April 21, 2015

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Palette

The Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette ($42) is a new, limited edition Sephora exclusive cheek and eye palette that recently launched for the Spring 2015/Summer 2015 season what includes eight shades of Tarte Eyeshadow as well as two blushes and Park Ave Princess Bronzer.

The palette contains everything you need for eyes and cheeks and according to Tarte the eyeshadows are all new shades.

Let’s take a look!

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Palette

The Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette comes housed in thin floral themed cardboard casing with a full size mirror located inside. The palette is quite thin and should store and travel easily but it only has a magnet for closure so you have to be sure to pack it securely less it flip open during travel.

The palette was created with two looks in mind one of which is a daytime look and the other a “playtime” or night look. Since neutral, natural shades of color seem to be quite popular for Summer that’s exactly the direction a majority of the shades in this palette head for. Although you will find that some of the colors for eyes do run cooler so this is an either/or situation with options. Tarte has a larger Summer launch when it comes to palettes as they have both the Showstopper Palette as well as the Poppy Picnic Palette available at the moment already. I’m unsure if they needed to launch the Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette at this point especially since many of the shades are easy enough to dupe and aren’t terribly unique.

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette

The pull here is of course, the fact that it is a Sephora exclusive. That makes it seem very tempting I’m sure!

If you never tried Tarte before this is a nice palette to possibly purchase (although not my favorite palette by any means) however, if you have a larger Tarte Collection, well, it could prove disappointing and repetitive. On the upside it’s a palette that’s easy to use to create office friendly looks that can go from day to night simply.

I didn’t have any issues with the eyeshadows in this palette. Some were better than others but all of them had excellent pigmentation, a soft velvety texture, and excellent blendability! The palette is large dominated by mattes but the shade Pretty is a soft, velvety texture with a satin finish and Vivacious which is a frost. Eco-chic is likely the exception here as it was a little drier and not as silky as Tarte’s regular range of matte shades.

Tarte Empower Flower eyeshadow

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette swatches

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette Swatches (Powerful, Compassionate, Vivacious, Pretty)

Tarte Empower Flower swatches

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette Swatches (Glamorous, Charitable, Eco-Chic, Energetic)

I find the blushes are sometimes disappointing in Tarte’s Cheek and Eye Palettes lately as they don’t quite live up to the permanent, full size Amazonian Clay Blush range. In most cases I find them very stiff and that’s the case with Trustworthy. It does apply quite well but the density means I had a hard time picking up color. Empowering is the second shade in this palette and it also had a bit of a problematic texture that was just a bit too powdery! These just aren’t the blushes I know and love from Tarte. As far as I know neither of these shades had launched in prior palettes or in full size prior to appearing in this palette. There is an Empower Blush but NOT an Empowering as far as I know.

Tarte Empower Flower blush

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette

Tarte Empower Flower palette swatches

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette Swatches (Trustworthy, Empowering, Park Ave Princess)

Park Ave Princess has a little more of a golden sheen compared to other varations of the shade I own. I like it! It was a bit more glow-y on my cheeks and it blended out well with a soft, silky formulation.

Just a note I have a press sample of the palette so the shades are slightly switched up in my palette. The second row in my palette reads as Energetic, Eco-Chic, Charitable, and Glamorous however, Charitable the is a pale light lavender pink where as Energetic is a taupe, these two shades were accidentally switched in my sample but they will appear correctly when you purchase the palette at Sephora.

The Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette has a nice round up of eyeshadows that I really enjoyed however, they are easy enough to dupe! I think the blushes bring the value down slightly as I wasn’t terribly impressed with their formula sadly! Tarte has a good round up of palette for Summer 2015 but I think the Empower Flower palette might prove a skip when presented with the other palettes in this launch! However, fans might feel a rabid need to own this one none the less! In that case, you can grab it exclusively at Sephora for a limited time.

Tarte Empower Flower fotd

Tarte Empower Flower palette fotd

Wearing Empowering Blush with Vivacious, Pretty, Compassionate, and Powerful Eyeshadow

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The Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector‘s Palette is available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Diana

    When I looked this up on the Sephora website the small sizes of the shadows really turned me off! It didn’t seem like a good value! 🙁 Disappointing since my gut instinct is to buy EVERY palette.

    • Agona

      I might be weird, but I actually prefer the smaller sizes. The last time I panned/finished a palette was five years ago, and it was only because I used it consistently for a year.

  • danimcneil

    I bought this from sephora and my eyeshadows were in a different order! how odd!

    • Isabella Muse

      yup I noted that in the review dani! My colors are switched because this is a press sample. I wrote a paragraph towards the end of the review about it! Hope this helps!

  • devon

    i got this palette (well…there WAS a 15% off sale…) and i have to say…i am so happy with it! i have been doing vivacious on the lid, eco-chic (for some reason, i LOVE this color) in the crease, and energetic in the corner. i have received so many compliments from this combo! the palette seems quite plain and of course can be duped, but i’m finding it to be quite lovely :]

  • kimkats

    Yay! Finally a Tarte palette I DON’T need to buy! 😀 My wallet is weeping with joy! 😀 It’s pretty, but I agree with you – it’s pretty dupe-able, so I’m going to pass on this one.

    • Isabella Muse

      🙂 I hear you! I felt some relief I didn’t have to shout on the roof top about how everyone needed this!

  • Agona

    I would love to see more Tarte palettes w/eye shadows only instead of with blush! I bought Exotic Eyes (a neutral/bronzy quint) from Sephora during their end of year clearance–I know it’s from an older collection, but I loved it. I didn’t pick up their Tartlette palette because I don’t like mattes, but all their Summer 2015 releases are eye shadow/blush combos. Boo.

    • Canukchick

      I completely agree! I have so many of the blushes and I use more eyeshadow than blush. I don’t need a blush in all my palettes. I’d rather they have more shadows.

  • Genevieve

    Looks a lovely palette – but the colours are so dupable. Just too many neutral browns on the market these days.

  • Ricki

    Is it me, or does every Tarte palette LOOK the SAME? lol