Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tarte: Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette Review and Swatches!

Although I have an embarrassing hoard of cosmetics, the one thing that I can absolutely not resist is a gorgeous palette. No matter how much makeup I collect, it's the one product that will continuously get me to open up my wallet without a second thought. When Tarte released their Fall line, "Rainforest After Dark," I was immediately intrigued. Once I saw the palette, I ordered it immediately. Did I need another palette? No way. But this one is so gorgeous that I couldn't sleep until I had it in my palette-obsessed little hands!

Just a few days after I made my order, something happened that I have never experienced before. Tarte e-mailed me to inform me that they had sold more palettes than they had in stock, and had to refund me and cancel my order. This was a major bummer because I had used a 20% off code and got a pretty good deal. To add to the drama, every single Sephora I drove to, called, and stalked had somehow sold out of this palette without an idea if they'd ever get it back in. While I could have just purchased it from the Sephora website, I had a store credit that I just couldn't let go to waste. Luckily after weeks of searching, I was able to find it at a J.C. Penney Sephora, and all was again right with the world!
What's Inside?
The Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette is an eye and cheek palette, in that it contains 6 shadows, 1 blush, 1 bronzer, and 1 highlighter. These products are unique in that they are made with colored clay, that not only color corrects, but helps control oil. The clay that is used comes from the mountainous regions of Brazil and is said to brighten, even and smooth skin and won't settle into fine lines and wrinkles. That's a huge plus for me, because not only do I have very oily lids, but I have hooded lids, which means a lot of lines and folds that make my eye shadows crease-city.
Ingredients
Tan-gled Up in You:
Talc, Mica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
Bare to Explore:
Talc, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Mica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Up to No Gold:
Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Talc, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Kaolin, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).
Plum Away with Me:
Mica, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Kaolin, Silica, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Carmine (CI 75470), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
Don't Turn a-Brown:
Talc, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Mica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Make a Mauve:
Talc, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470).
Unleashed:
Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Mica, Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Champagne:
Talc, Mica, Dimethicone, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sorbic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 777492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).
Park Ave Princess:
Talc, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Dimethicone, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, VP/HE Exadecene Copolymer, Sorbic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
The palette also comes with a card that features day-to-night tutorials and ideas on how to use the products included.
Before we get into the goodies inside, can we please just talk about how absolutely gorgeous this palette is? I think I would be tempted to buy this even if there was nothing inside! The wood-grain lid with the awesome golden serpent is just so ridiculously beautiful. Who wouldn't want this bad boy displayed proudly on their vanity?
The serpent is foiled and the gem on it's head is risen up. And while it would be awesome if it were real, the wood grain is just printed on the packaging and is not actual wood. I can deal with that, though!
Tarte has released a few of these round palettes in the past (think the Aqualillies collection) and this palette is the same size as those. While it's substantial enough size-wise, it can still be easily popped into a makeup bag for travel.
If you are the type of person who buys palettes because of their portability, you'll be happy to know this one has a snap-closure. Nothing is worse than a weak magnetic closure that keeps opening up en-route, which can cause damage to the products inside! There's also a HUGE mirror, which is probably the biggest plus about these round palettes. They're great for travel and touch-ups on the go.
Inside the palette, you have a full size Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in "Unleashed" in the center of it all. It's a really lovely shade of peachy-pink. I did notice that mine is a bit loose, as if it wasn't glued in well enough- so if you do purchase this palette, be sure to check the pans and make sure they're secure. 

Above the blush, are the highlight and bronzer shades. While I think the highlighter in "Champagne" is pretty universal, the bronzer "Park Ave Princess" is definitely on the lighter side. It works well for me considering I have very pale skin, however if you have a deeper skin tone, this probably wouldn't work so well for contouring or bronzing. It could be used as an eyeshadow, or heck- even a matte highlight if you have very dark skin, as it does have a slight pearl finish.

