This palette has been out for a couple months now, but I didn’t purchase it until about a couple weeks ago. I swatched the colors and was instantly drawn in by the beautiful, shimmery colors. Today I’m going to be doing some arm swatches with my fingers and a brush to show how they perform pigment-wise. But first, here’s what the palette itself looks like:
It comes with 9 shimmer eyeshadows, one matte crease color, and one unnamed shimmery white shade in the center. The names are:
- Myth (matte shade)
Obviously this palette drew me in right away with its gorgeous colors (my wallet doesn’t appreciate my tendency to buy shiny things on a whim). As you’ll see later on, the swatches are stunning. The blue shades give me major mermaid vibes and the bronze-y, copper-y shades are right up my alley for a wash of color all over the lid. However, some of the colors are a little lackluster for me as far as performance on the actual eyelid. As pretty as finger swatches are, they aren’t always an accurate depiction of what the color will look like once applied. For example, tapping “Pixie” onto my eyelid on top of an eye primer looked nice at first, but eventually I felt that patches of color were starting to come off whenever I lifted my finger from my lid. I feel that shade in particular applies better with a flat brush, while others actually do apply better with a fingertip. Magic, mystic, and marvel are a few shades I found to be this way.
For the finger swatches, I swatched one side one bare skin, the other with the Wet n’ Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer underneath. Ditto for the brush swatches, which I used the E.L.F. Eyeshadow “C” Brush for (just a flat packing brush). For reference, I’m about a NW20 in Mac.
As you can tell, many of the swatches didn’t even need a primer to be opaque. However, the blue shades definitely got an extra oomph with a primer underneath. I would recommend using a primer under these regardless of the color just to prevent creasing, but if you’re in a rush or primer’s just not your thang, it’s totally not necessary. Now, onto the brush swatches!
A few of the shades (Crystal, I’m looking at you) lose quite a bit of their “wow” factor when I apply them with a brush. You can always just pat it on your lid instead of swipe – which is what I would recommend if you’re using a brush, to be honest – the color payoff might be a bit more opaque, but out of all the way to apply these shadows, I would definitely opt for a fingertip. I’ve found the opacity to be much stronger this way, and they appear much more similar than how they do in the pan.
If you love shimmer, unique colors, and experimenting with them, I would definitely recommend this palette! It’s honestly one of the most beautiful palettes in my collection, and while you may have to work a little bit with one or two of the colors, the color payoff is definitely there. I would recommend, if you have one, using a cream base underneath these. For example, one of the Maybelline Color Tattoos, the Nyx Jumbo Pencils, Mac Paint Pots, etc. Especially white bases (I love Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk) will make the colors extra bright. But as you can see in the swatches, even just a transparent eye primer will do the trick. The colors sheer out a lot when you blend them, so I wouldn’t recommend using them in the crease. The matte shade, Myth, is eh. It works as a crease shade, but it’s not my favorite. If anything, I wish Tarte would have included an extra matte crease shadow in here just so that if you’re not a fan of Myth, you don’t have to reach for something else. Despite its flaws, I still love this palette, and even use it on the daily! I love Magic and Wings as daytime-appropriate lid colors, but of course you can use whichever shades whenever you darn well please.
I hope you enjoyed this review, and thanks for reading!