I think it has been over a year ago since I bought my first Tarte palette. It was the Tartelette In Bloom Palette. I fell in love with it from the moment I saw it and it’s still one of my favourite palettes of all time. So when I discovered Tarte was launching another Tartelette palette, the Tartelette Toasted, I knew that sooner or later I just had to get my hands on it. It has taken me some time, but now I finally managed to buy it, which means it’s time for me to finally review the famous Tartelette Toasted palette. If you’re interested in finding out more about this palette, make sure you continue reading!
So, first things first, let’s discuss the packaging. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Tarte packagings, especially the ones on their Tartelette palettes. The one on my Tartelette In Bloom palette is very colourful and pretty and this one is completely different from that but very pretty as well. The Tartelette Toasted palette comes with a really pretty burned look on the front. I know that there is a word to describe the print, but I don’t know it anymore. Anyway, it’s a really pretty effect and somehow it also kind of reminds me of leopard or tiger print or something in that category.
The rest of the palette is gold including the letters on the front of the palette. I, by the way, really love the font they used to write down Tartelette, it’s so pretty! The combination of the gold and the burned front of the palette is really pretty and I’m a big fan of that as well.
The size of the palette is great too. It’s quite a thin palette and it’s not excessively big. It does come with a huge mirror on the inside which always is a big plus to me, and the pans are reasonably sized as well. Over all I think that the design of this palette is just one bit hit!
When you open up the palette you will see the shadows that are inside. The first time I looked at this palette online I thought that the shades were very similar to the shades in the Tartelette In Bloom Palette. I thought that up and till I bought the palette for myself and saw it in real life, next to the Tartelette In Bloom Palette. The main difference between the shades in these two palettes is that this palette has much more warm toned shades. Everything is on the orangy/reddish side of the spectrum while the Tartelette In Bloom palette comes with much more cool-toned eyeshadows.
What is similar between these two palettes is the kind of shades in it. The layout of it. I don’t really know how to explain what I’m trying to say, but I’ll do my best. The balance between mattes and shimmers is similar and also the balance between lighter and darker shades. They are also layed out in the same way. So basically it’s the same palette but than in a burned orange tint. I hope that this makes any sense at all.
Moving on to the claims of the palette. According to Tarte their Tartelette Toasted Palette is a party-in-a-palette to celebrate their tartelettes and the wearable shades they asked for. It comes with 12 warm, rich eyeshadows, including 7 mattes and 7 lustrous shimmers. They are arranged in separate rows to make 3 easy-to-DIY looks. The shadows are Amazonian clay infused and are supposed to be super blendable and glide on like a cream. They should provide longwearing, intense payoff that’s never chalky or patchy.
Overall it sounds like this is going to be a great palette with very high quality eyeshadows. As most of you probably know by now, this isn’t my first Tarte palette so I do have quite some experience with the brands’ eyeshadows. In general my experience with the Tarte eyeshadows is very positive. Their Amazonian-clay formula gives the shadows something unique in terms of texture. They are very soft and very well pigmented. They are generally speaking very easy to work with and go on very smoothly. Of course the fact that the shadows in other palettes are amazing doesn’t necessarily mean that this palette is going to be great, but I do have pretty high hopes for it since the Tartelette palettes are my favourite kind of palettes from Tarte.
Before I jump into the details and the swatches I do want to talk a little more about the shadows in this palette. Like I mentioned before this palette is filled with warm eyeshadow colours. Lately orangy shadows have been all the range and for some reason I never really got why. On other people I think they look absolutely incredible, but I had literally no idea how I was supposed to rock them without looking like I’m celebrating King’s Day every day.
I have to say that till the day of today I still do struggle with it a little bit. I’m just not completely sure whether or not these colours really suit me and therefore I do gravitate towards the Tartelette In Bloom palette a little more often than I’d wish to. I do really like the colours individually, but for some reason I haven’t really found my way with this palette just yet.
Having said that, let’s go back to talking about the quality of the eyeshadows. Starting off with the texture. Like I mentioned the Tarte Amazonian clay shadows are always very rich, pigmented and have a really nice and creamy feel to them. It’s really, really different from regular shadows you might be familiar with and that’s why I love them so much. It’s not just a claim or a fancy sounding word that means nothing, it actually does make a huge difference. Because of this Amazonian clay formula the shadows go on a lot different than normal shadows would. It seems like they apply more evenly and like they really glide onto the lids. They are also very pigmented but still easy to blend. Once they have ‘set’ and you’re done with the look, the shadows stay in place all day and just won’t budge. I like that about them!
