tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow review
Spring is edging its way around the country and while those lovely April showers bring May flowers, they also bring warmth, humidity and a need for oily skinned gals like me to switch up our makeup routine. Bye bye to heavier moisturizers and hello to loads of primer and powder to keep my makeup from sliding all over my face. (Ick.)
And because of this change in regime, I also used to bid a fond farewell to my cream shadows in favor of powder ones that stay put as the temperature rises. However, after using tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow, I think I might have found a shadow I can hold on to straight into summer. From a company who leads in not just having the latest colors, but in their continuing commitment to environmental and social concerns as well.
Their Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow ($19) is another product in their line of cosmetics made with sun-baked clay from the banks of the Amazon river. This clay not only helps hold oil at bay, but nourishes, hydrates, mattifies and is just overall good for your skin. Combined with carnauba wax to keep the shadow in place and pigments to make the colors pop, this cream shadow stands high above its more pedestrian counterparts.
I got a look at two shades, Plum Smoke and Rich Brown for this review. Upon opening, I first noticed one thing The color is super saturated – intense with a wee hint of shimmer. I was in love.
But then I fell a bit out of love when I realized it is packaged in pot form rather than a pan. One of the things I hate about cream shadows is that when not packaged in a more flat form, it is almost impossible to get at without using a brush. I prefer to apply shadows with my fingers for more control (sorry germaphobes!) and I have pretty long fingernails which makes it nearly impossible for me to use the way I want to. It’s not a deal breaker, but still a disappointment.
Nit-picking aside, the Cream Shadows impressed me in every other way. The color blends well and easily and then it dries in about a minute to a stay-put finish. My favorite feature is how buildable the color is, you can add a quick wash of color and then apply more if you suddenly decide you want to go more dramatic. I’ve even used these as a liner and they stayed in place, even on my lower lash line! Brilliant…
Overall, I found tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow to be a great product for any kind of weather or skin type. My fellow testers received Shimmering Moss, Slate and Seashell Pink and I cannot wait to hear what they thought so I can have an excuse to buy some more colors!
So bring it on heat, humidity and spring rain! I have tarte on my side and I am READY.
Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.
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