Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cooler-toned eyeshadow palette with one blush. The palette has some misses and a few nicer shades, but if you already have a few of Tarte’s palettes, you may want to check your stash–there were a lot of Tarte eyeshadows that I ended up pulling as similar shades across this palette. The mattes were on the powdery side, while the more frosted shades were more pigmented and applied better to bare skin.

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Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Fall 2015 Eye & Cheek Palette Energy Noir
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
77%
Limited Edition
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Sneak Peek: Fall 2015 Palettes from bareMinerals, Becca, Tarte Photos & Swatches

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

If it wasn’t apparent by the abundance of sneak peeks, but we are in the throes of fall color collections and releases. July you say? Well, they come a little earlier everywhere and maybe by 2020, we’ll be looking at fall in April :) The best thing I can do for you is providing early swatches while I work on the testing and writing portion of the review process. (Testing takes the longest, followed by finding dupes, in case you were curious.) For total clarity, I purchased the Becca and Tarte palettes, while bareMinerals sent theirs as a press sample.

Palettes in this post:

  1. bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.)
  2. Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.)
  3. Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.)

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Tarte Sets & Kits for Fall 2015

Tarte Sets & Kits for Fall 2015
Tarte Sets & Kits for Fall 2015

Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00) (New)

Bring an energetic look to eyes and cheeks with tarte’s clay-infused eye and cheek palette, featuring eight gorgeous eye shadows in neutral, plum, and smoky hues. Then amp up your makeup look with the versatile eye and cheek highlighter and go softly flushed with the warm, neutral blush—each infused with tarte’s iconic Amazonian clay and encased in a chic palette. Use the included step-by-step guide to learn how to create the “Everyday Energy” and “Nighttime Noir” looks. This palette contains:

  • Amazonian clay eye shadow in Full Moon, Charged Up, Dark Drive, Stone Unturned, Up Too Slate, Misty Mauve, Power Plum, Lunar Eclipse
  • Amazonian clay highlighter in Crystal Spark
  • Amazonian clay 12-Hour blush in Unearthed

Full Face of Gorgeous Color Collection ($49.00) (New, Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Let your makeup looks match the warm weather with tarte’s full face of gorgeous™ color collection. Featuring a limited-edition makeup bag packed with glowing essentials for the eyes, cheeks, and lips, it’s everything you need to flaunt makeup looks that are perfect for the season. Explore the bestselling lights, camera, splashes™ waterproof mascara in travel and trial sizes, and then nourish and balance skin with tarte’s Amazonian clay-infused, bestselling cheek formulas. Try on an array of trendy eye looks with the versatile eye shadow quad, and then finish off your makeup look with a glossy pop of warm color on the lips. This set contains:

  • Apple of my eye Amazonian clay eye shadow quad in Golden Delicious (gold), Caramel (rust brown), Gala (dark brown), Honeycrisp (bronze)
  • Amazonian clay bronzer in park ave princess™
  • Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Fearless (pink coral)
  • LipSurgence™ lip gloss in Fearless (shimmering pink coral)
  • Deluxe lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara
  • Limited-edition makeup bag

Sculpt & Glow Radiant Essentials ($59.00) (New, Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Tarte Sculpt & Glow Radiant Essentials features an array of beauty must-haves that you can take on the road. Featuring the best of tarte’s contouring and bronzing essentials, this stunning, full-size collection that lets you create a full face of flawless radiance. Explore natural-looking lip shades with the bestselling LipSurgence™ lip tint and lip gloss, and flaunt a radiant flush with the Peach Bronze colored clay bronzer blush. Finish off with a volumized lash look with tarte’s iconic, full-size lights, camera, lashes™ mascara. Perfect for summer, this portable makeup essentials set is encased in a versatile travel makeup bag. This set contains:

  • The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess™
  • Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Peach Bronze
  • LipSurgence Lip Tint in Charmed (light pink)
  • LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Flush (berry rose)
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Limited-edition blush brush
  • Limited-edition makeup bag

Availability: Now at Sephora (early access for VIB Rouge/VIB)

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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.

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Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector's Palette
Tarte Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette (Summer 2015) Empower Flower
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Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
73%
Limited Edition
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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.).

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Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Summer 2015 Amazonian Eye & Cheek Palette Poppy Picnic
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
79%
Limited Edition
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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.

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Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette
Tarte Showstopper Cheek & Eye Palette Showstopper
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
Limited Edition
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