Yay or Nay Sunday – tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights Amazonian Clay Collector’s Shadow Palette

Pssst… before I get into this review, today is my birthday!! Wee! Happy Birthday to me!

On this week’s Yay or Nay Sunday, tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights Amazonian Clay Collector’s Shadow Palette.

I got this palette on sale at Sephora for $29 down from $43. As of today (Nov 19) it is still available at the sale price.  I am very happy that I did not pay full price for this palette because I do not think it is worth $43.

First off, Tarte, can we please get rid of these plastic inserts with the name of the shadows on them?? I like to know the name of the shadows myself, therefore I do not throw these out. But every time I open the palette (or any other Tarte palette I own) this annoys me. It falls out or it is in the way. I would love it if the names could be written below the shadows on the packaging or at the back of the palette. That would improve the palettes immensely.

Now let’s get into its rating… this palette is a Yay and Nay… I know not fair, it’s not a full yes or no. But if you are forcing me to pick one, I am leaning towards the Nay. And here is why.

I love the size and the packaging of this palette not too big and fits well in my drawers. I also like the soft material and the magnetic closure. It also has a nice size mirror.

The 2 mattes in this palette (toes in the sand and espadrilles) are disappointing. if you scroll down to the swatches below, those are swatched 3-4 times over and over on my hand to get that colour.. yah, I know, it’s still very pale. And the 3 shimmers are too glittery save for one.

Toes in the Sand: It is a matte highlight colour but for me, it is too white. It is also not very pigmented.

Espadrilles: This matte shade is a very very nice crease colour. As you can see from the swatch below, it could go with a variety of looks. The downside of this colour, is it is not very pigmented. When I used it, I had to pack it on and pack it on to get any colour pay off.

Caparinha Cocktails: This gold colour looks buttery and pigmented but when I used it, I was disappointed. There is a lot of fallout and what is left behind is glitter, just glitter. You can sorta tell from the swatch what I mean.

Oceanview: Looooove the shade of this one. It is more pigmented than the gold colour but not as pigmented as I would like, again a little disappointing.

Tropical Sunset: This is the best colour in this palette, a nice bronze. Beau-ti-ful.

from left to right: tropical sunset, ocean view, caparinha cocktails, espadrilles and toes in the sand


Overall, the packaging, the size, and the colours espadrilles and tropical sunset make this palette a yay.

The low pigmentation and the fallout of these colours make this palette a nay.

Like you can probably tell from the tone of this post, I am leaning more towards the Nay side, but if you are a beginner and you want to try a mix of bold colours with neutral ones, these palette can be good for you.

I hope you can forgive me for the yay and nay rating and that the reasons why made sense! Leave me a comment below if you disagree or if you have found other uses for this palette.

Have yourself a great Sunday! Until next week!


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