Recently I came across this really pretty Tarte eyeshadow palette and after thinking about it for three seconds I decided I needed it and I bought it. It’s a gorgeous palette filled with 20 eyeshadows and a double ended brush. Today it’s time for the review. If you’re interested in finding out whether or not this palette is worth its price, make sure you continue reading!
First things first: the packaging. This Tarte Color Vibes eyeshadow palette comes in a purple packaging. It has some kind of design on it to make it look a little more interesting and it has the Tarte logo printed in it in gold letters. The brush that comes with is is mainly made out of a golden metal material and has black with white hairs on both sides.
The palette itself is slightly thicker and heavier than I initially expected. It opens and closes through a magnetic system and on the inside you’ll find a really big mirror and all 20 eyeshadows.
The quality of the brush actually surprised me. We all know that free brushes are usually just not that good. I have to say that I do have reasonably positive experiences with the free brushes I got from Tarte, but still, you can never get your hopes up when it comes to that. This brush however feels and looks so luxurious. The hairs are so soft and the shape of the brush is perfect for applying eyeshadow with. It’s honestly the best free eyeshadow brush I ever got and I’m really impressed by that. It’s a brush you’ll actually use!
As you might be able to tell, the eyeshadows are divided into four categories. According to the Tarte spokes person these are their ‘families’. They did this to make choosing which shadows to use together easier for those who aren’t that confident about it just yet. The families consist of 5 shadows that, together, will look absolutely stunning.
The families you’ll find in this palette are: neutrals (top left corner), bronze (top right corner), blue’s/aqua (bottom left corner) and the plums (bottom right corner). I think that they did a great job creating these families because it’s just so easy to work with. But if you’re feeling like you’re experienced enough you can obviously use every shadow you want, you obviously don’t have to stick to the families Tarte created.
Before we move onto the swatches, I first want to discuss the texture of these shadows. I have done quite a lot of Tarte reviews in the past couple of months so I have mentioned this before, but I will do it again. The Tarte eyeshadows (and other products) are all infused with their amazonian clay. They sustainably harvest this, dry it and mild it into a very finely mild powder which allows them to use it in their makeup products.
Because of this clay these eyeshadows have a very different feel to them than your everyday eyeshadows. You can really feel that there’s clay involved. These shadows are very soft and buttery and they are so rich and easy to work with. They also blend like a dream and stay intense all day. I absolutely love that about the Tarte eyeshadows!
Now that we’ve discussed everything else, let’s move on to the swatches!
Pixel – Pixel doesn’t really show up that well on the swatch because of the fact that colour-wise it’s very close to my mother’s skintone (my mother is my arm-model for swatches). However, it is a very pretty shimmery champagne shade. It’s quite light and therefore it’s perfect for highlighting the inner corner, the highest point of your brow bone or the centre of the lid. It’s also a really nice colour to use all over the lid.
Love Hue – This is a medium brown shade with the tiniest bit of shimmer to it. I usually use it as my transition colour, it’s perfect for that. The shimmers don’t really show up so you don’t have to worry about that and colour wise it’s perfect for that area. It’s also a really nice shade to use as a crease colour if you’re going for a more natural look.
Different Strokes – Different Strokes is a matte medium brown shade with an orange undertone. I have to say that it’s not my favourite colour out of this palette, but quality wise it’s great. It’s very pigmented and it’s overall a really nice shadow to work with.
On The Monet – On The Monet is, opposed to Different Strokes, one of my favourite shadows out of this palette. It’s a very pretty dark brown shade with a warm undertone and bronzy shimmers to it. It’s a gorgeous shade to apply in the crease but if you’re going for something more smokey it could also look stunning all over the eyelid!
Style – The last colour out of this little family is Style. Style is a deep matte brown shade that could be used to either darken up the outer corner but it could also be used as a liner. It’s a very pigmented shade so you’ll have to be careful with it, but it does really add something extra to the look.
Onto my favourite family out of the four: the bronze shadows!
Base Coat – Base Coat is a really pretty matte off-white shade with a yellowy tone to it. I use this as a highlight underneath my brow bone almost every time I use this palette. It could also act as a lid shade when you’re going for a more natural look, but since I usually like my eyes pretty dramatic I usually don’t do that.
Medium – Medium is one of my favourite lid shades out of this palette. It’s a very pretty super shimmery bronzy shade that just makes your lid pop. I think it lightens and brightens up every look you might think of and it just looks so stunning in combination with the other shadows from this family. It’s gorgeous!
