September 8, 2016

Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow 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.

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The Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($46) is a new, limited eyeshadow palette that launched with the Tarte Works of Tarte Holiday 2016 Collection. Actually, the Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette is one of a few palettes for the Holiday season! Both Sephora and Ulta will get their own limited edition palettes as well with the Sephora one available this weekend at the Early Access Holiday 2016 Event.

The Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette is loaded up with 20 eyeshadows that are grouped into four quads.

Here’s my thoughts and review.

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The Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette comes in a swirled purple compact with a HUGE mirror. If you’re the type of person that sits at your desk or vanity to do your make you’ll definitely appreciate the massive mirror inside this palette. The palette pays home to 20 total shades, four of which are used as eyeliners. As I stated above the eyeshadows are grouped into four quads two of which create nude, neutral looks, one that creates a smokier blue look, and the last creates a plummy pink look. The eyeshadow shades are 0.07 oz each and the liners are a little smaller at 0.05 oz each.

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You might feel like the Color Vibes Palette is a little uneventful when compared to past Tarte Holiday Gift Sets that have included a range of blushes, lipglosses, and cute makeup bag accessories. For example, Tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set that launched with the Tarte Holiday 2014 Colection was $48 and included 16 full-size eyeshadows 4 blushes, 3 lipglosses, and a deluxe size mascara. Granted, the Color Vibe Palette contains more eyeshadow but if you’re wanting a variety filled Holiday Palette this might not be the pick for you as it concentrates strictly on eyes. Unlike many of Tarte’s past Holiday palettes this does not contain removable quads. This means you’ll have to travel with the entire palette versus the cool pop out design of past palettes that allowed you to select a quad to take with you. None the less if you’re an eyeshadow lover, this might be the pick for you. This palette is made in China for those who interested.

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Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Illusion, Exhibit, Pop Art Princess, Modern Icon, Getty Up & Go)

Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Illusion, Exhibit, Pop Art Princess, Modern Icon, Getty Up & Go)

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Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Inked, Glaze, For Realism, Color Vibes, Seascape)

Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Inked, Glaze, For Realism, Color Vibes, Seascape)

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Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Style, Pixel, Love Hue, Different Strokes, On the Monet)

Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Style, Pixel, Love Hue, Different Strokes, On the Monet)

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Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Mosiac, Base Coat, Medium, A Beautiful Degas, Venus)

Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Mosiac, Base Coat, Medium, A Beautiful Degas, Venus)

I wouldn’t say this is Tarte’s best palette when it comes to shade variety. Many people are always saying they want to see more color from Tarte. I actually don’t mind the fact Tarte concentrates on cooler pinks and purples or nudes, neutrals, and naturals. It’s actually what I like about the brand. They are dependable creating solid natural shades that flatter my brown eyes. So, unfortunately, if you wanting vibrant, bold, pigmented shades, I think you’ll have to look to another brand. This particular palette is filled with nudes, pinks, and plums which is what Tarte specializes.

Unfortunately, I actually didn’t actually love the shades in the palette. There are some shades that are nice like Different Strokes and On the Monet but if you’re comparing this color palette to past ones, I think you’ll agree that past palettes represented a much wider array of colors that were much richer, warmer, and nicer looking. These shades look a little drown out and lighter.

The formula is a little hit or miss here as with many of the Holiday Palettes. Some shades are fantastic, others run a little drier. where as others are a little powdery! Stand out shades for me were On The Monet, Base Coat, medium, A Beautiful Degas, Venus, Mosiac, Style, Exhibit, Pop Art Princess, and a few others. All of these shades had a soft, thin, velvety texture that applied and blended easily. Some shades that were nice but disappointed me was Different Strokes, this was such a lovely sand dune shade and the texture was silky but a little powdery. I had issues with it adhering to my lid for some reason. On my bare lids, it dusted on and sheered away very quickly. I also experience problems with Seascape which swatched nicely but applied very patchy likewise with Glaze and For Realism. There’s definitely a mixed bag of formulas, textures, and finishes here. I found myself becoming frustrated when I was trying to blend because many of the colors ended up going muddy on me. It was a little difficult to get any real definition and contrast from many shades.

