Monday, January 25th, 2010

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010

Tarte for Spring 2010:  Flower Child Palette

Tarte Flower Child Natural Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00) is a new spring-styled palette from Tarte. It seems like every season, Tarte has a new eyeshadow palette up their sleeves. The Flower Child palette is in the same vein; it includes ten eyeshadows housed in a purple-covered case (kind of like a patent material) with flowers sprouting out on top (sorry, no photo).

Inspired by the rich earthen hues from which their pure color pigments are harvested and this Spring’s runway and red carpet trends, Tina’s interpretation of tarte’s best-selling eyeshadow palette combines saturated pigments with subtle pops of color. Versatile and artistic, this palette seamlessly transitions between day and night thanks to a wide variety of tones ranging from delicate to robust. This harmonious balance of shades ingeniously captures the expressiveness of the eyes no matter the look.


  • Soft Daffodil is a lightly shimmered peach. It’s hard to see on my skin tone, but it’s a very pretty shade to use with a neutral or softer look.
  • Ecru Hibiscus is a pink champagne. It may not seem ultra pigmented to the eye, but it’s designed to be softer shade — this is something you could use as a highlighter or as a wash. I think it’s just pigmented enough to do what it should.
  • Pink Peony is a brightened up blue-based pink. It was a little powdery when I played with it and looked sheerer when swatched than I’d have liked it to be. Even though it’s supposed to have shimmer, it seemed very minute to me.
  • Gray Periwinkle is a silvered gray with a light shimmer sheen (but it’s truly quite faint). I didn’t see any periwinkle in this, though. This shade was decently pigmented relative to the rest of the shades in the palette.
  • Peach Tulip is a coppery bronze that goes on very smooth and looks rich. This one is very pigmented, but it looks absolutely nothing like a peach or tulip. This seems like a better fit for the name “Firewheel” (while Firewheel seems a better fit for Peach Tulip).
  • Firewheel is a peachy melon with a soft gold sheen. This is a played down, more pinked melon than MAC’s Melon pigment. I always gravitate towards these kinds of shades! This applied very smooth and pigmented.
  • Buttercup is a slightly warmed-up soft brown with a matte finish. It’s soft, but it’s a little on the sheerer side and can look a bit faded.
  • African Violet is a darkened purple with red undertones with a light shimmer sheen. It’s decently pigmented, though not intense.
  • Delphinium Blue is a powdery navy blue. This was the sheerest and most powdery shade of the ten eyeshadows–it just wasn’t very pigmented or smooth.
  • Vibrant Forest Grass is a darkened cool-toned green with a soft shimmer finish. I think the name is a little off — it’s not vibrant (just pigmented, but not intensely so), but it is like a forest green, I suppose.

Also included in the palette is a double-sided eyeliner that has a dark brown on one side and a lightly shimmered darkened teal on the other; a double-sided brush (yes, a brush–no sponge tip applicators here!), and a miniature-sized Natural Eye Primer. The Eye Primer doesn’t actually fit inside the palette, though, so it’s not as functional as it could be. (It comes in a plastic holder that hangs off of the side.)

All of the eyeshadows are full-sized and magnetized so you can remove them if you want, refill with other Tarte eyeshadows as needed, and so on. I really do like that, because it means you are getting a great deal for your money, but it means you can always slot in another shade if you happen to finish one of these!

Bottom Line: It’s a solid palette, but it’s definitely on the sheerer/softer side of the eyeshadow spectrum. The colors do fit well with the season, as it gives me a spring feeling. The palette itself holds excellent value as you get ten full-sized eyeshadows for $44 (as opposed to $10 a pop, not that you can purchase these shades individually, though). I think some of the shades could have used some more pigmentation, particularly the deeper shades, but it’s a decent palette overall.

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

Recommendation: For a real value-loaded palette, Tarte’s Flower Child offers several soft shades for the spring season.

Availability: Sephora

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Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010
Soft Daffodil, Ecru Hibiscus; Firewheel, Buttercup

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010
Ecru Hibiscus, Pink Peony, Buttercup, African Violet

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010
Gray Periwinkle, Peach Tulip; Delphinium Blue, Vibrant Forest Grass

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010
Soft Daffodil, Ecru Hibiscus, Pink Peony

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010
Pink Peony, Gray Periwinkle, Peach Tulip

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010
Firewheel, Buttercup, African Violet

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010
African Violet, Delphinium Blue, Vibrant Forest Green

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010

Tarte Flower Child Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2010

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21 thoughts on “Tarte Flower Child Natural Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Alison

    Thanks for the Tarte review! I hope you get your hands on their new lipstains; Sephora said they provide 6000% more moisture or something like that.

