Like most neutral matte eyeshadow lovers out there, I really enjoy the first Tarte Tartelette palette that came out. It was all matte and I still use it frequently and really enjoy it. So when the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom palette came out, I, you know, caved and got it (because I really needed another neutral eyeshadow palette).
I like that this palette has a few shimmery shades thrown in, but is still mostly matte. Funny Girl, Rocker and Firecracker all have some shimmer to them. I find applying Funny Girl with my finger to be the best, since it does have some glitter in it and this minimizes fall out. Like with the last incarnation, I love the mattes. They do kick up a small amount of powder, but overall they are good shadows. The are pigmented, blend well and last all day with a primer. They aren’t the creme de la creme of a matte eyeshadow formula, but they are nice and perfect for everyday application. I love the shades, you get a good mix of cool and warm shades. I personally prefer to mix cool and warm shades in the same eye look (you get an extra layer of contrast). For instance, I will use a warm shadow in the crease but then a cool dark brown in the outer corner. Or use a cool taupe on the lid and a warm shadow in the crease. Its adds some interest to a look and its one of my favorite tricks to make your eyes pop.
You do get the bottom row of pinky-red toned shades, in the first Tartelette palette you got some purple toned shadows (personally, I prefer purple shades on the eyes to reds, though I do like reds). I’m not a big fan of the light pink shade Sweetheart (I think it makes me look like I have pink eye) but the two darker shades in that row are really pretty and don’t make me look sick (serious plus).
I think this is a great all-around palette. Especially if you love neutral palettes with plenty of matte shadows. Many of the shades are very dupeable but they are well formulated and in a nice array (my favorites in the palette are Jetsetter, Flower Child and Smarty Pants, but I also really love Funny Girl). This is one of those palettes where you get a bit of everything. You get a champagne, a taupe, a bronze, matte highlight shades, good crease shades and good shades for added depth. Its got it all.
The rundown: B+