I have to say the Tarte Young, Wild & Free Amazonian Clay Palette was such a joy to work with and I couldn’t help but wish the Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette was as cohesive, velvety, pigmented, and as easy to apply as that palette.

I was a bit disappointed with this one. The color line up was a bit uneventful, the application proved a little painful, and the shadow formula on many shades wasn’t quite what I know from Tarte. This isn’t one of their better palette offerings sadly.

The Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette may evoke excitement in fans of the brand but you might want to take a breather and wait for the Ulta and Sephora Tarte Holiday Palettes to launch before settling on this one. It doesn’t offer anything new that most makeup fans likely already own. Not to mention this is strictly an eyeshadow palette and not quite the fun filled everything palettes Tarte typically launches for the Holidays that include blush, lipgloss, and other makeup! That alone might just convince you on waiting for the rest of Tarte’s Holiday 2016 Collection to arrive!

Eyes: On The Monet (outer v into crease), Base Coat (brow highlighter), Different Strokes (all over lid), Pixel (middle lid)

Eyes: On The Monet (outer v into crease), Base Coat (brow highlighter), Different Strokes (all over lid), Pixel (middle lid)

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The Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette is available now at tarte.com and will hopefully arrive soon at Sephora.com and Ulta.com.

Will you be purchasing it?

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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  • Jackie

    Thanks for your work doing these swatches….I’ve just ordered this beauty!!

  • Dee

    I think I will take a breather and pass on this one. The swatches are pretty, and a few shades, like Modern Icon and Getty Up and Go, are right up my alley. But as a whole it looks a smidge underwhelming.

  • Lori

    I wish they’d do another palette with the same formula as the Rainforest of the Sea palette. That formula was the BEST!

  • Rachel R.

    It’s nice to see Tarte do something slightly more on the colorful side. I’m on the fence with this one. It’s really pretty, but is it different enough? *sigh*

  • Kathy Agel

    I treated myself to this one. It’s my first palette from Tarte (except for mascara and lip colors, I’ve pretty much been a Bare Minerals diehard since 2003). I’ve used it once, and so far, so good. I didn’t have any problems applying (BE Honey Bisque under my eyes took care of the expected fallout), and it lasted a good 12 hours (over primer plus base coat).

  • Randi MacDonald

    no, not purchasing. It really irks me when these brands that normally produce their products in the US, go to China for their holiday stuff( Lorac is famous for this) so they can offer at a lower price point. Still 46.00 is quite pricey if the quality is lacking. I’m I’m going to buy a shadow thats made in China, I’ll stick with Wet and Wild.

    • Isabella Muse

      mmmmmm I have to say sometimes Made in China palettes are pretty good, so I can’t completely rule out stuff from China πŸ˜€

  • Anna

    Oh noooo, does this mean tarte is forfeiting their cruelty free status, since the Chinese government requires makeup to be tested on animals?? πŸ™

      • Luvs2Makeup

        I appreciate all your reviews whenever I look into a new makeup I always have to see what you have to say about lol.. I can’t wait to see what you have to say!

    • Kathy

      I grabbed that one yesterday, but I haven’t used it yet. I was lucky I got it — that was the last one. It looks like a great set.

      • Luvs2Makeup

        Omg I’m getting nervous that when i want to get it…it sadly won’t be available hopefully I’ll have luck on Ulta website.

  • Luvs2Makeup

    I also have to get the Tarte holiday Mascara Trio. I’ve been wanting to try basically all 3 so I must order online and only for $18.00.

  • Wendy

    I’m a few months late to this party, but I picked this up with my 20% off at Ulta and OMG I’m totally in love!!!!!!!!!!!! So much so that I also bought the Pro Palette and Tartiest and Tartiest in Bloom. I’m DEAD BROKE, but dang I’m beautiful! hahahaha

    • Isabella Muse

      haha glad you liked it. This was a little bit of a miss for me to be honest! haha that’s all that matters, as long as you’re gorgeous and broke! Haha!