Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette was a good deal at $45, and at it’s current price of $27, I would recommend it to any fair-to-medium skinned person looking for an easy to wear blush. The cheek palette contains four blushes – Feather (satin/shimmer peach), Parasol (satin/shimmer coral), Carved Rose (matte pink), and Candy Cameo (sparkling pink).
The packaging is quite nice; the blushes are in a solid feeling (but light) silver metal compact with etched designs. It does show fingerprints, if that bothers you – and it’s very reflective and hard to photograph, which is probably irrelevant for almost everyone. The mirror inside is a nice size and great quality – I can see myself using it when I travel to put on all my makeup.
Each blush is .12oz, which is a nice size; it’s a little over half the size of a MAC blush, and the same size a Rouge Bunny Rouge blush. If you love one of the blushes, three of them are available as full size individuals, but Candy Cameo – which happens to be my least favorite of the four – is not.
All four of the blush shades are very smooth and soft. Each has medium pigmentation. When I swatched them, I was concerned that they might not show up on my face – but I applied Parasol and the color was easy to built up in a swipe or two. These are great shades for pale to medium skintones, and especially great for people who are worried about putting on too much blush. These are sheer enough that you are unlikely to overapply.
|Feather, Parasol – natural light|
Parasol reminded me of NARS Orgasm, so I swatched them side by side – Parasol is a touch more pink and a touch more opaque, and the shimmer is silvery-neutral. Orgasm has gold shimmer, and the shimmer is more apparent. They are relatively close though
Feather and Parasol both have the same finish – it’s more shimmery than a satin, but less shimmery than what I normally think of as a shimmer. You can see the shimmer in the pan and a built up swatch, but it’ very subtle on the face.
Carved Rose is a cool pink matte. Candy Camo is a similar pink, but less pigmented and with tiny specks of glitter. Because of the glitter, I don’t see myself using it very often, but $27 is still a great deal for three lovely quality blushes.
I haven’t tested the wear time of these blushes; I’ve worn Tarina Tarantino Neapolitan Lane a couple times now and wear was pretty typical for me – so I would guess that these also have average wear. I’m wearing Parasol right now, and I’ll update if it does anything surprising!
Overall, I love this palette, especially at the reduced price. If you like sheer blushes and have pale skin, I would definitely buy it; if you prefer very pigmented blush or if your skin is more than 2-3 shades darker than mine, I’d skip it though.