While 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 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.
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.
- 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