Time for a game of What If!
What if…you found a palette that satisfied both your appetite for stylish accessories and your appetite for makeup?
And what if said palette were available now, at this very moment (depending on your time zone), and the powder eyeshadows and blushes within it not only helped you get your pretty on, but they also improved your skin?
Blarney! you say? Nope, ’tis not science fiction. Tarte believes that such a thing exists, and it was last seen escaping from the Amazon!
Wait — that’s not right. It’s just called Amazon Escape, as in the Tarte Amazon Escape Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette, and for $44 it pledges to beautify your eyes and cheeks while improving your skin.
The secret sauce in this palette parolee? A skin-loving trifecta of Amazonian clay (to nourish skin, reduce oil and improve texture), vitamin E (which acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and protects against damage by free radicals), and soothing mineral pigments shown to soften skin.
Just as important as all that…it’s cute!
And it’s on shelves now.
I have to admit, the packaging is what first caught my attention, but the colors and claimed skin benefits also make a compelling case, not that I can detect any results after testing it for a week.
Based on the colors, at least, I think it definitely deserves more time. The six powder shadows and two blushes in the kit are downright gorgeous!
Swatches from the left: Blushes in Free and Exposed; Eyeshadows in Tame, Rare, Rope, Camo, Canopy and Tribal
Wearing Eyeshadows in Rare, Tribal and Camo on my eyes and Blush in Exposed on my cheeks
Additional makeup in this look: MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash on lashes and Tarte LipSurgence in Flashy on lips
The smooth, easy-to-blend blushes are saturated with color, and they’re just as long-wearing as the other Amazonian Clay Blushes I’ve tried.
The eyeshadows, on the other hand? — tricky, tricky, tricky. Even when I’m extra careful to tap off any excess product from my brush before applying them, these shadows exhibit significant fallout for me, and I find them rather difficult to blend, taking eye looks with gradients out of the picture. As I run my brush along the edges of each shade, shooting for a seamless transition, the colors run together, gah!
For simple looks with single washes of color on my lids, these shadows do just fine, but they struggle when it comes to blended looks with multiple shades.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Tabs won another gold medal! Can you guess the event?