear time was good but not exceptional. After a 8 hour work day they would have faded significantly (keep in mind I have a very physical job where I spend a lot of time outside in any kind of weather in the arctic, so my job is kind of rough on makeup compared to an office-desk job). I don’t think that is too bad, and they did not crease they just faded away nicely. But I do have cheaper alternatives that last all day until I decide to remove it so like I said, not exceptional.

So obviously there are both good and bad qualities of this palette. If you are annoyed by loosely pressed shadow, kickback and fallout then just stay away from this. But the good qualities like nice selection, pretty packaging, pigmentation and blend-ability does enough for me to enjoy this palette. I think the impression would be a lot higher if they were a little bit better pressed though, but it does get the job done.

If you are not bothered by kickback I would recommend with no doubt, but if you find that annoying I am sure there are better options for you out there. For me personally it was a good palette.

Thanks for reading! If you have the palette yourself I would love to hear your opinion about it.

XOXO

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Tarte Tarteiste Pro Makeuplooks!

Tarte Tarteist Pro! That big 20 eyeshadow palette with 18 mattes and 4 shimmers must be good for creating some nice looks! This have been in my monthly makeup-bag in January, so I got plenty of time to play around with it and figure out how it works for those simple everyday looks that I like to do for work.

But I wanted to create some bolder looks with it too to show what I can make with it. So here comes a small selection of looks that I made with it, ranging from simple smoky eyes, and winged liners to more daring cut-crease looks:

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  • Tarte Tarteiste Pro Palette – Classic, Vintage, Bold, Edgy, Punk.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Long Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara – Black.
  • Lancôme Grandiose Liquid Liner – Black.
  • Chanel Le Crayon Khôl – Blanc.
  • House of Lashes – Knockout.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.

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  • Tarte Tarteiste Pro Palette – Classic, Bold, Edgy, Punk, Trendy.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Khôl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Lancôme Grandiose Liquid Liner – Black.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • House of Lashes – Knockout.

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  • Tarte Tarteist Pro – Classic, Bold, Edgy, Smoked, Ethereal, Glam.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara – Black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Liner – Ultra Black.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.
  • House Of Lashes – Boudoir.

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  • Tarte Tarteist Pro – Classic, Vintage, Chic, Mod, Drama, Punk.
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstisk – Druglord
  • Maybelliner Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara – Black.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10.
  • MakeupGeek Full Spectrum Eye Liner Pencil – Nude.
  • House Of Lashes – Boudoir.

Even though this palette is very much suited for daytime makeup, you can also get some nice dramatic looks with it. Either with the darker shades, or just to amp up any look with the pretty shimmer shades. Especially Trendy makes a really nice, grungy look.

Hope you enjoy the looks I created. As always I would love to hear your opinion about the palette if you have it too! As usual there will be an upcoming review of the palette in a few days so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

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Favorite Makeup and Beauty – February 2018!

Since February sadly is over (It’s my birthday month) I also have accumulated some favorite products to shade with you! As usual that makes me very excited because when I know about something really great, I want all you lovely readers to know it too!

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Tarte Tartelette Toasted: This have been such a great companion lately. This has been my absolute go-to for weekends and I’ve done anything from dark smoky eyes. cut-creases and very natural looks. All with the warm delicious tones the Toasted palette can offer. I even managed to wear off some of the Tarte imprints in the most used shadows. I didn’t even get around to swatch or make a review of this palette for you yet, but I am sure I will because I have been loving this lately!

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Becca Apres Skis Face Palette: This one has a bit of everything. Blush, highlighter and bronzer. I have been using all shades over and over again except the one dark bronze highlight that just does not work for my skin-tone right now (maybe in summer). At first I thought that maybe the bronzer would be too shimmery, but the finish on the skin is just glowing and beautiful, as you can tell it is even the most used product in the palette!

So great having a palette that holds a bunch of the face products I need all in one, and I actually do love the highlighters (hello Opal), blushes and bronzer all together. And the packaging is a piece of work too! Stunning palette from head to toe.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlight: I love love love LOVE this! The perfect subtle glowing goddess kind of product. Can be built up as a highlighter on the cheeks, but it can also be used with a bigger brush and used with a light hand all over the face for the most amazing glow-from-within-I-just-happen-to-be-perfect-skin. And who does not want that!

