Let’s Review: Swamp Queen

Today I was surprised with a gift by my family.  They had bought me the Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen palette — a collaboration between a YT’er that goes by the tag Grav3yardgirl and the makeup company called Tarte.  It’s one of many collaborations that proliferate the YT community between makeup vloggers and makeup companies.

I have one other product of Tarte, and that is the Limited Edition Claypot in Unicorn Kisses, which is an eyeliner in a pot — a beautifully bright powder blue that I absolutely adore.  I don’t wear it a lot but when I do, it’s always a oohwow factor and I don’t see that many people daring to wear this, and it’s just refreshing in a sea full of black or ultra black eyeliner.

The kit comes in a cardboard box that looks identical to the kit container itself.

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The makeup kit is in a solid case, with a magnetic clasp. I thought that was a nice touch.

An even nicer touch?  The message scrawled on the mirror that comes within.

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Tough to do in this cookie cutter kind of world but nice to see.  A reminder, a gift to yourself when you do your makeup in the morning using this kit.  Positive loving oneself reinforcement.  I like.

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There was a little placard included with the kit, and I decided to do the DAY LOOK advice given in the placard.  It also lists a NIGHT LOOK.

The eyeshadows are lovely earthy colors on the right and the blush (middle pink), highlighter (bottom) and contour (top) are on the left.   The kit also comes with a brush, which is wonderful.

The shadows are buttery, there is kickback, but not overly powdery, it’s a more solid.  The brush that’s included is the perfect size to dip into the eye palette with and picks up product well.  The shadow glides on, it’s smooth, there’s no tugging and pulling to get the product on.  The blending is a dream.  It’s easy to blend and not lose the color integrity of each color.  I loved the placard that came with it to give you an idea how to incorporate the colors onto the lid, very helpful for a makeup newbie like me.

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The blush “does this thing really work?” is a beautiful dark pink that goes on with a easy buttery healthy glow.   I just very lightly ran my finger over the blush then used my fingers to blend it in from the palette.

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The highlight “gator wings” and contour “sweet tea” are both color true, with gator wings providing almost a icy white glow and sweet tea giving that light earthy brown of powdered iced tea drink.  Both awesome!

 

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It’s currently on its second release after the first release sold out, and just in time for the holidays!  QVC carries it (if you have a card, you can get it on a payment plan) and at the TARTE website itself it’s selling for $45.00 (U.S.)

Should you buy it?  The price is $45.00 — a lot of money for a drugstore makeup girl like me.  However, you get a blush, highlighter, contour, 9 shadows and a brush that includes a mirror and snaps closed with a magnet in a decent hard case.  The color selection is great and versatile for day and night.  You can wear this to the office and wear it out for an evening date.  The colors aren’t outrageous or bright, very earthy.  The pigmentation is good.  You can get several looks out of the eyeshadows.  If you don’t have a neutral palette or are looking for some earthy colors, this may be the set for you.  Weighing all that, I think the price is decent.

Please note a lot of these eyeshadows start with an ingredient variation of Talc, Mica, Silica.

The installment plan on QVC is $9.00 a month for 5 months.

DETAILS

This limited-edition palette includes a cruelty free eyeshadow brush and step-by-step guide from @grav3yardgirl to take your look from day to night. Use your favorite cheek brush to contour and highlight using sweet tea (bronzer) and gator wings (highlighter). Finish with a pop of color, fanning does this thing really work? (blush) across the apples of cheeks.

INGREDIENTS

Eyeshadow net wt 1g / 0.035 Oz x 9, Blush net wt 3.2g / 0.11 Oz, Highlight net wt 3.2g / 0.11 Oz, Bronzer net wt 3.2g / 0.11 Oz

#SFS Ingredients: Mica, talc, ethylhexyl palmitate, silica, boron nitride, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742).

natural peaches Ingredients: Talc, mica, silica, ethylhexyl palmitate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

dogman Ingredients: Mica, talc, silica, ethylhexyl palmitate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, sodium dehydroacetate, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, tin oxide, carmine (CI 75470), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742), titanium dioxide (CI 77891).

big baby Ingredients: Talc, mica, boron nitride, silica, ethylhexyl palmitate, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), titanium dioxide (CI 77891).

sassy bun Ingredients: Mica, ethylhexyl palmitate, silica, boron nitride, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, talc, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, tin oxide, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140).

sippy sippy Ingredients: Talc, mica, silica, synthetic fluorphlogopite, boron nitride, zinc stearate, ethylhexyl palmitate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ultramarines (CI 77007).

haunting Ingredients: Talc, mica, silica, ethylhexyl palmitate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, tin oxide, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ultramarines (CI 77007), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742), bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163).

uncommon Ingredients: Mica, talc, ethylhexyl palmitate, silica, calcium aluminum borosilicate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, tin oxide, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

mancat Ingredients: Talc, silica, boron nitride, zinc stearate, mica, ethylhexyl palmitate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ultramarines (CI 77007), titanium dioxide (CI 77891).

gator wings Ingredients: Mica, ethylhexyl palmitate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, talc, zinc stearate, boron nitride, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, silica, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491).

does this thing really work? Ingredients: Mica, talc, ethylhexyl palmitate, silica, boron nitride, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, synthetic fluorphlogopite, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, tin oxide, kaolin, manganese violet (CI 77742), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ultramarines (CI 77007), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), blue 1 lake (CI 42090), red 7 lake (CI 15850).

sweet tea Ingredients: Mica, talc, ethylhexyl palmitate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, silica, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract, kaolin, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

formulated without parabens, formulated without mineral oil, formulated without  phthalates, formulated without sodium lauryl sulfates, formulated without gluten

 

 

 

 

 

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