The Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette Is Making a Splash With Me

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Aqualillies for Tarte

Oh, hai, summer! I’m ready for ya with Aqualillies, Tarte’s new $38 eye and cheek palette


I usually ditch darker smokey shades and crisp cat liner looks when summer rolls around and opt for sheer washes of gold, beige or tan on my lids instead — most of the time — maybe also with a splash of teal along my lash lines for oomph.

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette

Tarte’s new limited edition waterproof Aqualillies palette ($38) could easily keep this particular surf baby singing through summer with its mix of six summery powder eye shadows, all of which should be neutral enough for most guys and gals and skin tones from cool to warm.

Aqualillies for Tarte open with names

Cute names, yeah?

Most of these colors, all but the dark brown shade, apply with sheer-to-medium pigment on my tan NC42 skin, making this a perfect palette to reach for when I feel like a light wash of color.

And they can handle more intense eye looks, too, as long as I tap any excess powder off my brush before applying (to prevent any unwanted fallout), and use a few layers to build up the colors.

Eye Shadow swatches from the Aqualillies for Tarte palette from the left: Hammock, Bikini, Barefoot, Parasol, Sundeck and Poolside

Eye Shadow swatches from the Aqualilies for Tarte palette from the left: Hammock, Bikini, Barefoot, Parasol, Sundeck and Poolside

“Make a splash this summer with tarte and the Aqualillies! This limited-edition waterproof palette, inspired by America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, includes 6 new eye shadows, bronzer, highlighter, and a limited-edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush. All show-stopping shades are tucked inside a classically elegant, mirrored compact.”

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Along with the eye shadows, Tarte also tucked in a coral matte blush, a shimmery champagne highlighter and a matte tan bronzer, to round out your look out.

Aqualillies for Tarte swatches from the left: Champagne Highlighter, Park Ave Princess Bronzer and Captivating Blush

Aqualilies for Tarte swatches from the left: Champagne Highlighter, Park Ave Princess Bronzer and Captivating Blush


Everything in the oversized palette is also powered by Amazonian Clay — one of Tarte’s favorite ingredients.
Aqualillies for Tarte

Here I’m wearing Hammock, Bikini, Barefoot, Sundeck and Poolside on my eyes; and Champagne, Park Ave Princess and Captivating on my cheeks


On my combination dry/oily skin, with the help of a good primer, I get between 8-10 hours of wear time from these pieces on both my eyes and cheeks.

Pretty great.

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette

So what’s in a name? Well, the Aqualillies are a synchronized swimming team, and they teamed up with Tarte to launch their very own collection (the aptly named Aqualillies for Tarte).

Everything in the seven-piece release, and that includes this palette, is conveniently waterproof.

I would have loved to go swimming to test this theory, but no such luck. Our neighborhood pool hasn’t opened for the season yet, so I splashed some water on my eyes and face instead. :)

Yup! — the products seemed waterproof enough.

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette

I wouldn’t expect them to stay put through a full day of surfing, but I bet they’ll make it through a pool party and a quick dip to cool off.

Aqualillies for Tarte splish splash tutorial

The palette also includes a card with two tutorials; this one shows the Splish Splash look


Aqualillies for Tarte poolside tutorial

And here’s the second tutorial, for the Poolside look

Ingredient List

Eyeshadows, 0.04-ounces per pan

Hammock: talc, boron nitride, polyethylene, silica, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, water/aqua/eau, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, VP/hexadecene copolymer, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin, mica, tin oxide. May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742).

Bikini: mica, talc, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, polyethylene, boron nitride, silica, water/aqua/eau, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, VP/hexadecene copolymer, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin, tin oxide,. May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Barefoot: mica, talc, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, dimethicone, polyethylene, boron nitride, silica, VP/hexadecene copolymer, water/aqua/eau, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin, tin oxide,. May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Parasol: mica, talc, polyethylene, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, boron nitride, silica, water/aqua/eau, VP/hexadecene copolymer, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin, tin oxide, carmine (CI 75470),. May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742).
Sun Deck: talc, boron nitride, silica, polyethylene, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, water/aqua/eau, VP/hexadecene copolymer, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, mica, kaolin, tin oxide,. May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742).

Poolside: talc, mica, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, polyethylene, boron nitride, silica, water/aqua/eau, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, VP/hexadecene copolymer, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin, tin oxide,. May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Blush in Captivating, 0.23 ounces

Ingredients: talc, boron nitride, zinc stearate, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, water/aqua/eau, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, VP/hexadecene copolymer, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470). May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

Highlighter in Champagne, 0.14 ounces

Ingredients: talc, mica, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, zinc stearate, boron nitride, water/aqua/eau, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, VP/Hexadecene copolymer, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470). May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Bronzer in Park Ave Princess, 0.13 ounces

Ingredients: talc, boron nitride, zinc stearate, dimethicone, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, mica, water/aqua/eau, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, VP/hexadecene copolymer, sorbic acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, kaolin,. May Contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742).

I like what Tarte and the Aqualillies have done with this palette. It may not be the best palette for bold eye looks, but it made a splash with me. If you like sheer eyes and softly contoured cheeks, you might like it, too.

PRICE: $38
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (the eyeshadows might be too sheer for some)

Summer approaches. :) Have you made any plans for trips or anything? El Hub and I would really like to make it back to Kauai this year, but we’ll see. That would be nice.

If we do go and end up staying at the same hotel, I hope I get to see Tortie Girl and Tabby Mac… They were two of the hotel kitties I befriended last year while we were there.

