Road Testing Tarte's New Amazonian Clay Matte Eye Shadow Palette

So much to love! And a few things to "meh" about.
Publish date:
December 15, 2014
smoky eye, Tarte, matte eye shadow, neutral eye shadow, amazonian clay, review

I’m already obsessed with Tarte’s Maracuja Oil and Amazonian Clay Blush, so when I received the brand's new Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Eye Shadow Palette I was excited to see how it would stack up to other favorites, like my beloved Lorac Pro Palettes.

The first thing that stood out to me about this palette was its sturdy packaging.

It has a metal case and it’s pretty thin (although it is slightly heavy) and the mirror fills up the whole top lid of the compact. The larger mirror is a plus for me, as many other palettes have teeny tiny mirrors and you can hardly see yourself. But the Tartlette is still small enough that it slides right into the side pocket of my handbag.

I typically avoid matte shadows like the plague because the pigment is duller and often the shadow doesn't adhere to the lid. (Fall-out. Gasp!)

These shadows do leave a little fall-out, but the pigment is strong and the formula applies very easily onto the lids.

Another thing I was impressed by was how well the shadows blend. I’m an obsessive shadow blender and I find that a lot of matte shadows aren’t smooth enough to blend all the way out and can leave harsh lines. This was not the case with the Tartelette--the formula is very smooth. No grit here!

Each row of shadows can be used to create a neutral look. Here's how I used them.

Using Row 1, I applied Force of Nature on the lid, Multi-Tasker in the crease, Dreamer as the transition shade, and Free Spirit to highlight the brow bone and inner corner.

Using Row 2, I applied Natural Beauty on the lid, Bombshell in the crease, Best Friend as the transition shade, and Caregiver as a highlight.

I love that this palette has so many beautiful neutral options that are work appropriate, and yet it can also be a great nighttime palette.

For a smoky look I used Best Friend on the lid, Bombshell in the crease, Power Player to transition, and Free Spirit to highlight. I also used Fashionista to smoke out my liner on both lash lines.

Normally matte shades don't wear for very long on my oily eyelids, even if I have primer on. I wore these shadows for about six hours before I noticed any oiliness, and for another two hours before I noticed any creasing. (Usually matte shadows crease on me within three to four hours.)

Overall I was very impressed with the Tartelette. My only complaint is that the lightest shades all seem to read pretty similar on my skin, so it's kind of redundant to have that many shades. Despite that, I will definitely be adding this palette to my regular rotation!


  • Are you a matte eye shadow fan? What are your favorite brands/products?
  • Any tricks for making matte shadows last all day (or night) long?