I haven't really felt any particular inclination or need to purchase an eyeshadow palette in quite some time since I'm not a regular wearer of eyeshadow and even when I do, I tend to stick with a few tried and true shades. That may sound like blasphemy coming from someone who writes about beauty products but the truth is I'm the practical sort who doesn't like to waste money and one of my main issues with most palettes is that there is almost always a shade or two in there that you're never going to wear. I pretty much stopped even looking at any for awhile until I came upon the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette. It appealed to me because all the shades look wearable and I was able to get it for 30% off during a Tarte sale. So this is my first eyeshadow palette purchase in about four years and I'm actually excited about it.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00) is a limited-edition palette with eight eyeshadows in neutral toned shadows. This palette features a new Rainforest of the Sea™ Complex, a proprietary blend of algae and marine flower extracts that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and softening skin. This highly pigmented and blendable cream to powder formulation hydrates and balances without ever feeling dry or chalky. As with all Tarte products, this product is vegan and free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and gluten.
The eight shadows include a mix of warm and cool, matte and shimmer shades that are flattering across a range of skintones as well as suitable for everyday wear. I swatched these without primer to show the depth of coverage and pigmentation on bare skin.
Sand (Matte Warm Ivory)
Mermaid (Soft Gold Shimmer)
Seashell (Pink Shimmer)
Wave (Taupe Shimmer)
Abyss (Cool Brown Shimmer)
Reef (Copper Shimmer)
Starfish (Bronze Shimmer)
Cove ( Matte Peach Beige)
This palette features a range of versatile, neutral shades that can easily be used to create looks for both day or night. The shadows themselves are easy to work with, buildable and have fantastic pigmentation. These really are some of the creamiest eyeshadows I've used in awhile and that buttery texture means that they can easily be used with or without primer. I'm able to get a solid 8 hours of wear sans primer without much fading or falloff. Of course it wears even better with primer and is easy to remove at the end of the day. And I can find use for every single shade. No losers here. I'm not crazy about the actual design on the palette since I prefer sleek minimalist packaging but it fits the theme. I do like the round shape which is nice for a change and how sturdy it is. I also appreciate that it has a nice full sized mirror which always useful while also making it easily portable and travel friendly. This is a terrific everyday eyeshadow palette which is pretty much all I need and it has gotten me into wearing eyeshadow more. I think I'm set with this one for awhile.
The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette retails for $36. It is a limited edition product that is still available for purchase from Sephora and Tarte Beauty.
What do you think about this palette? Do you have a favorite eyeshadow palette?
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