On August 2nd I celebrated my 30th birthday. I'm a bit bummed out about the age but, my birthday was great. Last year I spent my birthday sick, in bed, not able to eat, I had lost 30 lbs in 2 months and in the middle of preparing for a move. This year, we're settled, I'm looking for a job and my husband got me a DQ cake and a huge, adorable Snorlax plushie. We also went out to see Suicide Squad and go out to eat this weekend to celebrate.
So, today I went in to Sephora to collect my birthday gift and to check out some palettes that I had my eye on and treat myself to one for my birthday. I have had my eye on some Tarte palettes for a while and I wanted to go in store to try them out before I bought them because swatches online are very frequently inaccurate for me because I am just sooooo freaking pale. Not only pale, but, I have pink (cool) undertones. I was looking for the Tartelette Matte, Rainforest of the Sea and Swamp Queen palette. I really love to use mattes but my eye is always drawn to the shimmers while buying so, that is why I didn't buy that palette. Sephora did not have the Rainforest of the Sea palette, I was really disappointed with that because that is the one I was leaning towards buying online. I ended up buying the Swamp Queen palette, it's a really unique set of nudes so I could justify buying ANOTHER nude palette.
Full disclosure, I have not watched many of Grav3yardgirl's videos. I have watched a few and I know that she is very pale, so, I figured she would have picked a set of colors that would be flattering on my skin tone given that they are similar. I really wanted to try the Texas Toast liquid matte lipstick but, the sampler was stolen because... Sephora, and of course it's stolen.
I have not used Tarte shadows before, the only Tarte products that I have owned were a Tarte Lipsurgence balm stain in Enchanted and a sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. I was really impressed with how soft and pigmented all of the colours were. When I first opened it, I immediately noticed that it had a really pleasant scent, I'm not sure exactly what the scent is supposed to be because it is very artificial, chocolate or vanilla would be my guess. The best way I can describe it is, it smells like a Cabbage Patch doll that my older sister had when we were kids.
I am happy that I tried these in store because some of the colors come out very different on the skin than they look in the palette. Haunting, Uncommon and Mancat appear to have a bit of a purple tone to them in the palette but they are very brown on the skin. I swatched the bronzer, blush and highlight to full opacity as if they were eye shadows, so don't be alarmed by how opaque they are, lol.
There was a insert that tells you which shades to use where for a night and day look, but, I don't like being told what to do so I thew it away.
The bronzer was too dark for me which was disappointing considering it's Bunny's palette and I know she is nearly if not as pale as I am but, I was able to make it work by blowing most of the product off the brush and blending for approximately forever minutes. The highlight also wasn't really light enough, it was pretty much the same shade as my skin which was also disappointing but works for a more subtle look. I think it would work better as a shadow anyway because the glitter in it is a bit chunky and doesn't really help in smoothing out your skin, however, it would make an awesome glittery eyeshadow. I will probably use it mostly as an eyshadow and then highlight with my CoverGirl truNaked palettes. The blush was perfect though. I think they appealed to the masses (tan people) when they made the bronzer and highlight.
Overall, I was really happy with this palette despite the bronzer being too dark and highlight not being light enough. I would purchase it again or recommend it to a friend.
|L-R: Sweet Tea (Bronzer), Does This Thing Really Work? (Blush), Gator Wings (Highlight), #SFS, Natural Peaches, Dogman|
|L-R: Big Baby, Sassy Bun, Sippy Sippy, Haunting, Uncommon, Mancat|
|Top: Look 1, Bottom: Look 2.|
Left: Without Flash, Right: With Flash
Swamp Queen Look with Hooded, Deep Set eyes
I have both hooded and deep set eyes so I do makeup a bit differently than most people, I think. I can't put liner on the top on the inner half of my eye or my whole eyelid is consumed with the liner,. As for the outside of my eye, the crease cuts through where you would normally put a winged liner so I just do a winged eyeshadow instead. The liner just gets eaten up in the crease and doesn't look smooth or precise, eyeshadow has a softer look so this is less noticeable.
Look 1: I used Big Baby as a base, I used Haunting all over the crease and a bit outside the crease for coutour and then used Mancat to define the crease. I used Sassy Bun all over the lid and on the lower lash line. I then used Uncommon wet with a liner brush to create an eyeshadow wing. I applied gator wings on the brow bone and in the inner corner of my eye.
Photoshop Disclosure: Skin around the nose and under the eye has been smoothed.
Look 2: I used Big Baby as a base, Natural Peaches all over the crease and a bit outside the crease for countour and then used Dogman to define the crease. I used #SFS all over the lid and on the lower lash line. I then used Dogman wet with a liner brush to creaste an eyeshadow wing. I applied Gator Wings on the brow bone and in the inner corner of my eye.