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Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/11

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself | Look Breakdown
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself | Look Breakdown
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself | Look Breakdown
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself | Look Breakdown
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

Make Believe In Yourself

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette ($40.00 for 0.485 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows and one highlighter. housed in a circular compact with a large mirror inside. The formula is supposed to have a “silky-soft” texture and a “long-lasting finish without any fallout or chalkiness.” Across the board, the formula featured a denser powder texture, where there was no excess product kicked up in the pan and often using a patting/pushing motion with brushes was better than gently sweeping for picking up product onto a brush. There were a few that I think would work best with flat, synthetic brushes rather than anything fluffy (like Wings and Marvel).

The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, frosted and metallic in finish, and blendable on the eye, though a couple ran sheerer or seemed chunkier in texture, so they required a little more finessing. The lone matte eyeshadow seemed out of place, both with respect to the tone of it (pinker) as well as the fact that it’s not going to work across all skin tones. Since the whole palette is so shimmery, I think that the one matte eyeshadow should have just been one more shimmer, as I expect anyone who would have wanted a matte eyeshadow to need to reach for more mattes than just the one presently included. The highlighter was intense but might emphasize one’s natural skin texture at medium or great coverage levels. The palette’s powders had a subtle, vanilla scent.

01/03

Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter
Tarte Believe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Believe

Believe is a bright, pale white with a cooler base undertone and warmer, golden shimmer and sparkle that shifted from almost a dirty, grayish white gold to a warmer, pinky-gold white. The finish was more metallic with some sparkle, so for those who prefer a more intense highlight, I think this will work well. The texture was a bit denser than most highlighter formulas, so I’d use a denser brush and pat the surface rather than using a sweeping motion. It blended out well, was very pigmented, and lasted for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, talc, ethylhexyl palmitate, zinc stearate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, boron nitride, silica, caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, kaolin, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, tin oxide, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, vanillin, titanium dioxide (CI 77891).

Believe
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

01/02

Tarte Myth Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Myth Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Myth Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Myth Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Myth Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Myth Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Myth

Myth is a muted, medium rosy brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable color coverage paired with a soft, finely-milled texture that was soft enough that it was a bit powdery and prone to sheering out on the skin. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear on me.

Myth
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

01/02

Tarte Magic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Magic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Magic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Magic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Magic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Magic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Magic

Magic is a deep, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, dense, and almost cream-like texture that applied beautifully to bare skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing on me.

Magic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

01/02

Tarte Wings Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Wings Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Wings Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Wings Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Wings Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Wings Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Wings

Wings is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was very dense with this one, and it was harder to pick up product with a brush (even using my standard technique for this type of formula). I wouldn’t describe it as truly stiff, as I was able to blend out the edges without extra effort. It seemed to have more semi-opaque pigmentation, which was sort of buildable, but it lacked the intensity of a lot of other shades in the palette. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before creasing.

Wings
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

01/02

Tarte Marvel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Marvel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Marvel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Marvel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Marvel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Marvel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Marvel

Marvel is a light-medium, “cooler” gold with a metallic finish and finer sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, though it was buildable; I noticed some emphasis of texture on my lid when layered. The eyeshadow had a firmer, denser feel to it that was almost “wet” to the touch, and it yielded a thinner, smoother layer of product on the actual lid. It wore well for seven and a half hours and had a touch of fallout.

Marvel
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

01/02

Tarte Trance Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Trance Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Trance Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Trance Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Trance Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Trance Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Trance

Trance is a medium-dark, taupe brown with cooler undertones and a metallic finish. It had medium, buildable color payoff paired with a smooth, almost wet-like texture that was denser in the pan. I was able to layer this one and did not notice emphasis of my lid’s texture, though. On me, the color started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear.

Trance
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

01/02

Tarte Fairy Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Fairy Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Fairy Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Fairy Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Fairy Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Fairy Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Fairy

Fairy is a light-medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, dense, and cream-like so it was still easy to use and apply for even, opaque coverage. It wore well for just over eight hours on me before creasing.

Fairy
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

01/02

Tarte Mystic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Mystic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Mystic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Mystic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Mystic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Mystic Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Mystic

Mystic is a light-medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff that went on fairly evenly, but it took some extra effort to blend and smooth out on bare skin. I actually felt like it applied better over bare skin than over eyeshadow primer. The consistency was dense but not stiff, but had slightly chunkier shimmer overall. The eyeshadow lasted for seven and a half hours before creasing on me.

