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Tarte // Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte // Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

Wow, this holiday season has my head spinning! New release, after new release... I'm feeling a bit giddy and delirious with each one. I decided to pass on what feels like so many, so when this new palette was announced, I decided to jump on it. I didn't get the UD Naked Ultimate Basics, the Jouer Matte & Shimmer Palette, the Ciate x Chloe Morello Palette, Lorac Pro and Mega Pro 3 Palettes... all of which were very tempting. But for whatever reason, I passed on those but decided to pull the trigger on this one. I have the Tartelette in Bloom Palette and love it, so I was hoping for the same quality.

If you're a Tarte fan, I think you'll really like this palette. It is primarily comprised of matte shades, sixteen of them, and four shimmer shades. (I believe the four shimmer shades are the same as their single Metallic Shadows, but I can't seem to find information on that anywhere.) The packaging is very nice. It's a sturdy, weighty compact with a very large mirror. The matte black cover, and shiny gold finish on the bottom show every fingerprint and smudge, and is a bit of a departure from the typical Tarte artwork of pink and purple Pucci-inspired patterns. Personally, I like the black and gold very much.

There is a strong vanilla scent when you open the compact, much like my Tartelette In Bloom palette. It doesn't put me off, but I'd much prefer something that was fragrance-free. No brush is included, which is almost a relief. Since I never use the included brush it always feels like a waste.

It also comes with a card with four looks: Edgyglam, Smoked, Minx and Trendy - all very smokey, dramatic and perfect for a holiday party.

I really like the color range in this palette. Warm, cool, matte and shimmer - it's pretty much got you covered. And when I look at this palette, I feel like I can achieve a lot of different looks. 

Upon first finger-swatch, most colors felt very soft and silky, except for Smoked and Vamp. Those two shades felt a bit chalky. All of the colors swatched very well - very pigmented and smooth. Below are pictures of brush swatches onto a layer of primer on my arm. I swatched the first two rows of mattes, then the bottom two rows of mattes, and then the four shimmer shades.

 From L to R: Classic, Innocent, Whimsy, Smoked, Vintage, Fierce, No Filter, Vamp

From L to R: Classic, Innocent, Whimsy, Smoked, Vintage, Fierce, No Filter, Vamp

 From L to R: Chic, Profesh, Mod, Drama, Indie, Bold, Edgy, Punk

From L to R: Chic, Profesh, Mod, Drama, Indie, Bold, Edgy, Punk

 From L to R: Ethereal, Glam, Minx, Trendy

From L to R: Ethereal, Glam, Minx, Trendy

There was very little fallout, all the colors applied brilliantly. I feel I've been dazzled by super highly pigmented shadows in the past, but if you're not careful you overdo it very quickly. I like these sort of subtle shadows that build very easily. You can see the color get more intense with each pass of the brush. I really love that. I feel like I have much more control of the application.

If I had to make any criticism about this palette, I would probably have added a gray-tone, and a khaki or olive color. Which palettes have you acquired recently? I like this palette, and it seems to embody a lot of what those other palettes have, but are there any you think are a must-have?

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