So here’s the thing – when it comes to eyeshadow, I don’t really do colour, as evidenced by my profound love of the likes of the ABH Modern Renaissance and Master Palette by Mario, Too Faced Sweet Peach, and other brown/bronze/beige-based palettes. But I want to dip my toes into the world beyond the bronze, so when I saw swatches of the Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette on Instagram (on dark skin, no less!), I thought I had to have it. I was so wrong.
I’ll begin with the positives. The idea behind this palette is fun and whimsical af. Shimmery, duo-chrome-y, fairy-mermaid-unicorn-princess fantasy? Uh, yes please. And from swatching the palette, you’d think that Tarte executed the concept beautifully. The swatches are so gorgeous.
The shades I was most excited about were Dream, Fairy, Trance, and Wings – as you can see, they’re dreamy on dark skin. But in reality, the whole palette is a nightmare.
Most of the shades – especially Myth, the highlighter in the center, and Crystal – are super stiff and powdery. Not a dealbreaker, but hear me out. On top of that, these guys do not apply well with a brush. But that’s not a problem for me – like I said with the Huda Beauty Textured Eyeshadow Palette, I do not mind digging my fingers into makeup…as long as the end result is worth it. But it isn’t. The Tarte shades look gorgeous for maybe an hour before they start to fade on me. Although my lids are oily, I always prime and set with a powder, and have no trouble getting at 5-6 hours’ wear out of most shadows. No bueno.
Okay okay, so they’re a little stiff and tough to work with, but so am I before a cup of coffee, so I’d maybe be willing to look past that. Except when I wear them, they wear off so weirdly and unevenly that I’m left with no colour at all and a crazy amount of glitter on my eyelids.
I can honestly say that this is the worst palette I have used in my adult life. I specify “adult” life because the quality of this palette kinda reminds me of toy makeup that you give to children. It’s such a shame because I can’t think of any other palettes on the market that execute this concept well – can you? Needless to say, though, this baby is going back to Sephora.