Mystic
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

01/02

Tarte Dream Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Dream Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Dream Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Dream Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Dream Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Dream Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Dream

Dream is a muted, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a slightly denser texture that was very smooth and was surprisingly thin on the lid (in a good way). It was easier to build up the color and blend it out in practice than I expected. This shade started crease after eight hours of wear.

Dream
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

01/02

Tarte Crystal Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Crystal Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Crystal Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Crystal Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Crystal Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Crystal Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Crystal

Crystal is a muted, medium rosy mauve with cooler undertones paired with warmer, gold shimmer. The texture was denser, almost cream-like, as it yielded a lot of product with a pat of the brush, but it was also chunkier and could easily thicken on the lids, emphasizing texture. I noticed the color could look warmer or cooler depending on what was surrounding it. It wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing on me.

Crystal
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

01/02

Tarte Pixie Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Pixie Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Pixie Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Pixie Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Pixie Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Pixie Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Pixie

Pixie is a light-medium, pink-coral with a golden, metallic sheen. It had opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. It was one of the easiest shades to use in the palette, as it wasn’t too dense or too soft. The texture was forgiving and blendable as well. The color wore nicely for eight hours on me.

Pixie
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Tarte Eye & Cheek Palette $40.00/0.48 OZ.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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I agree with your B grade. I didnt see much pigment payoff, but that may have something to do with my lately incredibly dry eyelids. Instead of an eye primer, i’ve been using this argan oil balm by Josie Maran on my eyes. Once I press the shadow onto my lid, the pigment comes through beautifully. The highlight in the middle has an iridescent feel on my face. While the colors are not Urban Decay Electric Palette intense, I find them creamy and blendable. I love the scent as well.
Overall, i’m very happy with this palette. Mainly because I have nothing like it in my collection.

Glad you found a good way to work the eyeshadows on your lids, Jovana! Another suggestion would be using the shimmery shades with a damp brush, if you are so inclined! 🙂

I like the colors and concept, but the texture could be a little more forgiving.

I slather my skincare on my eyes when I’m not wearing eye makeup. …of course, then I forget and do it on the days that I intend to wear eye makeup and that ends disastrously.

This palette is such a gem! I’m so happy I splurged on it, my first foray into Tarte was with the Swamp Queen palette and as much as I really love it (I still use it pretty regularly) the fallout is out of control on two of the shades. This one is perfection. I wish my skin was Pixie.

Call me weird but like with MAC lipsticks I could smell Tarte palettes all day. That vanilla scent is yum.

Ugh I’m so torn on this one – love the colours (especially some of the more unusual looking ones like Crystal and Dream) but I’m not sure the quality justifies it. I especially wish Trance performed better as the shade looks lovely. Not sure if we even get this here anyway.

I like it, but it was definitely a bit denser overall that it takes some maneuvering to work it onto the lid. You could probably use a damp brush as well!

I ended up ordering this from Tarte’s website because I wanted the free shipping to get their Shape Tape Contour Concealer that you can’t get in Canada since it’s an Ulta Exclusive still. ;(

BUT this palette just screams me in terms of shimmer tones I like to use with my fair skin so I’m happy with those getting decent grades overall. It’s in the mail still so I should get it this week)

Yeah…. I have my Urban Decay Naked Basics for matte shades for blending other palettes with, I really like my shimmers when it comes to soft tones like these. lol

I’m excite for a cool tone and not pink highlighter as well as I only get neutral and warm tones mostly.

Some fun colors in there, but the overall scheme is not really suited for me. Plus, this sounds a lot like the Rainforest of the Sea formula, which I happened to not like very much, as it really emphasized texture on my lids. I am glad to see they are finally putting a highlight in the middle area- the dead space always bugged me in these circular palettes!

Even denser in feel compared to the Rainforest of the Sea palette, IMO, and the shimmer is larger/more prominent!

I want this because I love shimmer and it seems similar to the formulas in the Rainforest of the Sea palettes; did you think so?

I think I’m going to have to wait until the first of the month anyhow; I totally busted my budget with my vacation this month. Whoops.

Somewhat – it is similar in the overall creamier, denser feel (compared to Tarte’s regular formula), but I’d say the one used in this palette is denser than the Rainforest of the Sea, possibly due to the larger shimmers.

Actually surprised by how dupable this is, even in stash. The customer reviews on this are really polarized, on S and U. This is so cheerful, and it’s great to have so many slightly muted colorful shades all at hand. Think this will be fab for the right person. Just drag out a UD or other matte selection, and the looks are infinite.

That comment sealed it for me. I’ll pass, if you only like it I can’t justify the cost. It’s essentially all shimmer palette from a brand that consistently gives me the “like it” not “love it” feel and with the size of my collection I’ve got to love it.

