9 Ways to Shine
Tarte 9 Ways to Shine Cheek Wardrobe is a new, limited edition set of stacked cheek colors. Each stack contains three shades–technically, a highlighter, blush, and bronzer–with a flip-top mirror and swiveling compacts underneath the first shade. There are three stacks included in the set, which I love seeing in a holiday set as it would be easy to gift any of the stacks to a friend or family member (either as a gift or because it doesn’t work for you).
The packaging was more substantial than I expected–I felt like it was nicer than Tarte’s regular packaging by feel and weight. The set contains $100.05 worth of product (going off of the full-sized blushes at $29.00 and containing 0.20 oz. of product).
Tarte’s cheek colors all come with a 12-hour wear time claim, which is where they tend to fall short, though they are longer-wearing at around nine hours of really solid wear. Some of the more matte blush hues are on the thinner side, which I find can be harder to apply over bare skin because they react with any natural oils/slip on my skin and can darken/adhere strongly, so blending is made more difficult. I find I can alleviate the blendability issue by applying over powdered skin (whether bare skin or with foundation).
There was one major dud in the set–Peppermint Mocha–and the highlighters were nice (creamy, pigmented, and blendable without any tricks). Aside from Peppermint Mocha, the blushes were in-line with past experiences with the Amazonian Clay blush formula, so if you’re normally a fan, this set is a great one to think about.
Frosty is a light gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was a bit denser and firmer. The product picked up well with a highlighting brush and applied and blended out with ease. It stayed on nicely for nine hours on me before fading visibly.
Slay Bells is a medium-dark, peachy orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was buildable from semi-opaque to opaque coverage (two layers), while the blush had a soft, lightly powdery texture that applied fairly well to bare skin. I would recommend applying it over a setting powder or a matte finish foundation to ensure blending is a cinch. It lasted for just over nine hours on before showing signs of fading.
Shimmering is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color that blended out easily along the edges. The texture was soft, not too thin nor too powdery, and sat well on bare skin. It stayed on well for nine and a half hours before fading a bit.
Snow Kissed is a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. The highlighter had rich pigmentation paired with a smooth, creamy consistency that was dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan. The powder applied evenly to my skin and blended out without issues. I noticed slight fading after nine hours of wear.
Prize is a light pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable color coverage from semi-opaque to opaque (two layers). The blush applied evenly to bare skin and blended well, as it seemed to be a bit softer and less thin, which made it more spreadable as a result. It wore nicely for nine and a half hours before fading visibly.
Peppermint Mocha is a light-medium brown with stronger, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was drier, almost crumbly, and it applied poorly to my skin–even if I applied over foundation or setting powder–as the color stuck wherever it was initially applied and did not want to move. It had rich color coverage but was difficult to work with. The color stayed on decently for nine hours before fading noticeably.
NYE is a medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort. The consistency was a bit denser, more cream-like, and “heavier” in that way compared to their typical blush formula (which is quite thin). The color lasted well for nine and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.
Decked Out is a brighter, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was biuldable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was soft, slightly thinner, and as a result, it blended better over drier (or powdered) skin rather than my bare skin (it stuck slightly and had to be buffed out more strongly). It wore well for nine hours on me before fading noticeably.
Mistletoe is a muted, dusty coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied fairly evenly to bare skin, though I’d recommend using it over just-powdered skin to ensure even, more blendable application. It just has a thinner texture, when coupled with the matte finish, that has a tendency to gravitate toward any natural slip/oils on the skin (or your foundation). This shade stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit.