The Tarte Royal Collection is sold exclusively at Ulta and online at tartecosmetics.com. I’m so hyped to bring you my review today since Tarte is currently having 40% Off during their Friends and Family event so if you fall in love with the Royal Collection, as I did, you can score it at a great price.
Let’s take a peek!
16 Full Size Tarte Eyeshadows and some fun extras packaged into a beautiful ruffle designed palette!
Part of the appeal of the palette is definitely the value considering you’re getting 16 full size shadows here! At first glance I was kinda a bit meh because you get a combination of matte and shimmer shades here. You know what a strong disdain of matte shadows I have right? But Tarte could make me a believer. This is the first time I paid any real attention to their matte shades and I must say I’m delighted. They are sooooo smooth and apply so easily. Like no matte I’ve ever tried in the past. Some of the shades are true gems and brighten up my eye area in such a delightful way! Who would think a dull, beige shade of matte shadow could do such wonders on my lid!? Loves it! There are a total of eight shades of matte in the palette and I honestly, easily used all of them in various looks without a hiccup during application!
The shimmer shades are just as lovely and offer a nice variety of color with some that really stand out. There’s a beige gold (I used it in my look before) that reminds me of my very favorite NARS Eyeshadow, Night Star and another shade that reminds of the gorgeous purple (used this also in one of my looks) from the Korres Sugar Plum Set.
The range of shades just really fit what I like right now. You get a few bolder shades but for the most part many softer ones that really brighten out the eye area and create a very pretty effect. They all apply easily, blend out beautifully, and have a nice color pay off.
Reverting back slightly, I did forget to mention the darling packaging which features a ruffle design on the front. It’s the traditional purple Tarte colors with hints of gold. The palette flips up and reveals the shadows with a full size mirror. Below is a stealthy little drawer that houses deluxe size samples of:
- Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer
- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
- Tarte MultiplEye Lash Enhancing Primer
- Tarte Vitamin-Infused Lipgloss
I’ve reviewed Lights, Camera, and Lashes Mascara recently. Please see the following post for the review and before and after shots of me wearing it.
The Lipgloss included is much like the glosses from the Crown Jewel Gift Set. It’s a tiny sample which has a subtle touch of pink shimmer to lips and a tasty formula.
I haven’t yet tried the Lash Enhancing Primer (I’m always a little wary of anything that contains Lash Enhancing Serum).
I’m sadly not a fan of Tarte Clean Slate as silicone primers make me itchy and tend to break me out however those who favor such a primer will like the heavier, richer base that mimics Smashbox Photofinish but has a thicker texture.
- Anyone who likes both matte and shimmer shades.
- Anyone wanting full size eyeshadows at a great price.
- Anyone who loves Tarte!
- Anyone seeking a more natural, green friendly makeup that’s free of parabens as well as other harsh ingredients.
- Those who like softer, more subtle shades of color such as beiges, golds, coppers, etc…
- Can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love this!
I went into this review not expecting a lot. Perhaps I’ve seen one too many palettes lately and that’s why my excitement level wasn’t high but coming out of my review I am more than happy and pleased with the entire experience. I feel like I’ll reach for The Royal Collection daily and will possibly hit pan on a few of these shades. Tarte may have made me a matte believer because I can’t believe how fabulous the formula is on some of these shades. The colors are all so gorgeous and wearable.
Really liked this one and definitely feel it was worthy of a Muse Approval.
It’ll probably surprise you!