Way back in August my wonderful friend Tesla surprised me with this gorgeous palette for my Birthday. Tesla amazingly bought me a palette I didn't even know existed and it was super perfect.
This palette combines some contouring shades and some shadow shades, all are everyday friendly shades. Therefore, this is an excellent palette for travel. I also love the large mirror, which I cropped out so you wouldn't see my pjs :P
Now the important info:
Cost = $40
Worth it = Totally
Here is the bad news: The names are on one of those annoying transparent sheets that drive me batty. Dear Makeup Companies, please just put the names on the packaging!
Other than the complaint about the names, this is a very sturdy palette and I love the front and the palette layout. Also the hinge lets you sit the mirror at a lot of angles. (P.S. Please excuse the typo in Champagne, PicMonkey doesn't spell check me *face palm*)
This is a very pretty highlight that can be blended out to be very subtle or built up to super shimmer.
2. Park Ave Princess:
I love this bronzer is a great shade for my skin. Its matte, which is my favorite type of bronzer because I can actually blend the contour with out turning into an umpa-lumpa (anyone else have this problem with shimmer bronzers?).
This is a dusty rose matte color that looks super natural on light/fair skin.
1. Bare to Explore:
This is a super light pink that is a perfect transition color and can make a very subtle highlight for the brow bone.
2. Make a Mauve:
This is my favorite color in the whole palette, this is a duty lilac color with gold shimmer. The glitter is not chunky, it is very subtle.
3. Plum Away with Me:
This is a pretty dark plum shimmer shadow. I will say that it takes a little work to get enough of this to appear plum on the lid without being too much for everyday wear, but overall a great shadow.
4. Up to No Gold:
This is a gorgeous true gold shadow, however this shadow kicks up a fair amount when you are picking it up on a brush and has some fall out.
5. Tan-gled up in you:
This is a nice matte almost taupe-y tan but its more tan than taupe, its a good everyday all over color or transition for a more dramatic look.
6. Don't Turn a Brown:
This is a matte dark brown, its a fairly cool tone brown and I like to use it with my MAC Fix+ to make a brown liner to go this this palette.
Overall, this is a great palette! I haven't used a lot of Tarte but everything I've tried has been great. (Lights Camera Lashes is my favorite mascara!!!)
I think if you want a neutral palette that isn't your typical neutral palette then this would be an awesome place to start. I also think the contour colors are great everyday/beginner contour colors. I think it has a great combination of shimmer and matte, also if you want to add a little shimmer to an all matte eye look, Champagne could be added for a little shimmer.
What do you think, will you be picking up the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette? What are your favorite Tarte products?