When the news broke that Tarte were launching on QVC here in the UK, I was so excited to finally be able to try more of their products. I’ve ordered a couple of Tarte products from Sephora since they started shipping internationally but it’s so much easier now QVC have started stocking their products, although they don’t have the full Tarte range unfortunately. When Tarte launched in the UK there was one product in particular which I knew I needed and that was the Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette as I’ve seen so many beautiful makeup tutorials using the palette, and I love using matte eyeshadows. I have both of the Naked Basics Palettes but an all matte palette is hard to come by so the Tartelette Palette looked perfect as it didn’t contain the usual, boring beigey brown shades matte palettes tend to favour.
The Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette comes and goes on the QVC website quite often as it’s one of their bestsellers, but I bought mine back in October of last year and it came with a dual ended Tarte Eyeshadow Brush for £34.55 including delivery, but the prices do vary. The Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette is packaged within a beautiful gold plastic palette which is relatively compact and slim with a purple ombréd lid. The packaging is really pretty, and it’s so lightweight so it’d be ideal for travel especially as it contains a generous sized mirror within the lid however there aren’t any brushes included inside the palette which doesn’t bother me as I’d always use my own brushes anyway.
The Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette is set out in three layers of four shadows; twelve in total, and each horizontal row within the palette is supposed to be a complimentary set of colours for an eye makeup look but obviously you can use whichever shades you want to but I appreciate the thought that went into the layout of the shadows. The names within the palette are supposedly inspired by confident and empowered ‘Tartelettes’ which I think is a great message.
I love this palette. All twelve shadows are beautiful.. smooth, pigmented, easy to blend and longlasting with little to now fall out which is pretty impressive for a matte eyeshadow formula. The first horizontal row of shadows within the palette are very pale and almost invisible on my super pale skin but they’re meant to work as base lid shades which they are perfect for and for matte highlighting too. I always like to set my eyeshadow primer with a pale eyeshadow as I find it helps shadow adhere to the lids a little better and the palest shades work perfectly for that.
Although the Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette is mainly a cool toned palette, I like that it contains a couple of warmer shades as it makes it such a versatile palette and I love being able to create endless looks with this one palette without having to reach for other palettes. If I was going to travel, I’d pack this palette and one shimmery solo eyeshadow such as NARS Stud or Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo so I could have a shimmery option but apart from that, this palette has everything I could possibly need and the formula is fantastic. I’ve since purchased the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette also from QVC as I was so wowed by this palette, so I’ll have to do a post on that little beauty very soon as it’s another amazing palette.