Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/25

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes nine warm-toned, neutral eyeshadows with all but one being highly shimmery/metallic in finish. As the majority of shades were packed with shimmer, most of them appeared lighter in practice than they looked in their respective pans.

Of the three volumes released thus far, the formula in Vol. 3 is incredibly dense and contains rather chunky sparkle. It was harder to work with and would be better used with a slightly dampened brush, which helped to smooth and spread the eyeshadows, or else applied with fingertips, where the warmth of the fingertip seemed to help make the eyeshadows more maneuverable (which the brand recommended). Fingertips were good for spreading the product over the lid, but it seemed to waste a lot of product as it did not transfer as much product onto the lid as with a brush (it was stuck to the fingertip). With this type of denser formulation, I tend to use flat, synthetic brushes (like MAC 242), which I find does a better job of picking up and applying the formula than very soft brushes.

The formula was a lot less versatile, and the shade range was more limited here–the palette’s composition seemed lacking in contrast–and will be most suitable for someone who likes very shimmery, light neutrals and likes this type of dense formula.

01/02

Tarte Escape Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Escape Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Escape Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Escape Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Escape Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Escape Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Escape

Escape is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a firmer, denser consistency that was harder to spread and blend across the lid. The eyeshadow lasted for eight hours but had minor fallout over time.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

01/02

Tarte Tiki Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Tiki Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Tiki Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Tiki Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Tiki Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Tiki Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Tiki

Tiki is a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The texture was dense, smooth, and firm in the pan, but this shade was fairly easy to work with and had good pigmentation. It started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Kaolin, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

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01/02

Tarte Heat Wave Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Heat Wave Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Heat Wave Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Heat Wave Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Heat Wave Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Heat Wave Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Heat Wave

Heat Wave is a soft, light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had medium pigmentation, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, though with a dampened brush, it was nearly opaque in a single layer. Applied dry, it had a tendency to appear thicker and somewhat patchy on, as it just did not adhere evenly (with or without primer–I actually find this type of formula sometimes applies better without primer!). The eyeshadow stayed on well for seven and a half hours.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

01/02

Tarte Malibu Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Malibu Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Malibu Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Malibu Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Malibu Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Malibu Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Malibu

Malibu is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied well to bare skin. The consistency was denser but soft enough not to be problematic in picking up the product onto a variety of brushes nor did it apply unevenly. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

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01/02

Tarte Rays Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Rays Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Rays Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Rays Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Rays Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Rays Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Rays

Rays is a light-medium, golden peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen with faint sparkle. It had intense color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin, though it was hard to spread the product across the lid. I could easily pack it on and diffuse just the edges, but it was best applied exactly where you wanted it and then repeated for a larger area. The texture was denser, smooth to the touch, and firmer in the pan. The color started to fade on me after seven and a half hours.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

01/02

Tarte Compass Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Compass Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Compass Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Compass Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Compass Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Compass Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Compass

Compass is a bright, light-medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The eyeshadow had a soft, denser texture that was still pliable and easier to use compared to other shades in the palette. It had great color coverage in a single layer, blended out nicely, and sat well on the lid. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

01/02

Tarte Jewel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Jewel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Jewel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Jewel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Jewel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Jewel Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Jewel

Jewel is a bright, medium copper with strong, warm orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented and had a creamy, dense texture that was a little thicker than other shades but adhered evenly to the lid. The trouble with this shade was between the more metallic finish and thickness, it seemed to emphasize my lid’s texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

01/02

Tarte Treasure Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Treasure Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Treasure Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Treasure Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Treasure Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow
Tarte Treasure Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow

Treasure

Treasure is a bright white with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was drier, firmer, and dense to the point where I had to jab and push at the surface to get the product onto my brushes. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that applied somewhat unevenly. I would use this with a dampened brush to improve coverage and application. This shade started to fade noticeably on me after seven and a half hours of wear.

Ingredients

Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Algae Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I just don’t know what to make of this one…a bunch of lid wash and highlight shades? Idk? It does have several shades that I really love, but not the whole tamale. Undecided.

I love denser formula’s, but there’s no contrast here. I could never get a look out of this palette. It would have to be a lid palette, with a different one for crease work.

It’s a skip for me!

I’m all warm neutrals almost all the time and even I’m benumbed at this point, ha. I think this one is not for me — I do frosted shadows so rarely, and have almost all I need of warm neutrals a few times over. The only exception being something like Heat Wave in this set or Lumbre in UD Naked Heat, and I can fill that need with a Colourpop option no doubt. A year or so ago I would have been tempted.

zzzzzzzz not for me. The colors look hella boring and have been duped a thousand times over. And since these are neutrals, should be buttery smooth, not dense and hard to apply. Vol 1 & 2 were so much better in quality. I’ll stick to the Make Believe palette, more my style

These are exactly the kinds of shades I wear for simple looks in the hottest days of summer, when everything wants to crease and melt off oily skin. Also, with my pale skin, this would pair well with the first ROTS palette I own and give me more versatility.

It feels very summary to me. I used it for the first time today. I’m not a fan of the lack of contrast (but I don’t pull in other colors from outside the palette) but I’m a huge, huge fan of the texture and finish so because of that, it’s still a win for me.

Christine, I’m surprised that this got a B+ rating given all the negatives you mention in your review. At least 4 of the colours in this palette look pretty much the same – certainly not varied enough to get excited about!

I thought it was going to be closer to a B, but the way the ratings worked out, it ended up being what it was.

Oh my – what an average palette this is! So many of the shades are too similar to each other and all of them live in the various and copious palettes we own. You couldn’t really use this by itself, you would need to even out the look with some stronger contrasting shades and mattes or satin finishes.
Gorgeous eye look Christine.

It’s a pretty enough palette, and I think it would make a nice gift for someone who doesn’t have a ton of makeup. For me, personally, it’s not interesting or exciting enough to even consider buying.

I stopped trying to understand why Tarte releases so many palettes with the exact same shades a long time ago… This one looks particularly boring, with no deep shade to create contrast and a lot of frost. Definite pass!

I really love the shades in here! And I’m probably being a total crazy person, but does anybody else wish this palette was a rectangle/square? It sounds so stupid, but they just fit so much better in my drawers! LOL! I know, probably just being picky! 🙂

I have Volumes 1 and 2, as well as the Make Believe palette, so of course I have to get this one. Can’t leave one of the “family” behind lol! In all seriousness, I think I’ll enjoy using them in various combinations with each other. This one, I feel, will fill in some gaps particularly with the Make Believe palette.

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