Tarte Golden Days and Sultry Nights Palette: Reivew, Pics, Swatches

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Purchased by me


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)

Tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights

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.

Tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights


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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.

Tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights

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.


  • http://www.neversaydiebeauty.com Allison@neversaydiebeauty

    It’s such a cute looking palette. But thanks for the great review. I’m cool-toned and it wouldn’t work for me. Sorry you were disappointed in the pigmentation :(

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com Cosmetics Aficionado

    Love all the colors in this!

  • http://www.geniabeme.com Eugenia

    This is a beautiful palette and great look!

  • http://www.theplasticdiaries.com/ Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I’m cool toned but this palette is so pretty!!!!

  • http://daydreamingbeauty.com Amber

    Bummer! I was kind of thinking about getting this palette too. I really love the look you did Cindy. The teal looks so pretty in your inner corner. :)

  • http://www.Phyrra.net Phyrra

    I love your look with it!

  • http://www.xonoelle.com Noelle

    The packaging and the shades! SWOON!

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim

    I love the Gold, Teal and Bronze shades

  • http://www.CosmeticSanctuary.com Lisa Heath

    This looks so pretty!

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com Destany

    what a cute palette! :) i love the art on the cover.

  • http://www.beautybymissl.com Leelo R

    Loving the design of this palette!

  • Jess Scull

    I heard this wasn’t very pigmented – so sad because Tarte usually has great shadows!

  • Jessica T

    This is so pretty and sweet for summer!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    This is beautiful. I almost grabbed it at Sephora the other day but my skincare won out =( lol

  • http://www.libbyspinkvanity.com Kimberly

    Their packaging is so summer-y and looks like something I’d find at a spa. Too cute!

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia – Lit From Within

    Thanks for the honest review – I normally love their stuff, but I have another palette of theirs with the same problem – very light pigmentation. It just sits in my bin and I never use it!

  • http://mynewestaddiction.com Laura My Newest Addiction

    I have experienced some similar issues with their shadows

  • http://www.lipglossbreak.com Angela

    beautiful packaging! but i dont think these colors would look good on me…

  • http://www.glamorable.com Anastasia

    I heard some mixed opinions about this palette, and I think i’m going to pass at this time. I appreciate your honest review <3

  • http://slashedbeauty.com Miranda

    I need this JUST for oceanview!

  • http://www.thefabzilla.com Kath TheFabZilla

    I love the packaging and shades, very summer-ish for sure!

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com Honeygirlk

    I’ve been eyeing this palette… I just love the shades.

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com Sheila (Painted Ladies)

    Thanks for being honest with the review!

  • Ashleigh

    I don’t think you’re in the minority at all. I was going to buy this palette when I saw it until I read the reviews at Sephora.com. They were all pretty much “terrible pigmentation, don’t buy this.” So I took it out of my basket heh. It’s a shame. I love Tarte products and these colors look gorgeous in the pan.

  • http://www.everydaybeautyblog.com Ashley

    What a pretty palette! Love the color combo.

  • http://www.beautyinfozone.com MarciaF (beauty info zone)

    It’s not the first time that tarte hasn’t come through with pigment but it’s a shame since it looks gorgeous.

  • http://www.betzysmakeup.com/ betzy carmona

    It’s such a pretty palette , it reminds me of a new lorac palette

  • http://blog.mycosmeticbag.com/ Chrissy

    too bad about the pigmentation

  • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com Kendra

    Well, obviously this is gorgeous!