Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Eye & Cheek Palette Review

tarte Be MATTEnificent

Today I'm going to be reviewing the tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Eye & Cheek palette! I purchased this palette for myself as kind of a birthday gift, because the second I saw it, I knew that I needed to get my hands on it! I've been having a serious obsession with matte shades lately!

tarte Be MATTEnificent
(Blush shade is Elevated; Eyeshadow shades (Left to Right, Top to Bottom) are Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up, Pink Outside the Box, Rose for the Occasion, and View from Taupe; as well as Dream in Chocolate and Don't Stand Black)

tarte Be MATTEnificent

These swatches aren't the best, but I swear this palette has been worth every penny. I have been using it almost every day since receiving it in the mail, whether it is for the blush, the brown and black shadows which are used great as liners, or even just for a great matte color. The shadow quality is phenomenal, and they most blend extremely well. 
And the blush is just beautiful, and has great staying power. Now I know why the amazonian clay blushes get so much hype! I never would have purchased one on my own, and now I'm already looking at my budget to figure out when I might be able to invest in a couple more.
The mirror is also a really good size, and the palette will stay open on it's own if you set it on a table- perfect for travel or if you don't have a dedicated area to do your makeup.

As far as what I don't like, there are a couple of things- a couple of the shades aren't as pigmented as I would like for them to be, and the black and brown shadows are a little harder to blend. However, nothing in this palette is difficult to work with, and when I'm focusing on using just this palette, with the right brush, I can make any of the shades work. 

And speaking of brushes, this palette does come with a double-sided one. It's decent enough quality, but if you're looking for a brush that will be able to do everything, you're not going to get it with this. I have tried to make an eye look work by only using the brush with the palette, and I've had to grab another blending brush, as well as an eyeliner brush, to really do much. So if the brush is your selling point, I would definitely really take a look at more swatches and reviews before I base my decision to buy on that.
Some of the shades are also pretty similar to the matte shades in the Lorac pro palette. I was a little worried about that when I bought it, but ultimately, being able to have the blush was a huge selling point.

If you're looking for a good, matte palette, this is one worth your time, if you don't already have enough matte shades to you're liking. And also if, like me, you were on the fence about those amazonian clay blushes. 
This was a limited edition palette, but you can still find it from online retailers. 

FTC: This palette was purchased by me with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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