I’ve always been intrigued and a little bit confused by the name of Tarte’s “Rainforest of the Sea” palettes.
Because it’s a little confusing, right? I picture a rainforest literally emerging from the sea like an Amazonian Atlantis, or something from a kids cartoon.
There’s absolutely no way sober people came up with it.
Tarte’s latest color canopy, the Rainforest of the Sea Volume III Palette, is available now for $36.
Yup, they made a third one!
I don’t know if you remember the second one, but I thought it was epic. EPIC.
I never tried the first Rainforest of the Sea palette (my friend Jessica reviewed it for MBB), but I love the heck out of the second one and its beautiful, buttery, satiny blues and browns.
They’re to die for and so creamy. Easy to blend too.
Volume III is more metal. It has seven high shine metallics and one matte beige. Like Volume II, the shadows are a super creamy combination of a powder and a cream, and they feel slightly bouncy, so you can practically blend them in yo’ sleep.
Or, when you’re half-awake because you didn’t get enough sleep, ha!
I’ve been enamored with copper, bronze, gold and rose gold lately (lately for years), and I’d hoped this palette would allow me to add little of my metal choice du jour on my lids with a blending brush, throw on some liner and mascara, and then proceed to #livemybestlife (which, these days, includes Googling things like “Why is my toddler touching her poop?”).
The thing is, these shadows are messy as all heck to apply. I mean, not old-school Urban Decay or NYX shadow messy, but messy enough to make make me remember to always do my eyes first with them (which I’m glad I did today).
I think they’re gorgeous and might even make my eyes look brighter when I wear them. Plus, they don’t budge for at least seven hours when I layer them on top of Tarte Lid Lock.
The Rainforest of the Sea family products all contain something Tarte calls their “Rainforest of the Sea Complex,” a blend of algae and marine flower extracts that are supposed to make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable when you wear ’em.
I dunno about that… Between the hefty hunks of shimmer and highly reflective metallics, my lid lines are like, “Hey, girl. How YOU doin’?”
I get it. These are highlighting shadows. But they also highlight my lines, oy!
I love the creamy consistency and the colors, but I wish Tarte had stuck to their satin finish, instead of going full-on metallic.
That said, if you aren’t trippin’ over lid lines and don’t mind making a bit of a mess, I say go for it.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,