The Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette: When This Snake Bites, It’s Good for Your Skin

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Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Wearing the new Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38) on my eyes and cheeks


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.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

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.


Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Product Performance: Inspired by the deep orchid hues of the Rainforest at dusk, this palette has everything you need to create sultry, sophisticated looks to take you from day to night. Each pigmented, flattering shade is infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it helps control oil for longer, truer wear. This next generation ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens and soothes skin while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color without settling into fine lines or wrinkles.”


New limited-edition and iconic shades inspired by sultry Amazonian adventures include:

  • bare to explore (pink beige)
  • make a mauve (plum mauve)
  • plum away with me (dark plum)
  • up to no gold (gold)
  • tan-gled up in you (tan)
  • don’t turn a-brown (dark brown)
  • unleashed (nude rose blush)
  • champagne (highlighter)
  • park ave princess™ (bronzer)

Powered By: colored clay: color-corrects as it specifically addresses individual skin & complexion concerns

  • rose clay: soothes skin around the eye area
  • vanilla clay: helps control oil to keep pigment in place all day
  • gold clay: maintains gentle skin balance and moisture
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette Swatches from the left: Eyeshadows in Bare to Explore, Make a Mauve and Plum Away With Me

Swatches from the left: Eyeshadows in Bare to Explore, Make a Mauve and Plum Away With Me

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette Swatches from the left: Highlighter in Champagne, Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess and Blush in Unleashed

Highlighter in Champagne, Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess and Blush in Unleashed

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette Swatches from the left: Eyeshadows in Up to No Gold, Tan-gled Up in You and Don't Turn A-Brown

Eyeshadows in Up to No Gold, Tan-gled Up in You and Don’t Turn A-Brown

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Wearing Eyeshadows in Up to No Gold, Tan-gled Up in You, Don’t Turn A-Brown and Plum Away With Me on my eyes, and Champagne Highlighter, Park Ave. Princess Bronzer and Unleashed Blush on my cheeks

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

On my lips I’m wearing theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pow

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  1. Robyn says:

    The colours look really great on your complexion. I just bought this palette this morning on Sephora’s website. I’m hoping it will work well on my fair skin. Who knows! Maybe it will be one of those magical universal palettes. Haha.
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  2. Chelsea says:

    I’m not ready for fall colors yet! You do look lovely though.

  3. Agata says:

    This palette makes me want fall right now! I love fall and I love all the colors that are in for fall, dark brown chocolates, plums and purples. This palette really speaks to me, especially that Plum Away color but maybe I will just look for a dupe for it. Any suggestions?
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  4. fancie says:

    Plum Away With Me is so pretty! I really like the design of this palette but I wish the blush was a little darker. I’d be all over it!
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  5. Alison M says:

    The palette is way cute, but the shadows/blush are shades I already have elsewhere. Boo hoo. No snake in my eyeshadow drawer 🙁
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  6. Sylirael says:

    So gorgeous on you! 😀 I have this on the way – So excited!! I’m especially curious to see how intense all the different things are on my pasty vampire skin, LOL!
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  7. Mish says:

    Up to No Gold looks lovely, can’t resit a gold eye shadow. Also the overall packaging looks stunning with the snake design. Tarte is difficult to buy in the U.K but may have to go on a hunt for this palette 🙂

  8. Tiffany says:

    Tarte is one of my favorite brands but I’m always a bit disappointed in their palettes. Only one or two eyeshadow shades show up me and Park Avenue Princess is just too light. Oh well. The look you created is stunning, I’m loving the lip color.
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  9. This is such a pretty palette.. i loved the shadows being places in a wheel that the regular square palettes.. 🙂 🙂
    On my Tarte wishlist!! 🙂
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  10. Phyrra says:

    I love the gold eyeshadow 🙂
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  11. Casey says:

    i have super fair skin and i can’t wait to try this! i agree that sometimes these little tarte palettes are a mixed bag, so i want to swatch before i buy. i am really into the snake design too!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    The palette is nice, and stuff, but man that gloss is gorgeous! Looks great on you.

  13. Kim says:

    Gorgeous eye look! I do love Tarte and their wild claims but I could do without the snakes. We just changed vacation plans because I was reading all about Lake Erie Water Snakes. Just the idea of it is giving me the hibbity-jibbities. One online commenter said “one kept following me around (in the water) lol”. LOL? More like Scream Hysterically OL. 🙂

  14. Claudia Fox says:

    This is like my dream all in one palette since I love all the shades, especially the eye shadows and the packaging is lush 🙂 I would definitely buy it if they brought it the UK!
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  15. Meiko says:

    I just picked this up, love love love the snake with the jewel on wood backing. One of the most interesting packaging I have ever seen! Love the look you did as well, beautiful photos!

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