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Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
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on 3/17/2015 2:38:00 AM
More reviews by BellaDoggie
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I wasn't sure why I bought this at first, until I got it home and found it had an uncanny resemblance to my own custom 12-pan M.A.C. palette (photos above). Even more remarkable is that other than a small travel palette (Naked2 Basics), it's the only palette I own. I don't have anything like the warmer brown shades in the Tarte palette, but have many other near-dupes that I thought would be helpful to show here (see the "Tarte/MAC" swatches above). For example: Super Mom / Blanc Type; Caregiver / Yogurt (Caregiver is a tad more pink); Force of Nature / Malt (FON is more orange-y); Natural Beauty / Haux (also surprisingly similar to "Quarry" when swatched); Best Friend / Blackberry; Power Player / Copperplate (Power Player is more of a taupe; Copperplate more of a slate); Multi-Tasker / Mystery (Mystery is cooler); Fashionista / Typographic (Fashionista is much darker, more like MAC "Carbon"). I don't have a dupe for "Bombshell," but it is a beautiful dark plum.For those of you who already own some of these M.A.C. colors, or are wanting some of these colors, this might help you decide if you are on the fence. Although the Tarte palette looks cool at first glance, it has several warm colors and some warmer undertones, suitable for many skin colors.PROS: Beautiful matte color selection; highly pigmented; smooth application; nice large mirror; adjustable mirror angle; compact size; reasonable price (considering my M.A.C. palette cost close to $150 to put together, the $44 Tarte price looks like a bargain).CONS: Plastic case (I marked it down one lip because the tiny bits that hold the mirror upright broke off while gently adjusting the mirror to take the photo)FAVORITE COLOR: "Power Player" - A gorgeous taupeBOTTOM LINE: I still prefer the quality and colors of my cooler M.A.C. shades for everyday use, but may reach for this occasionally for a more dramatic evening look. Didn't really "need" this with so many dupes, and would not likely repurchase, though would love to get "Power Player" if they ever offer it as a single.
16 of 16 people found this helpful.
on 1/12/2015 9:33:00 PM
More reviews by alylauren
Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine
(For reference, I'm an NC 35)I was very excited when I first got this palette. I bought this because I just absolutely fell in love with the colors when I looked at them (such beautiful purples and browns), I'm a huge sucker for neutrals, plus they were all matte! And when I swatched them on my arm, I was really impressed with the pigmentation. BUT. After using this quite the number of times (I gave it many chances), I'm just very disappointed. To the point that I returned this palette. The colors are absolutely beautiful when individually swatched, but for some reason aren't true to color once applied to my lid. For example, I just couldn't get the shade Best Friend (the color I was most excited about) to show on my skin, no matter how much product I picked up with my brush. I tried doing different looks per row, I really reallyyyy wanted to love this palette, but once I'd blend all the shades on my lid, all the looks just looked quite the same :( Creating a look that I liked took too much work for me (for the price I paid to get this, I hated that). And the HUGEST disappointment, was that even with primer, they faded on my lids really quickly. :( Sadly, I cannot really recommend buying this palette.