My one minor gripe with this palette, and it's something that Tarte has been known to do from time to time, is that the names of the shades are on the little plastic film that lays on top of the product. I dislike this because occasionally I will want to do a tutorial, or talk about a specific shade and I really hate having to keep the little plastic film in order to know what the shade names are at a glance. Granted the names are so long (and a little tacky in my opinion. I mean, c'mon, "don't turn a-brown." Really?) that I don't think they would have fit if they were printed on the palette, but it definitely would have been helpful.
As for the shadows, there are 3 matte shades and 3 pearl/satin finishes. Although I would argue that even the mattes have an ever-so-slight satin finish to them. The gold shade is definitely leaning closer to a shimmer, and packs the most light-catching finish of all the shades.
You can see from these swatches that this palette really is made for lighter skin tones. The swatches were done without primer or a foundation, and while they are pigmented, they're all very light in tone and finish. The blush is a fantastic shade of nude/rose with a very slight peach undertone, and works well for pale to light skin, as does the bronzer. It's actually pretty difficult for me to find a non-shimmery bronzer that is light enough for me to contour with, so I am thrilled that this one works so well on me. The Champagne highlighter is absolutely gorgeous and is shimmery without being glittery. I have used this highlight on the brow bone as well to finish off eye looks with this palette, as I don't think any of the shadows included are really light enough for my skin tone to be used as such.
Bare to Explore- This is a pink-beige matte shade that actually appears a lot lighter in the pan than it applies. (See swatches below) Upon first glance, it looked like a shade that I could possibly use on the brow bone, but it's definitely too dark for that, at least for me. I do think when used lightly, it's a great transitional shade, or to use when blending out rough edges.
Make a Mauve- This is a plum-mauve matte shade, although not totally matte. It's hard to tell in the picture, but there are tiny little flecks of pink micro glitter in this that are subtle, but really lovely!
Plum Away with Me- This is a dark plum shade with a satin, almost slightly metallic finish. When it's applied, it definitely comes off more burgundy than plum. It also contains a very small amount of what looks to be a silver micro glitter. As with "Make a Mauve," it's very sparse and would most likely not be noticeable once applied.
Up to No Gold- This is a straight up gold shimmer shadow that is super pigmented and buttery. While shimmery, it's not overly so. Even if you tend to stray away from glitter/shimmer shades, you could definitely include this in a simple eye look without appearing overdone.
Tan-geled Up in You- This is a tan, matte shade, and is another one that appears a bit darker on the lid than it does in the pan. I would say when applied it appears more of a medium brown. This is definitely a matte shade, but has a slightly pearly finish as well which makes it look less chalky, as mattes can sometimes look. This is a great all-over-the-lid shade if you want to do a quick look. Use it lightly on the lid with a fluffy brush and then apply it a bit heavier in the crease for a natural, but defined look!
Don't Turn A-Brown- Here's your standard matte, chocolate brown shade. Just like the other matte formulas in this palette, there's a very slight pearly-satin finish. It's the darkest shade in the palette, and works nicely as a crease, outer corner or liner shade.
(swatches in dim light. From left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me, up to no gold, tan-geled up in you, don't turn a-brown.)
(swatches in natural light. From left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me, up to no gold, tan-geled up in you, don't turn a-brown.)
Overall Thoughts
Blush, Bronzer and Highlight
While these aren't the most pack-a-punch products I own, they are nicely pigmented for my particular skin tone. I can't say I would recommend these for someone with deeper tones, but they do apply beautifully and have great staying power!
Shadows
I think there's a nicely curated variety of shades in this palette, although it's clear there's a purple/brown theme going on. Being the two shades that I use the most on my eyes, it's perfection for me! The shades are all nicely pigmented, although "Bare to Explore" is a slight disappointment as it's a bit deeper than it appears, and seems less pigmented than the other shades. Even so, the majority of these shadows have little fall-out, are beautifully pigmented, and are smooth and easy to apply and blend. 
Palette Overall
I think this is a fantastic palette that has everything you need in one place. It's sturdy, well made, and small enough to carry with you when traveling. The mirror is also great for touch-ups. Having all your face products and a variety of shadows in one palette is convenient, especially because these shadows can easily produce either a simple day, or more dramatic nighttime look. The shades in this palette are absolutely perfect for Fall, although they really could be used any time of year!
Where to Buy
Right now, the only place that I know of that still has this palette available is Sephora.com and it sells for $38 which is really a fantastic price! You could also give your local Sephora a call and see if they have it in stock if you's rather not shop online. If you're interested in this palette, I have to urge you to consider buying it as soon as possible, as it will definitely not be in stock for much longer!
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2 comments:

  1. Ahh such a pretty palette! I agree that they could use some help naming their shades though. :P

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  2. When I saw this at Ulta, I was surprised by the size. For some reason, I was thinking it would be much smaller. I wanted it, but I have so many shadows in very similar shades, so it didn't seem like I really needed it. If they still have it the next time I go there, though, it might find it's way into my shopping bag. I think it's a great palette for travel.

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