When it comes to eyeshadows, I love me some mattes. So when I found out that Tarte had come out with an entirely matte palette - the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette - I just had to have it.
The palette comes with 12 matte shadows, packaged in a lovely gold and purple plastic case with a large mirror inside - very travel-friendly. My favorite feature of the palette is how the colors are divided up. Each row has colors that would work perfectly together as a highlight, lid color, crease color, and deepener/eyeliner. The top row seems to be a collection of warmer colors, the middle row is pink-toned, and the bottom row is a little more cool-toned, so there's something in there for everyone. The quality of the shadows as a whole is really lovely, though it's not entirely uniform over the entire palette.
L to R: Free Spirit, Force of Nature, Dreamer, Multi-tasker
L to R: Caregiver, Natural Beauty, Best Friend, Bombshell
L to R: Super Mom, Wanderer, Power Player, Fashionista
As you can see from the swatches, the top row has the least pigmented shadows as a whole, but they build up to a stronger color payoff very well on the lid. The rest of the shadows more than make up for the less-than-stellar pigmentation of the first row, especially the ones in the last row. Both rows are very pigmented (all swatches besides the pale colors are just one swipe), but the last row is super buttery and soft. So far my favorite look as been using the middle row, but I'm definitely going to be experimenting with all the colors in the palette. The last row's colors actually remind me of a matte version of the Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Palette! All of the shadows blend out and with each other extremely well. As for longevity, Tarte has done it again with another amazingly long-lasting Amazonian Clay product - the shadows last all day with no fading or creasing whatsoever (I've always used a primer though). I'm so happy I decided to get this palette, and I would definitely recommend picking one up if you love matte eyeshadows!
Have you tried this palette yet?