Tarte Happy Girls Shine Brighter Palette

According to Tarte: Happy Girls Shine Brighter!

Tarte Happy Girls Shine Brighter Palette

You’ve been seeing a lot of Tarte in this space lately; They’re knocking it out of the park right now! They’ve been rocking what I like to call ‘micro palettes’ lately, which are fabulous for travel or those who want a more streamlined approach to makeup. If you’re caught up on Girl Loves Gloss posts you’ll know that I am a HUGE fan of Tarte’s Maneater {} and Don’t Quit Your Day Dream Palettes {}. So when I saw the Happy Girls Shine Brighter Palette I might have just let out a little squeak! Not only do the shadows look perfectly complimentary, but it has a blush housed with them! Oh, and wait till you see the packaging…

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Tarte Happy Girls Shine Brighter Palette


Let’s talk about the packaging. If you watched my Instagram stories when I originally unboxed this palette you’ll know I think it’s absolutely adorable! The gold, sky blue and magenta pink motif is perfect for spring time (and would look super cute in any makeup bag!). There’s no wasted space for a crappy applicator/brush and the mirror is the full side of the palette lid. Unlike previous eye/cheek palettes from Tarte, this is super compact (it fits in the palm of my hand) and slim. It’s the little details like this that Tarte seems to be listening to consumers and focusing on, which is always the sign of amazing progress!

Tarte Happy Girls Shine Brighter Palette


The shade selection in Happy Girls Shine Brighter is the perfect everyday wearable neutrals. They don’t lean warm nor cool to me, just right in the middle which is rare for palettes these days! An important note about the dark shades worth mentioning is that they don’t swatch overly well, but apply with the brush beautifully. The black shade ‘Sweetie’ makes a stunning smokey liner and actually gets quite intense. The other dark shade ‘Girl Code’ is the perfect neutral dark brown to deepen a crease. In

In terms of depth, I love that there is both a matte bone shade and a shimmering beige. It seems Tarte really thought about the need for a matte browbone and shimmering inner highlight (of course, you can do whatever the heck you like with any shadow colour!). I love the rosy bronze shade ‘Glam Girl’ as an all over the lid one shadow look, or in the crease; It’s incredibly versatile. In fact, the only shade I really don’t find myself reaching for as much is ‘Messy Bun’, which I wish was the same shade, but matte in finish.

The blush included in this palette also matches the neutral theme. ‘Live Boldly’ is a shimmering rosy peach with a golden sheen. Thankfully it has no sparkle and doesn’t accentuate skin texture like some frosty finishes can. I’ve always been a fan of Tarte’s blushes, and this completely held up to my expectations!

Tarte Happy Girls Shine Brighter Palette


For me, this is a complete hit! My one caveat is as mentioned: I wish Tarte swapped out the shimmering tan brown shade for a matte finish.  I’m always honest with you guys so I’ll say that at first swatch I didn’t think Happy Girl Shine Brighter was going to perform as well as the Maneater or Don’t Quit Your Day Dream Palettes. After wearing it however, I’ve found myself reaching for it several days each week. Turns out it’s the perfect choice for days when I just don’t want to ‘think’ about my makeup!

So turns out, Happy Girls Shine Brighter is probably true. It certainly makes me happy and It would make an amazing gift to a friend too. Don’t sleep on this though, it is limited edition!


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One Comment

  1. I totally agree with you on the messy bun shade; it just looks the most meh of everything here, but otherwise this looks like a really pretty spring palette!

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