For the recent VIB sale at Sephora, I kept things simple by mostly purchasing gifts and throwing one item in the cart for myself. I’d been eyeing all of the holiday sets from Tarte, as they had released a handful of great sets at attractive price points. Some of their larger sets offered almost unbelievable value for the money, but since I have very limited space for larger palettes and collections the smaller Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek palette (not a holiday release, actually) was calling my name.
I’ll have a more involved review of this coming soon, especially since it is still available at Sephora and isn’t labeled as a limited edition product, but I’ve had a chance to fool around with this a few times since buying it and have some initial impressions (update: you can read my full review here). I was drawn to this palette because it looked like something I could use on an everyday basis and get a whole lot of use out of. I’m attracted to all of the colors, and it’s nice to get them in a package as pretty as this one. The palette is thoughtfully designed to look like a cute clutch with a faux leather and snakeskin exterior and a sturdy gold clasp.
The quality of the palette is impressive. The colors are sophisticated and can seemingly be matched in any which way for a flattering look. The eye shadow finishes are pretty subdued, which is a bit of a change for me. Tarte says that the finishes range from matte to shimmery, but I think their definition of shimmery is much more conservative than mine (maybe I’m a bit too used to Urban Decay’s version of shimmer). I’d say they range from matte to satin, and both finishes have a wonderful consistency and are easy to apply and blend.
The two blush shades are very lovely as well, and include Free and Exposed. Free is the brighter shade on the left and is a new shade for this palette, while Exposed is a more natural shade and one from Tarte’s permanent lineup. Tarte is known for their stellar blushes, and I think that these two shades are pretty universally flattering. Free appears to have some sparkle in the palette, but none of that seems to translate onto cheeks.
I’d say the reason this palette is so great is that it provides a wonderful selection of colors that are really easy to match up and create a nice look with, and the quality is consistent throughout. It may not appear to be as stellar of a deal compared to some of Tarte’s holiday releases that include huge collections of products, but I really enjoy the more refined size and selection of shades in this smaller palette. The cute exterior is a bonus. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at each of the shades.
Update: You can read a full review here.
I also had the chance to grab the 100 point perk of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara which I’ve never tried before, so I’m excited about that, too!
This eye and cheek palette is a Sephora exclusive and costs $44. It’d make a fabulous gift. 🙂
Did you pick anything up during Sephora’s sale?