Another day, another eye shadow palette. I told myself that I wasn’t going to get this whilst it was in stock on QVC on Easy Pay, but temptation took over and I went back to order it. Unfortunately, in the time I had taken to deliberate, it had gone out of stock and placed itself firmly on the wait list. Still with Easy Pay, I thought it would only be a week or two before it was back in stock and winging it’s way to my home, to join the pile of never ending eye shadow palettes. Two months. Two months I waited patiently for, sat by my emails waiting for a dispatch confirmation that my beautiful Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Eye shadow palette and matching Tarte fluffy brush would soon be in my possession. So, it’s safe to say that this little baby is one of my most loved palettes right now.
A sleek matte black palette hints at the type of shadows you will find inside the Tarteist Pro palette. Upon opening the quite large palette, a selection of 16 matte shadowd and four shimmer shadows were waiting. As you can see, one of my shadows got smashed during delivery but after waiting so long for it, I wasn’t sending it back. I just used a Simple face wipe and a 10p coin to press the shadow back into the pan and clean up the mess. It’s stayed intact since so it wasn’t worth depotting the whole shadow to reset it. All the shadows in the palette are unique to Tarte, however as I only own a handful of Tarte products, I have nothing to compare them to by way of eye shadows.
I’ve found the layout of the shadows to be very easy to navigate when creating looks. The shadows on each row all work well together with the corresponding shimmer shade at the end. I have been getting quite creative in using the matte shadows to create some ultra smokey eyes and I with them being matte, I’ve been able to get quite a good spectrum of looks and styles. So far, so good. I have one Tarte eyeshadow palette from the Rainforest of the Seas collection and I do find the shadows in the Tarteist Pro to feel slightly creamier, smoother and denser when it comes to picking product up on both finger and brush.
ethereal (bronze) glam (champagne) minx (shimmering mauve) trendy (prismatic teal)
classic (cream) innocent (soft peach) whimsy (brick) smoked (dark brown)
vintage (ivory) fierce (cool plum) no filter (purple mauve) vamp (deep plum)
chic (pale pink) profesh (taupe) mod (deep cherry) drama (maroon)
indie (greige) bold (light brown) edgy (chocolate) punk (black)
With the column of darkest shades before the shimmer shades, namely Smoked, Vamp, Drama and Punk, these are the only shades that I have slight issues with. They aren’t as pigmented as the other colours, which is a shame as they are the darkest colours, and they apply rather sheer. I do find that several sheer layers does build up the colour but they just don’t perform as I would have expected. In comparison, the shimmer shades; Ethereal, Glam, Minx and Trendy are so pigmented that they left a stain on my arm. I particularly love Trendy, even though it doesn’t look good in the pan, it’s one of the most beautiful shimmer shades that I own. It does need a bit of work to get it diffused out but it’s absolutely show stopping.
I love a matte shadow, and I think this palette has nailed it in terms of shade range and the addition of the shimmers. It’s not available on QVC at the moment, but recently Tarte keep having offers for free international postage as well as a percentage off your shopping. If you love mattes, I think you would love this palette.
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