The Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette ($38) is a new, limited edition all in one eye and cheek palette that launched with the Tarte Fall 2014 Collection recently.
The Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette was inspired by the sultry orchid hues of the rainforest at dusk and brings together beautiful shades of purple that are quite reminiscent of the stunning Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette!
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette comes housed in a CD sized compact much like what we saw in the Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye And Cheek Palette. They have a rather cool snake with a purple jewel bedecking the front of the compact.
Inside you’ll find six eyeshadows, one bronzer, one blush and one highlighter along with a generously sized mirror. Tarte claims the palette is powered by colored clay which color corrects with rose clay soothing sensitive skin around the eye, vanilla clay helping to absorb oil and keep pigment in place, and gold clay to add balance and moisture.
- Bare to Explore
- Make a Mauve
- Plum Away With Me
- Up to No Gold
- Tan-gled Up in you
- Down Turn a-Brown
- Champagne Higlighter
- Park Ave Princess Bronzer
- Unleashed Blush
We’re seeing an awful lot of purple for Fall aren’t we? MAC Moody Blooms has a good deal of gorgeous purples and the recently released Bare Minerals The Affair To Remember 8.0 Palette also includes a good deal of orchid/lavender-y hues!
For me the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette takes everything I loved about the Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette and amplified it. This is just a more intense, richer, sultrier, less safe version of the Be MATTEnificent Palette for me. Speaking of which the Tarte Unleashed Blush in this palette quite reminds me of Tarte Elevated Blush which can be found in the MATTEnificent Palette. But no worries they are different shades. Unleashed is a very densely packed blush so don’t expect the pigmentation you get with the regular Amazonian Blushes! It swatches rather poorly and although it looks like a dusky plum it actually applies on my skin as more of a lighter peach. Now although dense it does blend and apply well but I really felt like I had to swirl and swirl and swirl my brush to get at it! You might need to scrap it, which I haven’t done for fear of ruining the palette, as it might be silkier underneath the “harder shell”.
Tarte Unleashed Blush
Tarte Unleashed Blush Swatches
Tarte Elevated Blush vs Tarte Unleashed Blush
Aside from the blush everything else in the palette was excellent. The shadows all have excellent pigment and range in finish from matte to satin. The mattes are silky with an easy to apply formula and the satins have a creamy, velvety texture with the most pigment of the two finishes. I thought Plum Away With Me really stood out here as it is a beautiful dark, rich plum! If you like purples you’re bound to adore the color.
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches (Up to No Gold, Plum Away With Me, Make a Mauve, Bare to Explore, and Tan-gled Up In You (Don’t Turn a-Brown swatch upcoming shortly)
The other two products in the palette are a Champagne highlighter and Park Ave Princess bronzer. Park Ave Princess Bronzer has always had a silky, matte formula that blends easily and wears well on face and cheeks! The Champagne Highlighter has a velvety texture with shimmer. This one does have to be blended well to avoid it clinging to drier areas if you have them. It adds a nice candlelit finish to skin when buffed out well!
Park Ave Princess Bronzer
Park Ave Princess and Champagne
The Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette is likely going to make plenty of friends along the way this Fall. It’s an especially gorgeous palette for evening looks. The shadows have a very rich look with a beautiful texture. Tarte even includes a get the look card with instructions for creating two different looks using the palette! I have a feeling purple will be right on trend for Fall and this palette fits right in for beautiful, warmer looks this season that are right on trend!