Tarte x Aspen Ovard – Eye and Cheek Palette First Impression

Tarte did a collaboration with Aspen Ovard. They released an eye and cheek palette, which is meant to influence romantic looks. There are nine neutral eyeshadows, a blush, and a highlighter. The products in this palette are meant to create “dreamy and free spirited looks” that are all inspired by Aspyn’s signature bohemian vibe.

Tarte x Aspen Ovard (Front)

Tarte’s signature Amazonian clay powder formula is infused in every pan in order to ensure there is pigment and creaminess. It also insures color payoff and long, durable wear.

Tarte x Aspen Ovard (Open)

This is a perfect palette for a person who is just getting into makeup. This palette has some basic and essential products that can be used to create some every day looks. There are some shades that could be used to darken up the eyes – for a smoky eye! Or there are some shimmers that could be put in the center of the eye to add a pop.

Tarte x Aspen Ovard (Back)

This palette retails for $39.00. It is currently in stock on the Ulta website: www.ulta.com. This palette is limited edition, so it is out of stock on the Tarte website. There are nine eyeshadows, with 1.5 grams of product in each pan. There are also two cheek colors, with 2.5 grams of product in each pan. There is a net weight of 18.5 grams.

Packaging: 3 out of 5

The golden packaging with rosegold undertones is absolutely gorgeous. I also love the floral design across the front. I think it really ties in really well with the entire bohemian theme. However, I’m not a fan of Tarte’s material that they use because it collects fingerprints and oils very, very easily. You can clearly see in my product shots. The packaging will also scratch easily. This makes it hard to have in a makeup kit. The palette does come it a nice mirror though.

Shade Range: 2 out of 5

Let’s get into the swatches!

Tarte x Aspen Ovard (Final Swatches)

  • Brilliance: (soft champagne luster)
  • High School Sweetheart: (nude matte)
  • Endless Summer: (golden champagne luster)
  • Santorini Sands: (light tan matte)
  • Heart of Gold: (bronze luster)
  • Road Trip: (brown matte)
  • Married Life: (cream matte)
  • Tea Time: (warm brown matte)
  • Wanderlust: (copper brown luster)
  • Made You Blush: (nude rose blush)
  • Pure Soul: (shimmering champagne highlighter)

While the shades do appear on my skin tone fairly well, I’m a little concerned if the shades are inclusive of darker skin tones. Diversity has been a major topic in the beauty industry and it has yet to be addressed in many high-end brand. Unfortunately, Tarte is one of them.

Formula: 3 out of 5

The formula contains Tarte’s signature Amazonian clay. The entire palette is also contains a nice, delicate vanilla scent. For those sensitive to smells, I’m not sure if the scent will last on the eyes once applied. The lusters in this palette also appear to be very delicate and could break very easily. So I’d be careful when handling those shades. The mattes feel very smooth and don’t appear to have any issues blending on the skin.

Customer Service: 4 out of 5

I did see this reveal on social media and wasn’t initially influenced to purchase it. Later on, I paid a visit to Ulta to pick up an eyeshadow primer. I saw the palette in store and wanted to pick it up. I decided to wait and when I went back to pick it up, it sold out. I purchased it online and when it arrived, the shade Heart of Gold was completely shattered and the entire palette was a mess. Luckily when I went to my Ulta, they were able to exchange it.

First Impression: 2 out of 5

This palette is quite a looker – the packaging is simple and beautiful. The shades can be used to create some easy and pretty looks that can easily be spiced up with eyeliner and false eyelashes. However as I mentioned before, I do feel like this palette is catered towards those with fair skin tones. I’m not familiar with eyeshadow formulations and creating colors and such. So I’m not sure what goes into creating a cohesive palette that could cater to all ends of the spectrum.


The first impression grade is 56%! This is a very simple palette and with the cosmetic industry constantly evolving and releasing new eyeshadow products, something very neutral and basic doesn’t seem to last in the spotlight. The beauty community are growing tired of seeing the same shades repeated over and over in different packaging. We’re craving something different and creative!

Thank you for checking out my first impression on the Tarte x Aspyn Ovard – Eye and Cheek Palette. I hope you’re having a great day/night wherever you are in the world. Let’s knock out another productive week and stay safe. Take a moment to look up at the stars and remember: Walk in beauty, my friends!

All of my love,


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