Monday, 9 January 2017

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette | Review & Swatches

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, review, swatches

The Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette is one I've been lusting after for months now. Although I'm easily enamoured with eyeshadow palettes, these days I don't purchase as many as I just can't really justify them, considering the extensive collection I already own. It tends to take a collection of shades that are pretty different to what I already own for me to take the plunge. That's exactly what happened with this palette here! When I wanted to order it a little while back (after being thrilled to discover that the Tarte website offers shipping to Switzerland *round of applause*) it was out of stock so I waited for a while and checked back every so often (read: every other day) until it was finally there again!

It arrived fairly recently, but me being me, I've already played around with it and used it a fair few times. I thought I should share some of my thoughts (along with some swatches) with you all today and let you know if this palette is as good as it looks!

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, review, swatches

So, first off: this palette is not a cheap one, but it's also not crazy expensive at $53. You get twenty eyeshadows in total, as it is a "pro level" palette from Tarte, all housed in a metal and plastic compact. Just a quick note to start this off: the front of this packaging gets so grimy so quickly. I felt like I picked it up and already left smudges all over the front. I cleaned it as well as I could before taking photos, but you can still see traces of smudges. Nothing dramatic, but not my favourite packaging material. Although it does look very sleek!

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, review, swatches

As mentioned before, the palette features twenty different eyeshadows, sixteen matte shades and four metallics. I personally really like this mix as I think it can be a bit of a challenge to find palettes that contain good matte eyeshadows in a wide variety of colours. I like my eyeshadows to be on the neutral side, so this offers up a whole load of possibilities if, like me, you like neutral coloured shades! Having said that, I'm also really glad they included the metallic shades on the side, because I'm a total sucker for a good metallic eyeshadow. Although the greeny turquoise shade isn't necessarily one I'd usually gravitate towards, I'm actually really looking forward to trying it out!

Since I'm awful at shade descriptions, here's a little overview, borrowed from the Tarte website. The palette features the following shades:
  • classic (cream)
  • innocent (soft peach)
  • whimsy (brick)
  • smoked (dark brown)
  • ethereal (bronze)
  • vintage (ivory)
  • fierce (cool plum)
  • no filter (purple mauve)
  • vamp (deep plum)
  • glam (champagne)
  • chic (pale pink)
  • profesh (taupe)
  • mod (deep cherry)
  • drama (maroon)
  • minx (shimmering mauve)
  • indie (greige)
  • bold (light brown)
  • edgy (chocolate)
  • punk (black)
  • trendy (prismatic teal)
Not bad at all!

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, review, swatches

So let's talk shadow quality. These are the first eyeshadows, and the first products in general, I've tried from Tarte, so I can't compare them to anything else from the range. Matte eyeshadows always run the risk of being a little chalky, especially when it comes to the darker shades or pinks and purples. All in all the shadow quality of the mattes in this palette is really good. The formula is buttery and pigmented and really easy to blend out on the lid. There are, however, one or two shades that feel much drier than the rest and don't swatch quite as well (as is visible from the swatches). They all tended to be slightly darker, richer shades, something that isn't entirely unusual. Those few shades aren't by any means bad eyeshadows, they'll just take a bit more work and a bit more elbow grease when it comes to blending.

The metallics are all absolutely gorgeous. Formula-wise, as was the case with most of the mattes, they feel buttery and soft to the touch with super impressive pigment. They're very blendable and look gorgeous on the lid. The duochrome green shade, Trendy, is stunning and reminds me slightly of a similar shade in the Wet 'n Wild Comfort Zone Palette, but with much more green to it. Ethereal is another shade that's right up my street. It's a copper shade that looks absolutely gorgeous with some of the warm shades in the palette.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, review, swatches
From left to right: Punk, Edgy, Classic, Innocent, Whimsy, Smoked, Vintage, Fierce, No Filter, Vamp, Chic, Profesh, Mod, Drama, Indie and Bold.
As you can see, I ran out of space with the swatches on my arm. I hope they're still somewhat helpful to you. I think you can see from the swatches which shades are slightly patchy and which ones are softer. I found that the metallics were all very similar formula-wise and they were super easy to swatch as well.

My favourite way to use the palette thus far has been to blend Classic all over my lid, to set my primer, all the way up into my crease and under my brow bone. I then use Innocent as a transition shade, blending it up through my crease to make sure things look nice and uniform afterwards. After that I blend Whimsy all over my lid and up through the crease, making sure to blend it well with the transition shade. Lastly, I use Ethereal with my finger and tap it onto my lids, before using Vintage as a brow bone and inner corner highlight and mixing a bit of Whimsy and Ethereal together and taking it across my lower lash line. A super easy look that pairs really well with a nude lip!

Favourite shades: InnocentWhimsyChicBold and Ethereal.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, review, swatches
From left to right: Ethereal, Glam, Minx and Trendy.

Overall, you could say I'm a bit smitten with this palette. I think it's one that so many people will get something out of, thanks to the wide range of shades and the mix of metallics and mattes. Yes, there are a few mattes that are drier than the rest, but it's nothing you can't work with and the shades are gorgeous to boot. I'm really looking forward to playing around with this palette more! Now I might have to have a gander at a few of Tarte's other palettes!

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  1. Oh my this palette is GORGEOUS! I've heard so much about this palette and may just have to give it a go since the swatches look so nice. Your photography is lovely too by the way.
    -Olivia Xxx

  2. Wow this is stunning! I am a big fan a Tarte palettes the quality of their eye shadows is amazing!!

    Grace x

  3. This palette is so beautiful, I love the metallic shades

  4. It isn't too difficult to see why you love this palette. It's really stunning. I love Tarte too! xx


  5. I love Tarte's matte eyeshadows, this palette definitely appeals to me! The metallics are gorgeous too x

    Beauty From Katie

  6. I struggle quite a bit with the purples and plums in this palette but the other shades do work well! Lovely swatches by the way! :)

    Sarah // Beautybyrah

  7. That shade selection is so lovely. This palette is definitely on my wishlist.

    Sara |

  8. I actually didn't realise how stunning this palette was until I saw your post! It's definitely on my Sephora NZ wishlist now xx



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