Tarte Beauty and the Box, four quads- Review

I am so excited because I have finally collected all four of Tarte's newest eyeshadow quads made with Amazonian clay!!!

I got the first one (envoke the smoke) from a kit of QVC. I then later saw presentations of the quads sold separately and knew I had to have them all, which brings me to this blog post. I now have them all! :)

These box shadows are reminiscent of things we have already seen on the market, such as Benefit's boxed blushes and Hard Candy's boxed blushes. These are great for anyone environmentally conscious because they are easily recyclable. Check out Tarte's recycling program HERE.

I will go through and review each palette, one by one, and give you my recommendations as far as skin tone and pigmentation.

Brewed Awakening:


foam, raw sugar, espresso, roast

foam- light peach, fleshtone shade, nearly matte with a slight satin sheen. Great blending shade!

raw sugar- your basic shimmering champagne shade, on the pinker side of champagne. This one is the shimmeriest of the quad.

espresso- bronze brown with a tiny bit of a golden sheen. Did not swatch as dark as it is in the pan, but is a great color.

roast- dark brown with gold shimmer

This palette is very universal, and because the shades lean slightly cool, they could work for both cool and warm skintones.

In the Buff:

porcelain, silk sheets, sunkissed, tan lines 

porcelain- frosty white gold. Great as an inner corner highlight!

silk sheets- shimmering champagne, leans toward the beige side of champagne.

sunkissed- medium shimmering copper

tan lines- dark brown with a copper shimmer

This palette is on the warmer side of neutral. This is a great summer palette and would also be stunning on blue eyes. I would not recommend this one for cool toned skins.

Just Deserts:

desert sand, desert lily, desert wind, desert shadow

desert sand- skin tone, does not show up on my skin, matte

desert lily- yellow gold sheen

desert wind- beautiful silvery taupe sheen

desert shadow- matte, dark gray brown

This is the mattest palette of the four. It is a cool palette, but the gold in it adds some warmth to it. The darkest shade is the most difficult shade of all four palettes to blend, but is still a nice shadow.
this palette could be used for cool and warm skins, but warm tones would have to work harder at it. I would recommend for cool tones or anyone who loves a smokey eye.

Envoke the Smoke:

pink cloud, silver mist, purple fog, dark ash

pink cloud- light pink sheen

silver mist- silver/gray with silver shimmer

purple fog- dark plum sheen

dark ash- charcoal/black matte

This is the darkest of the quads and very cool toned. I would not recommend this to anyone with a warm complexion as you may end up looking bruised. This makes a beautiful smokey eye. The darkest shade in this one is easier to work with than the desert shadow, but Tarte's mattes are still not the greatest on the market.

Overall Thoughts:

I love Tarte as a brand and I love how environmentally conscious they are. Tarte is always updating their products to make them better for the consumer. Maureen is your everyday woman and understands what everyday women want and need. These boxed shadows are easy to grab, easy to use, and are long lasting. This is important for busy women.

I am usually not a girl who likes shadows to be pressed together so closely. I would usually not give them a second look. But, in all honesty, these shadows are Amazing! Even the shimmery shadows are silky and pigmented. I never swatch with a primer so that the swatches I show you are what the true pigmentation is. These were just amazing. The mattes are not the greatest, but they are workable.

The most universal palette and my favorite of the bunch is Brewed Awakening. If you can only get one, I would recommend that one.

The price on these are $22 each on Tarte's website.

Stay tuned this week for a look a day featuring these quads :)

And don't forget to follow me via Google connect- there may or may not be a giveaway coming soon ;)

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