I recently posted some photos of the this lovely palette from Tarte, and today I’d like to share a full review and some photos of it in action. I purchased this beauty during Sephora’s VIB sale a few weeks back and have enjoyed incorporating it into my daily looks. This is a really nice day to day palette with beautiful colors that are easy to coordinate, and it has been packaged in a nice compact styled to look like a clutch with faux leather and snakeskin on the exterior.
The Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette contains six eye shadows and two blushes, with finishes ranging from matte to subtle shimmer. It’s a sophisticated selection of colors and finishes mostly leaning neutral, and the palette really lends itself to easy looks appropriate for all occasions. Although Tarte came out with an impressive collection of holiday releases that were fabulous deals, I ended up springing for this smaller palette because the color selection just seemed so perfect.
Something I’d really like to emphasize is that I think Tarte has done a really great job designing this product. The colors can be mixed and matched any which way and will always flatter, and nothing extraneous is included. The clutch packaging feels special as well as amply protective, and there’s a very sturdy and secure clasp. Additionally, the quality of the shadows and blushes is very consistent throughout and live up to the standard we’ve come to expect from Tarte.
The eye shades included are:
– Tame, a shimmering bone
– Rope, a matte beige
– Canopy, a matte chocolate
– Rare, a subtle shimmering peach
– Camo, a shimmering bronze
– Tribal, a rich satin plum
The blushes included are:
– Free, a softly shimmering coral (new for this palette)
– Exposed, a matte nude (one of Tarte’s bestselling shades)
The palette comes with a double-sided card providing two looks that you can make with the palette. One is a more daytime-friendly combination, and the other is a little more dramatic.
For the daytime look, I followed the card for the eyes but ended up using Exposed instead of Free on my cheeks. I’m also wearing Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes on my lashes (review), DreamWorld Hermetica’s mineral foundation and powder (review), Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review), and some plain lip balm.
I happened to have an event that I had to work at that allowed me to get a little more dramatic with my look, so I took advantage of the opportunity to try out Tarte’s evening look card. I don’t often wear dark eye shadow like this, but when my boyfriend saw it he said I looked very rock and roll. I’m also wearing Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes on my lashes (review), DreamWorld Hermetica’s foundation and powder (review), Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 10-light blonde (review), and some plain lip balm.
These are really nicely versatile shades. Both the shadows and the blushes are easy to blend on skin and last exceptionally well throughout the day. The texture of the shadows are a little harder than, say, Urban Decay or Lorac, but not in a bad way. I just adjust my technique a bit to use them. The only comment I might have is that the chocolate brown shade is a little harder than the others and requires a little extra care for an even application all over the lid, but I don’t even notice if I’m just using it in the contour or outer corner of my eye. I will say that the bone shade has become on of my favorite go-to highlights even on days when I’m using other shadows outside of this palette. I really love the color and the very subtle shimmer, I find it extremely flattering and natural looking. The shimmering bronze is another favorite, as well.
I’m a huge fan of this palette and haven’t seen it get a ton of attention, as it’s most certainly being overshadowed by Tarte’s seasonal releases. This is not a brand new product, though I’m not sure how long it’s been around, and is not marked as limited edition. I highly recommend taking a look at it, whether you’re looking for a holiday gift or just a treat for yourself.
The Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette costs $44 and is available from Sephora.
Do you have any new palettes you’ve been loving?