Hello my lovelies. Thought I’d do a quick little swatch blog this week (quick - who am I kidding, we all know this will be uber long once I start my waffling!) But I‘ll try my best :)
I got the Tarte eyeshadow palette from their Rainforest of the Sea collection from Sephora not long after it came out, but for some reason I always think it doesn’t have any matte shades so I always go to grab something else first to use as my transition shade then usually cos I’m running late, I then just use other colours from the palette I grabbed. But then one day I actually had a play with this palette and it does have 2 matte shades: Cove & Sand. And you know what? Cove is probably my favourite transition shade that I own! Doh! Why didn’t I use this sooner!
Anyway, babble over, let’s look at the palette. Got to admit, I may have been drawn to this palette, mainly because of the packaging, I know, I’m a sucker for something pretty! But look at it It’s beautiful, right? It’s a decent sized round palette, nice and weighty, so feels nice and solid and expensive. It's gold with a beautiful blue, pink & purple design on the top to replicate the sea and all the pretty things you get in the sea.
Inside, there is a great big round mirror the size of the palette, and I think it’s a really good quality clear mirror, you know how sometimes mirrors are too small or an odd shape or a bit foggy looking? Well, this isn’t any of those. This is a super mirror. I actually think it’s better than the one on my dressing table!
Onto the swatches! Yey!
I love how all the names of the eyeshadows are related to the sea, like Reef and Starfish. Makes me feel all beachy and in holiday mode.
Let’s start at the top of the palette and to the left of my arm swatches. And that is Seashell. This is a pretty metallic pink, with lots of shimmer. This is super pigmented, in fact, all of the metallic shades are.
Next is Wave, this is one of my favourites, another metallic shade, but a kind of mauvy- purple with some pink undertones thrown in.
Next is Abyss, this is not metallic like the others. It has shimmer but not as much and I think that’s perfect as this is a dark cool toned brown with a blue-purple undertone, so is a perfect outer crease colour, and you don’t want too much shimmer going on in that area. This does look much more purple in the palette than when you use it. This is a little less pigmented than the true metallic shades but I think that again, is perfect as you can then build up the colour in your crease rather than splodging it on way too dark then struggling to blend it out.
Next is Reef. Another metallic shade in a rusty copper colour, with a pinky-peach undertone.
Next is Starfish, you got it, another metallic colour! I love this colour but I don’t really know how to describe it! It’s a lighter brown with some gold and purply undertones going on in there, it almost looks grey in some lighting.
When you look at this palette it does look like all the colours are shimmery lid colours but next is Cove, a matte! And this is the one I mentioned earlier as the perfect colour for my skin tone, to use as a transition shade. It looks quite pink with purple undertones in the palette but when you use it and you can see in the swatch, it’s much more of a peach and quite light. Againthese matte shades are a little less pigmented and I feel like Tarte has really thought about these shadows and what they’d be used for as I much prefer to build up my transition colour than start off with it being too heavy and having to blend it away.
Next is another matte; Sand. This looks peachy in the palette but is really white on my skin, with a hint of peach. This is a great brow bone highlight.
And lastly is Mermaid. Another metallic colour. This is a lighter version of Starfish, and I really like this one. It’s a golden peach-tan type colour with a hint of a cool steel mixed in!
All in all, I think this is a perfect palette. It’s so well thought out. You have sand, for the brow bone, Cove for the transition colour, Abyss for darkening up the outer crease and a whole load of beautiful metallic lid colours to choose from. And all the colours are wearable, there’s no super bright random colour thrown in. And there is a decent choice of warm and cool colours to choose from. I really, really like this palette and would recommend this, especially to take travelling as it has everything you need in one beautiful compact sized palette!
I’d go as far as to say this is one of my favourite palettes at the moment. I do have two tiny little gripes with it though. I do struggle to open this, I have to get my nail in to pop it open sometimes and secondly, why doesn’t this smell of chocolate like the Tartlette in Bloom palette does?? That would be the icing on the cake for this palette if it smelt of chocolate, or maybe something tropical like Pina Colada to go with the Sea theme :)
Ok I’m being picky now and oh look I waffled again! Just to let you all know. I always write my blogs in Word first, as I find it helps me see how much I’ve written. And I swear to God, I start every single one, with the intention of it being no longer than one A4 page…, it’s not yet happened. And that’s without any photos! Lol
Ok so go out and get this palette before it all sells out, I’m not sure if this is a limited edition collection or that it’s only available in Sephora. Ok, I just checked and it says ‘Sephora Exclusive – Limited Edition’ so guess that clears that up, it’s both! You can’t even get this from the Tarte website.
Anyhoo, I paid $34.00 for this, which is about £24.00 and in my opinion, worth every penny.
10 out of 10 for this one Tarte, job well done! :)