Tarte Tartelette Tease review

I’m finally in the position to do a review on this palette, since I used it exclusive for the entire 2 weeks I was on vacation, as it was the only eye shadow product I packed with mim.

The Tarte Tartelette Tease palette normally sells for $25 but I bought it during the April VIB sale for $21.25. It contains 6 shades, each weighing 0.85g for a combined total palette weight of 5.10g

Prior to this palette, I had not used much Tarte makeup. Actually, I only own the lone Tarte blush in exposed which I don’t much care for (it’s slated to be re-homed). So I was somewhat unsure about this palette.

These eye shadows are part of their Amazonian Clay range which Tarte touts as both mattifying and hydrating. Tarte offers eye shadows, blushes, mascara and foundations featuring Amazonian Clay.

This palette features 4 mattes and 2 shimmers:
• whisper – light peach (matte)
• wink- light pink nude (matte)
• crush – golden taupe (frost)
• first class – rosey taupe (shimmer)
• heartbreaker – deep yellow brown (matte)
• bff – deep cool plum (matte)

I want to commend Tarte for including a matte highlight, which isn’t very common in eye shadow palettes.

My favourite shades are (not surprisingly) first class and Crush. I prefer the finish of first class slightly more since it’s smoother and less chunky looking compared to Crush.  The shadows lasted well on my lids, with slight fading at around the 10 hour mark, but still looks good after full day of sightseeing in the hot, humid Japanese climate.

The colours in the palette lend themselves to easy eye looks and my favourite way to wear this is one of two ways:

1) lid = crush, crease = heartbreaker, transitional = wink, highlight = whisper
2) lid = first class, crease = bff, transitional = wink, highlight = whisper
Some days I just wear either of the shimmer shades on the lid, blend slightly with Wink and call it a day.

Strangely, this palette smells slightly of vanilla. I didn’t know this beforehand  and when I first started using this palette, I was puzzled as to why I suddenly smelled sweet vanilla while I was applying my eye makeup! The smell doesn’t offend me but it may bother some people.

I also love how tiny and slim the palette is, measuring only 9.8cm x 5.8cm x 1.2cm.  It is made of cardboard which isn’t the most sturdy but I had no issues when travelling. The palette is secured with a magnetic closure. I also appreciate that it contains a mirror inside.

By now, you know I like to make little tweaks to pre-made palettes. For the Tartelette Tease, I would only dial up the colour of Wink into a deeper rosey shade for the transition, like this:

In its current state, I find it too similar to Whisper – original for reference:

I’m really pleased that I brought this palette on my trip, I never felt the need for any additional colours – every thing I wanted was contained in this little gem.

The eye shadows are made in the US. In Canada, Tarte is available only at Sephora.

• long wearing formula: crease and fade-resistent formula
• Pigmentado
• Can create complete eye look
• very compact packaging
• good value – great way to sample 6 colours
• Cruelty-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free

• deeper matte shades are slightly powdery and drier, making them more difficult to blend
• Cardboard packaging
• Scented (unnecessary)

Stash Davor: 8/10

This palette was the perfect item to dip my toes into Tarte cosmetics. Do you have this palette? Are you a fan of Tarte cosmetics – please recommend your favourites to me!

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