Tarte Maneater Nightfall Palette

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Fall is here and I could not be happier about it. My favorite things about fall are fall coffee and fall fashion/makeup. I love all the rich jewel tones and earth tones that scream cozy fall vibes to me. When I saw this palette on Ultra’s website, I fell in love with the color story. I love that there are so many jewel tone options but plenty of neutral options as well. Tarte is a mid-tier luxury brand. The price point is significantly more than drugstore but not quite as high as a fashion house brand (like Tom Ford or Dior). Tarte is a woman-founded brand and was founded by a woman named Maureen Kelly. Tarte has branded themselves as a more clean and natural brand although I don’t know enough about ingredients myself to know how well those claims hold up. Tarte is also vegan and cruelty-free. This is their new palette launch for fall. It is available at Ulta. When I last checked the Sephora app, this palette did not show up on the Tarte section of their brands. This palette is priced at $52 and contains 24 shades in the whole palette ranging from neutrals to bold jewel tone shadows.

I started with the shade minx on my lid which is a deep gold shade. This shade literally looks like a bar of gold. I paired that with the shade captivate in the outer-V and used the shade paws off as a transition or blending shade. These shadows blended beautifully together. It can take a little bit of building up for the minx shade. The pressed design in the pan can mean the brush won’t pick up the pigment as well as it may without the design, but the color is still there. If you are going for a more metallic look, you could spray your brush with a spray like MAC fix plus and it will give it a more metallic look. In my eyes, the star of the show is this captivate color which comes across as a beautiful hunter green on the eyes. There is a little bit of sparkle in the pan but I didn’t detect any sparkle on the lid. This shade would be beautiful on brown or hazel eyes. These shadows blended together like a dream. I was nervous with this being such a dark color but the pigmentation was spot on and the blending was very easy. The color story in this palette leaves a wide range of possibilities for looks. Any of the dark jewel toned shades could be blended into the outer corner with the lighter and more neutral shades on the lid to create a balanced look that can be appropriate for all kinds of settings. I wore this look to church and I thought it looked perfectly appropriate. I will admit this is a pricier palette, however, it does provide some good value for your money because there are a wide range of shadows that blend well together. If you break the price per shadow down it’s about $2.17 per shadow because there are 24 shades in this palette. If this is a palette that makes you feel inspired and you would use most of these shades, then I would recommend this palette for you. If you are someone who does not like playing with color at all then I would say skip this palette because there are too many wasted shades if you’re not going to use color.

Bible verse of the day:

Matthew 6:19-21

Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon Earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Given that my blog reviews products, I feel I have a responsibility to remind you that you do not NEED any of the products that I review, no matter how much I say I love it. At the end of the day it is not important to me whether you go out and buy the product I reviewed. It is important to me whether or not you know Jesus because knowing Jesus is far more important than any item I could ever talk about. This world does all it can to make you think that riches, money and glory will make you happy but that is an unfortunate lie. While those things may bring momentary happiness, they cannot bring joy. I saw an interview with Candace Cameron Bure where she gave the distinction between happiness and joy. She said happiness is dependent on your circumstances going well whereas joy is more of an inward and spiritual condition. The source of joy is a relationship with Christ. The Bible is warning against placing a priority on the treasures of this world and finding your joy in those things. It is fine to appreciate the good things in our lives (and in fact the Bible encourages gratitude) but the heart should recognize that joy is found in a relationship with Christ regardless of how much or little one has. There is no economic barrier to entry to a relationship with Christ. God calls ALL to salvation and to join his kingdom. Wherever you are in any aspect of life, you can call out to God and He is just as available to you and willing to answer you as He is me. At the end of the day, feel free to enjoy the things you enjoy but do not buy into the materialistic lie of the world and think that these items will do the job that only God can do.

Until next time,

Samantha XOXO