Tarte’s Call of the Wild eyeshadow palette is a neutral 8-pan addition to their Amazonian Clay line. The colors range from browns to grays and a navy, and Tarte claims the Amazonian clay is nourishing, will reduce the oil on your eyelids and wear longer and stay truer.
I can’t address Tarte’s claims exactly – my lids are dry and not really in need of nourishing – but I did find these wore really well. Unlike some of Tarte’s other eyeshadows I’ve tried, these were amazing on the whole, though a couple of shades (Meow and Jungle) took a little building up and feel not quite as finely milled as the others. And yet somehow they still went on creamy, so I don’t hold that against the palette overall. It’s an interesting texture, and once in a while it actually does almost feel like clay.
These blend very easily without sheering out, and that makes them easy to work with. The color payoff was much better than I expected based on prior experience with Tarte, whose shadows can range unexpectedly from sheer to highly pigmented in one palette, making it hard to guess how to swipe your brush in each one to get the desired amount! This palette is consistent enough that you can just assume “I don’t need much” when you dip your brush, and add a little more when using Meow and Jungle.
The palette comes with a plastic overlay that has the names on it. Otherwise, there is no way to know the names of the shadows – this is my one packaging qualm with this palette, and it was the same with Tarte’s Carried Away Holiday 2013 palette. So here’s a picture with the names so you can follow the swatches.
But since the plastic kind of glares, here’s another picture with just the shadows:
Meow is a warm medium brown with pinkish undertones and extremely fine gold shimmer. It looks ordinary in the pan, but swatched it’s “ooh” and “aah.” Jungle is a satin finish deep chocolate. These two are the ones that require some building, believe it or not – but they look great once you do build. Call is a light beige-pink that looks matte in the pan but actually has a satin finish. Instinct is a light frosty beige-white that’s good for highlighting – you can wear it intense or sheer.
Wild is a deep maroon with a satin-shimmer finish. Lynx is a medium taupe that’s nearly matte but does catch the light somehow, just a little bit. Primal is a medium gray matte. Roar is a deep navy matte that really surprised me with its color payoff since blue pigments aren’t always the greatest for that.
This is Meow, Jungle, Primal and Roar with Urban Decay’s Roach eyeliner on the bottom and Kat Von D’s Puro Amor on the top.