This or That? Too Faced Natural Matte vs Tarte Tartelette


In today’s post I will be comparing the Too Faced Natural Matte and the Tarte Tartelette, both matte eyeshadow palettes. I bought one of these simply to tide me over as the one that I desperately wanted was unavailable. Actually, when I used them both my opinions completely changed so I decided that it would be worth while for you guys if I were to discuss them both.

In terms of appearance I think the Tarte palette has one up on Too Faced here. The brushed script font on the cover is absolutely beautiful and the gold on purple has a really luxe feel to it. Appearance wise I’m not so keen on Too Faced’s packaging however in terms of size I do prefer their palette. The Natural Matte is a great compact size that makes this fantastic for travelling or for anyone on the go. I’m not the sort of person to carry eyeshadows around with me in my bag but if I were, this would be my go to.

The Tartelette palette consists entirely of cool toned neutrals whereas the Natural Matte whilst mostly consisting of warmer toned neutrals does have a couple of cooler toned shades within it.


For me this is where the winner becomes clear and I really didn’t expect to love the palette that I do over the other. The Natural Matte eye shadows reign superior to the Tartelette. There I said it. They are super smooth, buttery and they blend like a dream. I barely have to dip my brush into these shadows and I get great colour pay off. The Tartelette shadows on the other hand I find to be chalky and difficult to work with. They don’t blend easily and I find that I have to dip my brush into a colour again and again just to get a decent colour payoff. If you’re in a hurry you can forget it. You’ve really got to take the time to work with the Tartelette eyeshadows to get results.

Before buying either of these it was actually the Tartelette palette that I had so desperately tried to get my hands on. I settled on the Natural Matte when Tarte’s disappeared from QVC completely. When it came back I decided that I ‘had to have it’ because let’s face it, I have a problem when it comes to buying makeup. But you know what? After all that it was a real disappointment for me and not worth my money in hindsight. I always reach for Too Faced’s palette over the Tartelette as the shadows are just so much easier to work with and better quality in my opinion.

For the price they are charging for the Tarte palette the eyeshadows just don’t deliver to the standard I had expected. The Too Faced palette is actually £3 cheaper than the Tarte and the better buy in my opinion. There’s quite a lot of hype surrounding the Tartelette palette and a lot of people do seem to like it. If you have used the Tartelette palette I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. For me personally, I wish I’d have given it a miss.


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12 thoughts on “This or That? Too Faced Natural Matte vs Tarte Tartelette

  1. very helpful post. I’ve been hearing that the Tartelette pigmentation is just not there, which sucks because I lovveee the shades in it. I might have to purchase the Too Faced palette; seems like the better option! thanks for this xx


    1. I know, I was so disappointed when I first used it. I have heard that their new In Bloom palette is a different formula and a big improvement but as this was such a let down I don’t think I’ll be parting with my money on one of their palettes any time soon. Glad you liked the post. Thanks for commenting 🙂 xx

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    1. Thank you 🙂 It’s funny, a few people have said that. I’ve only come across maybe one or two negative reviews since I bought it. Everyone seems to rave about it. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t get on with it.


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