Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots | Review, Swatches + Looks!

Hello everyone!

Well, this week I hit 200 posts! Isn’t that crazy? For a blog that isn’t even one year old, that seems like a lot! I’ve definitely been posting a lot lately, but my content creation will be slowing down more and more over the next few months. I am going to be very busy with finishing up my master’s thesis, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still stop by! I will still be posting plenty, just not the 3-5 times per week like I’ve been doing lately. Anyways, let’s get into today’s topic!

This is a review that I have been promising for MONTHS! I have been so starstruck by these eyeshadows, I have recommended them many times, but without sharing my full review with you. So that’s what I’m here to do today!

Packaging and First Impressions

These cream eyeshadows come in a small glass pot that has a see-through base, and a very shiny gold lid with the Tarte logo. Inside, are some of the most metallic and reflective pigments you will ever see! The texture seems to vary in these pots a bit. On the Tarte website, these cream eyeshadows are said to be loose pigments, but most of the pots that I have bought have arrived very pressed. Regardless, this does not affect the performance or anything, so don’t worry if yours arrives loose or pressed.

These cream shadows come in 9 shades, ranging from champagnes and bronzes, to pinks and berries. They recently added three more shades, so I can’t wait to go swatch those!


Top Yacht, Park Ave Princess, Fire Dancer
Top Yacht, Park Ave Princess, Fire Dancer
Top Yacht, Park Ave Princess, Fire Dancer
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Here is a picture of the shade range from the Sephora website. Sephora always seems to display the different shades better than the companies’ own websites! Weird.

Price and Quantity

These eyeshadow pots are priced at $27 CAD ($22 USD) and have 0.11 oz of product.

For the price comparisons, I decided to compare against cream, powder and liquid eyeshadows that are supposed to give you a really metallic look.

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

Rank Product Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Cream) 26 0.17 $153/oz
2 Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow (Liquid) 29 0.17 $171/oz
3 Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat (Cream) 36 0.2 $180/oz
4 Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid (Liquid) 30 0.15 $200/oz
5 Stila Shimmer & Glow (Liquid) 31 0.15 $207/oz
6 Tarte Chome Paint Shadow Pot (Cream) 27 0.11 $245/oz
7 Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow (Powder) 25 0.1 $250/oz
8 Tarte Tartiest Metallic Shadow (Powder) 18 0.07 $257/oz
9 Make Up For Ever Artist Color Eye Shadow (Powder) 22 0.08 $275/oz
10 Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow (Powder) 26 0.05 $520/oz

Overall, these price comparisons show us some really interesting things. First, cream and liquid shadows appear to have a way better value than powder shadows. Secondly, the Natasha Denona top coats have a better value than these Tarte Chrome Shadow Pots! Now that surprised me! Third and finally, these Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are very middle of the line in these comparisons, leaning to the more expensive side when only compared against cream and liquid shadows. Well, as you will see, I think they are worth it!


Here are the claims from the Tarte Cosmetics website:

“Your secret to a high-gleam gaze & the richest, most vibrant eyeshadow you’ve ever seen – the mirror-effect loose pigment melts instantly & stays put for hours.

Dazzles with a spectacular mirrored metallic effect that has the high sheen of a cream or gloss but the easy wear & application of a powder, with over 80% pure pearl pigments. It’s as easy to use as finger paints – no brushes necessary! The warmth of your fingers makes the formula to melt into skin without a need for primer.

Shade Descriptions
Park Ave Princess: Metallic Bronze
Fire Dancer: Metallic Burgundy
Martini: Metallic Bronzed Olive
Top Yacht: Metallic Champagne
Steel the Show: Metallic Steel Navy
Beach Bae: Metallic Copper
Sun Drenched: Metallic Bronze Champagne
Frosé: Metallic Rose Gold”

Pigmentation and Performance

These potted eyeshadows are incredible!! Well, I spilled the beans. Not that I haven’t already time and time again before this review. All you need to do is swatch these in store, and you will be SOLD.


When you dip your finger in, and look at it after, it literally looks like molten metal on your finger. When you swatch it, the brilliance of the metallic reflect is so stunning! I’m not sure what makes these pigments so much more stunning than others… But I suspect it is the fact that the shadow seems to be milled in varying sizes of flakes, which gives you a more uneven, reflective surface, and therefore more surface faces to reflect light off of.

These shadows are so smooth and weightless, but they do take a bit of finesse to apply in an opaque way. If you just pick them up with your finger, and press them on your lid you will get more of a top coat effect, with medium opacity. I like doing this on top of already completed eyeshadow looks.

However, if you want to get the full metallic effect, apply these shadows with a brush. I know, sounds counter-intuitive with how metallic shadows usually work. I suggest using a stiffer packing brush (I suggest the stiffer side of the brushes that come with the Urban Decay Naked Palettes) to not just rub on the surface of the shadow, but pick up some crumbles of it. Then apply this to your eye by placing the brush on your lid, and pulling a bit to kind of smear the shadow on your eye. Where patting would usually pack on the pigment, pulling the brush on your lid works a lot better with these shadows.

Because you are picking up some “crumbles” of this shadow, you definitely do get some fall out, so do your eye makeup before your face makeup on the days that you use these. After you have finished your look, I have never experienced any further fallout, and the pigment stays STUNNING and so reflective for the whole day. I have never gotten so many compliments on my eyeshadow than on the days that I wore these!

Below are some eye looks showcasing the different Chrome Paint Shadow Pots that I own. Something that you will notice is that doing eyeliner on top of these shadows makes it a bit shinier than usual, as the shadows seem to shine through a bit. I haven’t really found a way to fix this, but I just purchased a gel liner that will hopefully help with this in the future.

Top Yacht

green champagne cooler

Park Ave Princess

bronze light cool

Fire Dancer

red green bright.jpg

Final Thoughts

Honestly, these metallic cream shadows are ONE OF A KIND! I have never used something so metallic and stunning. While they aren’t the best value product out there, they might be the best metallic shadow product on the market! You absolutely MUST swatch them in store, and you will see what I mean!

I will absolutely be picking up more of these shades in the future! I have my eye on Frosé, although it literally just sold out online just an hour ago 😩

Have you tried these cream shadows? What do you think?

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18 thoughts on “Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots | Review, Swatches + Looks!

    1. Crazy metallic is the perfect description! I don’t know how you keep forgetting about them when I keep mentioning them, haha! You NEED Park Ave Princess. So pretty! And even when used as a light topper on top of matte shadows 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! Park Ave Princess is so stunning, and I think it could work with a lot of different looks! Thanks for stopping by ☺️


  1. Congrat on 200, Thanks for that review, I am just thinking that these probably the perfect alternative for L’Oréal pots in cruelty free 😊

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