tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Review and Swatches
I received the tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II eyeshadow palette in my August Boxycharm. I have now used it several times so can now give my honest review.
The palette comes in a nice blue box with gold embossed lettering. Inside you will find the palette, obviously, and a ideas sheet giving two looks that you can recreate.
The compact itself is circular and is very beautifully decorated with a light purple background and dark purple, blue and gold coral reef shapes, picking up the sea theme. The base and sides of the compact are gold. It has a latch clasp that feels pretty secure.
Inside is where the magic begins. The inside of the lid has a full-size mirror that shows no sign of distortion. The pans of eight eyeshadows are displayed around a circular centre and are good sizes (1.5g each).
The shades range from the lightest cream to almost black and are all neutral tones, which I particularly like.
I have had mixed feeling before with tarte eyeshadows. You may have seen my review of the Tarte Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette which I wasn't too impressed with. But this Rainforest palette is completely different.
The formula of this palette is the same as Volume I, "a proprietary blend of algae and marine flower extracts that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and softening skin."
It is very different from the Amazonian Clay formula which I'm not keen on. This is very velvety and creamy in the palette. It applies smoothly and is much more blendable. In my opinion, this formula is far superior to the Amazonian Clay. So, let's take a look at the shades.
I have swatched from dark to light and have primed the top half of the swatch with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer and the bottom half on bare skin. All have been applied using my Hakuhodo 5523 brush.
The first thing I noticed is that there is very little difference between the swatches over primer and those on bare skin. All of the shades worked equally well on both, although I would imagine they would last longer on the lid with primer. I have oily lids, so always use a primer.
As I have mentioned the shadow goes on very smoothly and all shades had great colour payoff and no kickback or fall out. There are no really shimmery shades in this palette which is great for me. All the shades tend towards matte and satin finishes, although Sunset is the most shimmery.
The four lighter shades in close up and slightly different light. (right-left) Pearl, Conch, Sunset and Marina.
The darker sahdes in close up and different light. (left - right) Riptide, Breezy, Siren and Seaside.
The shades can be used to make a neutral look or a more dramatic smokey eye. The shadows all lasted well on my (with primer) for a good eight hours. I had no smudging or creasing during that time.
Overall I really like this palette. I love the shades and their formula. I love the bendability and the lack of fallout. I love that the colour payoff is very good and at $47 CND/$36 USD it is priced well.