Tarte Golden Days and Sultry Nights Palette: Reivew, Pics, Swatches

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Tarte’s Golden Days and Sultry Nights Eye Shadow Palette ($36) is part of their Summer 2014 Collection. This Limited-edition collector’s eyeshadow palette features five new, Amazonian clay shadows in gorgeous, warm shades for hazy summer days and wild summer nights. T he limited-edition collector’s palette features an exotic custom print and portable design.

Limited-edition shades include:

  • toes in the sand (matte ivory)
  • espadrilles (matte taupe)
  •  caipirinha cocktails (gold)
  •  oceanview (jade)
  • tropical sunset (bronze)

Tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights

Powered By: Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear; vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and antioxidant; mineral pigments: soothe and soften the skin.

The warm mix of shades screams summer and bronze goddess. When I purchased the palette I was thinking this would be my go-to summer eye shadow palette. Now that I’ve worn it for a week straight, I am reevaluating. The pigment is lacking in this palette, especially Oceanview, the jade color–I have to pack on the shadows even with a primer. I have also used them wet and I still don’t get the depth of color I desire. Caipirinha, the pretty gold shade has fallout even when I pat the color on instead of sweeping. One of the matte shades, Espadrilles, is a good blending shade, however Toes In The Sand, the matte ivory,  kicked up a lot of powder and is so sheer I can only use it for a base–not even as a highlight shade. The three shimmery shades Oceanview, Caipirinha and Tropical Sunset are very pretty, however as I said, they lack pigment: Tropical Sunset  being the most pigmented of the three. I know I will be in the minority here, but I am disappointed in this palette.  I’m used to seeing better quality and richer shades from Tarte than this palette represents. Also, these shades are not unique–we see them from lots of different brands every summer.

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I do love the tropical design on the palette and the fact that it is thin and slim, making it perfect for travel and the price is good for the amount you get. Maybe I got a defective palette, because I have never been disappointed with Tarte before and I was so looking forward to this palette. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not BAD, it just isn’t up to the high standards Tarte usually holds to.

For this look I used Toes In The Sand as an all-over wash, Caipirinha on the lid, Tropical Sunset in the crease and Oceanview in the corner and lower lash line.

Tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights

Prime Beauty Grade: B

Bottom Line: if you like warm eye shadow palettes for summer, you might like this one. Cool toned beauties should move along. It is a good value and easy to travel with–just don’t expect a ton of pigment.



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  1. It’s such a cute looking palette. But thanks for the great review. I’m cool-toned and it wouldn’t work for me. Sorry you were disappointed in the pigmentation 🙁

  2. Love all the colors in this!

  3. This is a beautiful palette and great look!

  4. I’m cool toned but this palette is so pretty!!!!

  5. Bummer! I was kind of thinking about getting this palette too. I really love the look you did Cindy. The teal looks so pretty in your inner corner. 🙂

  6. I love your look with it!

  7. The packaging and the shades! SWOON!

  8. I love the Gold, Teal and Bronze shades

  9. This looks so pretty!

  10. what a cute palette! 🙂 i love the art on the cover.

  11. Loving the design of this palette!

  12. Jess Scull says

    I heard this wasn’t very pigmented – so sad because Tarte usually has great shadows!

  13. Jessica T says

    This is so pretty and sweet for summer!

  14. This is beautiful. I almost grabbed it at Sephora the other day but my skincare won out =( lol

  15. Their packaging is so summer-y and looks like something I’d find at a spa. Too cute!

  16. Thanks for the honest review – I normally love their stuff, but I have another palette of theirs with the same problem – very light pigmentation. It just sits in my bin and I never use it!

  17. I have experienced some similar issues with their shadows

  18. beautiful packaging! but i dont think these colors would look good on me…

  19. I heard some mixed opinions about this palette, and I think i’m going to pass at this time. I appreciate your honest review <3

  20. I need this JUST for oceanview!

  21. I love the packaging and shades, very summer-ish for sure!

  22. I’ve been eyeing this palette… I just love the shades.

  23. Thanks for being honest with the review!

  24. I don’t think you’re in the minority at all. I was going to buy this palette when I saw it until I read the reviews at Sephora.com. They were all pretty much “terrible pigmentation, don’t buy this.” So I took it out of my basket heh. It’s a shame. I love Tarte products and these colors look gorgeous in the pan.

  25. What a pretty palette! Love the color combo.

  26. It’s not the first time that tarte hasn’t come through with pigment but it’s a shame since it looks gorgeous.

  27. It’s such a pretty palette , it reminds me of a new lorac palette

  28. too bad about the pigmentation

  29. Well, obviously this is gorgeous!