Sunday, August 23rd, 2009


Tarte Femme Fatale Palette

Tarte: Get Killer Eyes on a Budget

Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette ($44.00) is one of two palettes from Tarte’s Fall 2009 Collection.  It’s a refillable eyeshadow palette that contains ten different eyeshadows.  The top row contains:  shimmering blush, iridescent smoke, shimmering violet, shimmering indigo, shimmering onyx; the bottom row contains:  shimmering light gold, shimmering copper-rose, shimmering deep bronze, shimmering jade, shimmering garnet.  It also includes a double-ended eyeliner and double-ended brush.

Now, I’m going to give you my take on the top row’s shades:  a soft, buttery semi-matte pale dusty pink; a frosty, icy silver with pink pearl; a deep red-tone purple with magenta; a dark navy blue with gray; and a gray-black with light sheen.  The second row’s shades:  a soft, semi-sheer peach with a buttery feel; a peach-toned copper with a frost finish; a warm-toned golden caramel brown; a muted teal with gray-blue; and a rich, deeply pigmented burgundy-black with purple flecks.

I found all ten shades to have a soft, smooth texture and all of them had decent to great pigmentation.  The only two that has slightly less pigmentation were the first shades in each of the rows–which I’d attribute more to them being softer shades overall, and thus just not appearing as pigmented as the other eight shades.  It’s an interesting mix of colors, and I can definitely see several combinations just jump out at me, which is something in its favor.

It’s actually a very value-heavy palette, because each shadow is 1.75g/0.06 oz.–which is more than a single, standalone MAC eyeshadow (which is 1.5g/0.06 oz.)!  If it’s cheaper than MAC, it’s pretty much going to be a better deal than most other high-end brands, too.  It’s actually great to see a palette that gives you plenty of product while pricing it right.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation:  Palette lovers, rejoice!  Value, pigmentation, and usability combine to make this a very worthwhile palette.  I personally didn’t love the packaging, but it’s such a minor point when what’s inside is so good!

Availability: Sephora

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Tarte Femme Fatale Palette


Tarte Femme Fatale Palette


Tarte Femme Fatale Palette


Tarte Femme Fatale Palette


Tarte Femme Fatale Palette


Tarte Femme Fatale Palette

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40 thoughts on “Tarte Cosmetics: Femme Fatale Palette for Fall 2009

  1. Lorna

    i love the studded packaging. ^_^

  2. Gorgeous colours and packaging! I love the details :D

  3. Nicole

    I so was going to get this but passed it up..and now I wish I had,love the colors and the pay off on them

  4. Ashley

    I generally only like buying single shadows, but this looks like a good deal! Those colours all look so beautiful, other than the very first swatch, it looks kinda chalky (maybe it’s just my monitor haha)
    I have very few shadows that are similar in terms of the undertones, other than maybe the purple and copper ones. Hate the packaging, but I am definitely going to check it out once I (eventually) head over to Sephora!

  5. The colors look so pretty and pigmented! I think I will get it!

  6. Rosie

    I bought one of their palettes and the e/s are just a little too dusty for my taste. But they are beautiful.

  7. adelinky

    I got mine with the Tarte 30% discount!
    I’m not sure if I want to keep it. Maybe i’ll sell mine :(

  8. it has a lot of repeated colours found in other Tarte palettes. I was getting it but Tarte isn’t too created enough for me to do that.

  9. liz

    ohh its pretty, and theyre having f&f.

    its a maybe though; ive got a few things to save up for

  10. hi

    Could we have the Tarte double-ended liner swatches, pretty please??? :)

  11. I ALMOST bought this when I was at Sephora a couple weeks ago. These e/s have really good pigmentation and they’re so pretty…

  12. Yaya

    Ah.. loving it!

  13. Kaylabella

    This is so gorgeous! Next time I go to Sephora this is going to be on my list!

  14. Chris

    I saw this at Sephora, but the colors look like ones I already have right now. So I didn’t think it would be worth getting.

    • Which colors do you have that are similar?

      • Christy

        From the 1st pic of 5 swatches: Romantique, Vex, Fashion Groupie, Deep Blue Green & Dark Soul pigment mixed together. The last one could also be an eyeshadow from the NYX Lake Moss Trio.

        2nd pic Melon & Provence pigment combo, NYX Orange pigment or Medusa Tiger eyedust, Amber Lights, Deep Blue Green pigment and BeautyMarked eyeshadow or NYX burgundy eyeshadow from the Lake Moss Trio.

        LOL! I can’t believe I have all of those! I’ve been packing it all since I’m moving and I’m amazed that it took the equivalent space of 4 copy paper boxes to put all my makeup and beauty products.

  15. I’m definitely getting this.
    I love studs…and I love eyeshadows!

  16. Alexis

    I saw this at Sephora over the weekend – LOVE the packaging but didn’t give the shadows a second glance now I may have to look at this one again and do some swatching! =)

  17. I NEED THIS. Too bad i’m Dutch and have to get it of eBay.