June 6, 2017

Tarte Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

The new, limited edition Tarte Make Magic Happen Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($32) is a new Summer 2017 launch. I know, we’ve been a little burned with Tarte lately but they are slowly redeeming themselves in my eyes as the Clay Play Face Shaping Palette has actually become a stable product for me and I’ve been using it daily since purchasing it.

The Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette caught my eye because it appeared to have some sort of new eyeshadow formulation and on some level it is a different formula for Tarte.

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

I gotta admit this one impressed me a lot and I think I’ll make a lot of use out of this palette but it isn’t for everyone but I’ll get into that more in a bit.

The first thing that surprised me was the size. This is pretty small! I’m not sure what I expected but I was thinking CD case size at the very least but it is considerably smaller and the size of the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette that I reviewed several months ago. None the less it still packs in nine shades that are 0.045 oz each. It’s not a lot of product but they aren’t charging you a crazy amount for it either. My shock at the size was quickly replaced and I was actually quite happy to have such a portable, travel friendly, and easy to store palette that was sized just right not to mention they even squeezed a very generously sized mirror inside. If you travel a lot it’s really perfect for just that. I was impressed that the wells of each shadow were also very generously sized and I didn’t struggle dipping a brush into them.

Tarte Make Magic Happen Palette Swatches (Enchantment, Believe It, Impress, Fantasy, Miracles)

Tarte Make Magic Happen Palette Swatches (Imagine, Abracadabra, Charm, Twinkle Twinkle)

I can’t say that I down own all of these shades already because I’d be a liar. A lot of these shades can be found across my collection of palettes from both Tarte and other brands quite easily but I still do not regret the purchase. These are such a delightful formula and seemed considerably more finely milled than any other Tarte eyeshadow I’ve tried in the past. They are incredibly soft, super silky, and they blend very easily. If you have aging eyes like my own you’ll appreciate the beautiful texture. They do run sheerer though which might disappoint people who want a bold and vibrant selection of eyeshadows. Personally, I didn’t mind the sheerness in the least. They built easily, they were noticeable, but they never overpowered my eyes but they did accent them beautifully. Some of these shades are Believe a soft taupe-y greige, Twinkle Twinkle a delicate buttery gold, and Impress a light tan beige. If you’re looking to go nude with your eyes these shades will help you to do so easily. Another shade that stood out was Miracles a very beautiful plum that was easy to wear all over my lid without looking like I was punched.

I did find one slight issue with the palette! The names of the eyeshadows are listed on Tarte’s website however, no where on the packaging are they listed anywhere. I guess it’s not too big a deal but I would have liked it printed somewhere on the outer packaging or on the back of the compact at least.

I can’t rave this one enough! The Tarte Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette will likely be a hit with minimal makeup users as it contains soft, beautiful colors that accent eyes to create gorgeous looks. I don’t know what Tarte did here with the formula but I am incredibly pressed with the soft, silkiness of these eyeshadows. For those interested the palette is Made in Italy.

I’m Muse Approving this one.

Loved it!

Tarte Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette is available now at tarte.com for a limited time and now at Ulta.com too!

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I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • Emily

    I really like the looks of this one. The colors and presentation are very appealing. But I’ve been on such a buying frenzy lately, I have to resist. I’m annoyed that I couldn’t wait for the Make Believe In Yourself palette, got it as soon as it came to Sephora, I’ve used it like twice, and then it dropped $10 in price, not long after. Ah, you win some, you lose some.

    • Isabella Muse

      Don’t feel bad same happened to me. Paid full price and a month later price drops sad sigh!

  • Nikki

    I kinda want this, but the colors look very similar to the tartelette palette I already own. But since it’s LE it’ll probably go on sale soon and maybe I’ll get it then if the price is right!

  • Sarah

    I do love Tarte and this little palette looks so cute and travel friendly! And in all the shades I love to wear too – I love nudes and browns, they just look best on me. But it looks very dupable so I think for now I may save my money and see if it goes on sale later.

    (The Make Believe in Yourself palette I couldn’t wait on, and the drop in price helped me convince my friends to buy it too because I’m just a really bad influence on my friends!)

