Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tarte Cosmetics: Tarte x Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette REVIEW & SWATCH

The Swamp Queen Eye and Cheek Palette by Tarte Cosmetics is a
collaboration piece between them and Bunny Meyer (a.k.a. Grav3yardgirl), popular Youtuber and beauty blogger. 

Today, I'm here to show the Swamp Queen Eye and Cheek Palette by Tarte Cosmetics in collaboration with Grav3yardgirl. For those that may not know who she is, Grav3yardgirl is one of the most subscribed beauty bloggers on Youtube without being a makeup artist nor a brand owner at almost 7 million subscribers. Some may disagree about calling her a beauty guru or a beauty blogger, but she does do a lot of beauty stuff on her channel in addition to other stuff, so I consider her to be part of the beauty community.

My first thought when I heard Grav3yardgirl was going to be releasing a palette with Tarte was pretty much "Oh great, another neutrals palette..."  Because Tarte and Grav3yardgirl are known for more natural and neutral makeup. I've watched Grav3ardgirl a long time and I'm a fan of her  - she was pretty much the reason why I can wear crazy makeup now and not feel self-conscious about it. But majority of the time I see her wear makeup, it's a neutral eye with a red or a taupe lipstick.

I did end up getting the palette on pre-order because I know anything by a popular brand with a Youtuber's name attached is going to sell out fast, so I didn't take the time to think about it and went ahead and bought it cause 9 times out of 10, I regret not buying.

Now, this palette includes three big pans that are the bronzer, blush, and highlighter, and then 9 eye shadows with a full-sized eye shadow brush. The shades are very pigmented with a very smooth texture, you only need one swipe to get full pigment, and the brush has short, dense bristles that makes it great for general eye shadow application. The palette costs $45.00 USD so you're getting a good deal on a quality product from a high-end brand.

When I got it, I wasn't too wild about it at first because everything had shimmer except for three eye shadows: Natural Peaches, Big Baby, and Mancat. I generally don't like shimmer, but I know how to wear it to suit my face so it's not really an issue for me. I just find it to be too much work just to make wearing shimmer suit my hooded lids, especially if it's shades that are readily available in matte finishes in numerous other palettes.

Looking at the face shades in the large pans, all three have gold shimmer in varying levels. The bronzer, Sweet Tea, is the first shimmer bronzer I've ever seen included in a face palette like this. It is a pretty warm shade, but the shimmer is a bit of a turn-off for me, even if it's just a subtle shimmer. A matte bronzer would have been a better choice for it to be more universal, especially for those that have texture or large pores like I do, and the same goes for the blush (called Does Thing Really Work?) as well. 

However, if you can't wear them the traditional way because of problem areas, you could use these shades as highlighters if you're darker in complexion or if you like placing your blush higher on your cheek. Gator Wings, which is a light gold highlighter, I do really like because it's pigmented and you can build up for a blinding highlight. I love a shimmery highlighter, but shimmery face makeup is generally a no for me.

Row 1 from Top to Bottom: #SFS, Natural Peaches, Dogman.

Now, I was actually really impressed by the color selection for the eye shadows. The colors are more conventional, but not really at the same time, while still being wearable. I really like the Natural Peaches and Dogman shades. These two shades are close to what I would have expected to see in the Sweet Peach Palette by Too Faced that I had decided to skip out on because that palette just had too many browns for my liking. I still wanted a couple of peachy and orange-based shades, which I'm glad I got in this palette.

Row 2 from Top to Bottom: Big Baby, Sassy Bun, and Sippy Sippy.
For me, the obvious standouts in this palette were definitely the shades Sassy Bun and Sippy Sippy. The pigmentation of Sassy Bun is insane and it's such a such a vivid gold. Sippy Sippy is kind of weird shade for me; you can't see it, but it has huge specks of glitter in it while still being a grungy brown, so I'm not too sure what to do with this shade yet.

Row 3 from Top to Bottom: Haunting, Uncommon, Mancat.

It may not look like it, but the third and last row of eye shadows are actually purple shades when you look at them in the palette, but they look brown on my skin for some reason. I have yellow undertones, so it might be because the yellow and purple are complementary and they're counteracting each other, or it could be my lighting. 

Anyways, They're varying shade of muted purples. My favorite purple shade is Mancat, but Uncommon is an interesting shadow cause it plays tricks on my eyes. In certain lighting, it looks purple, but in other lighting, it looks gray. I find purple is a pretty versatile color that can go from soft and pretty to edgy and giving the dead look depending on how you apply it. Now, I don't really wear purple eye shadow because it looks like I have a black eye and it does weird things when applied on my skin, but I think it looks great on cool-tone skin.

Overall, you're getting good quality because these are quite pigmented and have really nice texture. I think the palette has a really nice selection of wearable colors without it being boring. But if you have hooded lids or skin texture, I would skip out on this palette because all that shimmer is going to magnify those problem areas and make your eyes look puffy and even more hooded. If you love your shimmery makeup, then this is the palette to get.

6/6 full collection launch (domestic & international)
6/13 Launches on
6/21 Launches on
6/28 Launches on
7/8 Launches in Sephora stores (US, Canada, SEA- Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia)
7/10 Launches in Ulta stores
7/14 Launches in Sephora inside JC Pennys
7/15 Launches in Macy’s store
7/18 Launches in Beauty Brands stores

**Pulled straight from the video description of Grav3yardgirl's video on this very palette.

This is being shipped internationally. To view a list of countries that Tarte is shipping to, click this link.