Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Review & Swatches
Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette
When I first saw this palette promoted a while back I thought it looked just the sort of palette I needed, yes, I said needed! It has some great shades in it that really appeal to me so I was eager to get my hands on it. However, over time it tended to get some very mixed reviews, so I decided to take the plunge and order this so I could make up my own mind about it.
First the basics, it includes 20 eyeshadows, 16 of which are matte and four are shimmer. It comes is a really nice black box with gold detail and this packaging is echoed on the actual palette. You will also find a handy dandy ideas chart giving you some tips to get you started. Oh, I forgot to mention the price which is $53 USD or $79 CND. This is more expensive than other tarte palettes, but you are getting more shadows so I think it is pretty fair.
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The palette itself is plastic and quite sturdy and as I mentioned is black with gold detail. When you open up the palette you are confronted with more gold, very reflective gold, which I might add, is an absolute nightmare to photograph! But on the bright side you do get a large full size mirror to work with.
Now, I have read of other reviewers moaning about the packaging as it get very dirty and grubby quickly. I haven’t personally had an issue with it, but I do tend to open the palette on my makeup table and use it from there and don’t actually hold it whilst applying, so there's very little touching of the palette. Perhaps I am cheating, but that is just the way I roll!
So, onto the actual eyeshadows. As I said, there are 20 in total and they range in shades from pale neutrals to dark purples and berry shades. And of course there are those pretty shimmery shades that are beckoning to be swatched. So what did I think?
Well, I will review each row and I will start with the mattes, from the top row down, then cover the shimmers. Each swatch is on both bare skin and primer - in the photos, the primed area is on the top and the bare skin on the bottom of the swatch. Primer used was Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the swatches done with a brush. All wear times based on primed lids.
- Classic (cream)
- Innocent (soft peach)
- Whimsy (brick)
- Smoked (dark brown)
All of the shades on this row were soft, creamy, blendable and well pigmented, except Smoked which is the darkest shade. I found this to be dry and gritty to the touch and it didn't blend quite as well as the others, but it was well pigmented. All shades worked on both primed and bare skin and all lasted a good eight hours. Please forgive the fact you can hardly see the Classic swatch as it is nearly the same colour as my skin - I used this as a base shade!
Fierce (cool plum)
No Filter (purple mauve)
Vamp (deep plum)
These shades are all very pigmented and are soft and blendable. Once again they all work well on both bare and primed skin with deeper shades being with the primed swatches. However, I once again have an issue with the darkest shade Vamp as like Smoked, it feels much dryer and grittier and wasn't as blendable. All shades lasted 7-8 hours.
Chic (pale pink)
Mod (deep cherry)
Again, very nicely pigmented shades with good blendability and soft feel. Primed skin achieved a better colour payoff and allowed the shades to last about 8 hours. But, you know what’s coming don’t you. That last shade again is grittier and dryer than the other shades, but it is a lovely colour and blended well.
Bold (light brown)
The first three shades are great, with buttery feel and great blending. They worked well on both bare and primed skin and all lasted 7-8 hours. But, for fear of repeating myself, that last dark shade is once again the downer. Punk is described as black, but it is not a black-black if you know what I mean. Not as black as the black in the Kat Von D Shade + Light or Monarch palettes for example. It is also dry and gritty again, but perhaps not quite as much as the other darker shades. I like to use black shadow as a liner, but I did find this had a bit of fallout, so not the best black shadow option overall.
Minx (shimmering mauve)
Trendy (prismatic teal)
Okay, now onto the eye-catching shimmery section. There are four shades and in the palette, they look lovely, but what about on the skin? Well, they look lovely there too!
Ethereal is described as bronze and shimmers gold, Glam is champagne and shimmers gold, Minx is a beautiful mauve that shimmers coppery, but Trendy is the star in my opinion with true duo-chrome qualities.
All these shades are brilliantly pigmented and there is very little difference when used on bare and primed skin, although I suspect it lasts longer on primed (I only used them on primed lids). They are beautifully buttery and blend nicely. I did find some significant fallout with Trendy and it did not go on the eyelid as smoothly as the others, but it is so pretty I forgive it. These are without doubt, the best quality shadows in the palette for buttery feel and blending.
I feel so very mixed about this palette. I wanted to love it so much, but there are flaws! All of the matte shades, except the last column of darker shades were lovely to work with and had great colour payoff and I wouldn’t think twice about recommending them. The four shimmer shades were lovely shades and had great colour payoff too, but it’s those four darker shades I have issues with. I just don't like them.
All the shades seemed to create a lot of fallout in the palette and I found myself constantly blowing the dust off, although other than a couple I mentioned, the fallout on application was minimal. This makes me think that the eyeshadows will not last as long as some others as much will be lost as dust.
So, do I love or hate this palette? Yes! I love the 12 lighter matte shades and the shimmers are very nice and pretty, although for me personally, they not really suited to a person of my age. So have to say that of the 20 shades I would regularly use 12 of them, which puts me on the side of - this palette is probably not worth it for me. The $79 CND it costs works out to $4 per shade, but only using 12 of them puts that up to $6.50, which is still cheaper than some, but I would prefer to put that sort of money into a better quality palette overall.
So in conclusion, I have to say I am disappointed and may decide to return this. But, on the bright side, that means I can buy another palette instead! Now which one.......