Most of us have probably seen the vlogs for the beauty bloggers who went Trippin’ with Tarte to Bora Bora last year. I swooned over the view; The blue gleaming waters and the peaceful atmosphere definitely puts this place on my bucket list. I also got pretty excited when they revealed the Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette in all its glory.
This palette has a good 16 mattes and 4 duo-chrome shades – definitely something that will be useful for any makeup aficionado or beginners. I have not tried any eyeshadows from Tarte before, but I have swatched the Tartelette in Bloom palette in Sephora before and I do like the texture of them. Thus, when Sephora Singapore launched this palette online, I added it to cart without a hint of hesitation.
The 4 duo chrome shades aren’t exactly the most duo chrome in my opinion. They simply work and look like normal shimmer shades on my lids, but there isn’t anything wrong with that. I like to use any of these 4 shades and pop them onto the lids to help catch the light and to make the eyes look slightly larger and more awake.
The shades are also arranged in such a way that we can create a cohesive eyeshadow look if we follow the shades horizontally. I foresee this being extremely useful for makeup beginners out there!
There shades, for the most part, do blend well on the lids. Shades that I struggled with are Vamp, Drama, No Filter and Smoked. The lighter shades were generally alright to work with. I did notice that the shades can tend to blend in together sometimes, removing any dimension that I hoped to achieve by using two or three different shades. I also noticed that blendabilty can become an issue if I use more than 4 shadows or so, with the last shade (usually a darker one) refusing the blend out as nicely as I would like, despite me putting in some elbow grease.
The matte shades do last a good amount of time on my primed eyelids. The duo chrome shades do seem to lose their intensity and lustre throughout the day, something I’ve noticed after around 5 hours or so.
Overall, this palette isn’t an absolute must have, in my opinion. It does provide me with a great selection of mattes (especially those that are cool-toned, as I rarely buy them on their own) and the shades are lovely. However, I also do consider the issues with blending of the purples and plums (which are my favourite shades and let’s face it, the main reason I bought it) as well as the pretty ordinary tones of the duo chrome shades. Thus, it is a nice addition to any makeup collection and could work great for beginners who are wanting more options in their makeup arsenal. But should you drop everything, run out and get it? Probably not. There are other palettes out there, such as the Kat Von D MetalMatte Palette (even though it was limited edition but if you do have it, I prefer it over the Tarte one).
I have created a bronze and gold eyeshadow look using the first row of eyeshadows from this palette so that you can see the eyeshadows in action. I decided not to do arm swatches, as there are tons of swatches out there and they are probably way better (my swatching skills need some improvement, I know).
Here we go.
|Lids are primed.|
|1. I added Classic onto the brow bone and crease areas to highlight and set the primer.|
|2. Using a fluffy crease brush, I added Innocent into the crease.|
|3. Using a tapered blending brush, I dipped into Whimsy and applied it onto the Outer V, below Innocent.|
|4. Using a pencil brush, I added Smoked into the Outer V, below Whimsy.|
|5. Using a flat synthetic brush, I applied Ethereal onto the mobile lids.|
|6. Followed by liner and mascara and we’re done!|