October 25, 2016

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Review & Swatches

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Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette ($53) is a new “pro-level” eyeshadow palette that includes 20 shades of eyeshadow. 16 of the shades are completely matte plus Tarte introuces a brand new eyeshadow formula in this palette as four of the shades are iridescent lusterswith a microshimmer, duochrome finish.

Let’s take a look at my review and swatches below.


The Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette comes house in black and gold mirrored palette. As chic and simple as the packaging is I actually hate it because the front panel gets dirty so fast. I’ve been using mine the past few days and I got foundation on it, powder, etc….it looks like it went through a war zone. I wiped it down with a makeup wipe but sadly, it still looks rather bad. Le sigh! Oh well! The life of a makeup junkie right?

You get a total of 20 Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows in this palette all of which are 0.035 oz in size. Correct me if I’m wrong but if you aren’t counting the Holiday Palettes this is actually one of the largest single palette releases that Tarte has done as typically their palettes include anywhere from 8 to 15 shades. At $53 you do get a lot more in variety but not in size per ounce since palettes like the Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette and Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette are $45 each with 12 eyeshadows that are 0.053 oz in size. So, 12 shades at 0.053 is around 0.63 total where as this palette contains a total of 0.70 oz for $8 more. I think the price evens itself out though considering you get a lot more of a shade selection for the price.

Call me boring but I was actually really excited about this palette. I’ve been embracing my matte side a while now and I was happy to get a selection of 16 new ones to try from Tarte. I typically like their matte formula as it is soft, silky, and easy to blend. This palette also contains a nice variety of colors from neutrals to lovely berries and purples. I see a shade or two that are similar to Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette like Whimsy which seems like a matte version of Dogman. There are a few similarities in shades here to past palettes but nothing I’d say was an exact dupe of shades Tarte has done. For me, these shades feel quite new as many of them are deeper and richer than ones I already own. Don’t be scared to buy it believing you already own the shades as the color options will surprise you here.


Shades include:

  • Classic (cream)
  • Innocent (soft peach)
  • Whimsy (brick)
  • Smoked (dark brown)
  • Ethereal (bronze)
  • Vintage (ivory)
  • Fierce (cool plum)
  • No Filter (purple mauve)
  • Vamp (deep plum)
  • Glam (champagne)
  • Chic (pale pink)
  • Profesh (taupe)
  • Mod (deep cherry)
  • Drama (maroon)
  • Minx (shimmering mauve)
  • Indie (greige)
  • Bold (light brown)
  • Edgy (chocolate)
  • Punk (black)
  • Trendy (prismatic teal)


Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Chic, Profesh, Mod, Drama)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Chic, Profesh, Mod, Drama)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Indie, Bold, Edgy, Punk)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Indie, Bold, Edgy, Punk)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Vintage, Fierce, No Filter, Vamp)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Vintage, Fierce, No Filter, Vamp)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Classic INnocent, Whimsy, Smoked)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Classic INnocent, Whimsy, Smoked)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Ethereal, Glam, Minx, Trendy)

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches (Ethereal, Glam, Minx, Trendy)

One of the stand out points of this palette are the four new iridescent luster shades. I question why Tarte doesn’t keep on formulas like this and the ones featured in the Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette or the apparently limited edition Tartetist Metallic Shadow. I’m unsure whether the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette is limited edition but from my understanding the Rainforest of the Sea Palette is (don’t worry, for Spring 2017 they’ll be a Rainforest of the Sea 2 Eyeshadow Palette or so the rumor mill says!) and the Metallic Eyeshadows are and that’s a shame as both are beautifully formulated. Likewise, for these luster shades! The luster formula is soft yet not so soft that the texture is powdery. These have a thin, soft, velvety texture that applies easily and looks wonderful as an overcoat to the mattes in the palette. They have a foiled finish that’s sparkly but not filled with chunky glitter or shimmer. I love how they accented the matte formula and created depth and richness to the completed look!

The mattes, mmm, they were ok. The formula was mixed for me and I struggled a little with the darker shades as they weren’t as silky or as powdery as the typical formula. The lighter shades were easier to work with but the darker ones I struggled a little with and felt they applied patchier. For example Mod, which is a delightful raspberry shade, was a bit patchy during application! Likewise for Drama, Vamo, Filter, Whimsy, and even Smoked. I wouldn’t say they were dry but on my lid they proved a little challenging to blend. The lighter shades were much easier to blend out but also sheerer in pigmentation as many of them worked as accent or color washes but wouldn’t be great all over the lid those shades included Classic, Innocent, Vintage, Fierce, Chic, Profesh, Indie, and Bold.

The shades are setup into groups of fives which at a glance gives you an easy way to create looks. Five across gets you a highbrow highlighter, shader, contrast, and crease shade plus a complimentary luster shade to complete your look and add a bit of sparkle and shine! There are two complete warm and two complete cool looks you can create using this method but obviously you can mix and match shades anyway you like! Plus Tarte gives you a step-by-step instruction guide to create four looks.


For my looks below I used the top five shades and the third row of shades. I also did an all matte look and featured that look with and without the luster shade on top so you can see how the luster’s work so beautifully as an overcoat.






