I’ve been wanting one of the Tarte round shadow palette for more than a year. The round shape really appeals to me. Every time Tarte has a sale I look at them, but up till recently I haven’t taken the plunge. The previous round palettes are great, but I already had similar shades.
But when I saw the limited edition unicorn-inspired Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek palette, I was smitten.
The shades are so pretty. The palettes are a mix of shades that I don’t already own – well, maybe I have a couple of shades that are similar. But as a whole, this is different…for me. For one thing, all but one shade are shimmers. I have never knowingly purchased an almost all shimmer palette. Plus, it also comes with a highlighter in the center of the palette.
I had heard mixed reviews on this palette, but between the beautiful spring-like shimmer shades and the 30% off sale on Tarte’s website, I took the plunge.
Now that I own it, I do love the round palette shape just because it’s different. I like the collage of cheerful colors in the design on the top of the palette. But it’s not really a travel friendly palette IMHO because it’s rather big and bulky. It’s not a stand alone palette – unless you always wear shimmers.
I especially adore the look of the palette when you open it up. It has a big magnifying mirror that is terrific. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never owned a palette that came with a magnifying mirror. Cool.
The shadow shades look so pretty in the palette, I almost hated to disturb them. As I said above, they look like spring. There are 9 shimmers, 1 matte and a white highlighter.
The names alone are enchanting. Here are Tarte’s color descriptions:
- Pixie: golden pink
- Myth: matte nude
- Magic: bronze
- Wings: copper
- Marvel: metallic sage
- Trance: taupe slate
- Fairy: metallic lavender
- Mystic: blue pearl
- Dream: turquoise
- Crystal: iridescent champagne
- Believe (highlighter): pearl highlight.
These are my descriptions below. I don’t always agree with Tarte, I’m afraid, on what the shades look like!
- Pixie: rose gold shimmer – though a lovely shade, it is unfortunately not pigmented enough for use alone as a shadow because on its own it’s very hard to see. However, on top of a matte shadow, it gives a beautiful sheen. It’s also a nice highlighter or blush topper.
- Myth: pinky/brown matte – a versatile shade for me for my crease or V or to tone down the shimmer of some of the other shades
- Magic: copper/brown shimmer
- Wings: a coppery but also deep rose pink shimmer (in the photo, this looks brownish but it isn’t)
- Marvel: green/gold shimmer that reads bronze IMO
- Trance: taupe shimmer
- Fairy: deep purple shimmer
- Mystic: grey/green shimmer
- Dream: aqua shimmer
- Crystal: pale mauve/gold shimmer that looks mostly gold
Believe, the white highlighter is good for the inner corner, under the brow or to lighten any of the deeper shades.
I ran out of arm real estate for all the shades, but here they are:
I swatched the shades over Urban Decay Anti-aging Primer. I always use eye primer, but I believe you must apply these shadows over primer to get them to show up (though pixie and crystal still don’t show up that well). Even over primer, I have to pack the shadow on the brush. For most of the swatches, you can see the shades pretty well, but I had to go over the swatch at least two or three times to get good pigmentation. There’s no fallout that I experienced, and they’re easy to blend. Over primer, the shades once I packed them on stay on for hours and hours till I remove them.
Today, two of my friends from the neighborhood took me out for a fabulous and deluxe belated birthday lunch (we had lobster rolls!), so I put on some makeup. I applied Crystal over primer, and it look too gold and shimmery for the casual restaurant we were going to. Plus my friends don’t usually wear makeup so I didn’t want to be a walking bling fest. So I applied the matte Myth over Crystal, and I liked the more subtle way it looked. In fact, I have used Myth either under or over several of the shimmer shades.
Although Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette isn’t a “must have” palette and it’s not perfect, I’m still glad I bought it. The regular price is $40, 1.1 g / 0.038 Oz. x 10 eyeshadows, 3 g / 0.105 Oz. highlight. Cruelty-free.
Did you pick up this palette or pass on it? What do you think of these shades?