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Tarte be MATTEnificent Eye & Cheek Palette Review

Cruelty Free Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review

Recently I had the opportunity to try out the new Tarte be MATTEnificent Eye & Cheek Palette. I was excited because this is an all matte palette. I love to use matte shades with my brighter, shimmery shades. Typically I’ll put a shimmery or glittery shade on my lid and then use mattes on the browbone and crease to contour my eyes. It works really well with hooded eyes. Let’s see how the Tarte be MATTEnificent Palette stacks up!

PR sample.

Tarte be MATTEnificent Eye & Cheek Palette Review

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About the Tarte be MATTEnificent Eye & Cheek Palette
Our first ever all matte palette features 8 new limited-edition eyeshadows and 1 blush in universally-flattering shades for an endless variety of everyday looks. Amazonian colored clay mattifies as it helps control oil for better application, longer wear and truer color that won’t fade, crease or budge. Color-correcting Amazonian colored clay brightens, evens and soothes skin on the cheeks and eyelids while the velvety formula glides on smoothly without settling into fine lines.

  • colored clay: specifically addresses individual skin & complexion concerns
  • rose clay: soothes sensitive skin around the eye area
  • vanilla clay: helps control oil to keep pigment in place all day
  • mineral pigments: soothe & soften skin
Palette includes
  • eyeshadow/liner in dream in chocolate (black brown)
  • eyeshadow in view from the taupe (taupe)
  • eyeshadow in peach for the stars (peach)
  • eyeshadow in sand out from the crowd (warm beige)
  • eyeshadow in pink outside the box (soft pink)
  • eyeshadow in rose to the occasion (rosy pink)
  • eyeshadow/liner in don’t stand black (black)
  • eyeshadow in two plums up (deep plum brown)
  • blush in Elevated (nude rose)
  • double ended shadow brush

$36 for 2 x 0.1185 oz Eye shadow in Dream in Chocolate, Don’t Stand Black, 6 x 0.0758 oz Eye Shadow in Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up, Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View From the Taupe, 0.1544 oz Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Elevated

Tarte, Sephora, Amazon, Ulta

Tarte be MATTEnificent colored clay eye & cheek palette Ingredients Cruelty Free

Tarte be MATTEnificent colored clay eye & cheek palette Review Swatches Video

Tarte be MATTEnificent colored clay eye & cheek palette Review Swatches Video
Row 1 – Elevated – Sand Out in the Crowd – Peach for the Stars – Two Plums Up
Row 2 – Elevated – Pink Outside the Box – Rose to the Occasion – View from the Taupe
Row 3 – Dream in Chocolate – Don’t Stand black

Tarte be MATTEnificent colored clay eye & cheek palette Double Ended Brush

Tarte be MATTEnificent colored clay eye & cheek palette Double Ended Brush

Tarte Your Moment in the Sun Tutorial

Tarte Reach for the Stars Tutorial

All swatches on Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Primer.

Tarte be MATTEnificent colored clay eye & cheek palette Review Swatches Video

Sand Out from the Crowd
warm beige
My Take
light peachy beige

Peach for the Stars
My Take
light peachy brown

Two Plums Up
dark plum
My Take
dark plum brown

Pink Outside the Box
soft pink
My Take
baby pink

Rose to the Occasion
rosy pink
My Take
rosy pink with hints of brown

View from the Taupe
My Take
brown taupe

Dream In Chocolate (liner shade)
black brown
My Take
blackened brown

Don’t Stand Black (liner shade)
My Takesoft black

Elevated (blush)
My Take
nude rose

Tarte be MATTEnificent colored clay eye & cheek palette Review Swatches Video

My Thoughts
I love love love the purple packaging! The only critique I have on the packaging is that the names of the colors aren’t printed on the inside or on the back of the packaging. I prefer to have the names available for easy reference. The double ended brush that’s included is ok. It’s good for applying the lid color and blending in the crease. I really like that they included two looks with the palette to give people suggestions on how to use the shades together.

Initially I thought this would be a good palette for travel because of its compact size, but I’m concerned that the softer texture of the eyeshadows might mean more would shatter the way my Two Plums Up shattered.

I think this palette is a very good value for the price. You’re getting 6 eyeshadows, 2 liners, and 2 blush for roughly $4 each. The liners are .11 oz each, the eyeshadows are .075 oz each and the blush is .15 oz, so that’s quite a bit of product.

When testing the mattes out, I used eyeshadow primer. I got 10 hours of wear without any creasing or fading. I love the texture of the mattes. They’re really soft and easy to work with. Most of these shades are light to midtone, so you only have dark from Two Plums Up and the two liner shades. The blush is a soft, flattering neutral shade. If you’re a fan of matte eyeshadows or nude eyeshadows, you will love this palette. If you’re a fan of brights, this palette may not be for you.


  • Cruelty free
  • Gluten free
  • Phthalates free, paraben free, mineral oil free
  • soft, easy to work with neutral matte eyeshadows
  • pretty blush
  • great value for the price


  • My Two Plums Up shade shattered easily, may not be ideal for travel
  • No brights, so if you’re a fan of brights, this may not be a palette you enjoy

 What do you think of the Tarte be MATTEnificent Eye & Cheek Palette?

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