Hey everyone! It’s time to get back to some good old fashioned make up reviews! One of the palettes that I have been featuring quite a bit on my instagram is this little baby, the Tarte tartiest™ PRO To Go Palette. I first spotted this palette late last year, and had been dreaming about it ever since, so I finally bought it last month!
This palette has the perfect shades for fall, warm neutral mattes and brilliant gold, bronze and berry metallics. I don’t know what it is about these small Tarte palettes, but I just love them! I actually like how condensed the colour selection is, because sometimes when you have a really extensive colour selection, you can get lost. Instead, with a small carefully curated palette, you can get really inspired, while still being able to make quite a few different looks.
Packaging and First Impressions
This palette comes in a matte/soft touch black cardboard palette that has gold detailing and a magnetic closure. The inside is mirrored gold with a small mirror. There is something about this packaging that makes it so sleek and chic, it is truly lovely. I also like that the packaging is quite classic so that the eyeshadow shades can really stand out.
These eyeshadows are formulated with amazonian clay and smell like vanilla, due to the addition of vanilla extract to the formula.
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $30 CAD ($23 USD), has 0.18 oz of product and has 6 shades. Really, there isn’t a lot of product in this palette, but the pan sizes are similar to the larger Tarteist™ Pro Amazonian Clay Palette. When you compare the price of this palette to other companies, the value isn’t great. But honestly, the smaller the product, the more expensive it usually is for the amount of product you get. I don’t mind, because I very rarely hit pan on eyeshadows, and the initial price tag is so low.
I chose to compare this eyeshadow palette to other warm-toned palettes: the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($66 CAD/0.6 oz/12 shades), the NARS NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette ($74 CAD/0.48 oz/12 shades), the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette ($55 CAD/0.28 oz/14 shades), and the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette ($55 CAD/0.28 oz/12 shades).
|Rank||Company’s Product Mentioned Above||Cost ($ CAD)||Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||UD Naked Heat||$66||0.6||$110/oz|
|2||TF Just Peachy Mattes||$55||0.48||$115/oz|
|4||Tarte Tartiest Pro To Go||$30||0.18||$167/oz|
|5||ABH Modern Renaissance||$55||0.28||$196/oz|
Ultimately, for some reason I actually don’t care about the value when it comes to this small palette. That is not what little travel palettes like this are about. I love the price for a 6 shade palette, I love the shades and the colour story that this palette has, I love the amazonian clay formula, and I love travelling with this palette.
It is definitely harder to shell out $60-$70 on a palette sometimes, so this smaller purchase is really fun and easy, in my opinion. Ultimately, you will have to decide whether it is worth it for you and whether it suits your needs.
Here are the claims from the Tarte website:
“WHAT IT IS
Portable tarteist™ PRO palette with six exclusive shades powered by natural ingredients & none of the icky, bad stuff.
WHAT IT DOES
It includes four longwearing matte & metallic eyeshadows infused with Amazonian clay for smooth blending & flake-resistant wear, plus two iridescent lusters with a microshimmer duochrome formula. Deeply concentrated mineral pigments with a smart-blend technology give you the same even, intense payoff as the original tarteist™ PRO palette with new, natural artistry shades for a complete travel shadow collection.
Includes six eyeshadows:
- drive (nude)
- stylin (brown)
- boss (bronze)
- hype (gold)
- crisp (chestnut)
- dominate (shimmering raspberry)
WHY WE LOVE IT
- dermatologist tested
- ophthalmologist tested
- safe for contact lens wearers
- Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
- mineral pigments: soothe and soften skin
- vanilla extract: a natural fragrance with rich antioxidant and anti-aging properties”
Pigmentation and Performance
The performance of this palette is phenomenal. Here are the reasons why:
- I love the texture of the mattes. They really feel like smooth, soft clay. The texture of the metallics is a tiny bit dry, but really has no effect of the quality. They are amazing.
- It blends like a dream. The mattes blend so well that you almost don’t even have to try.
- The metallics are stunning, but I do still like to use a wet brush.
- All of the shades are very pigmented.
The only thing that would have made this palette even better was if there was an inner corner highlight, although the lighter gold, “hype”, can certainly be used for certain looks. But you know what, real estate in this palette was highly competitive since it is such a small palette, so I think all of the shades that ended up in the palette are perfect. I will note that the matte shades do kick up quite a it of powder, but there was next to no fall out under the eye during application. Just be gentle when picking up shadow and obviously tap off your brush before applying.
Here are a couple of the looks that I have come up with. You can go really basic with an all matte look, or you can mix things up a bit with the metallics. In all of these looks I did set my eye primer (MAC Painterly Paint Pot), but with a white shade from another Tarte Palette, since there wasn’t an appropriate setting shade in this palette.
Boss: All over lid.
Stylin: Outer corner.
Stylin: Transition/crease and deepened in the outer corner
Hype: All over lid and in inner corner.
Dominate: Inner to mid-lid
Boss: Outer lid.
Stylin: Outer corner.
Overall, this palette is a total winner for me. I love how small and good quality it is. You can also get a good variety of looks out of it, especially with that pop of berry in there. I also just bought the new Tartelette Flirt, so I will also do a review of that one in the future!
Have you used this palette or any of the other small Tarte Palettes? Comment down below!