Tarte’s Golden Days and Sultry Nights Eye Shadow Palette ($36) is part of their Summer 2014 Collection. This Limited-edition collector’s eyeshadow palette features five new, Amazonian clay shadows in gorgeous, warm shades for hazy summer days and wild summer nights. T he limited-edition collector’s palette features an exotic custom print and portable design.
Limited-edition shades include:
- toes in the sand (matte ivory)
- espadrilles (matte taupe)
- caipirinha cocktails (gold)
- oceanview (jade)
- tropical sunset (bronze)
Powered By: Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear; vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and antioxidant; mineral pigments: soothe and soften the skin.
The warm mix of shades screams summer and bronze goddess. When I purchased the palette I was thinking this would be my go-to summer eye shadow palette. Now that I’ve worn it for a week straight, I am reevaluating. The pigment is lacking in this palette, especially Oceanview, the jade color–I have to pack on the shadows even with a primer. I have also used them wet and I still don’t get the depth of color I desire. Caipirinha, the pretty gold shade has fallout even when I pat the color on instead of sweeping. One of the matte shades, Espadrilles, is a good blending shade, however Toes In The Sand, the matte ivory, kicked up a lot of powder and is so sheer I can only use it for a base–not even as a highlight shade. The three shimmery shades Oceanview, Caipirinha and Tropical Sunset are very pretty, however as I said, they lack pigment: Tropical Sunset being the most pigmented of the three. I know I will be in the minority here, but I am disappointed in this palette. I’m used to seeing better quality and richer shades from Tarte than this palette represents. Also, these shades are not unique–we see them from lots of different brands every summer.
I do love the tropical design on the palette and the fact that it is thin and slim, making it perfect for travel and the price is good for the amount you get. Maybe I got a defective palette, because I have never been disappointed with Tarte before and I was so looking forward to this palette. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not BAD, it just isn’t up to the high standards Tarte usually holds to.
For this look I used Toes In The Sand as an all-over wash, Caipirinha on the lid, Tropical Sunset in the crease and Oceanview in the corner and lower lash line.
Prime Beauty Grade: B
Bottom Line: if you like warm eye shadow palettes for summer, you might like this one. Cool toned beauties should move along. It is a good value and easy to travel with–just don’t expect a ton of pigment.