Tarteist Christiane Dowling

That would of course be TARTE COSMETICS New “Tartiest™ PRO Amazonian Clay Palette.”

Already on their Best Seller list and limited to a maximum of 2 per customer online, it retails at £41 at http://tartecosmetics.com Free delivery by DHL is quoted for orders of over £40, 6-10 Business Days once processed and shipped, but don’t forget this is a US company and duties and taxes will apply if, (like me) you can’t wait for widespread UK distribution to get your hands on it. Expect to pay an additional £8-£10 in taxes on an order of this value.

Ordered online Sunday, the delivery arrived on Friday.

First impressions? A huge plus is the gorgeous presentation. Sleek black and stunning gold, with a mirror large enough to actually be useful. If you chose this as your one “go to” palette whether you’re on the move or on holiday, you won’t be stuck.

So, what’s inside?

Tarte describe it as a Pro-Level, everyday eyeshadow palette with 20 ultra-pigmented shades powered by naturally-derived ingredients. 16 longwearing matte eyeshadows infused with Amazonian clay for smooth blending and flake-resistant wear, plus four brand-new iridescent shades with a beautiful shimmer.

The shades are set out in rows of colours that will coordinate; they do blend together beautifully and are very flattering shades for all skin tones and ages. It really is a very versatile collection and perfect to cater for any mood. Tarte have helpfully included a step by step guide, which help you recreate four professional looks at home.

If you are more adventurous you can mix it up with the strong, pigmented options. I’m in love with Trendy (Teal) & Vamp (Deep Plum).

If that’s not enough, like other Tarte products, this palette smells absolutely wonderful. Open it up and you’re hit with gorgeous scents of vanilla.

The shades are:

  • Classic (cream)
  • Innocent (soft peach)
  • Whimsy (brick)
  • Smoked (dark brown)
  • Ethereal (bronze)
  • Vintage (ivory)
  • Fierce (cool plum)
  • No filter (purple mauve)
  • Vamp (deep plum)
  • Glam (champagne)
  • Chic (pale pink)
  • Profesh (taupe)
  • Mod (deep cherry)
  • Drama (maroon)
  • Minx (shimmering mauve)
  • Indie (greige)
  • Bold (light brown)
  • Edgy (chocolate)
  • Punk (black)
  • Trendy (prismatic teal)

As a Professional Makeup Artist, one of the other big reasons that I love Tarte Cosmetics, is their Ethos. Cruelty-free cosmetics infused with Plant Extracts, Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. Plus, all of their products are formulated without Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Synthetic Fragrances and Gluten.

So, would I recommend it? Absolutely! A very usable palette, cruelty free, smells gorgeous and as it’s highly pigmented a little will go a long way. A great buy for Spring/ Summer 2017!

Christiane Dowling is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist for Weddings, Bridal, Proms, Photo Shoots, Makeup Lessons & all Special Occasions.

Based in Sandhurst , Christiane covers all of Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey including Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Finchampstead, Eversley, Shinfield, Reading, Burghfield, Wokingham, Binfield, Bracknell, Maiden’s Green, Warfield, Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Virginia Water, Egham, Wentworth, Chertsey, Eton, Windsor, Datchet, Chobham, Woking, Guildford, Godalming, Frensham, Hindhead, Farnham, Churt, Bentley, Bordon, Aldershot, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Fleet & across London.

Christiane also works nationally & internationally.