On Fierce Face Friday my aim is to share with you a makeup or skin care item(s), technique, tip, or tool that makes me feel gorgeous. I hope these little nuggets will inspire you to try something new or tell me about something that works for you. Do you agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below. If you have a Fierce Face topic you’d like me to cover, feel free to reach to me directly and I will make every attempt to feature that topic in a future post. The Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight and Contour Palette is the focus of today/s feature.
If you pay attention to the cosmetics industry at all, you know highlighting and contouring are all the rage these days. Kim Kardashian, love her or hate her, has made contouring a skillset a necessity for makeup artists and armchair makeup enthusiasts alike. Highlight is perhaps even more popular with glowing cheekbones, cupid’s bows, and collar bones de rigueur for men and women from 8 to 80.
I confess I am no stranger to both highlighting and contouring. I feel naked without a bit of shine on my cheekbones and I find a touch of contour take my naturally defined bone structure and makes the natural shadows of my face look incredible. I am all in on highlight and contour.
But not so long ago, I wasn’t such a convert. in fact, when I first started watching beauty gurus on You Tube and following beauty bloggers, I didn’t own a single highlight or contour. I didn’t even realize such a thing was important. I knew Kim K and her ilk were into it but I didn’t expect it to translate to little old me.
I quickly decided, however, I needed to give it a try and went searching for something to get me started. I had recently tried some other Tarte Tarteist PRO products so when I saw the Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight and Contour Palette I thought it would be the perfect starter kit for my contour and highlight exploration needs.
What Comes in the Tarteist Pro-Glow Palette?
The Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight and Contour Palette comes in a tri-fold package that includes 4 powder highlight shades ranging from light to darker bronze. It also comes with a powder contour powder that is a medium neutral (but on the cool side) shade and a darker cream contour.
The palette has two rectangular mirrors, one on each side, and mine came with a double ended highlighter brush. I also purchased the Slenderizer Bamboo Double ended Contouring Brush.
The palette costs $45.
How I Use the Tarteist Pro-Glow Highlight and Contour Palette
My favorite product in this palette is the cream contour (shade). I’ve yet to find another cream I like more. After I apply my foundation, I use a small brush (I like the smallest brush in this kit) to add contour at my temples, down the sides of my nose, along my jawline, and in the hollows of my cheeks. I then use a damp sponge to pat it in. I then set everything with powder. This gives me a subtle but incredibly effective contour. I do have naturally high cheekbones but this takes it to the next level. I get comments on my cheekbones whenever I contour with this shade.
After powdering, if I still need some extra oomph to my contour, I will go back I with my
Slenderizer brush and some of the contour powder (sculpt). This isn’t necessary and I don’t do it daily, but it certainly takes things to the next level when I do.
After my contour is as it should be, and the rest of my makeup is done, it is time to highlight. I do this almost last, just before lipstick and setting spray. For me, highlight pulls my face together.
I generally use the shade lit for everyday wear. It looks stunning but isn’t so blinding as to look out of place at a daytime meeting with a client. When I want to highlight so as to be easily located from space, I use the shade strobe. It is very pigmented and catches the light very well.
I like to highlight the tops of my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and my Cupid’s bow. If I want my highlight to be extremely blinding, I use a few layers. The coverage builds nicely.
The other shades in the palette, fire and stunner, are a bit too dark too look good on me as a highlight so I use them as blush toppers or eyeshadow. For darker skin tones, these would be gorgeous.
But You Surely Don’t Love Everything, Right?
Of course not! This palette really is one of my favorites but nothing is perfect. I have a few small issues with the Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette. The first is I wish there was something to cover the cream contour in the palette. There is very little fallout from the powder products but no powder has zero fallout ever. Keeping an uncovered cream product next to several pans of powdered highlighter is just asking for a powdery film on your cream. I’ve been diligent about blowing away any fallout and making sure this doesn’t occur. Stop paying attention, and this could easily be disaster. A little plastic flap to fold over would correct this problem.
The only other quibble I have is this is not a travel friendly sized palette. I would take it with me everywhere if I could.It’s clunky and on the larger side, though, so I don’t. I do enjoy the huge pan size but I’d sacrifice a little product for portability. The tri-fold package is also not the greatest for travel. So the Tarteist Pro-Glow Palette stays home but I miss it when I’m gone. Tarte does make a smaller PRO Glow To Go Palette but I don’t love the colors in it as much.
Tarteist Pro-Glow Palette:
- Huge pans containing lors of product
- Great neutral contour shades in both cream and powder formulas
- 4 gorgeous highlight
- Has two nice sized mirrors
- Cream and powder products in the same palette can lead to a mess if you aren’t careful
- Overall size of the product makes it not a great palette for travel