I’ve been on a matte eye shadow kick for several months now with occasional lapses into shimmers. But mostly it’s been matte shadows for me ever since I saw how super-shimmery shadows call attention to my not so perfect eyelids.
In January, Tarte introduced Colored Clay Matte Be Mattenificent Shadow Palette (their first matte palette), and it got my attention.
First, the packaging is a real eye-catcher. It comes in a substantial gold metal compact with a beautiful purple mineral-type pattern on the top.
Inside, it has a huge mirror that, to me, is good for checking out your full face after applying the shadow with a smaller magnifying mirror. It also comes with a usable double ended brush that’s handy if you’re traveling and don’t bring your brushes with you.
The palette comes with six shadows and two liners that you could also use as shadows for a dramatic smoky eye, but that would be too dramatic for me. It also comes with blush in “elevated”, a very pretty rose-mauve shade. The shadows are basically neutrals (I consider pale pink and purples to be neutrals).
Tarte provides instructions on how to use the shades that you certainly can choose to ignore. I do from time to time. Nevertheless, Tarte suggests using:
- sand out from the crowd (vanilla-like beige): base
- peach for the stars (to me, it’s peachy-mauve): lid
- two plums up (beautiful medium plum): outer corner
- pink outside the box (pale pink): lid
- rose to the occasion (deeper mauve/brown): crease
- view from the taupe (yes): crease
- dream in chocolate: liner
- don’t stand black: liner.
The one thing that bugs me a bit about this palette is the the Amazonian Colored Clay shadows are very soft, powdery and a little messy. To apply, you need to be sure you pick up just a bit and pat the shade on before blending to minimize fallout. With this method, I haven’t had much fallout when I apply them (actually, you can see a tiny bit of fallout that I missed in my photo), but they’re messy in the case, which I don’t like. I’m always cleaning up the case afterwards because I like things on the neat side. 😉
That said, I love the shades. For me, Urban Decay’s Basic palette is a little boring, a little too basic with too much brown. I really like Tarte’s very pretty, very natural looking shades. I think these colors would suit a wide array of skin tones, and would look very different depending on your shade. They are just so wearable. On me, “peach for the stars” is more of a base shade, and “sand out from the crowd” is a striking light shade that’s great for illuminating the inner corners. The plum shade is a perfect corner shade, but if you go bold, it would be great in the crease or for a smoky eye. The shades lasted on me for 8-10 hours over primer, and I believe that primer is a must with these light, powdery colors. So, if you can get past a little powderiness, it’s a lovely, versatile palette.
Here, I’m wearing:
- sand out from the crowd in the inner corner
- peach for the stars in the middle of the lid
- two plums up in a V at the outer corner
- rose to the occasion lightly in the crease
- elevated: blush.
(I tightlined with Urban Decay Zero, Estee Lauder DoubleWear Pencil Liner in Graphite, and Rimmel Retro Glam Mascara in Black.)
- sodium laurel sulfate
The product is made in the USA, though the brush is made in China.
It costs $36 for 0.85 oz. It’s widely available at Sephora and Ulta. I bought mine online from tarte.com. I believe I got a 20% off coupon for signing up for their emails. While I was at it, I bought the Tarte lash curler which I’ll review soon, in order to qualify for free shipping.
So do you wear any matte shadows? If so, do you have a favorite?