Tarte's newest eyeshadow palette Rainforest of the Sea ($34/£30) at first glance looks to die for, as someone with quite warm skin, shimmery browns, bronzes and golds are my go-to shades for everyday wear. They look the prettiest and compliment my brown eyes and skin. However, I have been reading reviews because Tarte can be hit or miss with their palettes, so for a more in-depth look, swatches, opinions and pros and cons, please keep reading.
Sand (ivory) satin
Mermaid (gold) frosted sheen
Seashell (pink) frost
Wave (slate) frost
Abyss (dark brown) satin sheen
Reef (copper) pearly sheen
Starfish (bronze) frosted finish
Cove (tan) satin
The swatches above make it clear that this is definitely a neutral palette, there are some nice pops of brighter colours with Seashell and Wave, the pigmentation and texture looks really nice. The darker shades seem to have more colour payoff, but they all swatch well and look beautiful. The colours are all really lovely and you could create so many looks with just this palette. In this palette you get two matters (Cove and Seashell) and six shimmers. Starfish, that deep gorgeous gold is everything.
Tarte packaging is always pretty fantastic, for their Rainforest of the Sea collection (called that because everything in this range, yes even the eye shadows, are super hydrating) they have opted for a lighter, almost lilac, shade of their trademark purple integrate with a beautiful sky blue. I would like a more oceanic blue shade to be a key feature of the packaging as this doesn't really scream SEA to me. Either way, it is still beautiful but they could have done better, in my opinion.
$34 or £30 for 8 shadows (each 0.05 ounces).
That is $4.25/£3.75 per shadow. Not bad value at all, to put it in perspective the Manny MUA Makeup Geek Palette is $5 per shadow, and Makeup Geek in general is marketed as a much more "affordable" brand for products.
Opinions have been mixed for this palette, as a neutral palette it is gorgeous and the shadows are creamy, pigmented and blendable. Although, I have seen a lot of photos where the colours look a little too similar. Would I say it's a nice palette? Yes. Would I buy it? No. It's just not enough, although the colours are beautiful and the quality of the shadows are up there, only one or two really stand out for me. There's nothing truly unique or special about these eye shadows, you could find dupes everywhere. If it was on sale, I think I would snatch this palette up as it is convenient to have so many neutral shades in one palette, I just don't think it's worth £30, I would rather save my money and splurge on Natasha Denona's palettes, but that is just me. It loses a point for the generic nature of the shadows and the packaging, I would really like to have seen a deep, eye-catching blue.
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