Did I mention I purchased an eyeshadow palette by Tarte? Yeah. As if I needed another eyeshadow palette. I picked it up the other day when I was at Sephora getting my Fenty on.
This seemed like a clever idea because I don’t have a true matte palette. Sometimes mattes can appear to be ashy; but I decided on the purchase anyway because I’ve heard good things about this palette. One of the YouTube vloggers I follow praised this—and she’s of the mature demographic so I figured why not go for it.
Let’s take a gander at how the shadows work. Shall we?
The packaging is quite nice. The case is built very solidly. This makes it excellent for travel.
I have to say, the overall packaging of this doesn’t get any better. The compact is strong and great for travel. The mirror is exceptional. It’s good quality and large!!! A little instructional guide page is included too. But sadly, this did not work for me.
The mirror is of very good quality and it is large—which is a good thing. I could never understand why tiny little quad palettes have tiny little mirrors. Who can see themselves in a tiny mirror anyway?
The colors are neutrals with a couple of purple and darker colors thrown in for good measure.
As soon as I hit the first shadow with my brush, I had an “uh oh” moment. There was a good amount of lift—and I didn’t go heavy handed.
I used the palette yesterday morning.
Here’s what I used.
I started out with super mom over my entire lid up to the brow bone. This was applied after my beloved “Well Rested” concealer.
I followed with “free spirit” on the lid, then “force of nature” in the crease and “dreamer” at the edge of my lid.
I lined my eyes with Tarte’s eyeliner, which I love and forgot I had. The tip of the liner is ridiculously perfect! Then I realized my eyes needed a bit more so I applied “bombshell” with a foam applicator then went back under the brow with more “super mom”.
I do not think these shadows are highly pigmented. Maybe mattes aren’t as pigmented as satins and shimmery shadows. But I just wasn’t thrilled with the outcome.
I lined my bottom lids with the “shutout” color from The Balm’s Batter Up shadow stick. I liked it–a lot!!!!
And contrary to what many experts say about women of a certain age not wearing those satin and shimmery shadows—I digress. For me, they work better. I think a matte shadow is just too chalky for my taste. It looks too one-dimensional despite the layering and blending.
The neutrals are really nice but this just did not work for me. Perhaps it’ll work for you. If you are into mattes, I think this could prove to be a great palette!
The Tartelette Palette was a complete miss for me. In fact, I’m going to do something that I’ve never done before in my life. I’m going to return it. I will exchange it either for a more satin finished palette or the Fenty Foundation.
See what I mean? There is nothing outstanding about these shadows ON ME. Proof that no two shadow palettes are alike or work for everyone! Ohhhhh that lazy eye of mine is so turned in!!!
Tarte is one of those brands where either I love a product or it’s a complete miss. I love the Lights Camera Lashes mascara—it’s one of the best. And the Tarte cheek stain sticks are fabulous. I have had a couple that lasted for years (Hmmm. Perhaps I’ll exchange the palette for a cheek stain stick!).
I’ll tell you, I’ve had two of these and they lasted well over two years each. A great value and a great product!
Tarte’s eyeliner is also very good. And I’ve got a few other products that I like as well.
Chippy ate the bottom of one of my favorite brushes—from Tarte, and I still use it. The brushes are excellent.
But the Amazonian Clay Foundation was one of the worst beauty purchases I had ever made. The foundation was way too pasty and thick. It just didn’t work.
Hands down, this was THE worst foundation I’ve ever purchased in my life. But the brush is one of the best ever. Chippy ate the bottom of this brush and I still use it!!
Allow my mistaken purchase of the eyeshadow palette to be a little lesson for you. Just because an item works beautifully for one person, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for another.
Matte eyeshadows can age our aging eyes and I truly believe the slight shimmer of many eye shadows deflect the light and make our eyes appear more luminous and youthful.
The next time you go in search of an eyeshadow palette or a single shadow, try it before you buy it! I should have listened to my own advice.
On a livelier note, I received a package in the mail today. The two items from Fenty Beauty I ordered last week were delivered. The Trophy Wife highlighter and the Match Stix Contour in Amber.
Both items were neatly cocooned in bubble wrap and wrapped in tissue paper.
Riri sent me a little postcard too. To remind me that my imperfections are perfect!
I’m excited to try the Match Stix because the Amber color is the perfect taupe for cool toned skin.
Oh boy! The Match Stix package design is so photo-friendly. The honeycomb “tube” allows the item to sit on a surface without rolling all over the place!
This. The perfect cool taupe for contouring!
The Trophy Wife—I had to put it on. And I applied it over the matte shadow, proving to me that a bit of sparkle does bring a luminescence to the eyes! This will be well-used!
Oh. This is gorgeous! Gorgeous!
The eyes! And just a hint on the cheeks. This is what I’m talking about people! A shimmery and glittery eye that WORKS for the older woman!
And that’s about it in the beauty department for today!!!
I managed to jump on the scale and at 145, my goal is to lose 7 pounds. It’ll come off slowly but as long as I’m not gaining, it’s cool!
No song today. I’m on me way to run some errands. And I’ll be talking about some personal changes in my next post!
Have a great day my friends!!!!