Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
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.

As a note, the back of the packaging lists 1.91 oz. for the blush with a 5.4g weight, but when you covert 5.4 grams into oz., you get 0.19 oz. (1.91 oz. is a massive amount of product in makeup, whereas 0.19 oz. is more in line with the size of it in the palette and what you’d expect to see with the average blush).

Full Moon is a light beige with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a very silky feel to it, but it was prone to sheering out as it also became somewhat powdery. It had semi-opaque coverage and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charged Up is a subdued, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted finish and warm undertones. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery or dry. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Chrome (P, ) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Buxom Mink Magnet (P, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Drive is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a drier texture that kicked up excess in the pan and ended up being difficult to blend on the eye, as the eyeshadow applied unevenly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is more muted. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stone Unturned is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was very powdery, which resulted in sheer coverage that didn’t apply well to bare skin. It was noticeably faded after five and a half hours on me. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Up Too Slate is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. The texture felt a little denser compared to the rest of the palette. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, warmer. YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Vendome (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Misty Mauve is a softened, medium-dark purple-taupe with a matte finish and cooler undertones. It was a smidgen on the powdery side, but it was denser and had a much smoother feel, which helped the color payoff. The color went on with mostly opaque coverage and started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte I Think I Cannes (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Natural Beauty (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Unexpected (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tarte Best Friend (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter. Buxom Spoiled Sexy (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eco-chic (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Plum Smoke (P, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. LORAC Wisteria (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is warmer. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Power Plum is a deepened, eggplant purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and dusty in the pan, which made it harder to blend on the lid without it turning into a patchy/uneven mess. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is . LORAC Plum (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lunar Eclipse is a medium-dark black with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a firmer, drier consistency that was difficult to blend on the skin. It lasted for just over six hours before fading. Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is darker. NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Blackboard (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crystal Spark is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a denser texture, but it was prone to “thickening” on the lid, so it would look uneven or emphasize the texture of the lid itself. It had good pigmentation and was fairly blendable, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P, ) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Unearthed is a rosy copper with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was fairly buildable with a lightly powdery texture that was at least finely-milled. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading, but it fell short of the 12-hour wear time claimed. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

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

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

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
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Tarte Full Moon Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow

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Tarte Dark Drive Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow

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Tarte Power Plum Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow
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Tarte Lunar Eclipse Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow

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Tarte Unearthed Amazonian Clay Blush

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Tarte Unearthed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Unearthed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Unearthed Amazonian Clay Blush

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

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

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • Urban Decay After Dark Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Hmmm I’m torn on this. I really like the vibe of this palette (and I don’t own any Tarte palettes yet), but hard to blend mattes are no fun…

I really don’t get what’s so great about Tarte. I can’t think of one item I’ve ever owned by them that I really loved.

There was a time tarte was talc-free, and that’s what drew me to the brand. However, since they’ve started, I find myself completely disinterested. The same goes for LORAC…

Ya know, these are exactly the kind of shades that I can never decide on whether they look good on me or not, weird huh? Either way, it’s a shame the mattes are a bit powdery.

Tis the summer of discontent…well, palette wise, anyway. I almost bought this past Friday because it really looked gorgeous, but stopped myself with “Wait for Christine to review it first before you jump!”…so glad I didn’t buy it! You just saved me some $$$’s and disappointment!

Oh man what a bummer! I really liked the looks of this one… Maybe it’ll go on sale eventually @ Sephora & I can grab it for $20-ish.. You did a lovely eye look as usual, Christine 🙂

Ya nvr know 😉
Ulta has a round “version” of this for the same price, & they’re doing that 20% off entire purchase, which is always nice. I’m not sure how similar they are though

A part of me kind of wants to buy this, but only because this is a neutral palette without a bronzy shade, nLOL! However, I’ll still most likely skip it.

This looks like it had the potential to be a really awesome palette but missed the mark on a lot of counts. The blush is also not a great colour for me but it might have been workable had the rest of the palette been better.

I’ve never tried any of the Tarte eyeshadow palettes. I like their blushes but their eyeshadow palettes don’t appeal to me. I’m looking forward for their Christmas release though, I saw that they’re releasing another blush palette which I’ll probably get 🙂

It’s too bad about the performance because the shades in this palette are really nice. I would have seriously considered it had performed better because I don’t have any mattes in a few of those colors. Or… maybe, between the Be MATTEnificent palette and the Tartelette pallete, I do? I’m too tired to remember. =(

I own the palette and actually quite like it, but I’m using primer and only applying the darkest shades damp with an eyeliner brush. I’ve got green eyes and usually go for plummy or pinky-brown eye looks, so this covers all the bases for me. (Most of the Sephora reviews seem to be from green- or hazel-eyed girls, haha.)

Count me in the torn camp. I LOVE the color combinations — I’d wear the eye/cheek color scheme happily, frequently, and I do wear shadow over primer…

But there are so many other options to choose from these days, y’know?

Still, price isn’t bad…

Exactly how I feel Tessa — there are a lot of options so it’s hard to go for something that isn’t quite right these days!

Hello there I love coming to your blog to read your reviews on the most recent products that have been released! Thank you for creating such in-depth reviews for each product. I am torn between this palette and the Rainforest After Dark palette. I am olive-toned with dark features, so which palette do you think will show up better on my skin and I will get more use out of? I collect palettes and am an avid lover of Tarte, and both packagings are beautiful!

Do you prefer the Tarte Energy Noir or Rainforest after dark better? I’m debating between the two, or do you think they’re different enough to get both? Thanks!

I am completely SHOCKED by this review! I know, to each their own, right? 😉
I have had this palette for a few weeks, and it is a DEFINITE go-to for me. The two darkest “shadows” are best used as powder liner. I ♡ them used like that! Also, the highlighter shade could be used as a shadow, but it works best on my as a cheekbone highlight. The blusher is the PERFECT “natural flush” color for me; it looks exactly like my cheeks after a brisk Fall morning walk!
I give this pallet an Easy “A”, if not “A+++” !
I do not have any difficulty blending the beautiful mattes, on the contrary I find them very easy to work with.
Just my two cents. 🙂
Ty for your review, it is so interesting to see others’ perspective on makeup. ♡
Take care!
Xoxo- Beezy

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