First a QVC bundle exclusive, then a Sephora online limited edition, then pfffttt. As of this writing, I don't see this Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow V1 Palette at Sephora anymore. It could be website glitch, inventory problems, but whatever the cause is, I say bring it back por favor!
A Fall limited edition release, this palette is for you neutral-loving ladies! Retailing for $38 (0.07 oz x 16), it has sixteen eyeshadows from rich browns to plums, shimmer to matte, all buttery-soft and easy to blend, with laudable wear time to boot.
It's a gift in a gift box, that is if you're planning to give this palette as a present. The recyclable box looks adorable with its purple and red floral design. But If I were to nitpick, I'll replace that tacky pink ribbon with lilac just to be more cohesive. Enough of the so-called triviality, let's proceed to the meat of the matter, shall we?
The packaging is made from cardboard with magnetic closure functionality. It's sturdy enough for daily use but not quite for travel. It has a removable plastic cover with eyeshadow names printed on it. Again if I may reawaken my nitpicky side, it would be nice to have a built-in mirror to seal the deal. The devil is in the detail I tell ya. But let's look past it and instead marvel at the resplendence of this elusive palette.
So what do these swatches remind you of? C'mon now, I want to see my naked ladies, I mean Urban Decay Naked junkies to say that there seems to be a resemblance. Indeed. Somewhat. Ditto. Well in my opinion, this palette is a good alternative to Naked, price, quality and quantity-wise (Naked retails for $54, 12 eyeshadows, 0.05 oz x 12). Let's describe the swatches from left to right:
Fingerpaint art: shimmery black plum
Copper kettle: shimmery copper
Silk robe: shimmery chocolate brown
Golden locket: shimmery light gold
Chocolate kisses: matte brown
Handpicked flowers: holographic pink
Mud Mask: matte light brown
French manicure: matte flesh
Fresh brewed coffee: sheen coffee brown
Keepsake frame: sheen bronze
Lavender bubble bath: shimmery burgundy
Cashmere scarf: sheen taupe
Candlelit dinner: shimmery copper gold
Rose champagne: sheen champagne
Hot stone massage: matte taupe
Breakfast in bread: matte champagne
Worn over an eye primer, these eyeshadows last anywhere from eight to nine hours with very minimal fading and negligible creasing.
Bottom line, if you happen to see this palette at Sephora, snag it. If you already own Naked palette(s), think about it. My reco, your decision.