If there’s one thing I love more than a great eyeshadow palette, it’s a great mini that can fit right into my pocket. They are perfect for travel, and wonderful for those who don’t want to spend $40+ on new eyeshadows. Brands like LORAC and Smashbox have released quite a few minis, and now tarte has jumped into the scene with their new Tartelette Tease palette.
Retailing for $21 (6x 0.03 oz) at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, and tartecosmetics.com, this small 6-pan palette comes with four mattes and two lusters in all new shades that have never before been released. “Powered by tarte’s signature Amazonian clay formula, these shadows offer the same pigmented payoff, blendability, and wear time as with the original tartelette palette, but in a chic, petite case.”
In true tarte fashion, this palette is formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, triclosan, and gluten.
I’m a huge fan of the original tartelette palette, so when I saw this tiny version, I knew I had to try it. It features two rows of perfectly paired shadows, that are ideal for the lid, crease, and highlighting. You’ll need to reach for a separate palette if you want to add a smokey effect into the outer corner, but overall these are nice everyday shadows for day/work appropriate looks.
Whisper is a light pink matte with a soft creamy texture. It’s easy to build on the lids, and it’s great for blending or highlighting the brow bone.
Crush is a satin taupe (or luster) that looks gorgeous in the pan, and on the lids, but it’s messy to work with and produces quite a bit of fallout.
Heartbreaker is a matte brown with warm undertones. It’s great for darkening the crease, and lining the lower lash line.
Wink is a light mauve with a matte finish. It’s has the same silky texture as Whisper, and it works well for on the lid, or brow bone.
First Kiss is a satin mauve (the second luster) that’s easier to work with than Crush. It leaves behind less fallout, and it’s not as powdery when a brush is swirled into it.
BFF is a stunning matte plum with a velvety smooth texture. It’s great for crease work, or the lower lashline, and it has great color payoff.
All the shades in this palette have nice pigmentation, and require little work to blend. Crush was a bit of a disappointment, since it’s so messy to work with, but it’s so pretty on the lids, it’s worth the extra clean up effort. The two highlight shades are great, but I would have preferred just one, and an added matte black for smokier looks.
For $21, I think this palette is a great steal. It’s tiny enough to fit into any makeup bag, and most of the shadows have the same great texture and consistency that I’ve come to expect from tarte.
Have you tried the Tartelette Tease palette? Let me know which shades are your fav!
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