I did point out a lot of the negatives of the palette but I actually did really like it. I think some of the darker shades require a good deal of blending for the most perfect finish but it was worth the extra effort as this palette creates some lovely eye looks. Granted, you shouldn’t have to work that hard to get a perfect eye look though and the patchiness during the initial application might be off putting for many. Personally, I don’t regret the purchase. It’s a nice grouping of shades and a fairly easy palette to work with.

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette is available now at tarte.com and soon at Ulta.com and Sephora.com.

Did you purchase the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette?

What did you think of it?

How did it perform for you?

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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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  • Kelli Rae

    It’s looks absolutely beautiful on you! I most definitely want it. Ugh , the problems of being a palette junkie. Lol! I saw on Tartes FB page that this indeed is permanent, along with the new highlight palette
    I just can’t get over the beautiful looks you came up with.
    I am waiting until it hits stores next month. I can’t wait. Thanks for such an in depth review as always Muse

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad to hear that! I hope they do a luster palette or at least more luster shades in another palette! 😀 Oh thank you! That’s so nice to hear 🙂 I suck at application but I do so love to play! My pleasure!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kish

    Tarte is probably my favorite brand, which takes a lot lol. I suffer from beauty junkie syndrome and I gave up on a cure years ago. When I first saw this palette, I was annoyed that all of the pans are not the same. Why not all square??? Grrrr. But your swatches made me totally forget about that. It’s nice to see different colors in the palette (Laura Mercier could take notes), and oh my those luster shades are amazing. Tarte has been killing it with releases for over a year now, I’m really impressed. This and the highlight palette are going in my cart very soon. Hope it looks half as nice on me as it does on you!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw Kish! You’re too kind! xoxoxox! the luster shades were a huge plus in this palette! Really a great formula!

  • Dee

    I really like the looks you posted here! Also glad the mattes were just ok as I really don’t need another palette!

  • Chrystal

    Thanks for the review! Just wondering if the matte shades are of same quality in texture as the in bloom palette?

    • Isabella Muse

      The lighter shades are sheerer but just as silky as the ones in the In Bloom Palette. The darker shades are more pigmented and a bit drier/patchier compared to In Bloom. I think in Bloom struck the perfect balance of pigment and silkiness where as this skips a beat.

  • genevieve

    Your eye looks are very pretty and I think this palette is quite versatile. It is one of the better ones I have seen from Tarte. I won’t be purchasing it myself as the purple shades don’t suit me, but I can appreciate how others would like this palette.

  • diane

    just got this in the mail today! i love that is has their new vanilla scent to it. those 4 duo chrome shades are beautiful! i hope tarte does a palette of just those!! =) ps if you really have been loving mattes, you need that doll 10 palette i told you bout!

    • Isabella Muse

      Am I weird? It smelled like chocolate to me! 😀 I hope so too as thef ormula is lovely!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSS! it’s $38 today too by the way 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      I suspect it might not, don’t quote me, but I think it might be to Ulta only? I know that Tarte is launching a new palette exclusively to Sephora soon so I think maybe the Pro Palette might just me an ulta exclusive! Don’t quote me on that. I reached out to the brand but no reply!

  • Michelle Lyman

    anyone in the South Bend Indiana area can have mine if they want it – just not impressed with it at all

  • Shannon

    I have never owned a high end palette and have been looking at them and saving for one lately. I was considering this one because ive heard good things about Tarte mattes, but now I’m rethinking going with this one. What would you recommend to me as someone new to high end palettes looking for one palette that has some nice mattes and shimmers and a decent variety of colors?

    • Isabella Muse

      This is a nice palette, Shannon but there isn’t a lot of color variation nor shimmer in this palette. I typically recommend the original Urban Decay Naked if you’re a fan of nude, natural looks. It has a great selection of natural shades in a variety of finishes.

  • Nikki

    I bought this the day it came to Ulta. I saved up my points so it was free! I love this palette, it has some of my favorite colors that really bring out my blue-green eyes. I like how it’s mostly matte and the colors are arranged to make it easier to put looks together.

  • Jenny

    You look beautiful, and you’re review is so helpful because it’s practical information instead of solely swatches. There was so much hype for this palette and then a handful of really bad reviews and a ton of raving, so it was very confusing. Thank you so much!!!

  • Julia

    I just bought this and was a little disappointed that the colours often come off differently on the skin than they look in the pan. And: Profesh and Fierce look exactly identical on my skin, swatched on your skin they kind of look the same on your skintone too….. am I the only one experiencing this??

  • Tan

    Random question. I am not into nude looks so much. I always like a little pop of something special. I have been eyeing this palette but out of all the Tarte palettes which would you recommend? Im in NZ so I will be shipping internationally so want to make the best choice xx

    • Isabella Muse

      I wouldn’t recommend if you don’t like nudes as half the palette is made up of nude, natural, sheerer shades!

  • Estephany

    I just ordered this (yes, in 2019 haha) and I want to know if they are pigmented enough, I love tarte!

    • Isabella Muse

      awesome enjoy it! Maybe read through the post? I discussed in length about the pigment, texture, etc! Hope this helps!

      • Estephany

        Yeah, I just read the whole post before commenting haha but as for pigmentation I only read this: “The lighter shades were much easier to blend out but also sheerer in pigmentation as many of them worked as accent or color washes”. But yeah if you liked it I understand that all the shades have good payoff