Beauty · Makeup · Subscription Boxed

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol 2

Hey Beauties,

Chilling out on this rained out Friday and while sitting here at the laundry mate I thought why not share my thoughts on this awesome palette from Tarte. It was included in my boxycharm box last year and I’ve been rocking it since then. It seems like all my good finds comes from my subscription boxes…go figure 😊

I have a few of Tarte products in my makeup stash and when I started my beauty subscription journey I was introduced to a world some amazing high-end beauty brands as well as indie brands….that I would hear other beauty bloggers talk about.

Now, Tarte’s Rainforest of the sea vol 2 is one of those products that I was happy to receive and try.

This palette is the sequel and cooler version of Tarte’s original Rainfoest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette that launched in 2016.

Sequels aren’t typically as good as the original right? But, Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow Palette definitely will eliminate any misconceived notions you have about sequels being bad!

Housed in a small circular compact that’s a little smaller than a CD which has a generously sized mirror inside and eight eyeshadows each of which are 0.05 oz size. The purple face plate is a coral reef design. I didn’t realize it but the shades are printed on the palette as well. You have to squint a little to see but the small face plate in the middle has each of the shades printed on it! The palette also includes a card with two get the look tutorials.

Talk about a nice palette that you can play up or down…create smokey eyes or a natural glam…the looks you can create is limitless.

This formula is very, very, very different from anything else that Tarte offers at the moment. Tarte says the formula is plush and velvety with a hydrating finish that has a cream powder texture. I find the texture is best likened to Make Up For Ever’s Artist Eyeshadow but a bit softer and creamier. This is a gel shadow that has a dense texture and is considerably less silky and powdery compared to what Tarte normally produces. These are best described as a hybrid formula that’s part powder, part cream! But nothing like the creaminess you’d get from say Stila’s Eyeshadow formula as for one thing these lack the crazy frost I associate with that formula and for another the texture is a little harder. The softness lends to a great blending process that’s free from fall out issues and wears long and strong without fading or losing intensity. The color is very smooth and even after application.


Granted there are smokier shades in here that lean towards being cooler but there are also warmer nudes and naturals as well. The thing that pleased me most about the shade selection is that I never felt like the colors overlapped anything that was available in the original. I also loved that I could get either a nude look from this palette or a smokier one. I also felt like the shimmer factor wasn’t as strong in this palette and the shades ran towards being more satiny matte.

Shades include:

  • Pearl (white shimmer)
  • Conch (off white)
  • Sunset (yellow gold)
  • Marina (caramel)
  • Seaside (chestnut)
  • Siren (dark brown)
  • Breezy (shimmering slate)


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow Palette delivers everything I know and love about a good palette. This gorgeous palette is filled with soft, creamy shadows that are pigmented, easy to work with, and feel just like silk!

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