Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Tarte Femme Naturale Eye Palette ($44.00) is an eyeshadow palette that contains ten different shades of Tarte eyeshadow from their fall collection. (Tarte also released the Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Palette with this one.)

  • A pale champagne with slight sheen. This one is a paler version of the color next to it and has more of a frost finish.
  • A champagne with the lightest champagne shimmer. It’s a soft shade, and it makes for a perfect highlighter within this palette.
  • A subdued, semi-matte rose-mauve. I like this shade for two reasons: it’s a subtle way to incorporate a pinker color into your palette without worrying so much it may make you look like you’re crying; but also because I don’t see this particular shade very often. I also dig the finish.
  • A sparkling mix of peachy-gold and soft rose. This reminded me of MAC’s Say Yeah eyeshadow, but a little dark, which is just fine in my book. Say Yeah was always one of my go-to shades. This one has the most frosty/glittery appearance, but I didn’t find it had a lot of fall out issues as glittery shades often do.
  • A deep forest green with a little bit of a grayish tinge. This one had amazing pigmentation and texture–very soft, smooth, and gives you plenty of intensity without having to pack it on.
  • A semi-matte reddish brown. There’s not a whole to say about the shade itself, but it doesn’t read too warm to me (maybe even cool, actually). It has really good pigmentation, and it is surprisingly not chalky for a shadow with such a matte finish.
  • A light, peachy-brown with a frosty finish. This one is similar to the other neutrals in the palette, as it has that frosty look. It’s pigmented and feels soft to the touch.
  • A chalky, cool-toned lilac-pink. Personally, this shade is one I’d find difficult to pull off on my skin tone, but I think those with cooler skin tones will appreciate it. It’s chalky, but I’d say half of it comes from how cool the shade is along with the matte finish.
  • A plummy rose with gold glitter. This color is so stunning! It’s this gorgeous shade that I envision being perfect for fall or holiday. I love the way the gold flecks sparkle in the plummy base. This one wasn’t as pigmented as the others, but it still was pretty good.
  • A rich bronze with gold flecks and a frost finish. This one has a very nice feel to it–very soft–and goes on like butter and has intense pay off.
  • A dark, smoky blue-black with a gray cast. This one was the least pigmented out of the ten shadows, and it kind of dragged a bit when I swatched.

This is a solid palette that gives you a ton of product for under $50. Tarte shadows themselves are high in quality and still affordable.  They’re soft, smooth, and they’re usually easy to blend. The only thing I really wasn’t jazzed over was the product’s packaging.  It just feels tacky to me, and I hate that fingerprints get stuck all over the casing.  The “rose” attached also presents some storage woes.

Each eyeshadow is 0.06 oz., and the palette itself is refillable. Tarte refillable eyeshadows retail for $10 a pop. The palette itself yields you a cost of $73.33/oz. whereas one refillabe Tarte eyeshadow will run you $166.67/oz. Buying these together means you get twice as much for half the cost! :)

  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 2/5

Recommendation:  If you’d like some neutrals–but not just neutrals–Tarte’s Femme Naturale palette offers a good combination to get you started.

Availability: Sephora

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The first swatch is Tarte’s primer — the next three that follow are shadows from the palette (left to right).

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26 thoughts on “Tarte Femme Naturale Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sigh, now I’m torn. Get this or the UB Book of Shadows? I don’t know, maybe I’ll just get both or neither since I want the Clarisonic.

  2. MC

    This looks like a really great palette…

    Current f&f shopping bag:
    This palette
    UD holidy 24/7 liner set
    Stila holiday smudge pot set

  3. I always glance at tarte’s products and I know they’ll mostly be good quality but I just don’t like the pinks in palettes! IDK why, I guess because it just doesn’t seem practical to me to wear pink on my eyes often haha. But none the less, I think this palette is a great value for how much you get :) But I’d pick the UD book of shadows over this in a heart beat!

  4. amy

    This is a great kit, I saw it at Sephora during the summer but it is always sold out along with the Femme Fatale palette.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Karine fiaspice

    I like it… if I had a little more money I’d get that… maybe on my christmas list.

  6. Alexis

    I’ll just stick with their push up cheek stains…

  7. I so wanted to fork out my last bit of PayPal bucks for this palette during my last Sephora buys via a dear friend. But I double checked my HUGE Tarte The Vanity Palette and decided to pass.

    Now I saw the swatches of the palette and think that I may have made a mistake. I love that green and copper (bronze?) beautiful.

    and I think a palette with eye products alone is better than having a MEGA palette like The Vanity as I now don’t reach it often because it’s not user-friendly. Just too big!

    Thanks again for a great post.

  8. Nice review, and I love the swatches as always!

  9. Amelie

    i love all the colors!

  10. These shadow swatches lately are killing me. I just got the UD BOS 2 and now this one…just one more thing to add to the F&F list!

  11. kiran

    Your review is so accurate, bang on as usual!

    I have the eye couture day-to-night eyeshadow palette…it is perfect for just that ‘day to night’ neutrals…I have a problem buying neutral shadows because I would rather fork out the money for unique/funky colors. Palettes like these are perfect…takes care of the boring but necessary shades lol!

  12. ur swatches and review are amazing.. love the lighter colors of this palette

  13. i just love palettes! They are so good for carrying around and leaving most of you makeup at home! Very versatile too. love it!