One Week One Palette | Weeks 25 & 26

Welcome back to another installment of my One Week One Palette series! I’ve been keeping up with this series since the beginning of the year, and it’s been a lot of fun to rotate through all my palettes and give mini reviews on them. This time we’ll be taking a look at two of the palettes I purchased recently. One is a limited edition palette that was just recently released, and the other is a classic that somehow I’ve never tried before!


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Volume III

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III - Outside

I purchased this palette at the same time as the Dream Big palette, another limited edition item from Tarte. When I took a look at the pictures online, I loved how light and bright the colors appeared. This palette is also advertised as being an eyeshadow and highlighting palette in one. I haven’t tried these as highlighters, and I honestly think they might be just a bit too shimmery to use on the cheeks. However, I did give this a good test when it came to the eyes.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III - Colors

Much like a lot of the Tarte palettes that have come out lately, there isn’t much matte representation here. All the shades are shimmers except for one which is called “tiki”. After using this matte shade during the course of the week, I was disappointed to see that there was some hard pan developing on top of the shadow. I could barely get any product to come up on a brush and had to scrape off a layer in order to keep using it. Considering I had only just started using the palette, this was a bit confusing.




The shimmers, however did not disappoint at all. If you’re like me and enjoy very light-colored, sparkly shimmer shades, you will enjoy this palette. It was a lot of fun to play with and I enjoyed the looks that I came up with.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

When I received a gift card to Sephora from my husband for our anniversary, I knew I was going to order the Naked palette. I almost purchased this during last fall’s VIB sale, but opted instead for the Modern Renaissance palette, a decision I didn’t regret. However, I knew the Naked palette was one of the most talked about classic palettes out there. I had been wanting to give it a try for myself for some time.

Urban Decay Naked Palette - Colors

After a solid week of using it as my One Week One Palette selection, I now understand why this is a staple for so many. The matte browns are the perfect shades for crease and transition work, and there are plenty of shimmer options to play with. I was slightly disappointed with the shade “Sin” because I was expecting it to be much brighter. It took a lot of work to get it to look like much of anything on the lids. The other shimmers were much better, and the darker mattes were perfect to deepen up the looks I was creating.




It really is an all-in-one palette that gives you everything you’ll need.


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