I hate the name of the Tarte Maneater After Dark eyeshadow palette but it sure is a beauty! Is it worth adding to your makeup collection?
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Recently, I had a bit of a rediscovery with Tarte!
I realized this summer that I’d not purchased anything from them in a while but the Tubing mascara caught my eye and I’ve since fallen in love with it. The way it hugs my lashes while creating a long and everlasting curl stole my heart. So you could say I’ve been reintroducing myself to the excellent quality Tarte provides us and the new Maneater After Dark eyeshadow palette was simply too gorgeous to ignore.
When it sprung up on my iPad I was instantly smitten.
For one thing, Tarte’s eyeshadow formula hasn’t failed me yet. Their classic In Bloom eyeshadow palette continues to be on heavy rotation on my eyelids. It’s a lovely neutral selection that works well throughout the year. Others have commented that their eyeshadow formula is too dry and while I agree it is dry – have never had any issue working with it and fine its longevity is worth the effort.
Does the gorgeous (supersized) palette live up to expectations? Keep reading for a full review, below!
TARTE MANEATER AFTER DARK EYESHADOW PALETTE
Tucked inside the Tarte Maneater After Dark eyeshadow palette you’ll find 24 shades with a nice mix of mattes and shimmers. The changing colors of the season, colors range from creamy neutrals to golds, a bold burgundy and splash of green along the way.
The layout of the palette was well thought out with matte and shimmer shades that pair well together located side-by-side. This is super handy on mornings when you’re having a bit of a creative block looking at the palette — giving you a great jumping off point to start building a look for the day. My one complaint is that I wish one of the creams (maybe “Enamored”) was swapped out for a crisp white for highlighting.
- PLAYFUL: Matte cream
- LUST: Matte rosy beige
- MISCHIEVIOUS: Matte terracotta
- SENSUAL: Shimmery rosy copper
- PASSION: Matte warm brown
- INSATIABLE: Raspberry with soft sheen
- ENAMORED: Matte peachy beige
- HEARTBREAKER: Shimmery gold
- DESIRE: Matte marigold
- HEATED: Amber shimmer
- SUNDOWN: Shimmery copper gold
- ALLURING: Matte cinnamon brown
- CHARMING: Matte vanilla
- FANTASY: Emerald green sheen
- WILD AT HEART: Shimmery taupe gold
- HOT IN HERE: Shimmery copper
- NIGHT FALL: Brown sheen
- ANIMAL INSTINCT: Matte black
- FELINE MYSELF: Shimmery deep rose gold
- INTENSE: Shimmery strawberry pink
- TEMPTRESS: Matte neutral taupe
- ON THE PROWL: Shimmery taupe
- MOODY: Matte berry
- NOCTURNAL: Deep plum with subtle sheen
Straight away I have to stress how impressively pigmented the Maneater After Dark eyeshadows are! Using a light hand, you get full coverage color on the eye that’s smooth and quite intense.
The intense pigmentation of the shadows allows for you to play with them in a number of ways. You can use a flat shader brush to pack them all over the lid, lightly smudge in your crease for dimension and smokiness or even apply them wet as an eyeliner.
I’m happy to say those who’ve criticized the brand’s eyeshadows for being too dry might feel differently about this palette. They don’t name specific changes of the Tarte Maneater After Dark eyeshadow palette’s formula but the shades have a richness to them I’ve not seen before. The softness welds nicely onto the eyelid for easy application.
There is one shade, “Moody” that does stand out as more dry in swatches but it does layer well on the eye:
All-Day Wear Time
Show of hands: who hates having to touchup their makeup in the day? I know my hand is raised – and I’m pleased as punch with how well this palette wears with a primer (this Wet n’ Wild is my fav). I’ve been testing different shades for weeks now to see if there are any differences. What I’ve found is a consistent 12-hour wear time throughout.
The Most Petty Complaint
Now, this is a MINOR thing when we’re talking the scope of the full palette but I do have any itty bitty bone to pick about the packaging. It’s undeniably beautiful but I wish the hinge had a more give. It’s stiff and locks at a 90º angle — making it tricky to maneuver around when working on the opposite side of your dominant hand.
For example, I am right-handed and run into difficulty fine-tuning blending and applying liquid eyeliner to my left eye. It bugs me enough I had to mention it but is quickly fixed by using another mirror.
Where to Shop
Currently, you can shop the Tarte Maneater After Dark eyeshadow palette from:
Tarte Maneater After Dark Palette Rundown
- Intense, full-coverage pigmentation
- Long, all-day wear that requires no touchups
- Easy to use and a great all-around palette for beginners
- Nice layout with shades paired well to help visualize how to create different looks
- Shadows have a richer consistency than other Tarte palettes
- Great value for the price ($49-$52)
- Dermatologist approved and works for all skin-types
- Vegan and certified cruelty-free
- Wish one the creamy neutrals was swapped out for a matte white
- The name! The term ‘maneater’ really should be retired
- Stiff hinge creates difficulty maneuvering around when using the mirror to apply
Overall Grade: A-
The Tarte Maneater After Dark palette is a well-rounded palette! The intensely pigmented shadows have a soft butteriness to them – unlike anything we’ve quite seen from Tarte before. Everything blends out beautifully and wears well throughout the day. It’s also a palette that’s excellent for beginners who are just starting to build a makeup collection. The layout also helps a user easily design an eyeshadow look.
If you’ve ever found yourself doubting Tarte shadows for being dry, I recommend hopping over to your nearest Ulta to see how much richer the formula is within this palette. I think you’ll be impressed!
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