Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot Review and Swatches

I’m back!

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, my family just recently had a big move from the States back to Australia, so it was pretty hectic especially with two highly active toddlers around. So please excuse my absence over the past month or so!

Anyway, I’m so excited to finally be back here and to start this off, I’d like to give you a review of something that’s been on top of my favorites list for a while – the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot, which I think deserves a bit more hype in the Insta-world. Can’t believe people haven’t been talking about these enough!

Check out my Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot Review and Swatches below.


These Chrome Paint Pots are basically cream shadows with a chrome, highly metallic finish and they can be used by itself, as a top coat over eyeshadow/primer, or even as a base for powder eyeshadows.



I love the range of colors they have – neutrals, darks, and brights.

It may be a bit confusing because Ulta has 6 shades, including a limited edition gold shade called Pot of Gold; Sephora has 5 (every color available at Ulta, except Pot of Gold); and the Tarte website has 9 (everything at Ulta, plus Frosè, Sun Drenched and Beach Bae).

I purchased five shades from Ulta, and they are:

  • Park Ave Princess (Metallic Bronze)
  • Martini (Metallic Bronzed Olive)
  • Pot of Gold (Metallic Gold)
  • Fire Dancer (Metallic Burgundy)
  • Steel The Show (Metallic Steel Navy)

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots Swatches (1)

I skipped out on Top Yatch (Metallic Champagne) as I already have plenty of champagne cream shadows in my stash.

I really like all five of these colors, especially Martini and Park Ave Princess – they’re all incredibly opaque and bright, but sadly not all of them were smooth and blendable.



These are creamy and smooth, sometimes it almost feels kinda wet because it’s so creamy.

I love that no brush is needed to apply them. The warmth of our fingers actually warm up and melt the products so it blends better on the lids.

However, I find Pot of Gold to be incredibly flakey. While I was putting it on, I literally had gold flakes crumble down on to my cheeks. Fire Dance was a bit flakey too, but I’m glad none of the others were.



I never use eye primer on a daily basis (time constraints, lol #momlife) and these lasted for about 5-6 hours on its own (no other eyeshadow on top, or under) before it showed signs of fading. It stayed on the entire day, it just lost its sparkle and metallic effect halfway through the day. However, I believe it would be able to last for much longer with primer.

It’s not mind blowing, of course, but while it’s there on the lids – it’s so incredibly gorgeous!



They’re packaged in transparent glass with a chrome gold screw/twist top lids and I have no complaints about them as they look so elegant and beautiful, but also serve their purpose really well. Sturdy, substantial, and the twist top screws on very tightly so the products don’t dry out easily.

My Chanel Ombre eyeshadows with similar packaging (and similar product) have all dried out! I just hope these ones will be tight enough to last me a few years.



Although longevity isn’t their strong suit, I was so blown away by the pigmentation and creaminess of these shadow pots.

They are pricey, but you do get 3 g/0.11 oz of product with glass jar packaging and these are so much more intensely pigmented than Colourpop Super Shock shadows. If you’re wanting to try one shade first, I highly recommend Park Ave Princess, Martini,  or Steel The Show. I’ve been using Park Ave Princess the most, and I think it’s perfect for a quick makeup look!

Have you tried these before? Which one’s your favorite? 😉


AVAILABLE FROM: SephoraTarteUlta ($22), Sephora Australia (A$30)





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