This morning I got an alert from Sephora saying some of the TokiDoki Arte Palettes were no longer available.
Hey! I had my heart set on those little $10 budget beauties! Hopefully they make a come back for Spring?
I did end up hauling one single lonely palette which was the TokiDoki Vegas Arte Palette during my Sephora Friends and Family haul but now it’s showing out of stock again.
Let’s take a look!
Originally Sephora.com was displaying five palettes for $10 each. They included four eyeshadows and a blush and gave off a vibe of the Stila Travel Girl Palettes. For $10 bucks it was a steal particularly because it had a kawaii packaging that included our fav TokiDoki characters.
Today I got word that the palettes would no longer be available. Odd.
I did manage to get my hands on the Vegas Arte Palette, not my favorite color combo from the release but hey, I’ll take anything at this point.
The palette is a flip up (rather than a flip to the side) design made of sturdy cardboard. These are a little smaller in size compared to Stila Travel Girl Palettes in terms of packaging however the product inside measures up to be more blush than Stila and less shadow.
The Vegas Palette isn’t my color selection of choice as I’m not really into these shades of purple, I normally like more plummy shades and these are a bit grayish to my eye. I admit the color selection is a touch mismatched. You’re getting a pearl white, grey, iridescent purple, and dark purple. Granted, you can use a few shades in one or two looks but using all four in a single use just doesn’t work in my opinion as incorporating the lighter purple into the mix with the darker gray and purple just doesn’t really work.
The palette is Made in China for those curious about the origins of the makeup. The formula on the shades have a medium pigmentation with a lighter texture. They have a hint of sparkle but it’s not prominent on skin so no worries about looking disco-like after application. Honestly, the formula isn’t something I’d rave hard about but at this price point it really isn’t all that bad, although I will say the Stila Travel Girl Palettes are a step above these in terms of quality. The blush shade is a dusky purpl-ish pink with golden shimmer, again the shimmer is barely noticeable here. I like the blush shade alot as it gives a cool flush of pink on my cheeks and pairs up rather nicely with the shadow shades.
I was a little disappointed that I ended up with a bit of a muddy gray look when I tried blending these together. It’s a little hard to get good contrast and definition here since the shades run together so badly. For my look below I omitted the lighter purple and used gray on the inner corner of my eye, purple on the outer lid, and the white to highlight. As you can see it just looks like a pewter gray look of sorts and you aren’t really seeing the purple here.
Overall, this is a cute, inexpensive little palette. I emphasize cute here because that would be its main appeal. The formula isn’t the best in the world but it works to create a fairly nice look. The shadow formula isn’t too bad and had no fading or creasing issues so long as you prime well prior to use however the real issue for me was I lacked creativity to use all the colors in a look and the shades I did use together ran together without any real contrast.
Cute counts for something and so does the sweet $10 buck price tag.
If the other shade selections before available I can see myself hauling them.