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Tarte be MATTEnificent Eye & Cheek Palette Review

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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!

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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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    • http://cinseven13.blogspot.com/ Cin Seven

      great looking palette, very wearable shades!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I thought you might like a shade or two :)

    • Robin

      Thanks so much for the review! This palette is definitely tempting. I don’t have many matte shades at all, and I love the colors offered in this one.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        They’re so great to mix with brights!

    • myCosmeticBag

      I have to say, I’ve been buying more and more Tarte products lately – I should give this a try!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I really love their amazonian clay products! You should check out their brow mousse and brow pencils

    • Noelle

      Two Plums Up is absolutely gorgeous!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s a nice, deep shade.

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      These shades are beautiful! I ordered this so it’ll hit my doorstep tomorrow. I can’t wait!!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yay! I’m glad you’ll get to play with it

    • BeautyJudy

      Darn you, Phyrra, and your ability to create new lemmings for me! :)

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Glad to be helpful ;)

    • Peaches & Pearls

      This looks like a great palette for the spring time! Very soft tones and beautiful shades!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s ultra flattering :)

    • erikatheicyone

      This palette is on my wishlist. I plan to make it mine, soon.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Is it because of the stunning packaging? :)

    • trumpette

      Two Plums Up is gorgeous! I was so excited about an all matte palette… I just wish there were a few more slightly darker shades.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Well, you can definitely mix the purple or brown or black to make deeper shades

    • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

      I absolutely adore this palette!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s a great soft matte palette.

    • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

      Lahhhve it. bummer about the broken shadow.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Not a big deal, really. It’s still pretty!

    • Nidia Doherty

      Love that packaging! I would be so bummed about the purple breaking – that’s my fave! I love Tarte – I do wonder if you contacted them about a replacement; I’d love to know how they handle that.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        The packaging is amazing.

    • Anastasia

      I ordered this palette earlier today, hopefully mine won’t arrive with shattered pans. The colors are gorgeous, and I especially like the blush and Two Plums Up.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I think I just got unlucky. I’ve never had it happen before with Tarte.

    • marciaf

      Tarte does a great job with mattes. It’s nice that they have a total matte palette since there are so many people who just want matte shadows.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yeah, really impressive!

    • Farryn

      Looks like a stunning Palette! Sorry about the broken one :( Great review and swatches!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you! Glad you like the swatches.

    • MyNewestAddiction

      Oh! How nice!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Glad you like it!

    • Aleya Bamdad

      Great palette. I love the nudes and pinks but probably wouldn’t use the darker colors.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        There’s definitely more light than dark here.

    • FabZilla_Kath

      I would love to try this! Usually matte e/s are harder to work with.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        These are sooo easy, I promise.

    • Kendra Stanton

      Bummer the plumb shade broke. Other than that, it looks like a win!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yep, really nice mattes!

    • Justina

      So sad that the plum shade broke! :-(

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yeah, it happens sometimes

    • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

      Those colors are beautiful. I’d never heard of this particular guru before – going to look her up!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I wasn’t familiar with her either.

    • Kristina T

      I’m trying so hard to decide between getting this or the urban decay face case that’s on sale at the moment…and it’s too tough of a choice! Love softer mattes and tarte blushes, but you get the lip pencil and some sparkles in the face case. Being an addict is hard lol

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Since the Face Case is on sale (did you see the 20% off at UD’s website?) i’d probably go for that. More variety in the products.

    • Maria J. Cardoza

      I’m a fan Tarte & of neutrals so and this looks like a gorgeous palette without the necessity of bright colors, the Blush looks extremely beautiful and also like it would compliment a lot of looks that don’t have to be with this palette.