2016 was hard on the entire world and I refuse to believe otherwise; however, sometimes things decidedly aren’t the worst, and you’re #blessed to be able to receive cool products like the Styled by Hrush palette by Tarte to review from your long-distance best friend, Lindsay. What a weirdly specific good time!
I’ll admit–I had to do some Googling before I got started here because I…wasn’t entirely sure who exactly Hrush is? I live in a pop culture vacuum that is only occasionally cracked by its colliding with any other interest of mine…as is the case right now. So just in case you’re in the same boat as me:
Hrush Achemyan is a celebrity makeup artist most notable for her work with the Kardashians. She started out in her bedroom teaching herself about makeup as a hobby and has built a beauty empire from there. She also credits her style development to her other hobby, oil painting. Long story short, she’s a certifiable badass, and I think that’s a good place to start a review.
Styled by Hrush Palette Packaging
The packaging on this palette is incredible. It’s far and away the best looking packaging of any palette I own. It’s got a nice faux-croc exterior that’s a deep, rich black against gold. The mirror inside is huge! I always put on my makeup in the mornings with a hand mirror so this really, really does it for me. The entire palette looks elegant, it feels sturdy, and is the perfect size to throw in a makeup bag for travel.
I mention travel because I’m really grateful for that particular trait. In the true spirit of 2016, over the holidays I ended up getting stranded in my hometown in rural Mississippi for a few extra days with no wi-fi, no car, and…well, not much to do. Luckily, I’d thrown this palette into my backpack with little expectation of actually having an occasion to use it.
Okay but yeah, I was very wrong.
Every morning I’d wake up and do a full face of makeup out of sheer malaise. Playing with this palette and exploring different looks might be one of the very few contributors to the remnants of my sanity after Christmas weekend.
Styled by Hrush Shadows & Blush Swatches
- Eyeshadow in Kitty (matte brown)
- Eyeshadow in Vamp (taupe)
- Eyeshadow in Pinch (warm golden peach)
- Eyeshadow in Royal (shimmering berry)
- Eyeshadow in Smitten (pink champagne)
- Eyeshadow in Bliss (white gold)
- Blush in Cheeky (matte coral)
So let’s talk about this blush–“Cheeky.”
It’s smooth, it’s a great vibrant coral color, and it’s definitely really rich in its pigmentation. That being said, I have yet to master a look with it that doesn’t make me look maybe a little more sunburned than, say, demurely flushed. I have to admit that I don’t frequently use blush and have never been a “blush person,” which may contribute to my self-consciousness while wearing it. I really want to like it, but even with my meager knowledge of proper blush utilization, I just don’t think it’s right for my complexion.
The six eyeshadows are mostly neutrals and would be mostly unremarkable if not for the standout shade: Royal. I have spent most of late Summer and Fall of 2016 scheming on how to wear different shades of red on my eyes. It all started with a red liquid liner from NYX and has evolved into a full blown obsession; so naturally, my entire experience with this palette has been centered around how to build an entire look centered Royal. Regardless, here’s the breakdown.
I’ve heard lore of Tarte eyeshadows being on the drier side, so when I swatched this one I wasn’t necessarily surprised by its texture, which was less smooth and more dusty. It’s glittery and has decent pigmentation, but is definitely not the smoothest in its application. Bliss is a cooler shade of champagne, and I find myself using it most frequently in the inner corners of my eyes because despite formula issues, it really does make them pop.
The deeper I moved into swatching this palette and the more I worked with it, I (thankfully) came to realize that Bliss is the sole disappointing shadow in it in regards to texture. All of the others are silky and apply uniformly and blend well. Smitten is a warmer tone in the same glittery, highlight-y family as Bliss. It’s subtle and translucent so it works well as a highlight, despite how pink it appears in the pan. I use it on my brow bone pretty frequently, sometimes even in combination with other palettes.
I’ve already mentioned my immediate attraction to Royal. It’s a deep, shimmery berry color with a gold flash to it. I also mentioned my pursuit of good shadows in the distinctly “red” family, which has taken me down paths of stained eyelids, weird formulas, and putting lipstick on my eyelids (don’t scold me, I already know). Royal is, at best, a good color. It goes on more sheer than the depth of the color in the pan would suggest, but it blends really well with the other colors in the palette. Of the six shades in this palette, though, Royal definitely gives the most fallout. Every time I use it, I invariably have to clean up under my eyes after. Without a primer, it tends to crease after just a couple of hours, which is disappointing but, thankfully, mostly avoidable with a bit of forethought.
I…don’t really have much to say about this color other than, much like the blush, it’s not for me. It’s an almost terra cotta brownish orange taupe color that doesn’t seem to mesh well with any of the other colors OR my skin tone. The formula is fine, definitely smooth and blends well, which bums me out because I don’t see any practical use for it.
Kitty & Vamp
Kitty and Vamp get mentioned together because they’re both surprising in the same way. Both of them apply two or three shades darker than I expected, and with a primer, they’re definitely very pigmented! They’re the most easily applied and easily blended of the set. They look velvety and play well together. I use Vamp on my lids and blended outward to my brow bone, then put Kitty in the creases for a great subtle, neutral look.
The more I’ve played with this palette, the more it’s become integral to my daily routine. I’ve used it for subtle work looks, I’ve used it in combination with my Morphe 35T palette for a full berry eye, I’ve used Vamp to re-set my eyebrow filler before going out (thanks, bangs), I’ve used Bliss + Smitten as highlighter in a pinch–this thing is versatile!
For the price point ($30 via Ulta), the quality is great and definitely grew to exceed my expectations. Despite having a few colors that weren’t necessarily my style, I’m really pleased with this palette and would wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone looking for an affordable palette for day/office looks or for versatility for the sake of packing light for travel.
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