Tarte True Blood palette – Silver and Green

This is my second attempt at using the Tarte True Blood palette. I really, really like this palette. I am so used to using loose shadows from Bare Escentuals that I get nervous when I use pressed shadows. But these are really easy to use, apply nice and smoothly, and have great staying power. The colors are all very wearable. If you like neutrals and dark colors, this palette is for you. Plus, for $52, you get 17 shadows, a primer, a liner, and a mascara. I can also tell you that the mascara is really nice – better than some that I’ve used, and fairly comparable to Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara from BE – it is great for lengthening and defining, but not the best at volume. I have not yet tried all the shades in this kit, nor have I tried the liner (I’ve heard some whispers about the liner being really irritating to the eyes, but as I haven’t used it, I can’t confirm that yet).

The silver color that I used today as a lid color, the true death,  was very pigmented and smooth. I found that I did not need to layer this color to get a nice heavy pigment. The green color that I used, moss, is so pretty in the pot, but actually has a lot of black in it so that when applied, it doesn’t come across as green as it looks in the pot. I’ll have to try this one wet and see how it fairs.

I plan on using this palette a lot in the next few weeks – I had a suggestion from a reader to do at least four looks, using the quadrants in the four corners (for instance, one look would be using the light, dawn, charmer, and werewolf, and other look would be using dusk, waitress, nocturnal, stake. You get the picture. I thought it was a cute way to make my way through the palette, so stay tuned for that mini-series.

Tarte True Blood palette colors

Colors used today: Bayoo, Moss, Legend,The True Death

Pretty Amazing Strengh

On the eyes:

  • Original Prime Time eyelid primer, applied with clean fingertip
  • The True Death patted onto eyelid from lashes to crease, and a little bit under lower lashes, using Quick Shadow and Crease brush
  • Moss buffed into crease using Quick Shadow and Crease brush
  • Bayoo swept above Moss up to eyebrow, using Ecotools shadow brush
  • Legend applied along outer 1/2 of upper and lower lash lines using a pencil brush
  • Buxom Black Jasper liner on lower water line
  • tarte mascara (2 coats)


On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Strength (blotted twice for a stained look)

On the face:

  • Retro liner shadow filling in brows
  • Original Prime Time
  • Benefit Erase Paste in Medium
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • MAC mineralize blush in Feeling Flush
  • Original mineral veil


About Essy
I'm finally figuring out this makeup thing in my 30's. It's so much fun to collect and play with new colors and styles. I'm not a makeup artist, and far from it. I welcome any comments and tips you have!

2 Responses to Tarte True Blood palette – Silver and Green

  1. Davita Jones says:

    I have wanted this kit for a bit. Tarte is a brand I flirt with from time to time. The star crossed gloss duos are fun. ( Johnny & baby is my fave of those)

    • Essy says:

      I’ve only used eye products. I might want to get those gloss duos just based on their concept! Johnny & Baby?? Love it!

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