Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector's Palette
Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette ($42.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, two blushes, and one bronzer. Tarte says it’s supposed to “empower you to play up your look from daytime to playtime,” though I’d say it’s more apt to say day to night, as there are some smokier, darkening shades that you could use for a more “nighttime” look. I tend to associate “playtime” with brighter, bolder, or more unique colors and/or finishes. It’s a disappointing palette with two exceptionally dismal eyeshadows and one unimpressive blush that really bring it down, but there were few shades here that were actually good.

I can understand when some feel that neutral palettes have reached a point of total saturation of the market, and I also understand that many are still hunting for just-the-right neutral palette. I also get that some brands have certain aesthetics, such as tarte, where they lean more towards neutral shades, which is perfectly fine. With that being said, I am a little confused why tarte released three neutral palettes for summer: this one, Poppy Picnic (C+), and Showstopper (B). Sadly, none of these were as good as their warm-toned neutral mega-palette V2 (A-) from last August or the all-matte neutral-hued Tartelette (B+). The majority of the shades in this palette were similar to other shades Tarte has done in the past (more so than usual it seemed to me).

Compassionate is described as a “cream.” It’s a light, slightly brightened beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but was powdery, so it was a little harder to work with on the skin so it didn’t look dry. It lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Vivacious is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, muted gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that stayed in place for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pretty is described as a “bronze.” It’s a dark, coppered bronze with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a really soft, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Powerful is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a powdery, dry texture that was difficult to blend on the eye. It wore well for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Energetic is described as a “taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, purple taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was sheer with a very powdery, thin consistency that made it difficult to apply and blend on the skin. It lasted for five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Eco-chic is described as a “light plum.” It’s a dusty, muted mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was, unfortunately, very powoder, which led to poor application, excess product everywhere (in the pan, applied–even after tapping off the excess). I had to really pat and pack it on and minimally blend the edges to keep it in place, but it was faded after five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charitable is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a brightened, light pink-white with cool undertones and a satin finish. It was powdery but fairly pigmented, so I think it would apply better over a primer to avoid it sheering it out. It does get chalky on my medium complexion, so it is likely better suited for fairer skin. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Glamorous is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a deepened purple with a mostly matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had richer pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery and dry, which made it harder to apply and blend evenly. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Trustworthy is described as a “nude mauve.” It’s a pink-peach with a satin sheen and warm undertones. The texture was very stiff and firm, so it was difficult to get any color coverage out of it. I used a paper towel to rub down the top layer, and the powder was easier to use, but it was very thin and dry–powder everywhere–and didn’t want to adhere to the skin well. It lasted for seven hours, which is quite below the 12-hours claimed. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Empowering is described as a “rose nude.” It’s a subdued, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was incredibly powdery to work with, even on the skin. With enough blending, I was able to tamp down a lot of the powderiness. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Park Ave Princess is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden frosted sheen. It had good color payoff but had a powdery, drier texture. It didn’t look, powdery on the skin, thankfully, and it was blendable and easy to apply overall. I don’t understand why this product looks different in every palette I have. I just reviewed it in the Showstopper palette where it’s a darker, lightly warm-toned brown with a satin finish, and here we have this one that has several times the amount of warmth and shimmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Empower Flower

C

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Compassionate

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Vivacious

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.41 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and one blush housed in a rectangular-shaped palette. It’s a warmer-toned set of matte neutrals paired with a frosted pink-coral blush. The colors work well together, and they were usable without primer, but Tarte’s formula here is one that will benefit from having the smoothness of a primer for the color to adhere to, for both better color payoff as well as easier blending, and then of course, longevity. Also, interesting thing to note is that this is priced the same as the Showstopper palette, but Poppy Picnic contains a lot less (0.41 oz. vs. 0.73 oz.).

Glisten is described as a “golden peach pink.” It’s a pink-coral with golden shimmer and a frosted finish. The texture was thin and dry, where the shimmer particles sometimes separated from the base color. If patted into the skin with a firmer blush brush to start, it helped a lot to keep the color together. It had semi-sheer color payoff that I could only build to semi-opaque coverage. The color lasted for seven hours on me, which was surprisingly short (especially since it’s supposed to last twelve!). This shade is also available individually in the permanent range, which performed better for me, when I reviewed it three years ago. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Summer Breeze is described as a “cream.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was just a smidgen powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Tea is described as a “tan.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture had a silkiness to it that made it very blendable, even on bare skin, and it had mostly opaque pigmentation. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ice Cream Cone is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was slightly thin so it needs the help of a primer to go on smoothly and blend evenly. It stayed on for seven hours for me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Barefoot in the Grass is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium peach with strong, orange undertones and a matte finish. It’s a bit powdery, but it applies fairly smoothly and blend well. It had decent to good pigmentation. On me, it creased after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peach Poppy is described as a “peach.” It’s a softened orange with a matte finish. The texture was thin and a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out and only had semi-opaque pigmentation. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Picnic Basket is described as a “brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff but was a little powdery, so it didn’t adhere as well to bare skin. It was buildable, though, and was fairly blendable when I used it. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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palette

Poppy Picnic

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Glisten

D-

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Summer Breeze

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette
Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette ($38.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a new, limited edition round compact that features six eyeshadows and three cheek products. It’s a decent to good eyeshadow palette, and though none of the shades are particularly unique, it may be nice for travel. The one thing to keep in mind is you may need to take your own brow bone/highlighter shade, as the cheek highlighter is pretty over-shimmered relative to the finishes of the eyeshadows. I think last year’s Rainforest After Dark palette was better coordinated, though, as the really warm-toned blush doesn’t complement the eyeshadow shades as well as it could. The quality is about the same, and I think if you normally use primer and like the colors included, you may really enjoy the palette. Most of the shades wore a little shorter on me, which brought down the overall rating.

