It takes a lot for an eyeshadow palette to grab my attention. With two fifteen pan MAC Pro Palettes, two Urban Decay Naked Palettes and a few quads and single eyeshadows here and there, adding a whole new palette to my collection takes a considerable amount of thought. I've never been phased by any of the Too Faced palettes; don't get me wrong, they're stunning, but so many shades are dupable with what I already have and there's always that one oddly placed non-neutral shade that I know I'm never going to use! I didn't think anything of the original Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette when it was first released in 2014 - I knew I wouldn't get a lot of use out of an exclusively matte palette (I do love matte eyeshadow looks, I'm just more drawn to shimmer!) - and even when the Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette came out last year, I told myself it was nothing new.
That all changed, however, during a casual browse around Sephora on my lunch break. I decided to test out a few of the shades that had caught my eye and it was love at first swatch! Every eyeshadow is creamy, pigmented and buttery smooth in texture, and actually quite unique from what I already own. Well, as unique as you can get from an all-neutral palette!
Not needing it right away, I added it to my wishlist and reserved the purchase for a later date. I couldn't, however, get it out of mind, but of course, knowing my luck, it was all sold out when I went to buy it a week or so later. That was over a month ago! It's been out of stock online for the longest time too, but just last week when shopping with a friend, I saw the tester back on the Tarte stand and literally gasped! My poor friend must've thought I was a crazy person (I am), but finally, it was in my possession!
Eager to play with my shiny new toy, I thought it would be fun to create a makeup look for you guys. I'm not going to go too into detail about the rest of the products I used as I want to focus more so on the palette, but you can tell by the photos mostly what I used, anyway.
I primed my eyelids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance before blending Smarty Parts into the crease and slightly into the brown bone. While this wasn't a problem using my fingers to swatch the eyeshadows, with brushes, the eyeshadows are quite chalky and do kick up a lot of dust, so bear in mind that you only need to gently tap your brush into the shadow. I was initially going to go for a cool-toned look and use Rocker all over the lid (the shade that first drew me to the palette), but I hadn't done a warm-toned look in a while, so I chose Firecracker instead. I thought it would be exactly the same as MAC's eyeshadow in Bronze, but Firecracker is more brown than orange-toned. With the Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush, I mixed Rebel and Leader together and worked it into the crease, and with the same brush, I also lined my lower lashline, this time with Leader and Activist. I also took Leader and Activist on a Real Techniques Detailer Brush to ever so slightly line my upper lashline. You can't really tell though. My eyeshadow always ends up looking quite washed out in my photos in comparison to real life! Flower Child was used on my brown bone and to help blend out the crease colours a little, before applying lashings of my favourite mascara, Chanel Le Volume de Chanel, and MAC's Eye Kohl in Fascinating on my waterline. The eye look was then finished off with Funny Girl placed on the inner corners.
In retrospect, I would've darkened up the outer corners a little, but as I mentioned, my makeup never translates as bold in photos as it does in real life. As for the eyeshadows themselves, I'm really impressed by the pigmentation and I didn't have to work to really build up the matte colours like I do with some of my MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows. The downside to this, however, is that the eyeshadows - particularly the mattes - are quite chalky and if you don't tap away the excess, you'll end up with a lot of fallout. I don't always find this a necessary step, but with this palette, I'll need to keep that in mind.
The only other downside to this palette, which is more Sephora's fault than Tarte's, is the price discrepancy between in-store and online. In-store, the palette retails for $67, while online, it's priced at $82. A whopping $15 difference! I contacted Sephora on Twitter to ask them why, but of course, I got no response. My fellow Aussies living outside of Melbourne and Sydney, if you're interested in the palette, see if you can get a mate to buy it in-store for you.
As for the rest of my makeup, I decided to go back to an old love of mine for the base. As I've been working through using up other base products, it had been a while since I'd reached for NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (I'm in the shade Santa Fe), but it'll always be my favourite. I thought it would be fitting to use the other Tarte product I own for this look too - the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed. A cult classic nude cheek that goes with any look! I applied the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Powder in Luminous Bronze Light and Benefit Watt's Up! also on my cheeks. To finish everything off, the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk was used on my lips and I topped it off with the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria. I wanted my lips to be on the pinky side of nude to complement the eyes a little more, so using the pink lip liner underneath the brown-toned lipstick helped with that.
A variety of both cool-toned and warm-toned neutrals housed in a beautiful, sturdy palette, there's not a single shade I wouldn't use here. I'd say Jetsetter, Rocker, Smarty Pants, Funny Girl and Rebel are my favourites, though I can't wait to try out Sweetheart in a makeup look. It's such a lovely neutral pink shade and I would even use this as a blush too. Apart from their blushes, I've never really been all too interested in Tarte as a brand, but I can tell they've got some really great products out there and I'm really happy with this purchase.
Do you own the Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette?