I get serious FOMO when it comes to makeup. Like, whenever I see something that is limited edition, I feel like I have to get it or I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. This usually results in me impulse buying something that I definitely don’t need. On my last trip to Ulta, I went in with the intention of buying more of my face serum, and somehow ended up walking out with Tarte’s newest palette, the ManEater eyeshadow palette.
The packaging of this palette is gold with purple and black cheetah print. It’s made of a heavy duty cardboard that feels very sturdy. The packaging is a little bigger than the palm of my hand, so it’s pretty compact without being insanely small. The inside of the palette has a decent sized mirror that takes up almost the entire top.
The palette itself includes seven shadows and one highlight shade. The colors range from white to champagne to brown to maroon. It says that the palette includes all new shades never before released by Tarte. However, if you have other palettes from Tarte (namely the Tartelette in Bloom), there are definitely some similarities, although none except for the whites are exact dupes.
Meow – an ivory, matte white color.
Passion – a matte cream with yellow undertones.
Foxy – a shimmery, pinky bronze color.
Purr – a matte mauve.
Saucy – a matte brown than leans more orange.
Hypnotic – a shimmering berry maroon color.
Midnight – a deep, matte brown with no distinctive undertones.
Lace – a pearl, champagne highlight color.
Like other palettes by Tarte, this one smells like vanilla. It’s not sickly sweet or anything, I actually really enjoy the smell. Once applied to the lids, you can’t smell it, so if you are sensitive to smells, this shouldn’t bother you at all.
The formula of this palette is honestly the best I’ve ever had from Tarte. I love the formula of my Tartelette in Bloom, it’s so smooth and easily blended. The ManEater palette literally blows that one out of the water. The shadows are so buttery and smooth. They’re also soft without having too much fallout or powder kick up.
Honestly, I feel like this palette could easily be a pass. There aren’t any colors in here that really stand out to me. Although there are no exact dupes in the Tartlette in Bloom palette, there are enough similar colors in there that if you have one you don’t need the other. Pretty much every color in here could easily be duped by any warm, neutral palette. Although the formula is amazing, I don’t think this palette is a must. If you’re looking for a compact, travel makeup palette, this might be a good investment for you. Or if you’re a collector and really just want to expand your collection with a limited edition palette, this might be for you.
Have you looked at this palette or do you have it yourself? What are your thoughts?