A Beautiful Degas – This next shade is another deep matte brown shade with a warm undertone. I think colours like this one are essential in an eyeshadow palette and I use them almost every time I use eyeshadow. If I’m going for something more smokey I’d use this in the crease, but when I want to keep things a little more lightweight I also like to use it to darken up the outer V.
Venus – Venus is a slightly cooler toned shimmery brown shade. I think it’s a very versatile colour since you can use it for so many things. I like to use it all over the lid, in the crease, on the outer corner, underneath my lower lash line but it could also look stunning as a shimmery eyeliner. Aside from that it’s also a really pigmented shade and the texture feels incredibly amazing.
Mosaic – The last shade of this family is called Mosaic. This is a warm toned shimmery brown shade. It reminds me a little bit of On The Monet, but it’s a little less warm/reddish than that one. It’s again a very pigmented shade and it looks stunning in the crease!
Onto the third family. The Aqua’s!
Glaze – Glaze is such a gorgeous goldeny champagne shade. It’s not the most unique shade, but since I love golden champagne colours I do love the way that it looks. It’s very shimmery, it’s rich and it’s pigmented and I use it a ton. Even though I don’t ever create looks with blue’s, aqua’s and/or teals I do think this is a gorgeous shade that would look good with those more blue shades out of this family.
For Realism – For Realism is by far my favourite transition colour out of this palette. It’s a very pretty medium brown shade that doesn’t have any shimmer to it whatsoever. It’s quite cool toned and even though I normally love wearing more warm toned eyeshadows I like it when my transition colour is more cool toned.
Color Vibes – Color Vibes it one of my most used lid shades. Back in the day I’d use colours like this as a crease shade since I liked it more neutral back then, but nowadays I think it’s gorgeous when you apply shades like this all over the lid with a touch of a lighter champagne shade like Glaze in the centre.
Seascape – First of all I really like the name Seascape, how adorable is that. Second of all this colour is crazily pigmented, I love it! Even though I don’t use colours like this on a daily basis I do think it’s nice they added it in this palette. It gives you the opportunity to add a more bright shade to your eyeshadow look and create something a little more unique.
Inked – The last colour out of this family is Inked. Inked is a deep, matte blue colour. I don’t think I own anything like this to be honest so I’m glad it’s in here. I think this colour would look gorgeous in the outer V and underneath the lower lash line. It’s a great shade and it’s also super pigmented.
Moving on to the last family: the plums. This is, along with the bronze family, one of my favourite families out of the four.
Exhibit – Exhibit is a matte highlight shade with a pink undertone to it. Along with Base Coat, this is one of my most used matte shades out of this palette. It’s a bit more unusual but I really like that about it. Another thing I like about it is that it’s so pigmented and buttery and extremely nice to work with.
Pop Art Princess – Pop Art Princess is one of my go-to shadows in this palette. It’s a really pretty and extremely pigmented rose gold shade that looks so stunning all over the lid. For some reason the texture of this shade is even more amazing than the texture of the other shades in this palette and that makes this an even more special shadow!
Modern Icon – Modern Icon is a matte medium taupe shade. It’s quite pink but it does look really pretty in the crease as a transition colour. It could also act as your crease colour if you’re going for a somewhat softer look and if you like your shadows matte it could even act as your lid shade. I love it!
Getty Up & Go – Getty Up & Go is super pigmented matte plum shade. I really love plum shades and therefore I absolutely love this. It has the perfect amount of plum to it and the perfect amount of brown which makes it look very natural yet unique. It’s so easy to work with and I really think that this finishes off the look in the best way possible.
Illusion – The very last colour out of the 20 I reviewed today is Illusion. Illusion is a super deep and incredibly pigmented purply black shade. It’s almost completely black but it does have this slight hint of purple to it. I think that that hint makes it a very unique colour and I like that about it. Even though I don’t always use colours as dark as this one, I still think it’s a great addition to the palette and therefore I appreciate its presence.
Overall I think the Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette is absolutely incredible. I have to say that I honestly think that this is the best Tarte eyeshadow palette that I have tried so far and it definitely deserves a spot in my top 3 favourite eyeshadow palettes of all times. The colours that come inside this palette are so stunning and perfect and the quality of each and every one of them is just mind blowing. It is quite an expensive piece of makeup, but in my opinion it is most certainly worth every single penny. I highly, highly recommend giving it a try!
The Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette is available here for £54,-.
That was it for today’s review. It was quite a long one but I do hope that you enjoyed reading it. If you did be sure to let me know and also let me know what you think of this palette!