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IS THIS TARTE EYESHADOW PALETTE GOOD FOR GALS OVER 50?

IS THIS TARTE EYESHADOW PALETTE GOOD FOR GALS OVER 50?


Happy Thanksgiving!

Today on Glossible, I am going to do a quick review on Tarte's Limited Edition Energy Noir Clay Palette for my mom......'cause while I do this review she is making me a delicious gluten free Thanksgiving meal! :P

My mom purchased this eyeshadow palette and wanted my opinion on it. So I thought I would do one for her AND my lovely Glossible gals.

Sonia: So what drew you to this palette?
Mom: Oh, it's sooooo pretty! Look how gorgeous the front of the design is!! (As she dances on her tippy toes as she shows it to me..:P)
Sonia: It is a work of art. It also feels sturdy and substantial. Clearly they spent the money on packaging....
Mom: Does that mean it's good?
Sonia: No. The treasures inside is the most important. Let me put it to the test....

THE PALETTE: UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

The palette is gorgeous as anyone can see. They clearly didn't skimp on the packaging. It's sturdy, closes nicely and feels nice in the hand. #winning.

The beautiful marbled purple top is decedent and beautiful. Sturdy, substantial.

The colors inside are beautifully displayed and the embossing in the blush is of Tarte's signature stamp, often found in their palettes.

Even the mirror has their logo. Nicely done.

Up close

 

PIGMENT PAYOFF


My mom was drawn to the packaging...now it comes to the payoff of the product inside. Will it match the gorgeous packaging in terms of quality?

My mom is 67. She wants a sheer color payoff because she doesn't like too much on her eyes. Plus, she has a problem with really dry eyes so she is careful not to use too much. 

>>My thoughts:
I was a little surprised however that the mattes weren't as pigmented as I thought. They also didn't blend out as nice as I had hoped either....  

This was applied with a brush to the back of my hand. This was several passes to get it to this pigment level. The color was "spotty" and uneven....

>>What this means: You will have to work a little harder to get the result you want and you may see uneven application of pigment on your lids. 

>>How to correct: Stipple the color on the lids to get a better payoff result.

uneven pigment load. Stipple on the area you wish to cover for better results.


THE BLUSH

The blush, "Unearthed" was a beautiful color but it didn't have much color payoff at all.

>>What this means: You will need to work harder to build up color. It will also means it won't last long on the skin. And when it comes to blush, to me, this is a fail. Especially for over 40 gals. Blush is crucial for a youthful look. 

>>Why it's NOT wrong: Sometimes you don't want a lot of blush. This may be good for folks who want a gentle kiss of color.

>>How to correct:  I want blush to last because it seems to be the first thing that fades as the day goes on. If you carry this palette with you, then a quick touch up is going to be needed. Be sure to carry a blush brush.

Very little color payoff means you will need to reapply often.

COLOR SWATCHES

The colors themselves are beautiful and will work on a wide range of skin tones.

PARTICLE SIZE

I think the particles in this eyeshadow are beautiful, however I do think it's a little "too metallic" for mature eyes.

>>What this means: It means if you apply too heavy on the  eyes, it's going to show imperfections a lot more than you want.

>>How to correct: Use only below the brow bone with a fluffy brush and use very lightly. When you do this meathod it will reflect light and give you better results.

>>DO NOT: Use a stiff or densley packed eyeshadow brush because that kind of brush will apply too much, showcasing all of the things you don't want to showcase. HAHA! 

Apply lightly will not show as many fine lines......

Apply more densely and you will see all the fine lines and imperfections...

Notice how the middle color shows more lines in my hand than the matte shades. So if you do want to use, use less and kiss the eye. Use under brows where texture issues are less of a problem than the eyelid or crease area.

FINAL THOUGHTS


I think this palette is a decent palette for women over 50 (or in my mom's case, over 60) who only want a kiss of color. At $38 at Ulta, it's not wrong at all.

At the end of the day, if you want a gently made up look that you don't mind retouching your makeup up throughout the day, this isn't a bad one to have. And for $38 at ULTA, it might work for you. Only you can decide if the textures will work with your skin.

Happy Thanksgiving!
XO
Sonia

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