Continuing from Part 1 of the Tarte Carried Away collection review, this part reviews the eyeshadow palette. It’s 24 full size Amazonian clay eyeshadows, and going by the fact that Tarte usually charges over $40 for a palette of 10 eyeshadows, that gives you an idea just what a value this collection is. And in this case, the quality of the eyeshadows is up to Tarte’s usual standards. I’ll get into specifics on each shade.
The palette comes with a plastic sheet which sits on top of the shadows. It’s not attached to anything, and it’s the only reference to the shade names:
You can definitely work with just one quad of shadows if you’re not sure where to start, but the more you play the more you’ll want to mix it up.
- Snowfall in Paris is a pale ivory shimmer with yellow undertones. The texture on this one is a little dry, and color payoff is a little bit sheer.
- Golden Gate Bridge is a medium gold with yellow undertones and a shimmer finish. Its texture is creamy and the color payoff and pigmentation are good.
- Volcanic Ash is a very deep brown with cool undertones and deep gold shimmer. The texture is a tiny bit on the dry side, but not enough to cause fallout. The pigmentation is solid.
- Pyramid Gold is a light bronze with neutral to pink undertones and a metallic finish. It applies very smoothly and has very good color payoff.
- Pearl River is a pale pink with a pearlescent finish. The pigmentation is a little sheer, but it applies very well and can be built up to the color in the pan.
- Seychelles Sand is a matte taupe with cool undertones. The pigmentation was a bit lacking, but it does build up and apply smoothly.
- Touchdown in Londontown is a vibrant blue-purple satin finish. It’s very creamy, highly pigmented and goes on very smoothly.
- Martha’s Vineyard is a near-black plum matte. The pigmentation was very good in this one, and it’s creamy enough to work as a liner (which is nice for travel – always good to have an eyeshadow that can double as a liner!).
- Pebble Beach is a pale peachy bronze shimmer finish with a little bit of micro-glitter. The glitter fallout is remarkably minimal – even when I dusted it overtop of other shadows (a dry surface). It’s creamy and excellent color payoff.
- Boston Brick is a light warm plum with a metallic finish. This one’s got a nicely creamy texture and applies very smoothly.
- Spanish Sangria is a warm reddish-purple with gold shimmer that gives it a metallic finish and subtle effects in changing lighting. It’s a little bit stiff and sheer, and has to be built up.
- Napa Grapes is a matte purple with neutral to cool undertones. It was a little bit sheer in places, and soft enough to blend out more easily than expected. It can be built up.
- Georgia Peach is a pale peachy beige matte. The color payoff was surprisingly good for a pale matte shade.
- Tuscan Sun is a very warm bronze shimmer with strong orange undertones – almost a copper. It’s buttery and smooth, and the color payoff is excellent.
- Acai Jungle is a warm maroon with a satin-shimmer finish. The texture was very smooth and creamy, and the pigmentation was great. This is another one that works well as a liner.
- Coral Reef is a warm peachy pink with gold shimmer. The color payoff is great, so it applies full strength very easily. I wasn’t really expecting this the first time I applied it, and it ended up being too pink for a lid color – made me look like I’d been crying. If orange colors tend to have that effect on you, just keep them in the crease area or use a thick liner to “separate” that color from your lashline.
- Iceland Airis a pale dove gray with hints of lavender and a shimmer finish. It’s a little bit dry and sheer, but the color payoff is pretty good.
- Mystic Seaport is a medium periwinkle metallic. It’s less sheer than Iceland Air, but not as creamy as some of the others in this palette.
- Concrete Jungle is a medium gray metallic with very neutral undertones. It didn’t pull blue on me at all, like most grays and silvers do. This one had a nice creamy texture and great color payoff.
- Hampton Waves is a satin-matte deep teal that leans blue. The texture is great and it applies wonderfully with lots of pigment, but it can tend to sheer out more than expected as you blend it.
- Sunshine State is a pale gold with a glitter finish. This one had medium color payoff and a little bit of sheerness. The glitter fallout was minimal.
- Hawaiian Palm is a light-medium green metallic with a golden sheen. It’s creamy and applied smoothly
with very good color payoff.
- Olive Grove is a medium olive green with gold shimmer, and it swatches as a deep antique gold metallic. This one was smooth and creamy, with very good pigmentation.
- Sin City is a deep gray with golden shimmer. It was a little bit sheer and dry, but it can be built up.
Continue on to Part 3!