Tuesday, 9 August 2016

A Tarte Haul

Swap Queen palette, Tarteist mascara and two lip tints on white background

The Tarte Grav3yard Girl Swamp Queen palette has been in and out of stock for a few months now, as part of a limited edition collection. I was lucky enough to get my paws on one, and a couple of other bits thanks to my Nana!

The whole debacle of trying to order through the Tarte website was an absolute nightmare, and if you follow me on Twitter I’m sure you’ll have seen ‘The Great Tarte Meltdown 2016’ at some point. It was such a pain in the ass, but let’s not get into that.

I’ve never used anything by Tarte before because I don’t tend to use QVC, and I don’t order from Sephora often because I’m not exactly the richest soul. When I heard Tarte were doing a collaboration with Grav3yard Girl, a more notable YouTuber, I figured now was as good a time as any.

I personally really like this palette. It comes in a sturdy, faux wood palette with gold trim. There’s no tiny-ass mirror either. They aren’t messing around: it’s the full size of the palette. It comes emblazoned with the words: “Believe in yourself. Love yourself. Embrace your individuality.”

Graveyard Girl Swamp Queen palette on white background
There is a lot of fallout from some of the shades, particularly Sippy Sippy, I absolutely cannot deny that, but I still really like them. The shades bring some much-needed warmth to my pale complexion. I can see why a lot of people were a little underwhelmed with the palette, with it not being very ‘Bunny’ (I should probably mention at this point that Bunny is Grav3yard Girl's real name). I think Tarte have avoided, albeit very narrowly, this being just another nude eyeshadow palette with the addition of a few beautiful shadows (Dogman and I were made for each other), and the inclusion of a striking highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Considering this retails at $45/£33, it’s not a bad deal at all. I’ve read quite a lot of negative reviews about the Swamp Queen palette, and I completely get their points, but I love it.

The Grav3yard Girl collection also includes two Tarteist lip paints, in the shades Texas Toast and Swamp Family. Texas Toast being a gorgeous mauve, and Swamp Family being a staple red to add to your collection.

Tarte lippie lingeries on white background
Top: Bare Bottom: Pure

Although the Swamp Queen palette is the real star of this blog post, I do want to say how much I like the Lippie Lingerie matte tints. They’re so creamy, apply really nicely, and feel very moisturising. I do think that calling it a tint is quite misleading – it’s much more than a tint and applies like a lipstick. I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks and obviously, this doesn’t have as much longevity as a liquid lipstick, but it holds up well. It doesn’t flake, sink into the cracks of your lips or become uncomfortable. Make sure you're careful putting the lid back, they're incredibly easy to accidentally mangle!

Tarteist mascara on white background

I also got to try the Tarteist Lash Paint mascara. Honestly, I’m not a fan. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a terrible mascara, but it’s totally not for me. It makes a pretty bold promise to increase lash volume by 2700%, and it let me down. It did lengthen my lashes quite a bit, but they were clumpy as fuck, and I hate the spider legs look. You all know the one. If you’re after spidery lashes for $23/£18, then go for it. If that isn’t for you, then you can honestly get better results (and value) from Essence’s Lash Princess mascara.

All in all, I would probably branch out and try a few more pieces from Tarte, but probably avoid the mascaras! I’d love to try their lip paints, particularly the 90’s shades they’ve just launched.

Have you ever tried anything from Tarte? What did you think?

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1 comment :

  1. I got the Grav3yard Girl palette from Tarte by luck on the first day before the site crashed. I love the shades. Haunted is my favorite, I love the smell of Tarte too. Great review!