on 2/4/2015 5:40:00 PM
More reviews by xajaso
Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
I have love for this palette. It may not be a head-over-heels OMG this is THE ONE holy grail type of love, but it's definitely a fond fave. Like a dude who's been crushing on you for years, this palette is just too easy to keep hitting for a sure thing. BTW I am a full-on palette hoarding makeup addict freakazoid, friends. So I know from a reasonable comparison. The best way I can describe Tartelette: a contour kit for eyes.I agree with some commenters/bloggers/peanut gallerists that the texture in these seems to vary. Luckily my palette is smooth and buttery. It blends beautifully. I'm no spring chicken either, so I appreciate that it doesn't age my eyes like mattes sometimes do. I get solid color payoff with normal product application, I don't have to overload my brushes. However I am the color of a sheet of paper, so maybe that has something to do with it. I find this really enhances my eyes without looking like obvious makeup. Also punching it up with a colorful eyeliner (navy, plum, gold) up top looks really sharp. I have been complimented repeatedly about my LOTD when using this. My only gripes are: 1. Some of the shades I'd been most interested in (neutral light browns) read really rosy on me, almost too warm. (orangey) It doesn't diminish the looks I create, it's just not my preference lately. 2. The price. Because damn! That's a healthy chunk of change for a small one-note palette. But of course I am an eyeshadow junkie and will continue to buy all the HE palettes because I am hopeless. Do I regret my purchase? Nah. If I dropped this tomorrow and broke it in a thousand pieces would I replace it? Yeah - because this is exactly what it appears to be: a solid, easy, sure thing. Tidy effortless makeup. Definitely my go-to when I hit the snooze too many times. For this reason I give it 5 lippies overall.
15 of 15 people found this helpful.
on 12/22/2014 3:30:00 PM
More reviews by KathleenS
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I pretty much buy all of the palettes that come out from all the high end companies. I enjoy getting them and while I am not that adventurous with my makeup I like having options of colors, finishes, and textures. I simply LOVE this palette. I have worn it every day since I have gotten it and I'm not kidding when I say that three times I have had someone say that I looked great. I tend to be subtle with my looks and aim for pulled together and well groomed. But my hair stylist, my DH, and a good friend all commented about my eyes when I wore shades from this palette in the past week. There is something about the middle row of colors that makes my eyes look really blue. All I did was follow the instruction card that came with it for the daytime look and that's it. Perfect.This holiday season I purchased a few palettes and returned both the Kevyn Aucoin and Dior ones. They just weren't that special for the cost. I don't think this one was for the holidays but it was money well spent. I wouldn't buy another one right now because that seems excessive but it is a purchase I am glad I made and so therefore give it 5 lippies. Tarte should make this a permanent offering. It is my favorite.
14 of 14 people found this helpful.
on 12/20/2014 3:15:00 AM
More reviews by Saspants
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
I recently purchased this as a VIB Rouge Exclusive from Sephora, I was so excited to see it offered and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. The colors are beautiful and range from nudes to light pinks and very workable purples and browns, nothing too daring in the palette. All the colors have super cute names like "Supermom", which really made me smile when I opened the palette. The palette itself is a nice 4" x 4" metal and plastic palette with a nice sized mirror. The pans are generously sized so you get a good amount of shadow in each pan.My only complaint is the texture. I was really hoping for shadows as soft and buttery as the Mattificient palette that Tarte put out Spring/Summer 2014, these were wonderfully textured but not very pigmented. The Tarlette palette is the opposite, the shadows have good pigment but I found the texture chalky and difficult to blend. So far I have used with two different shadow primers (UDPP and Smashbox 24 hr) and both times the shadows applied chalky and weird and were difficult to blend out. I am still giving the palette 4 Lippies because the colors are great and the construction of the palette is well made, this one just isn't a game changer for me so I answered "no" as to whether or not I would replace it if I ran out or lost my palette. Price wise I think this was about $44, or in that range.
on 4/1/2017 3:03:00 PM
More reviews by MatureMakeupMoxie
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I was looking for a matte palette better suited for me than the Viseart palette, which proved to be overall too warm for me. I prefer a soft, natural look. The Naked Basics 2 is more suited for my complexion, but the palette is limited in looks and I've used much better formulas, so I no longer enjoy using the palette. I considered the Kat von eye contour palette, and while the eyeshadows are beautifully pigmented, I thought the options were a bit limited. Enter the Tarte Tartelette. All matte, super pigmented, and easily bendable. This product does have major kick back, and I mean MAJOR. I always tap my brush before applying because if you don't, you have fall out everywhere. The looks I achieve are soft and very complimentary to my mature eyes. The "warm" selection isn't too warm for me, which has been an issue for most of the palettes that hit the market. I've seen some YouTube videos where, if you wanted, you could build these up for a very dramatic look. Since that look isn't my cup of tea, I appreciate the subtle and pretty look this palette gives me. For reference, I have NW20 complexion with green eyes and dark hair. The lightest shades really do not show up, but as my base layer it evens the lid out nicely without dumping pigment. Again, I prefer subtle, soft and pretty eye looks, and this is what this palette offers. Along with versatility in looks, this palette is a winner for me.