Moving on to the swatches. Overall the shadows are very pigmented and intense. They stay intense while blending and that’s a very important factor to me. Having said that, let’s go through the colours one by one:
S’more – S’more is a pinky beige matte shade. It’s a very light beige shade that could both works as a brow bone highlight or as a transition colour in a very light and natural eye look. It’s very pigmented for what it is and it goes on really smoothly.
Sunrise – Next up is Sunrise, which is the more goldeny/warm version of S’more. It’s also matte and works for the same purposes as S’more. I personally prefer using it as a brow bone highlight over using it as a transition colour because it is a little lighter and less beigy.
Sunset – Next to that is Sunset. This is a warm shimmery bronze colour. It is a bronze leaning to the coppery side and that’s something new for me. I do really like the look of it and I love how the darkness of it is just about right so you can do anything with it. If I want to go a little darker I like using it as a lid colour, but if I want to keep things light I like using it in the crease.
Crackle – Crackle is my favourite crease colour in this palette. It’s a very deep brown colour with some golden flecks in it. It’s not like the shimmers in the palette, the sparkles really are more like flecks than they are glitters or shimmers. Because of that it does create a nice depth in your eye-area, while still adding a little bit of glam to the eyes.
Cashmere – Moving on to the fifth shadow already. This is Cashmere. This is a medium-depth peachy shade. It’s the perfect shadow to use as a transition colour if you really want to go for that orangy, warm look. I have to admit that I haven’t used this one a lot yet because I do think it’s quite warm, but I could see how this could work.
Warmth – Then we have Warmth, which is, just like Cashmere, quite a warm and orangy terracotta tone. It is a bit darker than Cashmere and therefore more useful for more heavy eye looks, but it’s again a shade I haven’t used much just yet.
Flame – Moving on to a more reddish, shimmery shade. This is Flame and this shade really fits its name. It’s a very pretty burned red, rusty shade with a very unique shimmer to it. Just like the other two shadows from that row it is quite warm and therefore not exactly what I’m used to, but I have played around with it a bit already and I’m really looking forward to really brining out this colour in one of my eye looks someday.
Cozy – The last shade from the ‘warm’ row is called Cozy and it’s another matte. This is a reddish version of your regular deep brown colour and could be described as a brick toned colour. I use this mostly to warm up my crease and to intensify the look by applying it along the lower lash line.
Candle – Moving on to one of my favourite shades out of the entire palette, Candle. This is a very pretty light, shimmery champagne colour. I really love these super shimmery champagne colour and therefore this is my most used shadow in this palette. It is a bit on the light side so I do usually like to deepen it a little with a darker shimmery shade, but on its own it’s really pretty as well.
Latte – This next shade, Latte, is similar to Cashmere but just a little bit more up my alley. It’s less warm than Cashmere is and acts as the perfect transition shade for my looks. This is my go-to shadow if I need a transition colour and so far I haven’t used it for anything else than that.
Simmer – Then we have Simmer, which is a very pretty coppery tone. It is a little bit shimmery but not as shimmery as some of the other shimmery shades in the palettes (that’s a lot of shimmery in one sentence). I like this for both all over the lid as well as for defining the crease and intensifying the look.
Fireside – Lastly we have Fireside, which is a deep plum colour. This is another matte one, perfect for darkening up the look and making it a little more appropriate for night time. It’s the deepest shade in the palette and I think it’s absolutely stunning. I like how it’s a little different from the other shades and therefore I do get a lot of use out of it.
Overall I really like the Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette. It’s the warm version of my beloved Tartelette In Bloom Palette which I get a lot of use out of. I’m usually not that into warm eyeshadows but this palette is very pretty and does really work for me. Quality wise it’s just outstanding and therefore I highly recommend giving it a chance if you’re into orangy, warm eyeshadows.
That was everything for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post and be sure to let me know what you think of the Tartelette Toasted palette and which Tartelette palette you think is the prettiest!