I bought the Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte palette with some of my birthday money last year because I was in desperate need of some matte eye shadow shades and have been in love with this palette ever since. (Spoiler! haha)
Like the Lorac Unzipped Gold palette that I reviewed a couple weeks ago, I recognize that it's not a new product, but it is still available and sometimes the oldies really are the goodies. Plus, whenever I start following anyone who does makeup reviews, I always look for their reviews of some products I'm familiar with.
Because if their thoughts on a certain product I love align with my own, then I'm more likely to agree with their opinions in general which helps me gauge what to think about the new to me product reviews.
With that out of the way, let's jump in to this review of the Tarte Tartelette palette!
For these swatches, like always, my arm was clean and dry. I didn't apply any primer or anything else on my arm. I swatched each color twice - once (on the left) with my finger, and second (on the right) with an eye shadow brush so that you can compare.
Good luck seeing this first set of swatches on my paper pale skin! I didn't want to bump up the contrast or anything that would tamper with how these swatches look. Hopefully you can make them out well enough!
Free Spirit - This one is very close to my skin tone just a little more yellow. It applies sheer at first but is buildable. I love using it as a highlight or all over base shade. Usually I mix it with Super Mom and a tad of Caregiver. These shades are great for evening out my eyelid and wonderful go-tos for a "no makeup makeup" look.
Caregiver - This one is a lovely light pink shade great for rosy looks. Like Free Spirit, it applies sheer at first but is buildable. I usually mix it with Super Mom and Free Spirit for an all over base shade, or I'll use it as a transition shade in my crease if I'm going for a more subtle look. It's great for evening out my eyelid and a wonderful go-to for a "no makeup makeup" look.
Super Mom - This shade is virtually identical to my skin tone and is likely my most used of these three light shades. Like Free Spirit and Caregiver, it applies sheer at first but is buildable. I love using it as a highlight or all over base shade. Usually I mix it with Free Spirit and a tad of Caregiver. These shades are great for evening out my eyelid and wonderful go-tos for a "no makeup makeup" look.
Force of Nature - This is probably my favorite crease/transition shade from the palette. It's deep enough to provide definition but also subtle enough that I can just use it in combination with a base shade if I'm searching for that "no makeup makeup" look. If I want a deeper look, it plays well color-wise with most of the other colors in the palette, so I can use it to build more definition on top of for a more glam look.
Now we get in to some deeper shades that show up better!
Natural Beauty - This is another wonderful transition shade. It swatches very subtle, but builds really well and I find that it applies a little deeper to the lid than it did on my arm.
Wanderer - This is a warm, fawn-ish shade. It is also a great transition shade or pairs well with Force of Nature if you want to deepen your look just a tiny bit. It's beautiful for subtly smoking out the lower lash line.
Dreamer - This is such a delightfully warm shade. I love using this one for an every day type of glam to fully deepen my crease or the outer 1/3 of my eyelid.
Best Friend - This one swatches really patchy but is a gorgeous purple shade. I find that when I apply it on my crease, it still applies a tiny bit patchy but since all of these shades are so buildable, I can easily fix it with just a little more attention. It's potentially the most disappointing shade in the palette, but I still use it a lot.
Now for the deepest shades in the palette!
Power Player - This shade swatches so light, but it swatches evenly, which makes it tied with Best Friend as the potential most disappointing shade in the palette because it looks so beautiful in the pan but takes more effort to build up. It is buildable, though.
Multi-Tasker - This is a lovely warm brown that is the perfect addition to a brown smokey eye. Along with Bombshell and Fashionista, this shade really amps up the pigment and can take your look from day to night or subtle to glam very easily.
Bombshell - This deep purple shade is so much smoother than the other purple shade in the palette, and it is stunning. Along with Multi-Tasker and Fashionista, this shade really amps up the pigment and can take your look from day to night or subtle to glam very easily. It's my go-to dark shade when I want to amp up my look.
Fashionista - Blacks, at least from what I've found, can be very difficult and patchy. This one is not. It applies beautifully, smokes out well, and is a great black shade for anyone to have in their makeup collection. (Everyone needs a good black shade.) Along with Bombshell and Multi-Tasker, this shade really amps up the pigment and can take your look from day to night or subtle to glam very easily.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this palette is one of my favorites. Whenever I don't know what I want to do with my makeup or want an easy look, this is the palette I reach for. I have worn it on 12 hour wedding days and found that the shadows lasted beautifully, and I've worn it through the heat an humidity of a Charleston summer. If I travel, this is the palette I bring with me because it's so easy to create so many kinds of looks.
Tarte labels their gluten free products well, and this is one of them. It's also free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
The palette costs $46 (unless you find it on sale) and contains 17.5 grams of product (a decent amount.) Each shadow is 1.5 grams which is better than the Lorac Unzipped Gold palette (1.12 grams/shadow) but less than Colourpop shadows (2.1 grams/shadow.) This breaks down to a cost of $2.63/gram and $3.83/shadow. Comparatively, the Lorac palette is $3.75/gram and $4.20/shadow and Colourpop is $4.08/gram and $5.00/shadow.
Overall, I think this palette is really great value and hardly showing much wear for how much I use it. I'd say it's a necessity for any makeup wearer's collection!
What are your thoughts? Have you tried this palette?
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