  2. normally I overlook eyeshadow palettes because it’s so hard to find one where every color is useful so the fact that this is magnetic is great! African Violet and both shades of the eyeliner are really beautiful

  3. amy

    Tarte palettes are always pretty and are a great value but I find that they are very similar. I love that you can switch colours in between each palette to mix and match.

  4. DDK

    Coul you tell me the name of the eyeliner you have swatched? The green/teal one? Thanks!

  5. Perri

    ooo that greenish-blue eyeliner is gorgeous. The eyeshadow colors don’t have enough POP for my tastes. I mean, right now I’m wearing a combo of MAC pigments on my eyes that are fuchsia and glittery black so I like the loud colors. 😛

  6. Thanks so much for this review. I’ve been on the fence about getting one of Tarte’s palettes as I wanted something I could use on a day to day basis but was still colorful. I just wish that a few of the shadows were matte (or at least semi-matte) finish but I think I’m going to pick this up anyway on my next visit to Sephora.

  7. elise

    I don’t like those shadows at all. I recently bought one of their palettes and all the colors truly looked nice. However, they all had very poor payoff and it was very hard to make them show up as nice as the colors look in the palette itself. Tarte eyeshadows are nice in the pans but not too good in reality. I love the concept of magnetized, removable shadows, but as for product itself, I would rather buy a different brand. Anyone that will try them will probably not be to happy by their payoff and staying power on the actual eye.

    • Hmm, I’ve had no problems with the product staying on my eye! I use MAC Soft Ochre paint pot as my base typically…

      • elise

        Christine, you also mentioned that the colors were very sheer and hard to show up on the lids, right? Even from your swatches you see such intense colors swatch quite sheer. As for staying power, if I use a base there are no problems, but getting them to show up right in the first place is. Bottom line, in my opinion they look better in the pan but not so good on the eyes. If they wore made much more pigmented than that would make them quite nice. I am so used to Mac, UD and CD having such a good payoff and ease of use that this is what I look for with all my shadows now. I guess I got spoiled. LOL

        • They’re softer, but they’re not super sheer. I had trouble getting them to show on skin swatches — which doesn’t have a base. When I use them on my lids with an eyeshadow base, I don’t have any issues with them not showing up!

    • joolz2u

      It does sound like the shades are all quite sheer. I thought I would have wanted this one, but I think I’ll pass. Thanks for the review, Christine!

  8. Melissa (divinem)

    I ordered [and received] mine today. Looking forward to giving it a whirl. I took a look at Tarte’s website where one can purchase individual shades if they wish. As you said, palettes are definitely the way to go as far as getting a deal. I LOVE the purple flowers on the palette. I’m such a sucker for packaging. I hope the product lives up to my expectations. Thanks for the review.

  9. evangelia

    thanks for reviewing this christine! i was really intrigued when i first saw this palette on the sephora website, but my local store didn’t have it in stock and i couldn’t find any online reviews. i was about to order it sight unseen, but after your review, i think i’ll pass and save my $44 for something worth it.

  10. Yay, a review! This is what I plan to get next, along with their lipstain. I’ve already got my bright colors, courtesy of UD, and now this will be my neutrals :)

  11. I was going to pass on this one, but now I’m not so sure…that green is just too wonderful.

  12. Ohh pretty case! I like the teal liner best!

  13. This is a really colorful palette.:) Some of the eyeshadows are pretty but I wouldn’t buy it since I’m sure I’m not going to use half of the colors from this palette. What I like from this palette are Ecru Hibiscus, Pink Peony, Buttercup, African Violet. :)

  14. Luisafer

    not crazy about this…

  15. Holly

    I bought this palette because it had such beautiful colors and a pretty good value. However, even with the primer it came with and UDPP, the shadow would fade so fast! Literally an hour after applying, you couldn’t tell i was wearing any!! DO NOT BUY THIS! Please! The eyeliners were great, though.