Tarte 'Rainforest of the sea; Vol 3

Tarte ‘Rainforest of the sea’ Vol III Palette

Good morning you lovely bunch of humans! Its review time and being that I am low-key obsessed with Tarte (especially their packaging!!!) how about we chat about some Tarte? I’ll be talking about one of their ‘Rainforest of the sea’ Palettes, particularly Volume 3!

So let’s jump in!

Shade range: The shade range is very neutral/bronzes. The shades include champagnes, light golds, pearl tones, and one dark bronze shade. All the shades are on the subtle shade in regards to shade and based on the shades it isn’t something that as a palette alone could create much of a glam/evening look.

Pigmentation: The shades (shimmers) are wonderfully pigmented, opaque and definitely show up vibrantly on the lids. The matte shade is more subtle because it’s a light brown transition shade (transition shades aren’t meant to look super intense).

Fall out? There’s little to no fall out with this palette. It’s definitely not messy and it’s quite fuss-free, so you won’t have to worry about doing your eye makeup first with this palette.

Do they blend well?: Yes. I always apply shimmery shades with my finger (I haven’t found a good brush to apply shimmers with). So I slap on the transition shade with a brush and apply a shimmer or two with my finger and boom I’m good to go.

Finish of the shades (how many mattes & shimmers): This palette only contains one matte shade and it’s a transition shade) and 7 shimmery shades.

Versatility (Can this palette be used day and night?): I’d say this is more of a palette for the day, it’s super versatile for simple looks to soft glam. If you like to keep your eye looks subtle in the evening, then you could whip out this palette. There is one dark bronze shade that can deepen out the outer corner but as the only matte shade is a transition shade, this palette alone can’t create an entire eye look, particularly an entire glam eye look. I will say that a way to create an entire eye look with this palette without needing an actual “second” eye shadow palette is to use your bronzer and/or contour kit (if you are contouring during your makeup look) as eye shadow as well. As you would already have those products at hand, whipping them onto the crease would pair nicely with this palette.

Is the palette a good option for beginners?: This palette is definitely a lovely option for beginners based on formula and shades if there were at least one more matte shade (a mid-toned brown) then perhaps it would allow beginners to create an entire eye look. It is a little unnecessary for beginners to have a palette containing mostly shimmers that won’t allow them to create an entire eye look.

Packaging: A large round compact with a pretty and colorful imprint over it. The compact feels of good quality and comes with a mirror on the inside.

Availability: Tarte cosmetics site, Sephora AUS, Sephora US

Price: $54 AUD

Pros: The shadows are pigmented, vibrant, apply easy, the packaging is super pretty and photogenic and I use every single shade. It’s a very wearable palette and fits perfectly into day time eye looks. The packaging is also easy to keep in your makeup bag/travel around with.

Cons: Only one matte shade is included and it’s a transition shade – so creating entire eye looks and/or glam eye looks is extremely limited with this palette.

Rating: 7/10

Overall thoughts: It’s not an overly special palette or product but I seriously love it. I find that many of my Tartelette palettes have limited shimmery shades that I’d apply all over the lid. This palette alone has 95% of shimmery shades that I’d happily apply on the lid as they aren’t too dark. The only downside is its limited matte shades but I usually just throw my bronzer and/or contour shade in the crease along with this palette and I’m good to go.

Would I repurchase it? I really enjoy it, I’m happy to own it but I probably won’t repurchase it. It’s technically limited edition so it may eventually get discontinued.

And that wraps up this review! Have you guys tried this little palette from Tarte or any Tarte products? Drop a comment and let me know! I hope you all have a great day, I love you guys and I’ll see you in the next post!

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  1. Siobhán

    June 20, 2019 at 6:42 am

    The shade selection is pretty but not unique enough to make me buy it xx

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    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 20, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      Yes, it’s definitely not an out there palette. x

  2. Sarah

    June 20, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I haven’t tried any of Tarte’s products before and they aren’t easy to get in the UK, as there’s only one online stockist, which only stocks a few products.
    This looks a lovely palette.


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 20, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      They have so many incredible products, their eye shadows, amazonian clay blushes and shape tape concealer are my favourite!

  3. Deanna

    June 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I bought the Volume 2 palette and it’s one of those that I used day to day because I spent the money and now I barely touch it. I much prefer this colour palette to the one I have – it seems a little more useful for the kind of looks I enjoy, though Vol. 2 has more “evening” shades. Great review as usual!

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    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 20, 2019 at 11:51 pm

      Yes, sometimes I find myself (especially since I’m a palette hoarder) never gravitating towards certain products because the shade range isn’t put together well. I can’t use this palette on it’s own.

  4. Cintya

    June 21, 2019 at 3:23 am

    The swatches are pretty. I love Tarte products because their quality is great!
    Thank you for sharing, new reader is here 🙂


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      Yes their makeup products definitely have such high quality!

  5. Maria

    June 21, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I need to try this Tarte palette ASAP. I like the colors that are included. Love 🙂


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      It’s such a pretty (simple makeup friendly) kind of palette. x

  6. Jasmin

    June 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Great Palette! I love the shades but I would definitely prefer more matte shades so you don´t need to use another palette with this!



    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 23, 2019 at 1:49 am

      Yes, definitely! If they just had two more medium-deep matte shades this palette would be perfect! x

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