I’ve debated getting this palette for a long time. I convinced myself ‘no’ as a) I have a lot of palettes already and b) to be honest, it just looked like a load of nude eyeshadows I probably already had. Of course, once I had convinced myself not to buy it, I start seeing reviews of how great it is and that it’s a must buy even if you think you don’t need it… Naturally being the makeup fiend I am, once I saw this it went on my Christmas list and Father Christmas AKA my boyfriend bought it for me.
One of my biggest gripes about eyeshadow palettes is that I never find out that does it all - highlight, transition, darken, lighten - and I usually end up having to reach for a different palette or other eyeshadows. However, I think my all in one eyeshadow prayers have been answered by this little baby.
Filled with 12 eyeshadows (9 matte and 3 lustre), this palette has it all. Top row L-R is charmer (off white - matte), jetsetter (warm taupe - matte), rocker (shimmering taupe - lustre), smokeshow (black brown - matte), middle row L-R is flower child (peachy nude - matte), smarty pants (tan - matte), firecracker (bronze copper - lustre), activist (dark brown - matte), bottom row L-R is funny girl (champagne - lustre), sweetheart (peach - matte), rebel (chestnut brown - matte), and leader (aubergine - matte).
I really don’t have much to say about this palette, other than it’s bloody amazing. All the eyeshadows are buttery with excellent pay off, minimal fallout, and a great versatile selection of colours. I’ve been using smarty pants as my transition colour, funny girl as an inner corner highlight, rocker and a bit of firecracker as a crease colour, and a combination of rebel and leader as my crease colours. I think it’s definitely going to be an everyday staple for me.
Now onto some awful swatches, do you realise how bloody hard it is to photograph your own arm for swatches?!
How bad are they?! I know, I’m sorry… L-R charmer (barely shows up on my inner arm which is super pasty, sorry!), jetsetter, rocker, smokeshow, flower child, smarty pants, firecracker, activist, funny girl, sweetheart, rebel, leader.
Now… The rubbish part is that Tarte isn’t readily available in the UK. Some of the range is available on QVC, but not all. You have to order from the US from either Tarte themselves or Sephora and pay some quite heavy shipping fees. But, I assure you, it’s worth it. And Tarte, please please come to the UK!
I also have the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation to review too, look out for it!