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While I’ve tested and reviewed hundred’s of products during my beauty blogging life, I didn’t start out as a makeup junkie. In fact makeup, particularly eyeshadow, kind of scared and intimidated me through out high school. Why oh why, didn’t the tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette exist during my teenage years?
When I experimented with shadows, my teenage tastes went for bright (and frosty!) blues – to bring out my blue eyes – right? Wrong. The vivid shades and my heavy hand made my eyeshadow overshadow my face, looking out of place and just wrong.
Finally, on the night of my senior prom, one of my besties (and a future makeup artist) helped me to get ready and artfully shadowed my lids with a rich brown, a hint of plum and a nude highlighter. I checked out her results and finally understood what the magazines meant about making “your eyes pop.” A makeup addict was born.
The tarte Tartelette Palette ($44) is my latest fix. This sleek yet substantial palette contains 12 matte shadows in brand new shades that were created “to inspire, celebrate, and empower real women.” And like real women, there’s some multitasking involved as these Amazonian clay-infused shades are offered in a mix of liner, lid, and crease shadow hues.
Let’s look at the colors!
Free Spirit – warm creamy nude
Force Of Nature – soft nude brown
Dreamer – warm milk chocolate
Multi-Tasker – rich dark chocolate
Caregiver – pale pink
Natural Beauty – pinkish medium brown
Best Friend – dirty plum
Bombshell – blackened plum
Super Mom – cool ivory nude
Wanderer – soft camel
Power Player – basic taupe
Fashionista – inky black
While the palette shadows can be mixed and matched at will, the first row is the one I reach for most often. It features a quad of warm browns and nudes that work together for an easy, everyday look. And Force Of Nature is the perfect, all over the lid, “no makeup” shadow for when I’m too late/lazy for a real cosmetics session.
The second row amps up the color with some super wearable plum and pink shades. Natural Beauty is naturally gorgeous when worn smudged in the crease of my eyes and really makes my blue eyes shine.
The third row leans to the cool side and offers cream, taupe and black shades. Power Player is a pure, basic taupe and I couldn’t love it more. And Fashionista makes a great, dramatic, smudgy black liner.
Not sure where to start? This purple and gold decorated palette also includes a card with a step-by-step guide to create both a daytime and nighttime look.
Overall, this palette is a winner, especially for those that love matte shades. I found the formula of these shadows to be of high quality. The colors were silky and easy to work with, and the pigment is decent, especially for ‘natural look’ shadows. I got all day wear from this palette when paired with a primer, and found the shades to be nicely buildable for when I wanted to add a little oomph. If you’re in the market for a ‘wardrobe building’ shadow palette, check out tarte’s latest little palette, the Tartelette .
we heartsters – Which Tartelette color is your favorite?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms