I online stalked this product for months (months!) before buying it.
And I haven’t regretted it.
I got this for my birthday back in February. The Volume 2 of this palette had just launched, but I passed on it because I felt like the colors were too harsh for me and I prefer natural looks more. The Volume 3 hadn’t launched yet, but I explain here why I won’t be getting that either.
This is honestly the perfect palette for me. There are two mattes which both blend so smoothly, and the shimmery shades are gorgeous with minimal fallout. What else can you ask for in a palette?
Let’s begin with the packaging. It’s stunning and feels super high-end. This palette costs $36, the same amount as the Too Faced tin palettes (like this one) and the packaging is by far superior. While the Too Faced packaging is pretty, this is made of thick metal with a gorgeous design over the top. It has a huge mirror and snaps shut securely. The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea collection has so of my favorite packaging from any makeup line ever. And while that shouldn’t be a reason to buy makeup, it doesn’t exactly hurt to get makeup with beautiful packaging.
I always use primer when wearing eyeshadow because I have incredibly oily eyelids and all eyeshadow wears off unless I apply primer. I have not tested these without primer, but with the Urban Decay primer potion it last for about 8 hours without creasing or fading majorly.
This formula is beautiful. It’s incredibly pigmented and smooth, but not at all like Tarte’s other formula (the kind in this palette). All the colors can be built up to be super bold, or applied with a fluffy brush for a softer look.
My go to look involves swiping seashell over the inner part of the lid, applying wave to the rest of the lid and buffing cove into my crease. If I want a bit of a smoky look, I’ll apply a bit of abyss or reef to my outer corner and swipe a bit under my lower lash line.
Seashell is gorgeous either in the inner corner of the inner part of the lid. It’s also quite similar to the shade burnout from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. Wave is my favorite shade in this palette (and currently has a big dip, and I’m close to hitting pan on it). I love applying this all over my eye and nothing else, because the grey looks great with my blue(ish) eyes. Abyss is a cool brown that looks great in the outer V of the eye or smoked along the lash line. Reef is a warmer brown that I use less because it’s more bronze, but I love it too. Of these shades, all four are shimmers.
Sand and cove are the two matte shades without any fallout and they both blend beautifully. Sand is a nude shade I use to set my primer and cove is a beautiful transition shade that I apply to the crease. Mermaid and starfish are both golds that I don’t use quite as often. However, they’re pretty wearable compared other gold eyeshadows I’ve seen or had in my collection.
Overall, I highly recommend this! It’s a beautiful palette and it’s also really good for travel. It has 8 beautiful shades for a neutral look. This is great foolproof palette that I adore!
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