Tarte Metallics Shadows (Summer 2017) Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Downtown

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is muted, dark brown base with lighter silvery teal flecks of sparkle and shimmer. The texture was looser in the pan and almost felt dry, though it did not sheer out like you might think a drier eyeshadow would. It did have more fallout than other shades during application, as some of the sparkles just did not bind well with the base color. It had great color payoff, though, and lasted for seven hours on me.

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours). They work well and are easy to work with, and I’m glad to see that they brand has continued to expand their color selection in this formula.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.07 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours).

Browse all of our Tarte Metallic Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, mica, talc, calcium sodium borosilicate, silica, zinc stearate, dimethiconol, acrylates copolymer, aluminum, aluminum hydroxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyethylene terephthalate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, tin oxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510). ME111ES0006900001

Downtown

PPermanent. $14.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Genie

Tarte Genie Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, grayish teal with cool undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. The texture was looser and felt drier with larger sparkles that did not bind as well with the base color, so there was some fallout when I worked with it (even after tapping off excess on my brush). It had good color payoff and was fairly blendable on the skin. The eyeshadow wore nicely for seven hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.07 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours).

Browse all of our Tarte Metallic Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, dimethicone, talc, zinc stearate, dimethiconol, silica, acrylates copolymer, aluminum, aluminum hydroxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyethylene terephthalate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, tin oxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane. (+/-): Ultramarines (CI 77007), chromium oxide greens (CI 77288), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510), manganese violet (CI 77742), titanium dioxide (CI 77891). ME111ES0006300001

Genie

PPermanent. $14.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Dark Seas

Tarte Dark Seas Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep, navy blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, almost cream-like texture that was slightly denser in the pan but still very blendable and easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.07 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours).

Browse all of our Tarte Metallic Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, dimethicone, talc, zinc stearate, dimethiconol, silica, acrylates copolymer, aluminum, aluminum hydroxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyethylene terephthalate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, tin oxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane. (+/-): Ultramarines (CI 77007), chromium oxide greens (CI 77288), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510), manganese violet (CI 77742), titanium dioxide (CI 77891). ME111ES0006300001

Dark Seas

PPermanent. $14.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Amethyst

Tarte Amethyst Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a frosted finish. It had great color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency was soft, blendable, and a smidgen dusty so there was a bit of fallout during application. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.07 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours).

Browse all of our Tarte Metallic Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, dimethicone, talc, zinc stearate, dimethiconol, aluminum, silica, acrylates copolymer, aluminum hydroxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyethylene terephthalate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, tin oxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), manganese violet, (CI 77742), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510). ME111ES0006400001

Amethyst

PPermanent. $14.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Flask

Tarte Flask Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright silver with a metallic finish. There seemed to be slight bits of sparkle to the finish as well, though it was still more metallic than it was glittery. It had a smooth, blendable consistency that yielded rich, opaque color payoff. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.07 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours).

Browse all of our Tarte Metallic Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, dimethicone, talc, zinc stearate, dimethiconol, silica, aluminum, acrylates copolymer, aluminum hydroxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyethylene terephthalate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, tin oxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane, aluminum powder (CI 77000), titanium dioxide (CI 77891). ME111ES0007000001

Flask

PPermanent. $14.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Grommet

Tarte Grommet Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and flecks of silver sparkle over a satin finish. This was the least metallic shade in the new releases, and it had much larger, more visible sparkle instead. The texture was smoother, denser, and easier to work with, so while not all of the sparkles translated visibly on the lid, there wasn’t real fallout like with Genie or Dark Seas. This shade stayed on well for eight hours.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.07 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours).

Browse all of our Tarte Metallic Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, dimethicone, talc, calcium sodium borosilicate, zinc stearate, dimethiconol, silica, acrylates copolymer, aluminum, aluminum hydroxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyethylene terephthalate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, tin oxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742). ME111ES0006500001

Grommet

PPermanent. $14.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Genie Metallic Shadow

Tarte Genie Metallic Shadow

Tarte Genie Metallic Shadow

Tarte Genie Metallic Shadow

Tarte Genie Metallic Shadow

Tarte Genie Metallic Shadow

Tarte Metallic Shadows | Look Breakdown

Tarte Metallic Shadows | Look Breakdown

Tarte Dark Seas Metallic Shadow

Tarte Dark Seas Metallic Shadow

Tarte Dark Seas Metallic Shadow

Tarte Dark Seas Metallic Shadow

Tarte Dark Seas Metallic Shadow

Tarte Dark Seas Metallic Shadow

Tarte Amethyst Metallic Shadow

Tarte Amethyst Metallic Shadow

Tarte Amethyst Metallic Shadow

Tarte Amethyst Metallic Shadow

Tarte Amethyst Metallic Shadow

Tarte Amethyst Metallic Shadow

Tarte Flask Metallic Shadow

Tarte Flask Metallic Shadow

Tarte Flask Metallic Shadow

Tarte Flask Metallic Shadow

Tarte Flask Metallic Shadow

Tarte Flask Metallic Shadow

Tarte Grommet Metallic Shadow

Tarte Grommet Metallic Shadow

Tarte Grommet Metallic Shadow

Tarte Grommet Metallic Shadow

Tarte Grommet Metallic Shadow

Tarte Grommet Metallic Shadow

Metallic Shadow
Tarte
$14.00/0.07 oz.

92%

Average

Featured Retailers
We earn commission on sales tracked from links/codes. Thanks for your support!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
About Reviewer
Review FAQ
Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

Explore Temptalia

We're here to help you make better beauty purchases that you'll enjoy and love! We recommend signing up to take advantage of personalized features like tracking products you own, viewing dupes that you already have, and more!

Here are some useful resources for you:

Compare Any Two

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

23 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.

Yep, I’m in BIG trouble. I already have 7 of the originals (love!!), looks like I will need more! Getting Amethyst and Flask for sure, and will probably cave on Dark Seas (even though I have tons of dupes) and Genie

Amethyst is my pick out of these!! I’m really digging purple/plum eyeshadow lately!! I may need to look into this one!!!

YESSS I’m so glad Dark Seas performed well! It’s such a gorgeous shade and I’m a fan of tarte’s metallic formula. I’ll be buying this particular shade this week!

Not sure whether my original comment went through or not, because my screen froze up on me?

Anyway, Downtown and Genie look fab for creating a smoked “dirty’ teal eye look! I really love both , and would hope that their performance over primer would be vastly improved?

Downtown is a really interesting and subdued darker shade. I think I may have to pick it up. I love your look and now you have me wanting that MJ matte pencil too.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!