Disclaimer: I bought this.
Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette – everything about this palette intrigues me.
From the almost all metallic/foil shades to the theme of the colors and their names, I am captivated by this palette.
I was a little wary of the performance of these shadows, and whether my aging eyelids would wear them well. But that’s never stopped me from trying makeup before, so I gave in and brought this pretty home.
I’ll just jump right into swatches and a look!
The packaging of this palette is gold and it was a colorful enamel-like cover. The back is extremely reflective, as you can see it picking up my popcorn ceiling and phone in the picture! It’s bigger than my palm, but I can comfortably grasp it in my hand.
How about some swatches? I swatched over a Smashbox eye shadow primer.
This is the right side of the “wheel,” clockwise from top to bottom:
Left to right: Myth (nude matte), Magic (bronze metallic), Wings (a copper metallic), Marvel (a light olive metallic), Trance (a taupe metallic).
The brand recommends you use Myth all over the lid before layering on the metallic shades. It requires building. Magic, Wings, Marvel and Trance are all very pigmented for these finger swatches on the back of my hand; I used Magic, and found it easy to blend on the lid and pigmented on the eye.
This is from the bottom of the palette clockwise towards Myth:
Left to right: Fairy (a lavender metallic), Mystic (a pool blue metallic), Dream (a mermaid teal metallic), Crystal (iridescent champagne – according to the brand) and Pixie (a golden pink metallic).
All of these shades have good pigmentation for my hand swatches. For the look below I used Mystic, Dream and Crystal, which all applied easily, blended well and were pigmented on the lid.
And here’s the middle shade:
I had a hard time capturing the pretty light copper pink shift of Believe, the name of the middle shade.
The middle pan of Believe is supposed to act not only as an eye highlighter but a face highlighter. This is a smooth pearl color.
I had a wedding to attend on Saturday afternoon. My toddler fell asleep on my husband, and I took advantage of the peace and time to do a fun look with a step-by-step photo collage for my review of this palette!
- I applied Crystal on the inner half of my eyelid.
- I applied Mystic on the outer half of my eyelid.
- I applied Dream in the crease and blended out.
- I blended Magic into the tight crease and above the inner lid.
- I blended a bit more, then added Believe to my brow for highlight, as well as NYX Cosmetics Glam Liner Waterproof in Glam Azure on my upper lash line with Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Spandex over the outer “wing” part of the line; I also used Tarte Rose Gold Clay Pot Eyeliner along my lower lash line.
- The complete look also includes Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and Senna Lash Detail Mascara.
Other products I used include:
- NYX Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation in Light Ivory.
- NYX Cosmetics Strobe of Genius face palette
- Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Stark Naked
- Serenity + Scott Brow Gel in Golden Blonde
- Smashbox 24 Hour Eye Shadow Primer
- Not shown in my pictures, but I added Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Special Effects Top Coat in White Lie over Stark Naked.
I found the shadows I used to be easy to work with. I did have some fall out, so I had to clean up after application. I thought they blended nicely, especially Mystic and Crystal.
I was initially concerned that this palette would highlight my aging eye skin; when I first applied Crystal, I winced at how it seemed to distinctly highlighted the wrinkles of my lid. After all, I’m going to be 40 in a month! However, this became less of a concern for me as I finished my look, and wore it. If it magnified my wrinkles, it wasn’t something I noticed. Someone self-conscious about their eyelid skin who stays away from metallics may be hesitant to wear metallic eye shadow in general, and this palette may not be the best choice.
For me, this palette is 11 pans full of win. I can’t wait to play more with it!
This palette retails for $40 and can be found at Sephora, Macy’s (where I picked it up), Ulta and the Tarte website here.
Have you seen this palette? Contemplated picking it up?! I’d love to know what you think in the comments!