Tarte Cosmetics has an exciting new, limited edition palette out called the Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette ($38). This is a wonderful palette with a beautiful range of shades inspired by dusk in the rainforest. I had high expectations when Tarte sent this to us, and I was not disappointed!
The packaging is gorgeous, with a golden snake design and a purple snake-skin textured box. Inside, the palette is a round, CD size palette emblazoned with the snake and a purple jeweled eye. It has a large round mirror that is big enough to reflect your entire face. Nice!
The products inside include one blush, one highlighter, one bronzer, and six eyeshadows. The unique thing about Tarte powder products is color-correcting colored clay. The rose clay helps to soothe skin, vanilla clay controls oil, and gold clay moisturizes.
The Unleashed blush is a pretty plum matte pink. It has terrific staying power and is such a flattering shade. Champagne is a gorgeous highlighter, just be sure to buff it well – that’s what turns it into a flattering glow. I actually use this on my eyes as a brow shade, too. And Park Avenue Princess is a perfect bronzer, a buttery satin warm gold brown that looks terrific on almost everyone.
The eyeshadows are just to die for. The texture is buttery soft, the pigmentation is wonderful, and the shades are beautiful. Three are golden browns, and three are pinky purples.
First up, the golden brown shades. up to no gold is a shimmery gold with a velvet texture. I think this is my favorite of them all, it really makes my brown eyes POP. tan-gled up in you is a matte tan that goes on so smooth, I almost can’t believe it’s a matte eyeshadow. don’t turn a-brown is a dark brown with tiny golden shimmer.
Next, the pinky purples. bare to explore is a matte pink beige that has a silky texture and is a great base shade. On busy mornings, I throw this on as a wash with some black eyeliner and I am good to go. make a mauve is a satin plum mauve that is even prettier in person. plum away with me is a shimmery dark plum with silver sparkle. Gorgeous.
Included with the palette is a card with instructions for two different eye looks, the Afterhours Adventure, ‘inspired by the deep orchid hues of dusk, this spellbinding evening look will unleash your inner bombshell as you flawlessly take on the night‘; and Seductive Sunrise, ‘ignite your wild side anytime with this sultry, yet subtle everyday look.‘
Rainforest After Dark definitely give you everything you need for day or night, subtle or sultry. Pick it up before it’s sold out! - Lisa
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