Tarte Double Duty The Eye Architect™ Liner & Shadow Review & Swatches

Released as part of Tarte’s Double Duty range, these Tarte Eye Architect Liner & Shadows are:

A double duty beauty™ eye liner and shadow tool. Master a stunning stare with this 2-in-1 eye essential featuring a waterproof twist-up liner and cream shadow.


These are similar in concept to the Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow & Liners (reviewed here). But are they as good?

Check out my Tarte Eye Architect Liner & Shadow review below.


These come in three wearable shades:

  • Brown (liner) / Champagne (eyeshadow)
  • Bronze (liner) / Gold (eyeshadow)
  • Black (liner) / Slate (eyeshadow)

Here are the swatches:

Tarte Double Duty The Eye Architect Swatches (1)

They all have intense and opaque pigmentation, and I like how the names are self-explanatory and precise! I also like how the liner shades complement the shadows they come with really well.

The Champagne is a bit more cooler-toned than usual, but still gorgeous especially in the inner corners and centre of the lids. The Gold shade is a muted gold, it’s not too overly yellow, which makes it a great everyday all-over-lid shadow. The Slate shade is a bluish taupe/grey shimmer and is amazing for a smokey eye look.



The texture of the liners are very creamy and silky, they certainly don’t tug on the skin upon application. They also blend very easily and don’t set immediately, so it’s easy for you to fix any mistakes before it sets or if you want to feather out the liner a bit.

The shadows are also very creamy even, however they can be a bit patchy and uneven when swiped across the lids. I find that I still need to blend out the shadows with my fingers to even out the texture. There’s also quite a bit of fallout.



Sadly, these didn’t last all day on me. The liners on the lower lashline smudged pretty badly after 5-6 hours, but they lasted up to 8 hours on the upper lashline.

The eyeshadows didn’t crease at all, however they gradually disappeared and completely faded out by 5-6 hours, sometimes even less, especially the champagne shade. I’ve never worn these with primer, so I don’t know how well they hold up with primer.

The disappointing thing is that these are marketed to be “waterproof”. If they can’t last all day without any contact with water, they certainly aren’t waterproof at all.



The packaging, like the Lip Sculptors, are gold and you can see the colors of the powder shadows on one end.

Tarte Double Duty The Eye Architect (2)

The liners are in a twist-up form and since the pencils are pretty thin, you won’t ever need to sharpen them.

The shadows come with a round sponge-tip applicator.



These retail for US$24 on the Tarte website, and they ship internationally! They currently have a 20% off sitewide sale going on until tomorrow, so make sure you check out the website if you’re interested!

These are also available from Ulta.


Final Verdict

I’m honestly on the fence about these, but here are the pros and cons in my opinion:


  • Double ended.
  • Liner and shadow colors complement each other really well, making it easy to travel with just one product.
  • Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten.
  • Safe for contact lens wearers (even ophthalmologist tested).
  • Creamy and silky formula
  • Easy to blend


  • Poor longevity.
  • Smears easily.
  • Shadows have pretty bad fallouts and sometimes applies patchily.

I had high expectations for these liner & shadow duos, especially coming from Tarte. I honestly think they’d be better if the shadows are cream/eyeshadow sticks instead of powder. In my honest opinion, the Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow & Liners (reviewed here) are much better and they’re DRUGSTORE makeup!

However, I do love the Tarte Double Duty Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lipgloss Duos (reviewed here). If you’re interested in getting a thing or two from the Tarte Double Duty line, I highly recommend the Lip Sculptors, but not so much the liner & shadow duos.

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