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Bareminerals Stroke Of Light Concealer: To be honest I didn’t think I would like this to begin with. I though it would be too natural and give too little coverage. And it does give little coverage. This is not the concealer for you if you want heavy duty coverage. But it brightens the skin so beautifully. It just lifts and give life to your under eye area a way that a concealer with coverage could never do. Since I don’t have that dark under-eyes and not much to cover anyway, this is so beautiful and just makes me look younger! Your girl here just turned 31, I need all the help I can get looking younger, so this is a win for me!

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Emma S Enzyme Peel: Don’t you just love rediscovering old favorites you used to use years ago, and when you start using them again you just really can’t understand how you ever stopped because the product is so fantastic? That’s where me and Emma S are right now! This is an peel with AHA- and BHA-acids that removes dead skin cells, dissolves blackheads and leaves your skin glowing and fresh. This stuff really works, and it only takes a moment to do the treatment. By the time you are done shampooing your hair, the peel is done as well and you just rinse it off. Skincare that works on speed!

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Lastly I adore these two lippies from Colourpop and Kathleen Lights most recent collection. Moon Child is such a beautiful nude gloss with fine glitter, and Dreamy is the most gorgeous terracotta nude satin lip. Both perfect for everyday wear, and works with almost any look.

I am also happy to realize that I didn’t have any misses to talk about this month, simply because I didn’t find anything new that doesn’t work. And thats always good news!

What are your favorites for February?

XOXO

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Top 3 high-end makeup brands of 2017!

I already posted a blog post writing about my top 3 luxury makeup brands for 2017 (read here if you like some luxury makeup!), and there will be a post with top three affordable brands coming shortly, so stay tuned if you’d like to read that!

But this post is all about the high-end brands I’ve been loving in 2017. I have really been expanding my collection this year and I’ve tried a lot of makeup from brands that I maybe only had a few products from before. Picking  three hid-end brands was actually really hard since I’ve been testing out so much from so many brands. There are so many out there that I really like, but I managed to narrow it down eventually.

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Smashbox was a brand I barely new in the beginning of 2017. Off course I’ve heard tons about their primers, but I only had a small gel liner pot and a lip & cheek color from before, so they were quite unfamiliar to me as a brand. I still have a lot of things I want to test out from them, I’ve been eyeing their liquid lipsticks for quite some time now, but I’ve managed to try out quite a few different things and guess what? I like every single product I’ve tried!

Primers are worth to mention, and I really fell in love with the Primer oil! It works wonders if my skin is a bit dry, which can happen when the season change. It also works great at reviving Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows! If they start to dry out then just use a small drop of the primer oil and rub it over the surface and the shadow is almost as good as new.

The Halo face powder is also amazing, and actually feels hydration. I know, super weird that a powder can seem hydrating, but that’s the best way I can explain it. The HD concealer is also so sooo good (I personally like it better than the shape tape) but it was hiding in my makeup bag for this picture.

The highlighting trio is also top notch!

Overall very happy with this brand and I can’t wait to try out more. The Ablaze eyeshadow palette, the primerizer spray and their liquid lipsticks are all very high on my wishlist.

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The Balm is to quirky and fun! I adore their different and humoristic packaging. This is also a brand I’ve learned a lot about in 2017 since I only had a couple of product by them in the beginning of the year, among them I can mention the Mary Lou-Manizer that is an iconic highlighter that’s been out there for years and years but is still going very strong in the always increasing highlighter game. Mary Lou must surely be a cult product by now?

They just do face powders very well in general. Bronzers, blushers, highlighters and powders, great stuff all of it! I think Big Mama must be my favorite of their blushes. A very close dupe to NARS Orgasm, just better formula in my opinion!

And also, their liquid lipsticks smells like mint chocolate….Yummi!

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And let’s not forget about Tarte! This again is also a brand I really expanded my collection of this year.

Before 2017 I only had the Tartelette palette. Now I tried everything from blush, bronzers, highlighters concealer and several of their palettes. Not everything is a perfect hit, but that’s just because I am picky. The quality of their product is really good. They are off course famous for their shape tape, which I really like but it is not groundbreaking for me, but the things I love the most are their Park Ave Princess bronzer, their blush formula and I really like their eyeshadow formula as well. I am a big fan of their packaging as well, which is always a bonus.

Just a lovely brand that I cant wait to see more of in 2018!

What is your favorite high-end brand? Do we have any in common?

XOXO

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