What is a Tartelette, Anyways?


Last year, I discovered the allure of the brand Tarte. I’d never paid much attention to it before, but I’d seen the brand on the Ulta website when browsing. My preconceived notion of Tarte was that it was nothing special, and the quality would be the equivalent to every other makeup brand out there. To me, it was just the brand known for stamping their name on every eyeshadow. It wasn’t until much later that my opinion changed.

In July, I was trying to figure out what to buy my best friends for their birthday gifts, because they were flying in from out-of-state to visit, and I wanted the presents to be special. I researched a ton of makeup palettes and finally came to the decision that the Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette, and the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette, would be perfect. Not only did they include a great selection of eyeshadows, but also a blush, bronzer, highlighter, and compact mirror.

Before purchasing both palettes for my friends, though, I wanted to test the quality of Tarte’s eyeshadows. I had read ratings on Ulta’s and Sephora’s websites. Some reviewers rated the quality of Tarte’s eyeshadows poorly, stating that the consistency was powdery and faded quickly. Others raved about how pigmented the eyeshadows were. I was left in a state of indecision. Should I take a chance?


After work one day, I decided to head to Ulta to buy a smaller palette by Tarte called the Tartelette Tease. It consists of six eyeshadows that have complimentary neutral shades with a nice mixture of four mattes, a nice satin shade, and a glitter eyeshadow. At first, I thought it would be just another neutral palette, but again, I was wrong. All of the photographs, except the swatches, were taken six months ago when I first bought the palette. Throughout the six months of using these eyeshadows, I’ve discovered both pros and cons, but have also learned some tips that may help a beginning makeup lover, or someone who is interested in purchasing a Tarte eyeshadow palette for the first time.

As you’ll discover, if you ever decide to pick up this palette at Ulta in person, it’ll most likely be in the checkout line where they have all of the mini makeup products stacked in a clear glass column. Its packaging makes it look like a miniature chocolate bar because its dimensions are pocket-sized. At $21.00, it’s a great choice for anyone who wants to buy their first neutral palette that is high quality, lasts a long time, and is affordable.


Here are a few tips that I’ve discovered when using this palette: 

  • 1.) Use an eyeshadow primer (Otherwise, the shadows will quickly disappear throughout the day.)
  • 2.) Once you do start using the eyeshadows frequently, the pigment really starts to work better.
  • 3.) The darker shades, such as Heartbreaker and BFF are highly pigmented, so a little bit goes a long way, and make sure to blend out.
  • 4.) Try using some of the eyeshadows wet, as the color intensifies for lighter shades such as wink and whisper.
  • 5.) The most important thing I’ve learned is not to layer a metallic or shimmer shade over a matte shade, because it won’t show up as well.

Eyeshadow Swatches 

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Eyeshadow Shades 

Whisper: A pale cream matte shade that works best as a base eyeshadow. Tends to blend in with skin if you are a pale/medium shade.

Crush: A gorgeous golden/bronze shimmer. Definitely apply an eyeshadow primer with this shade because it tends to not stay on as well compared to First Kiss.

Heartbreaker: A medium matte brown that is highly pigmented. Perfect for lining the outer eyes, or using as a powdered eyeliner. Great choice for creating a smokey eye look.

Wink: A soft pale, soft pink that slightly intensifies in color if built up, or if applied wet. It’s a great transition shade, or overall eyeshadow used with Heartbreaker, or BFF blended out in the outer corner of the eyes.

First Kiss: A satin coppery brown that is a great eyeshadow applied all over the lid.

BFF: A dark burgundy/brown matte that is extremely pigmented. A little bit of product will go a long way. It tends to have a small amount of kickoff, similar to Heartbreaker, so when using a brush, make sure to tap off excess before applying. Use with caution.

The Tartelette Tease by Tarte, has definitely become one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes to use. In fact, I use it more often than my Urban Decay: Naked palette. It’s a great palette to use when you don’t want to have to worry about coordinating shades with your outfit before you go to work, because it basically does all of the work for you. Even after six months of use, I’ve only made half of a dent in the shade Whisper, but have plenty of product with all of the other shades to last me a very long time. If you are thinking about picking up a new palette, make sure to add this to your makeup collection while you’re checking out at Ulta, because this one’s a keeper!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Claire Talks Beauty says:

    Great tips. I also find the tarte shadows to be powdery. They absolutely need a primer also. Love the colors of this palette.

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