September 13, 2017

Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition 10 shade eyeshadow palette that launched with the Tarte Holiday 2017 Collection. If you have and love the Tarte Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette I’d highly recommend purchasing the Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette as the formulas are very quite similiar. These are soft, silky eyeshadows that are easy to blend and really brighten up the eye area.

Here’s my review, swatches, and thoughts.

Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette arrives in a small gold compact with a Moroccan floral design and a generously-sized mirror located inside. I read a few reviews complaining about the smaller size but since I already own the Make Magic Happen Palette I already knew what to expect. This is smaller than a CD case and quite compact but it still packs a lot of color into one spot. The wells are made up of an interlocking bubble designs with a wavy print embedded onto each of eyeshadows. You’re either going to love the design, which I do since it is unique and unusual, or hate it because each well is a different size and shape. I thought it was a very pretty presentation and the wells are quite large in size so my brush fit comfortably into them. One of my compliants about the Make Magic Happen Palette was the fact the shades were listed on Tarte’s site but no where on the compact or packaging. They have since redeemed that issue as this palette has a stick on the back with the shade names.

There are both matte shades here as well as shimmer ones but there is a subtle silver shimmer over spray over the top of certain shades that swipes away after the first use. Tarte calls this their new, plush Rainforest of the Sea formula. It’s quite similiar to the one we’ve seen in the Make Magic Happen Palette. Texture-wise this formula has a very loose, powdery consistency but is very finely-milled with a soft, silky formula that blend easily with some fall out. I love the formula. LOVE it. It’s soft, silky, it applies really easily, and it looks fantastic on my drier, finely lined eyes. All the shades, be there shimmer or matte, had a super silky consistency. I just love the way these apply and the way they look on. The shades just have a knack for brightening my entire eye area. I went pretty neutral in my look but there are some very nice burgundy, purple, and taupes here to create a more smokier look should you like. Some of the lighter, sandier shades have a sheerer color pay off but build very easily. They are noticeable and didn’t overpower my eyes with a ton of heavy pigment. They accent eyes really beautifully.

Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Skipper, Snorkel, Booty, Dive)

Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Fin, Palm, Nauti, Coin)

Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Coconut and Plank)

If you’re looking for bold, pigmented eyeshadows this isn’t what you get here. There are maybe two shades in this batch that are richer but overall, the selection is made up of softer neutrals and nudes.


  • Botty (nude beige)
  • Plank (light pink)
  • Palm (bronze)
  • Coconut (light pink luster)
  • Snorkel (pink champagne)
  • Fin (light mauve luster)
  • Coin (copper)
  • Skipper (deep plum)
  • Dive (light plum)
  • Nauti (plum luster)

All in all, the Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette was a gem. I really enjoyed this palette and I’ll likely get a ton of use from these shades. There are soft, easy to blend, and accent my eyes beautifully. If you appreciate nude, natural shades you’ll get on very well with this little palette.

Muse Approved.

Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette is available now at and

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Dora

    These look very pretty — and nice on you! I think the weird layout would drive me crazy. I bought my first Tarte palette (Tease) recently and have been really happy with the quality of their shadows. I guess they’ve had some criticism with consistency — and some palettes being better than others — but I have been really pleased so far.

  • Janeen

    Beautiful collection! And I love this picture of you! Very good lighting. The makeup colors show very nicely!

  • Agona

    I wasn’t going to get this because the inconsistently sized pans was driving me nutty. But I can’t resist the RotS formula–it’s one of my favorite formulas and I don’t like tarte’s Amazonian Clay formula eye shadows. I’ll probably end up getting it and try to ignore my need for pans with symmetry … LOL.

    • Isabella Muse

      It didn’t bother me much to be honest, I actually thought it was pretty and I’m a little OCD with stuff like this but no issues here 🙂

      • Agona

        LOL I think it bothers me most when the pan size is bigger or smaller than how I use it. Like I use a lot of the light shade (blending or highlight) and the medium-dark shades (as transition) and very little of the light-medium (inner half of the lid) shade or darkest shade but if it’s the crease shade that is the biggest pan, it drives me batty. I’ve even declutter palettes for this reason! I have small Asian eyes so I use very little for my outer V and/or outer corner.

