March 1, 2016

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eye Shadow Palette

The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette is a brand new, limited edition eye shadow palette with 8 shadows inspired by the ocean. This literally just arrived at my doorstep and I’m so excited to swatch it, blend it and start trying out these eye shadows!

I already feel a personal attachment to this palette because I absolutely love the ocean. I feel like this was made just for me! Although the name of this collection suggests bright, flamboyant shades, the palette is quite neutral and wearable.

The packaging, on the other hand, is stunning and very bright. The shadows are kept in a circular metallic palette that feels high-end and sturdy. The top of the palette features a beautiful purple, blue and gold peacock-feather design. I love it.

Now let’s get to the product! The eight shades look really nice together and separately. A majority of the shadows are shimmery/metallic. Even the two matte shades have some reflective qualities. This isn’t a problem for me at all, I definitely prefer shimmery shadows to matte ones, but if you’re considering this palette be aware of that!

The formula of these eye shadows feels different from the Tartelette in Bloom formula. They are equally pigmented, but I would say that the Rainforest of the Sea shadows feel softer and more buttery. The shimmery shades are more intense than the few shimmery shades in the Tartelette in Bloom palette. The Rainforest of the Sea palette also doesn’t have a scent, while the Tartelette in Bloom smells strongly of vanilla (like a MAC lipstick!).

Breaking down the shades, with an * representing my favorites!

Seashell: shimmery mauve

Wave: shimmery steel blue

*Abyss: shimmery burgundy

*Reef: shimmery bronze (At first glance I thought this was similar to Firecracker from the Tartelette in Bloom palette, but when swatched this is darker, more pigmented, more metallic, and more burgundy-toned than Firecracker)

*Starfish: shimmery dark taupe

Cove: Matte light brown (Similar to Smarty Pants from the Tartelette in Bloom palette)

*Sand: somewhat shimmery pale beige

*Mermaid: shimmery golden brown

I probably would’ve purchased this palette based on the names alone. Who doesn’t want an eye shadow called Mermaid in their collection? (Fun fact: when I was younger the only thing I wanted in the whole world was to be a mermaid. I became a competitive swimmer instead.)

I can’t attest to the longevity of these eye shadows as I just got this palette today, but the shadows feel high-quality and there is no fall-out or chalkiness. I think I will use all the shades although there are a few standouts for me. That being said, I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t include at least one bright shade. I’ll keep playing around with this palette and update this post if my opinion of it changes!

If you love shimmery, neutral palettes make sure you check this out while it’s still available! I think this is going to become a favorite of mine for sure. You can purchase this for yourself here or in Sephora!
Xx Katie
31 comments on "Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eye Shadow Palette"
  1. This is so pretty! I've been looking at the Tartelette palettes so much lately but I might have to take a closer look at this now too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

    1. I personally prefer the formula of this one but if you like matte shades either of the Tartelette palettes might be better suited for you!

  2. Ahhhh I love this palette and I love Tarte! Neutrals are my fav - I must get this!! x

  3. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I've never tried Tarte but I really want to!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  4. The shades look ace! Really stunning.

    Hannie Arden from

  5. This looks so pretty!

  6. What a stunning palette! wonder if it will ever come to the UK, might just need it in my stash! :) Love the swatches,

  7. Packaging is so pretty and colourful! Even though the names are inspired by the ocean, eyeshadows don't look like that. Well I like these shades so I wouldn't ever complain.

    Ela BellaWorld

    1. That's how I feel, I love neutral palettes but "Rainforest of the Sea" suggests much brighter shades :)

  8. Love it, it has all the shades I usually like using!

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  10. Tarte palettes have seriously been drawing me in lately! I love the design of this one as it looks like a compact and feature some awesome neutral hues, thanks for the review!
    ~Weng wengiful

    1. Me, too! There were so many things from this new collection that I wanted just for the packaging alone haha x

  11. Oh my gosh these shades are stunning - I'm all about the shimmery neutrals so this is very tempting...xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  12. I have heard so many good things about tarte and I have recently been eyeing up the foundation with the Amazonian clay, I have been reluctant to get it because of the price tag as I usually stick to high street brands but let me know if you have tried it!

    1. I know they have a full coverage one that has mixed reviews, but everything I've tried from Tarte has been fabulous!

  13. Oh those colors are so gorge! I usually like bronze eye shadow palettes. I've never ordered from Tarte but I think I will thanks to you :)

  14. Oh those colors are so gorge! I usually like bronze eye shadow palettes. I've never ordered from Tarte but I think I will thanks to you :)

    1. I only have two Tarte palettes but this one is my favorite and it's the most bronze one! I hope you like it :)

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