This review of the Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette ($36) feels a little late because ALL OF YOU have tried it before me I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of a matte eyeshadow and blush palette to be honest but if anyone at all was going to change my mind about matte it was Tarte.
Tarte introduced me to mattes I actually LOVED! I think the first time I really dug a matte eyeshadow as when I hauled the original Tarte Jewelry Box Palette that was launched around 2009 or so. That palette had a huge array of eyeshadows in a ton of different finishes and yes, there were mattes in there. No one can deny that Tarte’s super silky matte formula is so easy to work with and use. My experience with mattes up to that point had all been bad. Dry, chalky, with a patchy application that looked horrid on my eyes. Seriously, matte just wasn’t for me.
But in comes Tarte and singlehandedly they change my mind. To this day I’m still a little scared of matte anything but I know if Tarte’s behind the wheel I’m safe.
The Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette reinforces the fact that Tarte knows how to do mattes.
I run across plenty of beauty products daily so it’s been a while since I had “fun” with any of them but the Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette was just FUN! I know who even associates matte and fun in the same sentence?
Maybe it because it was a no brainer to use or the formula is completely amazing? Maybe it was just I was so happy that I could actually apply, blend, and wear matte shadows so well? Who knows but I had a blast with this palette.
Housed in a very sleek and beautiful compact with a purple swirling design that looks like the inside of a cut mineral rock of some sort the Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette contains essentials for your cheeks and your eyes in one smooth sophisticated formula.
Open it up and inside is a generously sized mirror, blush, six eyeshadows, two eyeliner shades, and a very soft, usable dual sided brush for apply and blending your shadows.
There’s a clear over sheet on the palette which has the name of each product on it as well as where each of the shades is best suited for placement on your eyes.
- Dream in Chocolate
- Don’t Stand Black
- Sand Out From the Crowd (base)
- Peach for the Stars (lid)
- Two Plums Up (other corner)
- Pink Outside the Box (lid)
- Rose to the Occasion (crease)
- View From the Taupe (crease)
First let’s start with Elevated which is a completely matte, silky, extremely smooth and easy to apply and blend out shade of Amazonian Clay Blush. This has a long strong wear without losing intensity more than 12 hours on my cheeks. The shade is a dusky cooler mauve. On my cheeks it reflects a tan natural peach. It’ll likely look different on everyone depending on your undertones. The shade is sheer at first but builds up a treat so there is plenty of pigment here to go around. I’m very heavy handed with blush and this was easy to apply without overdoing yet still had plenty of color that I was pleased with the results and didn’t feel the need to apply and reapply to get color to show up.
The shadows are amazing but most of you already know that as you likely own some sort of monster palette or two or three from Tarte already. They are silky smooth and finely milled but never chalky, never too powdery! They are sheer perfection and absolute joy to apply and blend out. These are sophisticated mattes at their finishes in terms of quality of the formula, the outstanding texture, and the amazing color pay off. These aren’t weak or sheer just because they are matte. They pack pigment! There isn’t enough good things to say about this formula and I think Tarte even went an extra step with this palette because the shadows just feel even more incredible than past mattes. They don’t crease or fade on my drier eyes even without primer and have a long, strong wear. Even the most passionate of matte haters out there will easily be converted to loving matte!
Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View from the Taupe
Sand Out of the Crow, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up
Dream in Chocolate and Don’t Stand Back
The bottom of the palette has two eyeliner shades. These can be used to line with wet or dry. The shades are very intense so I wouldn’t recommend them for all over eye looks but you can def use them to accent with. Again, the formula is perfect with a silky, smooth texture and a skip-free application.
What can I say?
Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette is a great palette to play grown up with! This creates super easy elegant eye looks. You really don’t have to be a master, expert, or wizard at eye makeup to use this palette. It contains excellent essentials to start you on the journey to actually using and love matte eyeshadow. With Spring on the way it is the perfect collection of shades for soft, feminine, flirty, fresh, and very natural looks at are super office friend.
Sand out from the Crowd (worn all over my eye), Peach for the Stars (worn on the crease), and Two Plums Up (worn on the outer corner) with Elevated Blush on Cheeks
Tarte did an outstanding job with this palette and I know most of you already agree with that.
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you own this one.
It is definitely Muse Approved.