Tuesday, April 30, 2013

If it's Good Enough for a Synchro Swimmer: Review of Tarte's Aqualillies Eye and Cheek Palette


I picked up this little guy at Sephora during my shopping excursion with my mom on Saturday.  I initially was looking at Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes and was trying to decide on which color I wanted when I saw this palette.  First off, a little background.  Tarte teamed up with the Aqualillies synchronized swim team to develop this line of limited edition items.  Since the swimmers are in the pool all day, they needed something that was long lasting and waterproof.  To all of us non-synchro folk, this translates to "it will stay on when it's hot as hell and sweaty in the summertime."  Sounds good to me!

I really like the compact that this comes in -- it's just really fun and has a vintage-y feel.  It also has a big mirror on the inside cover if you need it.  Also, to give you a little perspective, the whole compact costs $38.00 at Sephora.  That may seem a little hefty.  HOWEVER, one Tarte blush by itself costs $26 for .2 0z of product.  This palette has .23 oz of blush along with a highlighter, bronzer and six eyeshadows.  All for $12 more.  Not too shabby if you ask me. 

The other thing that makes the palette worth the price is the quality of the product.  When I first used the bronzer, I quickly realized that it is super pigmented and a little goes a long way.  Same goes for the eyeshadows (the poolside color aka the blueish one is not as bright as it is in the compact, however I consider that a good thing).  You don't need much to get a really pretty look.  I will say that the blush is really subtle on my skin .  It's really good for a nice glowy/day look but if your looking for something with a little more pizzaz, you may want to use a brighter color (you could also use this as a base because it has great lasting power). 

Also -- the highlighter needs it's own little shout out.  I love it and think it's the perfect amount of shimmer without looking like a 13 year old who put on makeup for the first time.

All in all I can't say enough good things about this palette.  The colors are so beautiful and wearable and it is just such a nice quality.  The Tarte brand in general touts itself as being a natural brand, which I am beginning to appreciate more and more in my products. 

Have you found any stand out products for summer? 

Here are the colors in the palette:

Blush: Captivating
Highlighter: Champagne
Bronzer: Park Ave Princess
Eye Shadows from Left: Hammock, Bikini, Barefoot, Parasol, Sundeck and Poolside


  1. I really like your blog!! I wish Tarte was readily available in the UK, I can never find it anywhere!
    Also just love that you used the word 'pizzazz' - that word is not used enough, in my opinion!

  2. Thanks for the review! This palette is super pretty! :o)


  3. Awe thank you so much! The palette is being sold on ebay if you don't mind buying from there. I also saw it on Amazon but it's super overpriced.
    I agree -- pizzaz is a great word and should be in more people's vocabulary :)

  4. this blog post makes me want to purchase the pallette!
    I love how you mentioned the point that it comes with a blush that is more than the original and is 26$ and for 12$ more you get all that... very convincing!
    I want it! haha

    - Janine


  5. You should try it out! I'm pretty convinced it's going to last forever. It's just so dang pigmented you barely need to use any!

  6. I couldn't get my hands on this fast enough. It's an instant favorite for sure.

    Elise @ A Bow On Top


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