Monday, 23 January 2017

Tarte: Pretty Paintbox Collection

tarte pretty paintbox review

My make-up collection is what I’d call minimalist. I don’t have a lot, but a lot of what I have, I love and I really like it that way. Back in October on my trip to Florida, I spent more than a small fortune in Sephora and most, of that fortune, went on Tarte.

I’ve been wanting to try the mineral based brand forever but would never commit to the QVC specials - I’m the kind girl who needs to endlessly swatch something before making a purchase and Tarte is ridiculously impossible to get hold of in the UK unless your happy to buy without poking it first!

I’m an all in one kinda girl, a sucker for palettes that come with a little bit of everything, and wanting to try as much as possible, the Tarte Pretty Paint box was impossible to pass up on; 24 eyeshadows, blush, highlighter, shimmer bronzer, matte bronzer, mini Tarte Tarteist mascara, mini lip paint and Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro-liner. Pair it up with a foundation and you’ve pretty much got a full face (which, of course, I did!).

tarte pretty paintbox review

Being new to the whole Tarte thing I had big hopes, everything swatches so beautifully in store, but the holiday mood and the bright lights of Sephora could make curry stain on your favourite jumper look good! All of the eyeshadow shades are right up my street, beautiful matte nudes, pearlescent highlights, shimmery muted tones of blues, bronze and plum and some deeper, darker tones for a little depth whatever the look. They’re all extremely wearable, day to night combined, but they do take some building. This, I don’t mind, I’m a go slow and steady kinda girl and I like to build the colour up until it’s just right for me. I find a little goes a longer way with the darker tones and there is little to no fallout from any of the shades!

tarte pretty paintbox review

Top five Tarte shades so far;

van Gogh with it


pearl earring

glitter glue

selfie portrait

Moment is the blush and it’s a beautiful muted pink tone with a slight shimmer. It takes a lot of building up to really pop but sometimes I do prefer the more subtle muted look! It’s a really warm colour that blends beautifully. Authentic is a very pearlescent highlighter that packs a punch, though it’s no Hourglass, it’s a close second favourite of mine right now! Unique is the shimmery bronzer which, given its winter, I’ve hardly touched, I just can’t wear a shimmery bronzer when it’s below zero outside! Provocative is a cry earthy, almost dull bronzer and ok, I’m not exactly selling it like that, but I really like it. If you’re all for the no-make up makeup look kinda thang then this is perfect. It takes a while to build up but it gives just enough of a hint of contouring that even a novice like me can pull it off!

tarte pretty paintbox review

The pop-up compartment houses a mirror which is a decent size if you’re planning to travel with your paint box! The So Fine Micro-Liner is divine. No really. It’s a goddess of a liner - and I’m only just managing to line both my eyes in such a way that I don’t mind leaving the house with it on. It’s jet black, impossible to smudge and lasts all day, looking as fresh as the moment you applied it. It’s so fine that for a beginner like me, it’s ideal for building up thickness (read: confidence). 

Tarteist mascara is… Love. I friggin love it. I love it almost as much as I love their lights, camera lashes, almost, but not quite. It’s a bang-on jet black with a very stiff spooly of stiff little bristles that give a fuller lash look, ideal for evening eyes! 

tarte pretty paintbox review

And finally, the lip paint in obvi is a nuder than nude creamy lip paint that feels super moisturising on the lips, with a very very slight shimmer that catches the light just enough for lips to appear that touch fuller. It has great staying power and very comfortable to wear!

Do I love this box? Yes

Do I love Tarte? Yup

Totally, 110% sold. 

Have you got any Tarte in your collection? What would you recommend?

Until next time, 


  1. All those colours look so pretty and wearable - definitely up my street. It's just such a shame Tarte isn't so readily available in the UK :( There are a few things I've seen floating about online that is LOVE to try!


  2. What a selection! I love them all. Xx