To my surprise, Tarte’s latest limited edition eyeshadow palette is rather inexpensive and a whole lot of beautiful. The Tarte Maneater Eyeshadow Palette is only $29, but includes eight high-quality shades in neutral and rosy tones. The shadows are made with the iconic Amazonian clay formula, which is extremely pigmented and easy to blend with long lasting wear.
There are six full-size (for the brand) shadow pans, and one extra long highlight shade that can double as a face highlight. There is a mix of both matte and metallic shades, so you can mix and match to go subtle or bold depending on your mood. I’ll take a second to give a big thank you to Tarte for including such gorgeous and pigmented mattes in this palette. Ya’ll know how I am about my mattes… but more on that later.
The Maneater Eyeshadow Palette itself is rather compact, with slim square packaging and a full mirror on the inside panel. It closes with a magnet, though it feels very secure when closed. I would say this is the perfect travel palette not only because of the size, but also the versatility of shades.
As much as I love a huge palette with a ton of choices, I’ve found myself loving smaller palettes that still several go-to looks. These shades are netural, but have enough color options to mix it up and get creative. I love the orange tones from the shade Saucy that you can really build up for intensity, and the metallic rose that Hypnotic gives off. On the other hand, Passion and Purr let me create a super soft look when I don’t feel like going full glam.
As you can see, this palette doesn’t skimp on color payoff. Above is one swipe of each color. As with all of their Amazonian clay shadows, these are intense. In fact, it takes more effort getting them to apply softer rather than full on! I mean… how often do you find light matte shades that are this pigmented!?!
It takes hardly a tap of the brush to pick up enough product to start your look. Too much pressure will cause a lot of kickback and powder in the palette, I’ve noticed. So be gentle with these shadows, and use fluffier brushes if you want to work your way up to the color intensity you want. Even with the cheapest primer, these shadows cling on for dear life. That’s one thing that I’ve found to be very consistent with Tarte’s Amazonian line— incredible wear time.
As I mentioned, the Tarte Maneater Eyeshadow Palette is in fact limited edition. It’s also only available in stores/online at Ulta Beauty, or on Tarte’s website. For $29, this is a great little taste of a higher-end brand you may not find yourself able to try out on a regular basis. Absolutely worth it in my book– a “splurge” you won’t regret!