Another day, another contour palette! No, we’re not over the contour craze just yet. Tarte recently dropped the new Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette just to remind us that chiseled cheeks are still in. I can dig it! Especially when the palette is this sexy! I was immediately drawn in by the beautiful snakeskin gold packaging when Tarte gave us a tease before release. It’s absoultely stunning!
Then I became even more intrigued when I saw the colors. I thought to myself, “Tarte is finally recognizing us brown girls on the first try!”
At first, it seems that Tarte came close to making a rather diverse contour palette we can all use. However, Tarte falls flat once again. Which is a bit disappointing because the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette is one of the most beautiful contour palettes on the market. I just wish there were maybe 2 versions. Or a darker contour shade tossed in.
Tarte seriously did the damn thing with the packaging of the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette. It’s housed in snakeskin and gold for a luxurious high-end look. Naturally, the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette is made of hard plastic instead of metal but it still has a nice, durable feel. I also love that the pans aren’t small and cramped together like most contour palettes. You get plenty of room to fit even the fluffiest of brushes without accidentally dipping into another shade.
The downside, though, is that the palette is rather large so it’s not incredibly convenient for travel. The Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette isn’t exactly bulky but it’s incredibly long. And quite awkward. So it’s a struggle to fit into some makeup bags and organizers. Otherwise, I think the packaging is gorgeous and I could literally stare at it all day.
Here’s where Tarte could use some improvement. Tarte is notorious for excluding deeper skin tones from initial releases until months down the line. They’ve caught a lot of flack for it and claim to want to do better to include deeper skin tones. Unfortunately, Tarte still missed the mark with the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette. The palette includes:
- Halo pale cool beige with pink undertone (highlight)
- Enhance light warm beige with yellow undertone (highlight)
- Carat cool taupe with grey undertone (contour)
- Princess Cut medium neutral brown (contour)
- Angle warm caramel brown (contour)
- Crown deep cool brown (contour)
The Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette is a great option for fair to medium skin! The color range is rather diverse for lighter skin tones. You get both a warm and cool matte highlighter plus bronzing and contouring options. However, your options are much more limited if you’re on the deeper end of the spectrum There’s only 2 contour shades suitable for women of color. And even they fall short. The deepest shade, Crown, shows up nicely on me and offers a really nice shadowy contour. But it won’t work on anyone whose skin tone is darker than mine. Not cool, Tarte! I would have love to see a deeper contour shade to make the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette a diverse contour palette for all makeup junkies. Not just the light ones.
Application & Blendability
The color range of the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette kinda sucks. But the formula is certainly its saving grace! Tarte has been putting some serious work into their palettes lately and the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette is proof of that. The formula is very similar to Tarte’s Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette Collection. The highlight and contour powders sport the same silky smooth, velvety texture as the shadows in the new Tartelette Toasted Palette. The Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette isn’t as intensely pigmented as Tartelette Toasted. Which works to our advantage since it’s not so easy to overdo.
The Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette also blends quite nicely. On cheeks and eyes. Yes, this doubles as an eyeshadow palette too! The velvety, smooth texture allows the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette to adhere nicely to skin and blend rather easily. With a rather natural finish, too!
Wear & Longevity
I typically steer clear of powder contour kits because they look terrible on my dry skin. Most times, contour powders look dry, blotchy and uneven. Which is not hot! I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn’t the case with the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette. Tarte added a touch of Vitamin E to the formula that allows it feel and blend like a cream with the most natural finish that looks amazing. Even on dry skin.
The Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette wears nicely too. I was able to make it out of a hectic 10 hour day with my contour still in tact and smoky eye still smokin’. I imagine the Amazonian-clay based formula will also hold up just as nicely on oily skin just as well, too.
Is the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette worth it?
For fair to medium skin tones, yes. The Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette offers a nice variety of matte highlighters and contour shades that are incredibly easy to apply. Even beginners will find the palette enjoyable and easy to navigate. But Tarte missed the mark when it came to including anyone darker than Beyoncé. I can’t even use the highlight shades as they’re much too pale for me. Honestly, I can only use the deeper shade. Which renders the Park Ave Chisel Palette a rather expensive eyeshadow palette. It’s still a nice addition to my kit because I needed some much needed diversity in my contour options. However, I wouldn’t recommend the Tarte Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette to my dark skin divas. There’s other contour palettes on the market from brands like Black Radiance, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Sleek and more.
Halo, Enhance, Carat, Princess Cut, Angle and Crown
Rocking Crown & Angle on the eyes + Crown to contour