Is there a more pastel palette that you’d prefer over this in the same sort of spirit? I know there have been a lot lately, but nothing that’s wowed.

I’m so sad there isn’t a closer dupe for Crystal! That is such a gorgeous shade! All of the others aren’t that unusual to me so I don’t regret missing out on any of the other shades. Maybe they’ll come out with a single…

Yep, will need this one too! Along with the individual metallic singles, Tarte is going to be taking all my money in April. I LOVE these kinds of colors/finishes on my inner or middle lid, and while I might have some dupes, this kit would be so convenient to grab in the morning. Agree the matte is odd, should’ve put in a better matte or just add in another shimmer. And not too crazy about a vanilla scent (why Tarte why?), but ironically, my lids can take some fragrance because they are so oily, the oil forms a barrier with the skin.

My singles from Ulta arrived intact, and I saw Sephora put up a couple new shades this AM… but neither retailer has all the new shades.

I’m not a big fan of added fragrances. Tarte’s isn’t as bad as Too Faced; I know I’m the minority but Too Faced smells too chemically for me. I can’t put it anywhere near my face.

This is a very pretty palette. I love the presentation and the colors are pretty, if not unique. I wish that Tarte had thrown a green or more turquoise shade in there but overall really pretty. I will check it out the next time I am in town. I was rather disappointed in my trip to Seattle because a lot of the new summer makeup was not out yet. My daughter’s spring break came too early this year!

This was one of those times when I was hoping that I had all the dupes I’d ever need to replicate this palette, but nope, i don’t. I love the color selection in here and the looks you did using this are so ethereal, especially the rainbow one! So I may just need this one after all!

I’ve been almost holding my breath waiting for this review. I was hoping it would be either really bad (like an F-) or really good; a B rating leaves me caught on the horns of a dilemma. I so don’t need this and I have 1 or 2 dupes for all the colours I like best but there are few here that are so pretty that I just really want to possess this thing!

I understand! I liked it but didn’t love it; there were some issues with the texture, but the selection of colors still came together well on the lids.

It’s not perfect, but it’s really pretty. I think it will work well with my very fair skin. You know I love my metallics! I just ordered it after reading your review.

I am absolutely thrilled with it. I do wish it had another matte shade or two, but the one it has is a good crease shade for me. It applied and blended beautifully over primer; no patchiness. I liked the warm crease shade, even with the cooler metallics, but a cool crease shade would have been a nice option.

Wow!!! Thanks Christine!!! I was going to pass on this because I didn’t think the colors were for me but now i’ m living for these colors!!! Thanks so much!

I wasn’t interested at all in this, Until I saw your eye looks!!! I love how stunning and different the two eye looks are Christine!!

I think that the shape of the pans could be a tad tricky when using this palette – the shades are cohesive and do reflect the theme of the sea.
I am not sure that I am sold on all the shades being so frosty, but the swatches indicate they are lovely shades.
Beautiful eye looks Christine.

The texture and pigment of the shades look pretty good, from what the way they look in the pan I was expecting glitter fall out issues! It’s just too frosty for my taste though, and the palette lacks deeper, contrasting shades for me.

I love that it’s a cooler toned palette but I’m not loving the shimmer. I’m only just now learning how to incorporate color into makeup, shimmer and glitter is very much out of my comfort zone!

I’m loving Dream and Pixie 🙂

This is a pass though, as I know I won’t get much use out of so many metallic shades lol

Great Spring pallette! I’m wearing some of the brighter colors today since the horrible cold that’s been gripping the Mid Atlantic seems to be letting go. I love sparkle, this palette has subtle sparkle with the exception of the highlight that has a little more but no big chunks. I bought it via an in-app special from Sephora since being Rouge, I knew it would arrive faster than if I bought it through Tarte. The matte shade works for me although I’m using Urban Decay’s matte primer with Believe on top. Didn’t quite work as I wanted over my wrinkles but it was a nice try! I’ll take it 😛

It’s very cute and I like the bright colors but not a must have for me. I am very drawn to the silver look Christine did and almost impulse bought it but I’d rather save my money and a Viseart palette.

I like the shades in this palette (I love Dream, Crystal, and Pixie the most), but I can’t justify buying it at the moment. I also agree about the one random matte shade — they should have just included another shimmer at that rate!

Myth certainly seems a bit out of place in this palette. Apart from that I love the palette, there’s only one thing I have against it. Can’t get Tarte here 🙁
I love the looks you did. Lovely!

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