tarte x Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette Review/Swatches

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Hello beauties! Today I have a really, really exciting review to share with you mostly because I actually thought that I wasn’t going to manage to get my hands on this amazing palette by a YouTuber that I absolutely love! But it’s like my prayers were answered and I managed to get my hands on this in the restock — and they were shipping to Australia! I will say that I found that by the time I bought it and paid $30 to have it sent out to me it was roughly $95 AUD. It seems like a steep price to pay, but I’d heard so many good reviews about it and I really felt like Bunny’s concept for this palette was amazing — I mean who doesn’t want an all in one palette — that I could justify the price. It’s by far the most expensive of the palettes I own, but at the same time it’s one of the more interesting ones that I feel will endure as a favourite in my collection, and we’ll get into that later. So basically, when you break it all down, you get 9 eyeshadows, 1 bronzer, 1 blush, 1 highlighter, a brush and a mirror, which to me seemed fair given the price, the packaging also feels really solid, it’s a magnetic close, but it’s got some weight to it, and that’s reassuring as sometimes you can find that some palettes don’t. So with all that in mind, let’s get into the review.

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The following is a listing of the shades you get in the palette:

  • sweet tea – Bronzer
  • does this thing really work? – Blush
  • gator wings – Highlighter
  • #SFS
  • natural peaches
  • dogman
  • big baby
  • sassy bun
  • sippy sippy
  • haunting
  • uncommon
  • mancat

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I felt like because there is so much going on in this palette that it was worth me discussing aspects as a whole. So what are the good shades in this palette? gator wings, dogman, sassy bun, does this thing really work?, and uncommon. Those are the shades which I felt really stood out to me. Mostly because they were bringing something new to the game, and just worked for me. sassy bun and uncommon both have an almost metallic-type finish, and I felt like it was a formula that came out pigmented and smooth every single time in comparision to some of the chalkier shades which I’ll talk about later. I also felt these two bared some similarity to the formula of gator wings which is just an amazing highlighter. The colours were vibrant and really beautiful, with sassy bun the beautiful copper shade and uncommon a golden taupe type shade. does this thing really work? to me, was this beautiful combination of glitter and a dark statement style blush. dogman was also a really interesting colour, a beautiful brown/orange type colour that I’ve been loving in the crease/in the outer corner of my eye, and it’s definitely one to look out for in this palette — it goes on so smoothly and so pigmented and I just think it’s such a great shade.

Now, onto the bad. For me, I found that the shades big baby and sippy sippy were a bit of a let down, but for different reasons. The first, big baby is a very light shade, a matte bone white, my problem with this shade? It’s very chalky and I feel like it’s not pigmented enough to really serve the purpose of highlighting etc. sippy sippy disappointed me for another reason, it wasn’t that it has glitter — I know many people haven’t been fans of random glitter in shadows like this, but it’s really the shadow beneath it that bothers me. It’s dark, but it’s also very patchy so it means that you have to work up coverage. I also found that it fades quite a lot, which is really annoying for such a dark shade, and it’s sad that it doesn’t hold it’s colour. I feel like if it was both glittery and the deep brown, I would have liked it more, but it just feels like the glitter transfers and leaves behind a patchy dark brown mark where you tried to put it in the first place.

And now we find ourselves at the in-between. This is the section for things I liked, but didn’t love and things I felt could have been slightly better. The things that fall into this category? sweet tea, natural peaches, the brush which comes with the palette and haunting. Let me just say, the brush was always going to be facing an uphill battle with me, I tend to really dislike palette brushes, but this one isn’t awful. It’s very soft and thick, which makes it great for applying shadows, but I just don’t think it’s the right size, I feel like it’s a bit too thick which makes packing on colour a problem, and it could definitely be dual ended and achieve a little more. Likewise, I like sweet tea but I just felt it was a little too dark for a blush, and perhaps a touch too pigmented, which isn’t something you really want with a bronzer. natural peaches on the other hand, fell short in the opposite way, it was a really lovely colour, it could have just used a little more pigment and could be a little less chalky, the same going for haunting — which earns bonus points for the beautiful subtle glitter. I love me some glitter.

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Overall,  this is a palette for all you glitter lovers out there. It’s full of beautiful neutral type shades, and it’s definitely not limited by them either. You could create so many looks with this palette, it even comes with a guide showing some day looks and night looks you can achieve with this palette. I also think this goes above and beyond in terms of being the all in one palette, and it’s something where so many fall short — so there’s definitely a great deal of respect coming from me right now in that regard. Having never used tarte shadows before, I found myself really surprised, they’re soft and smooth as a whole, while some are a little chalky and aren’t as pigmented as I might have liked, they are beautifully formulated if we are talking about them as a whole and I definitely think this is something you should take a look at adding to your collection if you get the chance!

As always, if you have any questions let me know in the comments section below!

Until next time,
x ac

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