The second I spotted a blurry, terribly lit screenshot of this Tarte palette, I knew it had to be mine. That’s when you really know you have a type. Nevertheless, the holiday releases have started coming thick and fast and although my list is growing, I couldn’t resist starting off the festive season with a sneaky Tarte purchase when their holiday collection went live. And the Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette was the bit I was most excited for. Chock full of neutrals, a couple of gorgeous warm shades and in such unique and interesting packaging – I couldn’t resist.
The packaging is small but incredibly practical. As someone who has an irrational hate of wasted space in palettes, this is a dream for me. Although it is a tad unorganised, in a traditional sense, I still don’t find myself getting lost when putting together an eye look. As you can see, some pans are larger than others. Personally, I probably would’ve preferred a couple of switches so that the every-day matte shades were larger than some of the accent shades but that’s all down to personal preference. It was a little smaller than I was expecting, comparing it to Tarte’s Tartelette In Bloom palette but that actually makes it even better for on-the-go. I was also quite impressed with the pricing of this palette – fairly reasonable for a vast array of shades.
I couldn’t wait to get stuck into those shades when the palette arrived – plenty of warm golds, a couple of burgundies but thankfully, also some lighter matte shades to lay down the foundation of any eye look. That’s something a lot of eyeshadow palettes seem to forget. I think plenty of people will get use out of the shades in this palette – it’s perfectly on trend especially for those in the Northern Hemisphere heading into colder weather. But who am I kidding, I wear shades like this all year round. But by the same token, chances are if you’re an eyeshadow enthusiast – you’ve got some dupes in your collection that will line up fairly neatly with this release.
Let’s check out the swatches before I discuss the formula a little further below…
Skipper is a light mauve-y taupe matte – a great base shade for in the crease. Snorkel is a pinky-golden shimmery shade that applies a little darker than it appears in the pan and has a hint of chunky glitter, one of the more disappointing shades. Booty is, in my opinion, a must-have in any palette. A standard neutral brown for throwing into the crease to add definition. Coconut is your classic champagne shimmer – perfect for the inner corner or on the brow bone. And Plank is a light vanilla matte shade.
L to R: Skipper, Snorkel, Booty, Coconut, Plank
Dive is a matte, deep chocolate brown with pesky glitters in it. I’m never quite sure what the logic is with those but luckily they don’t really translate onto the lid as much when blended out with a brush. Fin is a slightly more neutral shimmery champagne – deeper than Coconut. Palm is a gorgeous, almost festive, light gold shade. Nauti is such a stunning warm burgundy shade with a hint of a sheen to it. And Coin is a deeper bronze-y, warm gold.
L to R: Dive, Fin, Palm, Nauti, Coin
Upon first swatch, I was blown away. Each shade swatched beautifully smoothly and with plenty of pigment. The lighter matte shades took a bit more effort but that’s often the case with finger swatches. The shimmery shades, however, swatched effortlessly. And as you can see, there’s a range of finishes from lightly shimmery to a stronger metallic gleam.
When applied with a brush, it was a bit of a different story. The lighter mattes applied well, blending out easily and creating a solid base to work with. The darker mattes (namely Dive) needs a bit more special treatment, working slowly to build up the colour to avoid it looking patchy. As is often the case, applying the shimmery shades dry over the matte shadows cuts their pigmentation in half. They look more like a subtle sheen on the lid, compared to how they look when swatched.
I was initially a little disappointed. But using TF’s Glitter Glue made a huge amount of difference when it came to applying them to the eyes, even patting them on dry with a finger yielded better results than with a brush. Some of the deeper shades also had a bit of fallout, but nothing over the top – I’ve come to expect at least a little bit with most eyeshadows anyway. It’s not the best formula I’ve found by any length, and probably not a palette I’d reach for when I need to throw something on my eyes in a rush. But the shades are beautiful, even though they do take a bit of extra work. There’s a little bit of fading throughout the day if you don’t use a primer, too.
Overall, I’m in love with the colour scheme but if you think you’ve got dupes in your collection – it’s not worth rushing out to spend your dollars on this one. The formula is workable but not exactly ideal for beginners. And the shimmers aren’t as intense as I think some people have come to expect nowadays. But nevertheless, for me, it’s a nice everyday option that I can see myself getting use out of, with plenty of shades to choose from, all in a very aesthetically pleasing little palette.
What’s at the top of your holiday wishlist?