I’ve been using the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots (Unleashed and Frose) for some time now and think they are amazing for creating a beautiful but quick eyeshadow look. I found myself reaching for them again and again when I had my second child, as I was able to create an eyeshadow look so quickly when time to get myself ready was (and still is!) very tight. They continue to be a go-to-product for me, particularly when I need something quick to use but still want to add a little extra something to my eyes.
The Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots have the most amazing metallic, shimmery and intense sheen when applied to the lids. They can be used on their own with a quick sweep of mascara, or combined with other eyeshadow colours if you have more time to spare. I highly recommend these pots if you want a high shine, metallic and beautiful look in minimal time!
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You can see some looks I have created using the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots here.
The Tarte Chrome Shadow Pots come in square, cardboard boxes. The design of the two boxes I have is slightly different, as Unleashed (when I got it) was part a collection which included the Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette (I have this palette and think it is amazing!). The Unleashed shadow pot box (left on photo below) has a hot pink, blue and purple design with white writing, whilst the regular shadow pot box (right on photo below) is purple with lilac writing.
The front of both boxes provide the brand name, product name and product net weight (3g/0.1oz).
The top of the boxes provides the shade name and also a colour swatch of the shade contained inside. I like the colour swatch, as it means you can keep the products in their boxes to easily identify which shade is which.
The side of the boxes provides the Tarte website address and their Instagram page name. The products are described on the box as being ‘cruelty free’.
The back of the box provides the ingredients list for the product contained inside.
Chrome Paint Shadow Pot Packaging
The Chrome Paint Shadow Pots come in sturdy, plastic pots with clear bases and screw on rose-gold lids. The brand name is printed on the top of the lid.
The lids have a clear window which enables you to see the colour of the eyeshadow encased in the base. The pots have a reasonable weight to them and feel like cream eyeshadow pots from other brands (e.g. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Eyeshadows, MAC Paint Pots).
The base of the pots are clear, allowing you to see the colour of the shadow inside. There is a clear label on the base providing the shade name, product weight and distribution information.
The shadow pot base contains the eyeshadow and has a little plastic presser which goes on top of the product. The product (especially Unleashed) seems to have some looseness to it, without being a loose pigment. The plastic presser has a little plastic handle which you use to compact the product down in the base.
Website Details on the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots
The Tarte website states that the Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a “…mirror-effect loose pigment [that] melts instantly & stays put for hours”. They are described as being dazzling, “…with a spectacular mirrored metallic effect”.
The Tarte site states that “The unique formula gives you the high sheen of a cream or gloss but the easy wear & application of a powder”.
There are 12 shades available on the Tarte website, including champagne, gold, rose-gold, pink, bronze, purple, teal, blues and burgundy. I really like that Tarte has a choice of colours ranging from neutrals to brighter pops to cater towards different make-up preferences.
I purchased two of the Chrome Paint Shadow Pots: Unleashed and Frose.
Unleashed is a stunning, cool-toned medium, lavender purple shade.
I am a huge fan of purple eyeshadows and think Unleashed looks gorgeous – and highly pigmented – on the lids. This shade looks amazing worn very simply on the lid with some medium brown matte eyeshadow in the crease. Purples can sometimes be a little hit or miss, in that they can lack the pigment and colour payoff once they are applied on the lid. However, this particular shade has incredible colour intensity, colour payoff and metallic shine. I’m so excited that this shade looks just as promising as my initial swatch!!
Frose is a stunning, rose-gold.
This shade has a real duochrome nature as it looks gold, peach and pink, depending on how it catches the light. The colour reminds me a little of MAC Melon Pigment, only much more intense and with more depth of colour. I also like wearing this shade on the lid with some medium brown matte eyeshadow in the crease. I think it would look beautiful with other shades too but I really like it with brown in the crease for a quick but beautiful look.
Pigment and Finish
The Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are highly pigmented; a little goes a long way in terms of application. I love that there is such a strong intensity of colour in the pots, as they look so vibrant on the lids.
This product give such a beautiful, intense mirror-like, metallic shine to the lids. The product is described by Tarte as being “jewelry for your lids” and I think they really do make your lids glimmer, shine and stand out beautifully. I find that some products need help from a setting spray to give maximum metallic impact but not this one; just a simple swipe on the lids and you get incredible metallic payoff from the get-go.
Cream-Powder Hybrid Texture
The Chrome Paint Shadow Pots have an interesting texture, as they feel somewhere in between a cream and powder product. The texture is thicker and much more dense than a usual powder eyeshadow. There is a slight creaminess to the product but some powderiness to it too, which stops it feeling like an actual cream.
I think that the cream-powder texture adds to the vibrancy and metallic nature of these products. I think that if the product was just purely powder based, it might have a flatter effect on the lid, whilst a pure cream might have more slip and slide. The hybrid cream-powder texture also seems to help the product really cling and adhere to the lids effectively.
How to Apply the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots
The texture of the shadow pots means that there is a very slight learning curve in application. Once you get a feel for what works for you, though, they are very quick and easy to apply.
The Tarte website suggests that you can “Use your fingertips to apply [the product] to your lids”. They suggest that “The warmth of your fingers makes the formula melt into skin without a need for a primer”.
I like using my finger for applying this product, as I find it works well with the formula. I like to gently press my middle finger into the product to pick up some colour. The product is well packed into the pot (when you use the little stopper to press it all down) but I try not to exert too much pressure, in case it affects the compression of the product. I tap off excess product from my finger (as I would when using an eyeshadow brush for application), as I find there can be extra particles which might lead to fallout. I then gently pat the product on to my lids with my fingers, blending the colour out as I would with an eyeshadow brush. I go back into the pot with my finger and use the same application method until I have built up the desired intensity on my lids.
You can use a brush as well, if you prefer that method of application. I find that I need to go back in to the product a little more than with my finger when I use a brush, so that’s worth noting. Whether you use a brush or your finger, though, just really comes down to personal preference.
The Tarte site suggests you can use a damp brush “To boost the mirrored effect of the formula”. They suggest dampening the brush before application to the lid. I haven’t tried using a damp brush for applying this product as I haven’t felt the need (it is already highly pigmented applied with my finger). However, it’s always fun to experiment with application methods and see what works for you.
Ideas for Using the Chrome Paint Shadow Pots
The Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a fantastic choice if you want an easy one eyeshadow look with impact. Just swipe your chosen colour on your lid, apply some mascara and you have a high impact, metallic look instantly.
You can combine the Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with other eyeshadows on the lid for a look with even more depth and dimension.
The Tarte site also has various tips for how to use the Chrome Paint Shadow Pots. They suggest you “Dust this formula onto the high points of your face for a buildable strobe or layer it over your favourite lipstick for a tantalising lip topper”. They also suggest to “Try layering your favourite powder eyeshadows on top of this long-wearing formula – it’ll make your look pop & last all night”.
You can also see how the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots look on the lids in my look post here.
Stockists and Price
The Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots cost £18. For UK customers, the paint pots are available to purchase from the official Tarte website here.
Have you tried the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots? What do you think of them? Would you recommend any other shades? Let me know in the comments section below.