tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette review, photos, swatches & looks

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Walk on the wild side any time of day or night!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette on a white backgroundphotos: we heart this

When it comes to tarte cosmeticsicon, you name it, and the we heart this team has both tried it and loved it. From mascara to blush to foundation to eyeliner, their products usually score close to perfect scores all across the board. The fashionable colors, perfect formulas, and quality ingredients impress us every time – and the company strives to be both eco-friendly and cruelty-free.

tarte brand engraved on a gold steel

While I’ve tried a lot of tarte’s offerings (I totally heart their eye shadow primer and Maracuja glosses), I hadn’t gotten around to trying any of their palettes, although the True Blood palette was incredibly tempting. However, tarte’s newest palette, a Sephora exclusive, showed up on my doorstep and blew my mind.

Housing of the palette with a deep purple textured clutch with a faux snakeskin accent on a white background

The Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Paletteicon is housed in an adorable deep purple textured clutch with a faux snakeskin accent. It’s mind blowingly awesome, sassy, and elegant at the same time, and I wouldn’t mind keeping it in my purse just so I could look at how pretty it is.

Inside, it’s equally fabulous. There’s a large mirror for easy application of product, two blushes and six eye shadows, all created with silky smooth Amazonian clay. Dug up from the banks if the Amazon river, this clay has nourishing properties that calm dry skin, but also keeps oil at bay when and if you need it.

Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette colorstop: tame, rope, canopy – bottom: rare, camo, tribal

Part of the Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palettefree, exposed

Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches

Swatches from left to right:
free – dark coral with gold micro glitter
exposed – matte dark pink

eye shadows
tribal – matte blackened plum with a purple sheen
tame – champagne shimmer
rare – shimmery peach ivory
rope – matte nude
camo – golden bronze
canopy – dark shimmery coffee

Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette Swatchesfree & exposed blush

Each blush in this palette is three quarters the size of a full blush, and each shadow is full sized, so the Amazon Escape palette ($44) gives you a LOT of bang for your buck in terms of quantity. But the quality is what really makes this palette exceptional.

The blushes are very pigmented and smooth, so I had to be careful to use a light hand, even with my medium tan completion. I really appreciate that they included a warm toned blush and a cool toned blush, although I would say they’re both pretty close to being universally flattering shades in my opinion.

Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette Swatchestribal & tame

Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette Swatchescamo & canopy

The shadows are fairly good overall, although the matte shades are a teensy bit chalky, and the bronze and dark purple look different applied than they do in the pan. Both types of product survived all day wear, but there’s some fallout during application, especially with the eye shadows.

tarte Amazon Escape nighttime look text with animated eyes and description and instruction text on the paper

Lastly, this palette comes with directions for creating a day and night look. I tried both and thought they were both quite easy to follow, and I ended up with pretty good results. Let’s take a look:

A woman smiling wearing eyeshadow smiling and closing eyesday look

Woman in a side view position wearing eyeshadowday look

Woman in a side view position looking down and wearing eyeshadowday look

Woman smiling wearing eyeshadownighttime look

Woman in a side view position wearing eyeshadow while closing eyesnighttime look

Another great thing about this palette is that the colors go together so well that it’s easy to come up with your own color combinations too. Here’s one of mine:

Left side of picture is a woman smiling wearing blush and woman on the right side of picture closing eyes wearing eyeshadow and blushday/night hybrid – perfect for work…

Side view of a woman wearing eyeshadow and blush…and rather pretty too!

Snatch up the Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Paletteicon if you’ve been wanting to try tarte’s blushes and/or eyeshadows. You get a good sampling, plenty of product, all for just $44. And I’m totally going to keep the case even after I’ve used up all the products!

we heartsters – what are your favorite palettes from tarte?

Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.

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  • Marilyn

    Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. skin tone: NC25 Skin type: oily, acne-prone Favorite beauty product: eyeshadow

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  1. Excellent Review @lipglossandspandex !!! This is the perfect thing for vacation or travel and the case is adorable. I can’t possibly pick JUST ONE THING that is my favorite from Tarte. I do want to check this one out in person –PRONTO!

  2. Gorgeous pics @lipglossandspandex – and I love all of your looks.

    As a big fan of tarte and their palettes and kits, I’m glad you got the chance to try one out. I got a look at this palette and thought it was super cute. I love the slim, fancy clutch packaging – it would be the first thing I added to a makeup bag when going on a trip. The 2 blushes and eye shadows look like more then enough to get you through a vacation – both day and night.

  3. Thanks, @tyna and @hao9703! This palette is fabulous. I’ve tried palettes from a lot of different brands, and I’m not usually a fan of eye/cheek combo palettes, but this one is really exceptional. I don’t usually get real excited about blush either, but these ones are gorgeous. I really feel that this palette has flattering colors for all skintones, and for newbies to makeup as well as those with more skill. And I still can’t get over how cute the little clutch is. It’s slim and compact while still giving lots of product. And I like that it’s full of good for you ingredients, and doesn’t have parabens or other nasties.

    The shadows can be a little harder to blend than average, and the bit of fallout is slight but worth mentioning. Overall, I’m still happy to give this palette five stars.

  4. What a gorgeous palette– and I love the looks you created with it, @lipglossandspandex ! I agree, the clutch is so pretty, I would carry it around in my bag just to look at it. I love tarte!

  5. Oh how I love Tarte and this palette looks beautiful! I will definitely be making room for it in my makeup drawer this fall!

  6. Love this post @lipglossandspandex! First I see the palette and I thought, hey that’s a cute palette. Then I see the swatches and I’m like, okay those are very “me” swatches. THEN I see your cute photos and you are totally rocking it! The looks you made are really awesome!

  7. Love that you included side views!

  8. I am a huge fan of just about everything from Tarte!! And everything from the Amazonian collection has just been stellar !! This palette looks outstanding. I must get my hands on one asap!! @lipglossandspandex great review and lovely photos!

  9. Wow @lipglossandspandex , that nighttime look really makes your eyes pop! I love the colors in this palette, they’re neutral enough to work for just about anyone but not boring. I mean, lets face it, there are only so many ways to do neutrals before we’ve seen it all, but I really like what tarte has to offer here!

    One question- how easy do you think it would be to dissect the palette? If I wanted to depot and then use the clutch as a stand alone, would that work?

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