  • Kelli Rae

    Oh Muse, I am so thrilled you reviewed this. I ordered it the day it hit the Tarte website. It’s slowly on its way via FedEx smartpost. LOL! Still across the Country and I probably won’t get it until next week. Those colors are gorgeous and look lovely on you. I am 39 now and like more muted eye looks, so I think this will be a winner for me as well. Now I’m drooling over the Volume 3 Rainforest palette. Oh and the one coming out soon. The number 3 of the Tartlette one’s. So many new and exciting things.
    Thanks for the excellent review as always and I trust your opinion 100%. Can’t wait to get it

    • Isabella Muse

      yay glad you’re as excited about it as I was. I was eager to get it and happy it worked out formula-wise for me. I’m the same, I’m getting older and really appreciate muted eye looks ๐Ÿ˜€ Let me know when it arrives and what you think!!!!!!!!!!!! And thanks I’m VERY flattered and honored you trust me ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Kelli Rae

        I will definitely let you know. And you are very welcome You are an amazing beauty guru and I can’t imagine anyone not trusting you. I’ve been following you since before it was a “thing”. You are an OG Muse

        • Isabella Muse

          aw thanks Kelli! xoxoxo! Thank you so much! I feel like a dinosaur some days! Blogging has changed so much!

  • CL

    Cute, but I already have virtually identical colors in my collection. Only one shade appears to be matte, also. This is a pass for me.

  • Sheree

    Sorry, but I had to LOL at your aging eyes, as I will be 55 in August!

  • Jeanine

    MUSE! Fill me in on what you meant by burned by Tarte lately? Did I miss something? I truly didn’t want this palette because of the lack of matte shades but your review makes me WANT IT NOOOOOW! I’m a tarte girl and always will be. The formula in the clay palettes is unbelievable! For me, no brand will ever replace the buttery soft shadows Tarte produces so to say this one is better. GASP!

    • Isabella Muse

      Tarte’s Holiday launches were dismal. They were quite bad! A lot of their “Made in China” palettes have a questionable formula ๐Ÿ™ This was def a nice release ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you like it if you get it!

      • Jeanine

        ah Ok I NEVER buy holiday palettes. They seem to all be made in China and rushed no matter the brand. I did end up with the one released to Sephora for the holiday and ONLY because it was gifted to me but yea the shadows are HORRIFIC! I do find myself using the blush and contour shade tho so I guess not a total loss. I thought I missed out on some drama. There is tons going on lately. Thank you for NEVER talking about morphe =D You were the first blogger I ever really started following and continue to this day to be my favorite. Thank you for everything you do for us! <3

        • Isabella Muse

          awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww stop you’ll make me cry ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks Jeanine xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxoxoxoxoxo!

  • What Mum Loves

    beautiful palette! And your eye makeup is stunning x

      • Johnna Zalmanek

        In the picture with your eyes closed which shades from the palette did you have on? It looked amazing!!!!

  • Juliette

    Muse, you’re so kind, i always see and read your blog, but i must ask : why you don’t improve your makeup abilities? You have all to rock like Am rezy, you’re such an icon for us, plus sized girls..we would love see you rocking with a killer makeup!

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Juilette, glad you think so! I’m not really much of a makeup artist sorry about that ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to dabble and play but I’m not really an expert at application even after years of blogging/doing makeup! Sorry to disappoint! I’ll def work harder at improving my skills but no promises I’ll be rocking anyone socks with some killer makeup look soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hopefully you’ll love me just the way I am regardless!

      • Emily

        I love seeing the makeup looks you create. The internet is so overloaded with instagramners who are so tech savvy and so skilled and that’s nice for inspiration, but your pictures give me an idea of what I might actually look like if I buy a certain product. I swear if I have to watch another cute young twentysomething tap her brush on a palette and flirt with the camera, I will just pass. Muse, I look forward to every review. There’s no one like you. Please keep being you.

        • Isabella Muse

          aw Emily thanks girl. That made my day! Honestly, I’m just an average makeup users nothing special to see here ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m glad that you find my posts/pics a little helpful xoxoxoxo!

      • Nikole

        I hope you get this reply Muse even though it’s so late. I actually love that you are not one of the many who creates complicated intricate makeup looks. They are amazing, sure, but not something I’m capable of (and not exactly willing to invest the time and effort to learn either). I love your style of wearing makeup and that you still give detailed but ‘real’ reviews on your experiences with the products. I also chuckle when you’re wearing a bit too much blush, and smile when you show an eye look that accentuates your beautiful eyes perfectly. I actually hope you DON’T change how you do your makeup and share it with all of us. Hope this makes you feel good about yourself, you deserve it.

        • Isabella Muse

          awwwwwwwwwwww Nikole! Thank you so so so much! <3! thank you very much this made my day xoxoxoxoxoxox <3!

  • Silvia

    These colors are very similar to the Essence palettes and I bought them all at Target on clearance. So satisfied with quality! Beautiful indeed!