Matte with Tarte

Walking with Cake: TARTE products

(Tarte’s pretty packaging.)

I’ve tried a few of Tarte’s products in the past and loved them, so when I read about their new eye and cheek palette, Be MATTEnificent, I knew I wanted to try it.  I always enjoy a darker, matte look when it comes to my eye makeup, so this new collection seemed perfectly suited for me as I’m lightening my hair and embracing the grey that is peeking through.  I also decided to try the Smooth Operator Finishing Powder, which is supposed to work wonders on oily skin.


Walking with Cake: TARTE Be MATTnificent Matte Palette

(Tarte’s Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette.)

The palette’s packaging is beautiful and elegant.  It’s too big to fit inside the makeup kit that I use daily, so I keep it in a drawer nearby.  Honestly, it should be displayed, since the compact itself is lovely.  And I’m happy with the colors, which are very pretty and muted, but I’m not thrilled.  They are highly pigmented and quite blendable, but also very, very muted.

Just for fun, I tried one of the suggested looks that was on a small card tucked inside the compact, and despite using several different shadows, the look was entirely too beige for me.  I have dark brown eyes, and I prefer a more dramatic eye overall, so I’ll definitely use the dark plum color (as you can see), as well as the liners at the bottom.  The blush is a little light for my taste, but might be nice this summer.  And I can use the other shades as highlighters or base colors for a long time, so I’m still happy I decided to purchase this palette.

Walking with Cake: TARTE Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

(Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder.)

Tarte’s Smooth Operator Finishing Powder is another story entirely, and I’m so thrilled with it!  I’m honest about my issues with oily skin, and this powder received such wonderful reviews on multiple sites that I decided to try it.  It’s pure white, so you have to use it sparingly and blend it into your skin, but a little goes a long, long way.  In fact, it arrived in the afternoon, so I applied some on top of my makeup and noticed how dry it made my skin feel.

I prefer to use this first thing in the morning, directly on top of foundation and concealer, and it works incredibly well to control the oil that starts to appear an hour or two after I finish my makeup each morning.  Once I apply it, I add a bit of skin-toned powder for color, and my makeup is set for the day.  I do have to touch up slightly throughout the day, but not nearly as much as before.

I also stopped using the makeup primer I mentioned last week, because I suspect it was causing more oil to appear, so things have been much better since then, I’m happy to report.

Overall, both Tarte products were a good purchase, and I definitely recommend the palette if you prefer lighter shadow on your eyes.  With the blush and liner, it’s a great product, and you only need to add mascara and a lip product to finish off the look.

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