11 of 11 people found this helpful.
on 3/20/2015 1:44:00 PM
More reviews by dbmiller
Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
Not a fan. The colors are hard, not easy to pick up and not pigmented on the eye. For the price, there is better. I just picked up the Too Faced Natural Matte Eye and it is by far better in all the ways I listed above.
9 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 12/21/2014 8:45:00 PM
More reviews by twilliams7570
Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure
I really like the palette!! Have been looking for good matte shadows... I like this one because it blends easily and the colors are great in this one!!! So far I'm enjoying this one. I'm older and wear contacts. All the glitters I just can't wear anymore!!! These are soft and go on smoothly!!!
on 6/25/2015 6:23:00 AM
More reviews by amtn
Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
Let's talk packaging to get it out of the way. I had to exchange my palette twice to get a one that wasn't faulty. I'm not sure if Tarte is mass producing and as a result lacking in quality or whatevs (it was sold out everywhere and coveted by many, I geddit) but a palette wouldn't shut properly and then another palette showed signs of rough plastic from manufacturing fault - you made me slice a finger, Tarte! I love makeup but I'm not sure it's worth losing blood. Final palette is fine. Gold plastic which sadly attracts fingerprint smudges. The lid is hard to open - must dig nails underneath to pry open. But pry it open I will because the shadows inside are great! I like that they're all matte and appreciate the idea of warm (1st row), neutral (2nd row) and cool (3rd row) shades. I wanted this palette solely because I wanted more transition shades. This palette at $64AUD made more sense than buying a MAC eyeshadow at $33AUD each. 🔹 Pigmentation is dense and smooth. On par with Lorac in terms of pigmentation except Lorac is easier to blend. 🔹 Blending will require slightly more effort in comparison to glittery eyeshadows as matte shadows tend to be more tightly packed🔹 Don't have any issue with patchy eyeshadow (use a clean brush to blend!)🔸 The first column of shades are very similar once on the eyelid. Similar issue with Force of Nature and Wanderer. I swatched all my matte eyeshadows to find dupes and found similarities or if not dupes across a bunch of palettes. (Wet N Wild palettes in Lust, Greed and Vanity - all the matte shades on the left hand side are comparable to MAC/Tartelette/Makeupgeek)Tartelette VS Lorac Pro Free Spirit/Supermom > CreamCaregiver > Lt. PinkForce of Nature > Taupe + touch of CreamNatural Beauty > Mauve Wanderer > Taupe + CreamDreamer > Sable + TaupeBestfriend > Mauve + touch of Espresso Power Player > NO LORAC DUPE (Espresso + touch of Black is close though)Multitasker > Sable + Espresso Bombshell > NO LORAC DUPE Fashionista > Black I didn't really need the Tartelette after all. Still a very gorgeous palette.
8 of 8 people found this helpful.
on 5/6/2015 10:38:00 AM
More reviews by uplate6674
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Other
Hard, chalky, unpigmented, and difficult to blend. I have to dig and dig and dig with my brush to pick up any discernible shadow, and by "discernible" I mean detectable only because it's gotten cakey. There are far better options for matte neutral palettes available for around this price point - Too Faced Natural Matte, Kat Von D Shade and Light, and It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty all work infinitely better for me. Tartelette has been shoved resentfully in a drawer because I can't yet bring myself to get rid of something I dropped so much money on. Every time I take it out, I hope it wasn't as bad as I thought it was, and every time, I am disappointed.
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