Should You R.S.V.P. for Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow in Seashell Pink?

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Tarte Seashell Pink

It appears that Tarte RSVP’d for Benefit’s popular Creaseless Cream in R.S.V.P, and, while at the release party, stole the idea for the color, and ran with it all the way to the beach — or the Seashore, to be more precise.


Just how close is Tarte’s new Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Seashell Pink to Benefit Creaseless Cream in R.S.V.P.? The short answer: close.

Both shimmery pink cream eyeshadows look darn near like sisters in their pots and swatches, but I think if you look closely at both of them, you’ll see richer peach pigments in Seashell Pink.

Full size jar of Tarte Seashell Pink (left) and sample size Benefit R.S.V.P. (right)

Tarte Seashell Pink (left) and Benefit R.S.V.P. (right)

Tarte Seashell Pink on eyes

This was my first experience with one of Tarte’s Cream Eyeshadows, and I’m thoroughly impressed. It layers well, blends easily and also resists water and creasing, even without the help of a primer.

I only wish Tarte included more product for the price. The 0.1-oz. pot is downright frustrating for $22.80. For $19 from Benefit, you get a larger 0.16-oz. pot of R.S.V.P. Sure, in Tarte’s case you also get an eye brush as part of a package deal on, but I’d trade the brush for a little more product.


Value aside, I love the color and the way Tarte’s Seashell performs. And if you need an eye brush, it’s an even better deal.

PRICE: $22.80 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy hump day! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. Mary says:

    Very pretty colour. It’s perfect for summer when you want to look all ‘glowy’. Thanks for swatching and comparing these! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. Tracy says:

    I love shimmery pink for summer! Really pretty! But I don’t know, I think I still like the MUFE Aqua #16 the best.
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  3. Terri says:

    The colors are very pretty, but you make an excellent point about the price. I love my Creaseless Cream shadows, so I don’t think I’ll be straying from them anytime soon.

  4. Saffron says:

    Thanks for the review – I love the idea of these products but after getting totally burned by the tarte eyeliners (they dry up within a couple months!) I’m nervous about the shelf life of this stuff. I’d be super grateful to hear how this jar is holding up after it’s been shelved for a couple months!

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome. Have you tried the liners? A few of ’em made my eyes water.

      I’ll hang onto this jar and keep it within arms reach… hopefully it’ll be just as fresh in a few months. Will let you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Saffron says:

        I bought two of those clay liners and thought they were great, no eye problems, but they shrivelled up within a matter of weeks. Great colors too, it’s tragic that they suck so much!

  5. Vijaya says:

    Yet another item to put on my to try list. It’s getting very long, now. xD
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  6. Chris25 says:

    I would like Tarte to decrease the price and keep the current size. I like smaller pots because I can hardly get through half of a cream shadow or liner before it dries up on me. I own Benefit R.S.V.P, and it reminds me of MAC Bare Study. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Trisha says:

    Yeah, that price makes me sad. I mean..there’s barely anything in that little pot! And since the Tarte color is so close to the Benefit, I’d go with the cheaper in a second.
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  8. Nina says:

    cream eyeshadows are one of my summer must haves. the color is so pretty but its also pretty spendy!

  9. amy says:

    Karen darling, i love you and your blogs, but i smile everytime I see a picture of your hand holding a product.. i cannot help by think : are those ET’s fingers? your fingers are sooo long.. from the piano and the flute used as a child.. :0)

    • Karen says:

      Haha, I guess I do have long fingers for a small girl. They’re actually really strong, too. I guess all those music lessons amounted to something!

  10. Tarte has been knocking it out of the park with the Amazonian clay products. =)
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  11. A quick and easy eye product for evyerday look but I think it is kind of pricey. Is it close to MAC Bare Study?
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  12. I love these Tarte cream shadows, Karen. I adore Slate and Moss is such a pretty green. Burnt Bronze is my fav because it brings out the blue in my eyes. If you order these on QVC they are only $25 and come with a brush which makes getting into the pot a whole lot easier!
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  13. gio says:

    The color is very pretty. But it’s too bad about the price, too expensive for such a little pot.
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  14. sarah says:

    Can you tell me about the smell of the new Tarte product? I love the performance of the Benefit ones but the smell gives me a headache. Is the Tarte one more mild since their products are supposed to be more natural?


  15. larie says:

    It is pretty, but Tarte products do seem to be so pricey.
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    • Karen says:

      Oh, I know. They tend to have really good ingredients, though, which is why I think in some cases the price is justified. Have you checked out their Amazon Clay blushes? They’re AMAZING!

  16. Vonvon says:

    Pretty shade. To look out for the next time I visit a Sephora in the US.
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  17. Liza says:

    These both look really pretty. I’ve been wanting to try a cream eyeshadow for a while now. Of the tarte and benefit ones, which would you recommend? I only want to buy one for now.

  18. It does look a little similar to Bare Study by Mac, but maybe more pink. I have to say I prefer the Benefit swatch.
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  19. Gauri says:

    I need! I รขโ„ขยฅ Tarteรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs new Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow.
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  20. Mindy M. says:

    The swatch looks lovely but I can’t even tell you’re wearing it in that pic! ๐Ÿ™

  21. Instant Karma says:

    I’ve been wanting to check these out, but wow, that’s a really tiny jar for the price. Then again, I doubt I’d get through it before it dried out, so I guess it doesn’t matter too much. I love RSVP (and my other ~8572 Benefit Creaseless Cremes, lol), though, so I may have to check this out. ๐Ÿ˜€

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