        • Isabella Muse

          I’ve been talking to you for how long and didn’t know you were Asian. It always strikes me as weird I can be friends and chat with people daily and no so little about them 🙂 I totally get how the layout can be irritating though, for some reason I’m all “It’s pretty!” but yeah, not quite conventional when you’re pairing!

          • Agona

            Hahaha! That’s okay, I still learn new things about my friends that I physically see all the time.

            I think that’s why I started getting into K-Beauty. 🙂 I noticed that K-beauty tended to work with my skin’s undertones better. And that’s one of the reasons why I love your blog!!

          • Isabella Muse

            I hope that didn’t come across weird when I said, I’m always just surprised when someone reveals something about themselves. Something simple that I should know since we talk daily but didn’t 😀 K/J-Beauty def work great with Asian skin undertones! I envy how well Japanese foundations get undertones correctly. It’s a shame it isn’t the same here in the US. And thanks <3! 😀 I'm glad you love it, always happy to have you around to talk too!!!!!!!

    • Jeanine McAuliffe

      I’m in disbelief anyone prefers this over the clay formula! I just died inside when you stated you didn’t like the clay palettes. How can you not love and obsess over that creaaaamy texture?!? Tarte has spoiled me . i am disappointed with all palettes because of those butter shadows!

      • Agona

        The mattes blend a little patchy on me; I dunno! Not my fav, which is sad because I do like the brand. But their RotS formula? Absolutely love. Now, I don’t know if that’s because they mainly make shimmers in those.

      • Agona

        Oh, I wanted to add that it’s not that I dislike them. I do *like* them. I just don’t *love* them. And my collection is too big to keep anything that’s a “like” and not a “love”.

        I actually had to declutter a few “loves” earlier this month from lack of use. 🙁 That made me super sad.

  • jules

    This looks so pretty, and like a nice set of everyday shades….but i have to know, what is that gorgeous lip color in your second photo???

  • kjh

    You might have sold me on this one. The uneven and overlapped pans create visual interest to me, rather than create anxiety. Reminds me of Pupa…they always did this, back in the day. It can be a pesky-for-brushes situation, though. Most of the comments I have read do not favor the layout. It might be warmer than I’d like, but def piques my interest. And let’s get some mini mermaid kisses, too. Love that new lip formula. Brought me back to Tarte. Is this PRC, does anyone know?

  • Kish

    It’s pretty. I just feel like all the shades are dupes of what is in the Make Magic Happen, Don’t Quit Your Daydream, and/or Leave Your Mark palettes. Tarte is overloading us lately and while it is my favorite brand and I own almost everything, I’m passing on a lot of the holiday stuff. Not unique enough. Very precarious position between innovation and repetition.

  • Carolina

    Awesome to know that this palette is good! When I first saw it I thought it would be awfull, but I’m glad I was wrong! xx

  • Sammy

    I’m so glad to read the great review on this palette, because I just ordered it on-line from Sephora! It looks very brightening, and that’s exactly what I need. I’m always on the hunt for a great eyeshadow palette, and they’re few and far between, imo, so I get all kinds of excited when I find one I love! I want to order the Tarte limited edition Lip Luxuries Deluxe Lip Sculpter set. That set looks like it would work beautifully with the eyeshadow palette. Have you tried that yet, Muse?

  • Shann

    So glad to see this review today! I am in love with Tartes ROTS formulas as I tend to gravitate towards palettes with more shimmers as opposed to Mattes. The shimmers work way better on my lids than mattes do. I fell in love with Tartes Make Believe palette with all of the glitters and shimmers. 🙂 I think I will love this palette! The design is so cute and totally won’t erk me. Lol.. Definitely adding this to my cart tonight along with the new LE Magic Star set!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! 😀 I think you’ll adore if you like shimmer! These are so soft and silky!

  • Agona

    I had a chance to try this today. I like it! It reminds me of Korean shadows and texture more than their previous rainforest of the sea formula though.

  • Bonnie

    Which shades just have the shimmer overspray on them? I ordered it from Sephora. It is SO gorgeous that I don’t want to swipe all the colors and mess them all up just to get the overspray off the ones that have it. Help me please! 🙂

  • Jeanine

    Muse! Totally off subject but i need help! I have acne all over my chin recently. Im really into skincare but don’t know what to get for this problem. I had a baby 2 years ago and since then my skin has been a wreck so that leads me to believe its hormones? Do you have any recommendations? I have super dry skin like you. Please help!.