Fame is a brightened pop of medium orange with warm, reddish tones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with what seemed like a soft, silky consistency in the pan, but it wasn’t as blendable as it could have been in action. Though Tarte touts the wear of the formula at twelve hours, it lasted for eight and a half hours on me.
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Park Ave Princess is a dark brown with subtle, yellowish undertones and a semi-matte finish. You can find this in their permanent range as well, and if you have more than a handful of Tarte palettes, you probably have it in another palette as well! It had good pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was blendable on the skin and wore for eight hours. I feel like every version I have of this product is a little different than a past version; the one in this palette is a bit darker and less warm/red. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Pink is a brightened, pink-tinged white with a metallic sheen. It had a really soft, blendable consistency that yielded great pigmentation that could be applied easily on the skin. I recommend applying with a very feathery brush (I used a fan brush), as it can emphasize pores. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Showstopper Copper is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation with a silky texture that ran thin but was still blendable and easy to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Go for the Gold is a softened, dirty gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was slightly dry and thin, which gave it a semi-opaque result on the skin, while it had a tendency to sheer out further when blended on bare skin. It lasted for six and a half hours before creasing. This was the kind of eyeshadow that greatly benefits from a primer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You’re a Natural is a muted, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that had a soft, silky texture. It could get a smidgen powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly and blended well on the skin. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Steel the Scene is a medium-dark, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was really easy to blend on the eye. It wore well for eight hours before I noticed slight creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rose to the Top is a darkened, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, blendable texture that was dense and creamy. The color lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dim the Lights is a deep, dark brown with neutrla-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It is more pigmented than it appears in the swatch, but the texture is a little powdery and doesn’t stick as well to bare skin, though it was buildable enough when I was using it on my eye in practice. It was fairly blendable and stayed on for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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palette

Showstopper

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Fame

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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Park Ave Princess

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector's Palette
Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette

Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Achieve a polished, glowing look with this chic, eye and cheek palette, featuring eight all-new, wearable eyeshadows, along with a trio of warm, complexion-flattering blushes and a bronzer. The exclusive palette includes a blend of liner, lid, crease, and highlighting shadows, empowering you to play up your look from daytime to playtime. Infused with tarte’s breakthrough ingredient Amazonian clay, each formula creates for better, longer, and truer wear and comes in a pretty, ultra-thin palette that’s easily versatile—taking your makeup looks from brunch to the office.

  • Compassionate Cream (Eyeshadow)
  • Vivacious Rose gold (Eyeshadow)
  • Pretty Bronze (Eyeshadow)
  • Powerful Dark brown (Eyeshadow)
  • Energetic Taupe (Eyeshadow)
  • Eco-chic Light plum (Eyeshadow)
  • Charitable Soft pink (Eyeshadow)
  • Glamorous Dark plum (Eyeshadow)
  • Trustworthy Nude mauve (Blush)
  • Empowering Rose nude (Blush)
  • Park Ave Princess Bronzer

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette
Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette

Here’s a quick look at the new, limited edition Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette ($38.00 for 0.73 oz.) that I’m working on testing soon! There are two distinct promo images that have been floating around, so I thought some real life photos might help — it’s nowhere near as warm-toned as Sephora’s image makes it out to be, but it’s also not as light and washed out as Ulta’s image shows (this one is closer to reality, though).

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette
Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette

Showstopper Clay Palette ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

This chic palette includes a liner with a lid, crease, and highlighter eye shadows to play up your glamorous stare—from work day to evening on the town looks. These warm, flattering eye and cheek shades features six never-before-seen shadows, a full-size blush, and a highlighter/bronzer duo that’s perfect for creating camera-ready looks. Infused with tarte’s iconic Amazonian clay, each fade-free, blendable formula is inspired by the glitz and glam of Hollywood and is perfect for camera-ready makeup looks.

  • Showstopper Copper Bronze copper (Eyeshadow)
  • Go for the Gold Gold (Eyeshadow)
  • You’re a Natural Nude (Eyeshadow)
  • Steel the Scene Steel taupe (Eyeshadow)
  • Rose to the Top Rose gold (Eyeshadow)
  • Dim the Lights Dim brown (Eyeshadow)
  • Fame Warm peach (Blush)
  • Park Ave Princess Bronze (Bronzer)
  • Champagne Pink Light pink (Highlighter)

Availability: Now at Sephora