Feeding stray cats wherever I go


Onward to Wednesday! — but first, sleep. I hope. I really need to get some sleep tonight.

Oh, insomnia, why dost thou torment me so?

How’s it going out there tonight? What are ya up to?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Heidi says:

    Not only are the colors stunning, so is the packaging. It’s so pretty!

  2. Let says:

    Love the packaging and the colors!
    (The teal eyeshadow swatch slightly disappoints me. Glad to hear the color is buildable though :) )

  3. Chris says:

    So happy to finally see a look with this palette. I’m a big Tarte fan and I’m definitely grabbing this.
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  4. Nicole says:

    I’ll be visiting Kauai this September. Any “musts”?

    And, what should I bring for makeup?

  5. Eesha says:

    Lovely palette. Tarte always stuns me with its LE collections.
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  6. SUCH a cutely patterned palette! I would buy it just for that! But thankfully, the shades inside are beautiful as well. I like me some sheerer shadows so I can dig this. Plus I’ve been wanting to try Park Avenue Princess for a while now and who doesn’t love a pretty coral blush?! This palette WILL be mine!! :D
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  7. Kim says:

    Wow – Hammock is super pigmented, or at least it looks that way in the swatch. Of course, you’re a blending genius, so it’s awesome in your eye look. :)

    No firm plans on summer trips this year but, we had a bit of snow on Monday so it’s not quite spring here yet.

    And, on the grrrrrr front, I DVR’d the first eps of Walking Dead (Season 3) during the marathon because only the last 4 are available on demand. We watched up to ep 8 last night only to realize that we didn’t have 9 – 12. I’ll have to work on finding them tonight!

    • Karen says:

      OH GAWD, what did you think of season 2? It is my least fave one so far. But season 3…WOW. What part are you at right now? I want to talk to you about it, but I don’t want to spoil things.

  8. Janet Shepherd says:

    A great review and use of the palette – nice to see a fun eye look! As I’m a new-ish reader I’ve been reading some of the Kauai posts you linked to above. It’s a stunning place! Can I ask which hotel you stayed at, it looks perfect.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Janet,

      I stayed at Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club in Lihue. I really liked it! The pool is great and the hotel’s right there on the beach.

  9. Danielle says:

    I’m really eying this, but trying to resist. But I like how it already contains highlighter, bronzer, and blush. Great for summer traveling!
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  10. I think this palette would work for creating sweet beachy looks and the fact that all of it is waterproof makes me even more sure that this palette would work for my future outings to the beach ;)
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  11. Hyzenthlay says:

    I’ve been waiting for you to do a review of this! I’ve been dying over the packaging since last week – my main concern is how shimmery the powders are. If they’re like the Naked palettes, then I don’t have a good reason to get this, no matter how sweet the packaging . . .

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hyzenthlay,

      The pale shimmers have a very high shine. I find that if I have to go really easy on them, otherwise it’s like WHOA.

      Are you on spring break this week? How have you been?

  12. Katherine G says:

    Love the palette – seems like a good one for my active lifestyle. I’ve been wearing a little bit of makeup to martial arts lately to see how it holds up. I use the UD All Nighter spray to keep my makeup from potentially rubbing off (no matter how good it is) on someone else in jiu jitsu. My makeup still looks pretty fresh even after 3 hours of training but I wouldn’t wear makeup everyday to martial arts, just because I do have that worry it will rub off or come off. By the way, loving Sonia Kashuk’s new eye palette in Moroccan Dunes – the colors are perfect neutrals for interviews/work or making eye color stand out. So far, haven’t had to do any touch-ups.

  13. Jennifer says:

    I’m not a Tarte fan but this looks great on you!

  14. Emily A says:

    The palette is nice and all, but.. WHERE did you get those earrings?!

  15. ReneeP says:

    Karen, I was wondering if you can let me know where this paleette is made? Please?

  16. Chelsea says:

    Love the colors and products in this palette!

    I love the kitty pictures. I’m out of town right now, and I’m missing my Quincy and my Jiji!

  17. Rachel says:

    wow your blending is awesome!!!! i can’t seem to make my shadows look the same way as you do. can you maybe do an eyeshadow application video one day so we can see how you do it???

  18. The blush is really pretty! Can’t say no to coral/warm pink blushes!
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  19. Michelle Teixeira says:

    I can’t stop looking at your top in this post. It is so awesome and fits the summer mood that this palette has. I think you should share some more fashion posts with us, please!

  20. Jess says:

    I bought an Amazonian Clay Blush and a Glamazon Lipstick last week while I was in NY visiting from the UK. I am now completely hooked on Tarte and no way to get it, if only this palette had been in Sephora last week. I would’ve snapped it up in an instant. It is so beautiful!

  21. Vanessa says:

    Oh…MY…..GOD….
    I have fallen in love with this pallet and I must have it!

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  22. Nuggetchu says:

    I couldnt resist!!

    Ive NEVER owned any Tarte products but have been wanting to try the blushes and bronzers. Of course they throw EVERYTHING into one beautiful palette WITH a bunch of pretty neutrals??

    Done and bought! The packaging alone had me hook line and sinker! High hopes for this palette and Tarte in general.

    I only wish that the teal/blue shade was more intense or pigmented. A fun pop of color is perfect with neutrals but i want it to POP.

  23. Annie says:

    The bronzer and sundeck look pretty close in color from the swatches and in pan! What were your thoughts on them when applied? Are they the same or are there subtle, but important and key differences?

    Thanks!!!

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