Usually I tend to think tarte products are a bit expensive, for my taste. I gave in and got a few of the lip stains, during their Friends and Family sale months back. They included a miniature size of Hotel Heiress. It has been sitting there for MONTHS waiting for me to write a review. That’s not a good sign.
Hotel Heiress is a medium-brown with some rosy tones, and a subtle sparkle Sephora describes it as a deep bronze shimmer. It’s a bit rosier than a true bronze, though.
I like the color of it, and it ought to be a nice shade for pale/medium skin with cool undertones to use as a bronzer. Unfortunately, it is so HARD to get any workable pigment out of it, that I hate using it. Barely any product seems to adhere to the brush, and I layer and layer and STILL can’t see it on my face. Even rubbing it with a finger for swatches, which usually yields far more product than you need in practice, barely turns up a noticeable amount. This shade is slightly pinker than NARS laguna, better for a blush. But if you’re buying a high end blush/contour product, I’d have to say get Laguna instead. You’ll be MUCH happier with it! There’s no way I’d recommend you pay $29 for this. I’m glad I only have a sample!
(not quite as blue as it appears in this photo, but this does show the cool undertone better)