Product Review | Tartelette palette

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ok, this is something I hesitated for a LONG time to get.  I'm letting you know how I feel about it now that I have caved in and played with it for a while.

The Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($44/53$CA) offers 12 (all-matte, duh) shades.
a picture of the Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette
What I love about it is that it's well, for the sake of repeating, all matte. Not only that, you get 12 shades all still in a compact format. The array of colors is mainly in the nude/neutral family but you also get a row of rosy/purple shades which is what really drew me in.
a picture of the Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette
a picture of the Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette
If you look at each row, they are pretty much their own little quad. Sure you can venture out, but it makes it a fool proof way for you to pick colors if you're unsure. The first row would be your warm browns, middle row your purple "neutrals" and last row your sorta cooler toned neutrals. So you really have a nice mix of "every day" colors. 
a picture of the Tartelette palette swatch : Multi tasker, dreamer, force of nature, free spirit
Left to right : Multi-Tasker, Dreamer, Force Of Nature, Free Spirit
a picture of Tartelette palette swatch : Bombshell, best friend, natural beauty, caregiver
Left to right : Bombshell, Best Friend, Natural Beauty, Caregiver
a picture of Tartelette palette swatch : fashionista, power player, wanderer, super mom
Left to right: Fashionista, Power Player, Wanderer, Super Mom
As far as the formula is concerned, I know there are mixed reviews about it, but I personally like it. I find them to be creamy and not too powdery (which can be tricky when it comes to matte shadows), they have good color pay off and they also blend very easily. I wouldn't say I'm blown away by the texture of these shadows, but I also have no constructive criticism to give. There's nothing wrong with them, I think it's cause they are matte you know?

Now is this a MUST HAVE palette? I find it great to have warmer and cooler shades in one palette as well as some purple hues (which are my favorite for brown eyes).  If you compare, for example, to the Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 & 2 (you can see my review on the first one here), you'd need to get both palettes to get that range and only end up with 10 shadows for $58/68$CA. So you know you get 12 shades in a wider range and in ONE compact palette, so it's even more practical for traveling, oh and for cheaper. However, if you already own one or both, you probably have a preference as far as tone is concerned, and you don't necessarily need to step out of them. Or if you only like a certain range and don't need that many shades, then pick your favorite and then it's just $29/34$C you know? 

Also, If you already own one or a few solid all matte neutral palettes, you probably don't need this. But if you don't, this is a great add to your shadow collection. It's a safe way to play with mattes. If you're like me and you don't NEED this one, but are in love with the colors, I still say go for it! I mean I do not regret this purchase at all!

Bottom line ; great quality/price, good basic all-matte palette, nice array of colors, great for traveling (compact and has a great big mirror that stands up straight)!

Hope this was helpful! What is your favorite matte palette??

Talk to you soon,

-Val

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