Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazionian Eye & Cheek Palette
I know, I’m a little mean to review a hard to find, limited edition beauty product. Though, I think you can still find this Tarte Be MATTEnificent palette from some reseller. There usually is a high hype over Tarte palettes. These days it’s all about the new Tartelette palette but I think I can still say something about these eyeshadows since the formula is the same.
Tarte Be MATTEnificent palette is well conceived. It contains six eyeshadows, two cake eyeliners and one blush for a total weight of 0.85 oz for $36.00. Since Tarte isn’t sold in Italy I had to pay a ridiculously high price from a UK based reseller. Was it worth? Well, this is a really good palette. I like the fact that this is a complete palette perfect for travelling and the quality is definitely here. The packaging is a square compact, really sturdy and heavy, with a beautiful purple geode pattern on top.
These are the most soft eyeshadow in the world. There is a downside, though, just like any matte eyeshadow: since they’re so soft, they also are a bit too powdery. You have to use a very light hand to avoid any mess, even more because they are extremely pigmented. I usually pat the colour with MAC 239 brush and then I blend with MAC 217 to get the perfect result. Tarte eyeshadows are really blendble and easy to work with. The powder is so soft that it is like velvet on skin. The quality of the powder itself is top-notch: one of the best matte texture out there, smooth and buttery.
Colours are really soft-toned, on the cool side. They are a good basic choice for blending, with a pop of colour thanks to the dark aubergine.
The eyeshadows are:
- Sand Out from the Crowd: palest yellow-toned cream, perfect as the chicest browbone highlighter without garish shimmers.
- Peach for the Stars: rosy-taupe beige, perfect as warm-rose toned transition shade.
- Two Plums Up: super dark, not too warm aubergine, it adds colour, energy and definition to the looks created with this palette.
- Pink Outside the Box: lightest pastel pink. This is my least favourite of the bunch but it may be a good choice as highlighter shade for cool-toned gals.
- Rose to the Occasion: mauvey-rose with a cool brown undertone. Beautiful in the crease.
- View from the Taupe: coolest light taupe. Another great transition shade and perfect for contouring.
Talking about the blush, Elevated. It is an extremely natural rosy shade with a brown undertone. Perfect for daytime and work-appropriate. Tarte blushes have the greatest quality. It’s not so usual to find good matte blushes since they’re usually stiff and chalky. This one delivers the maximum colour payoff with the smoothest texture. It doesn’t fade after a few hours, it’s really blendable and perfect for skins that get oily during the day.
There are two cake eyeliners, also, in matte dark brown (Dream in Chocolate) and black (Don’t Stand Black). They are a bit too soft to be used as sharp eyeliner but they great to define the eyelid softly.
Plus, there is a double-ended brush with good quality natural hair. With a huge mirror, this palette is really great for travelling.