After being on a makeup spending ban for which felt like a year – but in reality was probably only 6 – 8 weeks I decided to treat myself to the Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette – Ok, so I may have also treated myself to the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and Jouer Lip Topper and few other bits but let’s not mention that…….
I already have the Tarte Tarlette 2 in Bloom palette and love it – in fact I would go as far to say as it’s my most used palette, so I thought another Tarte palette would always be a good idea.
The biggest thing that drove me to purchase this palette is that its large (not that size always matters) – 20 colours to be precise and 16 of them are matte shades My favourite.
The Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette is housed in a black outer casing and has a high shine gold compartment inside and large mirror. I love the gold inside as it looks very chic but the black outer casing gets dirty with makeup pretty easily.
As with the Tartlette 2 in Bloom palette this Pro palette is split up into rows of 5 shades which together complement each other to create a look – great if you’re in a rush and not really sure what colours to use.
The top row of colours are very similar to those in the Tartlette 2 in Bloom palette but as they are the ones I use the most and have hit pan on, I don’t mind one bit.
As I say I have loved all the Tarte eyeshadows I have tried so far but this palette is on another level…. I’m not sure if they have improved the formula but the pigmentation is brilliant. They are smooth, buttery and easy to blend. They do have a lot of fall out though when you apply them but as I always do my eyes before I apply my base this doesn’t bother me, but worth mentioning. The only thing I would say is that the darker colours like “Smoked”, “Vamp” and “Punk” are grittier, dryer, chalky and not as easy to blend but still very pigmented.
Now onto the 4 new iridescent luster shades – “Ethereal”, “Glam”, “Mix and “Trendy” – The shadows in the circular parts of the palette. These shades are very creamy, pigmented yet thin if that makes sense. They were easy to apply and have a foil like finish but with no chunks of glitter in them. They really are quite different to your usual shimmers and have a multi-dimensional feel to them.
I always swatch my eyeshadow palettes when I review them but I’m particularly pleased I did with this palette as all iridescent shades as well as “Mod”, “No filter”, “Profresh” and “Drama” look quite different in pan compared to once they are applied. But still equally as beautiful.
I love this palette and will definitely recommend it. It has such a good selection of shades that it was my only palette I took to Cape Verde last week with me which is unheard of – I would usually take about 3!
I also want to mention the gold blending brush you get with this palette (if you purchase it from QVC) as not only is it an insanely beautiful gold colour but it’s brilliant!! I wasn’t expecting that at all. I mean brushes that are included with sets are not known for being great, but this one breaks the mould. I’m keen to try more Tarte brushes after using this one. Well done Tarte!
I ordered the Tarte Pro Palette and Tarte Shape Tape from QVC – hurray a UK retailer to order from! However I had a real bug bear about ordering with them…. Delivery is £3.95 and it says that you get half price delivery on every additional item. Great I thought! As I wanted two products… however, it turns out that it’s only of you order two of the same item! Which meant I had to pay £3.95 TWICE, even though they were coming to the same address, were tiny items and I ordered them at the same time! It just seems crazy! Almost £8 on P&P. I don’t know any other retailer where you have to pay P&P on every item you order, it’s usually per order, so that has put me off ordering with them again. Be warned……
The Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette and blending brush cost £44 from QVC – which excluding the P&P issue I think is good value for money when you consider you get 20 shades and a brush.
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