Living in the UK makes me feel like I'm missing out on so many amazing makeup brands that aren't available in this country. Tarte are a American brand and although they provide international shipping I've just never taken the plunge to make an order due to shipping and customs costs. Like seriously if you get caught with customs they charge you £8 on top of whatever the customs charge is as a handling fee?! Royal Mail are making a bomb from it but it's just not cool. When I saw another blogger selling the Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette I jumped at the chance to buy it.
The 'Tartelette' palette is an all matte palette consisting of 12 shades arranged in 3 rows of complimentary colours. The packaging is some of the best I've seen as it's incredibly beautiful, sturdy and the perfect size for travelling. For me this palette is an absolute dream even though it's a warm toned palette and I definitely suit more cool toned shades it's still everything I could ask for in a palette. The shades are all neutral shades which I love because I find colourful mattes very very hard to wear but that's just personal preference as I am a neutrals kinda gal.
All the shadows are extremely pigmented which is so hard to find in matte palettes as there is always at least one or two that just aren't up to the quality of the rest of the shadows. It's very rare that you find a matte palette that you can swatch and every shade shows up on your skin but it's even rarer to find a palette that has a perfect black shade. Out of all the palettes I own this definitely has the most opaque, easy to work black eyeshadow. Matte shades are hardwork, they take time to blend and they're definitely not easy to use for a quick eye look most of the time but I found all these shadows buttery and easier to blend than most mattes. I'm 99% sure that they're better than my Urban Decay mattes and they've been my holy grail for so long so that's definitely a massive statement from me.
Tarte have killed the matte eyeshadow game by creating this palette and I find myself reaching for it every single day. I'd class it as an essential palette in my stash now as it's daytime friendly but any look can easily be made more night time friendly with the darker shades to the right of the palette. Or if you can rock a dark smokey eye in the middle of the day you do that shit because you are awesome. I am now in need of the Tartelette In Bloom Palette as that is equally as pretty.
Also can we all just appreciate how beautiful these photos are?! I am in love with my new camera. Is it okay to be in love with an intimate object or?
P.S Blog posts have been rare due to life being like 'eat, sleep, work, gym, repeat' but after I move in two weeks things should finally have some order around here!