Review: Tarte Showstopper Palette

This was a part of my holiday VIB haul in 2015. It’s been my go-to palette for work lately.



It’s offered to consumers in an intriguing and inspired circular-shaped case.


The palette contains 6 eyeshadows, one blush, one bronzer and one highlighter.


The eyeshadows:

-Showstopper Copper
-Go For The Gold
-You’re A Natural
-Steel The Scene
-Rose To The Top
-Dim The Lights

The rest:

-Park Avenue Princess bronzer
-Champagne Pink highlighter
-Fame blush

Top to bottom: Showstopper Copper, Go For The Gold, You’re A Natural.



In natural light:



Top to Bottom: Dim the Lights, Rose To The Top, Steel The Scene.



In natural light:


As you can see, pigmentation isn’t terribly strong with these. I think they are great for neutral looks, because it’s hard to overdo it, especially with the softer browns and bronzes.

With primer, I am able to wear the eyeshadows for about 6 hours, which isn’t too bad. They blended nicely on my lids and weren’t too powdery or too soft.

I have a feeling the palette was designed to create both smoky and neutral looks because 3 of the eyeshadows are soft neutrals and three are darker smoky shades.

Top to Bottom: Champagne Pink highlighter, Fame blush, Park Avenue Princess bronzer



In natural light:



My favorite one of the three is Park Avenue Princess. It is marketed as a bronzer for very fair people, but I find it to be a lovely light bronzer for my complexion. It gives my face a subtle warmth. Of course, if you wanted something more conspicuous, you could go for a darker bronzer. This one is great for office-friendly looks.

I had no real issues with Fame (except for all those darn paparazzi!) as it is a bright coral and can work for many people. It’s very intense, however, so use a fan brush and wear sunglasses before you apply it.

Champagne Pink is a very pretty highlighter. It’s good for dry to normal skin. I caution oily-faced friends to apply it lightly and use a mattifying powder. It can make you look greasy if applied with a heavy hand.

Pros: Nice, neutral eyeshadows, mirror included in palette, an assortment of products and shades to try, nice bronzer.
Cons: Pigmentation on eyeshadows is average, bronzer may be too light for some people.

Grade: B+

I like this well enough to keep it and use it up. I won’t repurchase it. There isn’t anything in here that I absolutely need. If you like neutrals, want to try Park Avenue Princess, a coral blush and a highlighter, consider getting this. It’s not a waste of money if you need a basic eye and cheek palette.


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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6 Responses to Review: Tarte Showstopper Palette

  1. Oh yeah, that’s a wonderful pallette…seems good for a lot of skin tones. I know it would look well on mine…those eye shadows, not the blush, lol

  2. Sangeeta says:

    This sounds like a great palette for neutral and subtle makeup. Looks pretty.

  3. Anubhuti says:

    I liked the wheel packaging.. the colors are perfect for soft glowy makeup 🙂

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