TARTE BRONZERS | Park Avenue Princess & Hotel Heiress Comparison

Tarte Cosmetics Bronzers TARTE BRONZERS | Park Avenue Princess & Hotel Heiress ComparisonWhile I prefer matte bronzers for any area aside from the cheeks, shimmery bronzers definitely have their place in my makeup collection. Today I’m comparing Tarte’s two shimmery bronzers: Park Avenue Princess and Hotel Heiress.Tarte Bronzer Hotel Heiress Park Ave Princess TARTE BRONZERS | Park Avenue Princess & Hotel Heiress Comparison Tarte never skimps on packaging. My Park Avenue Princess is a mini version – the full-size packaging is similar to Hotel Heiress’. It’s a soft faux leather compact with magnetic closure and a mirror.Tarte Park Avenue Princess Hotel Heiress Bronzer TARTE BRONZERS | Park Avenue Princess & Hotel Heiress Comparison

Park Avenue Princess is lighter with a stronger golden sheen than Hotel Heiress. I’ve used used it for years. I actually have two of them and the other is close to hitting pan. I apply it as you would a blush for a bronzy, natural glow. It also works beautifully as an eyeshadow. Hotel Heiress is a richer shade of bronze with more red tones. The formula is super smooth and soft, yet not at all powdery. They don’t share the drier texture of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes. Pigmentation of both is buildable, so you have a lot of flexibility with how you wear them. In one pass, Park Avenue Princess is just a slightly bronze, golden sheen on me, but more layers gives it more color. Because Hotel Heiress is substantially darker, I need to use a lighter hand, but it’s totally wearable on my NC25ish skin tone.

Given the colors and amount of shimmer in both of these bronzers, they’re not going to work for contouring and sculpting. For that, go for matte, cooler tones.Tarte Bronzer Swatches TARTE BRONZERS | Park Avenue Princess & Hotel Heiress Comparison THE BASICS

  • Where to Buy: sephora.com (Park Ave Princess only); tartecosmetics.com (Park Ave Princess and Hotel Heiress)
  • Price: $29.00; Hotel Heiress on sale for $10.00
  • Availability: Unfortunately, Tarte is not widely sold outside the US
  • Animal Testing Policy: Tarte is PETA-approved cruelty-free


  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Catherine, thanks for the review! I like the Tarte products I’ve tried, but I might skip these. I prefer bronzers that can double as a contouring products!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Sunny! Yes, these definitely aren’t good for that. I find the lighter one works like a peachy bronzy blush for me, which I like. But not a traditional bronzer application ♥

  • Icequeen81

    a need

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      If you try them, let me know how you like them ♥

      • Icequeen81

        I will, although they don’t sell this brand on the island

  • Lily

    I don’t use bronzers much, and when I do, I always stick to really light nude ones. So, these darker shades scare me away. LOL!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Lily! I really like light nude bronzers too. Park Ave Princess is pretty light, but I use it like a blush rather than bronzer due to the shimmer factor. ♥

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Pare Ave Princess used to be my fave bronzer for years! I like it way better than NARS Laguna.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Tracy! It’s been a few years since I used Laguna, but I remember it looked kind of muddy and green on me, which I wouldn’t have expected. I think Laguna has more of a pure yellow-olive undertone while Park Ave Princess has a warmer golden-orange-y tone (I know, orange doesn’t sound great in a bronzer, but for some reason it seems to look more natural on me). ♥

  • Makeup Matters

    great comparison! I love park ave princess. hotel heiress is too dark for my fair skin. I would also like to add that Tarte gets an A+ in packaging for their blushes & bronzers because they make it so easy to pop these out of the case and into a Z palette. I have one set up with my Tarte face powder, blush & bronzer for everyday use and then I have a whole palette of the Tarte blushes for professional use. so nice when brands add these little touches that makes life easier. park ave princess is a great pick for those with a fair skin tone like me. :) thanks for sharing!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks, Liza! Oooh I didn’t realize these could be popped out easily, thanks for the heads up! That’s a big plus for me too. I used to depot everything, and I dented quite a few powder products that weren’t easy to get out of their packaging. That’s a great idea setting up a palette with all your everyday Tarte products and a separate one for your kit ♥

      • Makeup Matters

        yes, I just stick an unwound paper clip or a safety pin through the tiny hole in the back and it easily pops right out (no glue or anything). The only ones it might not work on is the minis. It didn’t work on the Tarte holiday blush set that came out last year, but it worked for all of my regular size blush.
        I really want that new Tarte brush that is for their mineral powder foundation. Looks like such a cool kabuki! Have you seen it? Christine wrote about it and it’s available on Sephora.com now.

  • Martha

    Park Ave Princess looks lovely and the luxe packaging is so nice. Don’t know how I’ve gotten so far without ever trying a Tarte blush or bronzer!! Might have to splurge at some point :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hey Martha! Tarte seems to release a lot of sets with “mini” versions (though I rarely use up blushes and bronzers so the smaller size is more than enough for me) Definitely keep an eye out for those, I know their regular price point is pretty steep ♥

      • Martha

        Thanks, I’ll have to keep my eyes open for those. I’m so pale that a little bronzer goes a loooooong way, so it takes a long time for me to hit pan :)

  • http://beautywithcompassion.blogspot.com/ Kristina Nuetzmann

    I love park avenue princess!! So beautiful! Great review!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks, Kristina! I love the color and based on everyone’s comments, it seems to work well on quite a range of skin tones ♥

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    They look nice enough but for me personally I prefer a matte bronzer.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      I tend to prefer matte bronzers too, though I like shimmer just for my cheeks, more like a blush than a bronzer ♥

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Hi Kate! I actually got both of mine in kits too. The full price point is pretty high, unfortunately. I’m glad to hear it works well for you. I think it’s a great bronzer option for fair skin tones, because it starts quite light and is buildable. ♥

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Park avenue princess looks beautiful, I love the packaging of these, very hefty

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Taylor! Tarte does have a lot of nice packaging. Sometimes kind of gaudy, but usually I like it ♥

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Yay awesome comparison, Catherine! So glad you did this. I have always heard such good things about Park Ave. Princess and was planning to pick it up one of these days but then I saw Hotel Heiress and was curious about that one as well. After seeing your swatches, I think I’m going Park Ave. Princess though–so pretty! :D

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks, Becca! I prefer Park Ave Princess, too – it’s just more versatile for me. Hotel Heiress is great for darkest skintones! ♥

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Hi Jennifer! I hit pan on my other Park Ave Princess (also a mini) which is pretty rare for me. I feel like it’s a really easy bronzer to use everyday, because it’s buildable and relatively light. ♥