Tarte GRAV3YARDGIRL Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette - Swatches and Review

June 26, 2016

Today I have a look at the new collaboration palette with Tarte and Bunny (GRAV3YARDGIRL). This is the Swamp Queen palette that comes with 9 eyeshadows, bronzer, blush, and a highlighter. I was really excited to get my hands on this since the colors are wearable with matte and shimmer shades. You can definitely create different looks that are easy since the shadows are pigmented. See swatches and more below!

Mirror inside says,"Believe in yourself. Love yourself. Embrace your individuality."
The palette has great packaging with the faux wood on the outside and the gold all around. There is a large mirror which does come in handy and I personally like when palettes have a mirror inside. There is also a step-by-step guide which helps to show how to take your look from day to night.

Eyeshadows are described as:
#SFS (rose gold)
Natural Peaches (peachy nude)
Dogman (burnt sienna)
Big Baby (cream)
Sassy Bun (copper peach)
Sippy Sippy (glittery brown)
Haunting (lavender)
Uncommon (purple slate)
Mancat (deep plum)

 Let me first talk about the eyeshadows. I found all of them to be quite pigmented and easy to blend. The shades that have glitter did have fallout, which I have heard people talk about with the eyeshadows. I did have some but it wasn't a problem for me. I usually tap off any shadow if there is too much and I make sure to use a small flat shadow brush. A few of my favorite shades that work the best when applying: dogman, sassy bun, sippy sippy, and mancat. I had to work a bit more with uncommon and #SFS. Big baby was very light on my eyes and didn't make any kind of difference. Haunting was also a bit too light for me and did not work the best. Natural peaches is a nice shade and it did work best as a transition color. 

The swatches are done on their own with no primer underneath. Eyeshadows work differently on the eyes vs. swatches, so they did need a primer which is what I use every time. The primer helped them to stay better and I was able to build them up really well.

Face products include:
Bronzer in Sweet Tea
Blush in Does This Thing Really Work?
Highlighter in Gator Wings

The face products in the palette are nice and great for a simple look. Sweet Tea is a nice light bronzer shade and looks natural on the face. It does have shimmer in it though which has me not using this shade as much as I would like. The blush Does This Thing Really Work? is a light pink color with shimmer and I like how this wears. I do have to build it up a bit, but it's a pretty blush. Gator Wings is the highlight shade that is very gorgeous and versatile. I would use this to highlight under my brows and even by the inner corner of my eyes.

The palette also comes with an eyeshadow brush that works pretty good. It is soft enough to blend the shadows and is a good size. I ended up using more of a flat brush then this one to pack on the shadows and make them more pigmented. It is a good quality brush though and did the best at blending shadows. 

Overall, I think the Tarte Swamp Queen Palette is worth the quality and quantity you get. There are more positives than negatives and it is definitely worth it. 

tarte GRAV3YARDGIRL Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette retails for $45 and can be found at Sephora and Ulta online. Sephora stores on July 8th and Ulta stores now. This is limited edition.

♥ Stephanie

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  1. Great swatches!!! I'm not buying this palette-it's made up of shadows that I already own. I was quite surprised at how 'tame' this palette was considering Bunny's personality. I wonder if she had to lower her own volume-or if tarte wanted her to use certain shades in order to get it to appeal to the masses?

    1. I hear you about how the shades were so neutral. I also expected the palette to be a bit more vibrant or at least have some more color. Even a soft green would of been nice.