Freak out, man! SNAKES! They’re all over Tarte’s fall collection, including the Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38), which is kind of like the star serpent of the nine-piece release slithering now across Tarte counters and online.
The collection includes both limited edition products and new pieces bound for the permanent line, with the After Dark palette being one of the limited edition items.
The palette houses nine powder products — six eyeshadows, a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush — in colors inspired by the deep orchid hues of a rainforest at dusk, and in true Tarte fashion, the whole enchilada is cruelty-free, and made without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate or gluten.
Like many of Tarte’s products, this one is designed to deliver skin benefits which, in a way, I’m kind of conflicted about…
I mean, I love that whole idea — the idea of makeup that doubles as a skin care product — but I’m just not sure how well it works.
With serums and moisturizers, I can actually see and feel them being absorbed into my skin, but with makeup, it’s kind of just sitting right there on top, ya know?
Is it doing anything? I don’t know, but I figure it can’t hurt.
The secret ingredient in these is something Tarte calls colored clay, a super absorbent clay able to auto-magically color correct and address your specific skin and complexion concerns, and these powder definitely do absorb oil well.
Might be something to consider if you have very oily lids and/or cheeks.
The colors — plums, tans and golds — are all fairly neutral, and not too cool nor warm, making them good fits for a wide range of skin tones.
It’s hard to really mess up when using the eyeshadows, too, no matter how much I pack on, because they aren’t crazy pigmented (I’d say they’re about a medium). They blend out beautifully without looking too heavy.
I do notice a little fallout, but it’s not a big deal. Just tap off your brush first, or work it into the back of your hand.
In terms of performance, the eyeshadows put up major points. In a perfect world, though, I might darken the darker shades a bit.
As for the blush, wow, so beautiful. That matte plummy tone sure looks natural on the skin, but the Park Ave. Princess bronzer? Eh. I think that one’s just OK. Probably better suited for lighter skin tones than mine.
Oh, about the gold highlighter and gold eyeshadow — holy highlight that, man! We’re talking really, really shimmery.
All and all, I’d say it’s a lovely palette — perfect for gals/guys who like natural looks with a kick.
I usually prefer a little more oomph from my eyeshadows, but I still see a lot here I’m sure I’ll wear this fall.