Diary of A Girly Girl




Last year at this time I purchased the Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette from the 2013 Holiday Collection – after scouring the internet & a few Sephora stores. I had heard such great things about it & I had to try it for myself. I wasn’t disappointed. The blushes are excellent quality, highly pigmented & long lasting. I’m still in love with it & use it consistently.

So when Tarte released this year’s Holiday Collection “Sweet Dreams” with the Pin Up Girl Blush Palette, I knew I had to have it. I believe it is exclusive to Sephora as I can’t find it on Tarte’s website or anywhere else except Ebay. I waited until the Sephora VIB Sale as the palette retails for $50 CDN & 20% off does make a difference. It was sold out online but I did find it at a local Sephora.

Tarte Palette Outside

The palette itself is a “Parisian” inspired clutch which while attractive makes the palette bulkier & heavier than it needs to be. I much prefer last year’s packaging which weighs about half as much. It contains 5 brand new shades – the palette itself is limited edition so I don’t know if any of the blushes will be available on their own at some point. Each blush is 0.158 oz which is a good size – a full size blush is 0.20 oz. There are 2 hair pins included which I should get some use out of.

Tarte Pin Up Girl Blush Palette

The shades are Breathless (matte pinky beige), Embraced (plummy rose with shimmer), Whimsy (matte light pink), Bashful (rosy peach with a slight sheen) & Irreplaceable (matte mauve rose).

Tarte Pin Up Girl Blush Swatches

From top to bottom: Irreplacable, Bashful, Whimsy, Embraced, Breathless

My favourite shades are Bashful & Irreplaceable. I find Breathless a bit too light for my skin tone right now but I still have a bit of colour from a recent vacation so it may show up better once my tan has completely faded. All of the blushes are soft, silky & blend well although I did find that Whimsy was a bit powdery.

Overall I’m happy with the palette & I think it makes a great gift. Have your tried anything from Tarte’s Sweet Dreams Collection?

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