October 27, 2010

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Box Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Box Palette, $78 dollars worth of gorgeous makeup housed in a pretty jewelry box. Is it worth the price? Do you need it?


I’m seeing it as a completely self indulged purchased on my part but something, perhaps the little voices in my head, told me I had to have it. And have it I did.


A jewelry box containing 12 Eyeshadows, primer, gloss, and mascara!

Yes, it was definitely the packaging.

If we were to argue palettes, Tarina Tarantino’s Jewel Box Palette would in no way come out on the top. It isn’t the best bang for your dollar nor is it the best selection of products it does however get props for cool packaging.

Part of its appeal is definitely the large silver jewelry box the makeup comes housed in but even that’s debatable, tell you why in a second.

First off, for Tarina fans this is an ideal gift. It’s beautifully presented in a pink box with Tarina’s name splashed all over it. So the outer is just as lovely as the inner.

The jewelry box is substantially sized, they didn’t skimp at all and you’re getting a nice, weighty jewelry box. The front has a small silver face plant featuring Tarina’s named with flourishes of embedded skeletons, ribbons, and flowers that surround it. The entire casing is done in silver with a plated faux silver heart lock.

Open it up to reveal a large mirror with a ribbon printed on it and the first tray is also revealed which are your makeup items. All the items are housed in the upper try and can be easily removed as to not make this bulky during application.

So basically you’re looking at a two tier jewelry box that features a removable tray to reveal a deeper compartment on the bottom. Now the tray of makeup which can be removed is simply a padded foam which has shadows on it and three compartments for the primer, mascara, and gloss.

Shadows are 0.04 oz each. Carefully doing the math here you’re actually getting alot of shadow for that price. Full sizes are 0.09 each so give or take a little it would actually set you back $152 or so to buy eight shadows, equivalent to the sizes in this palette not counting the full size gloss cost plus mascara and primer minis. So yes, there is a bit of a deal to be had here even though $79 does seem ALOT to shell out for a palette that doesn’t contain NEARLY the amount of product such as the Tarte Jewelry Box has. You might want to add a little on the price when taking into consideration that some of the shades, eight of them to be exact, are available exclusively in this set.

Now speaking of the shadows…

The formula is nice but it isn’t anything wow aspiring. Some shades are definitely better than others pigmentation wise and just overall texture. Some are a bit chalky but for the most part have decent color pay off however a tad uneventful to me formula wise. I’ve used alot of eyeshadow in my day and these just aren’t really something I’d talk about or get too excited about. They blend well enough, leave behind a nice pop of color, and have an ok formula but I’m no where near excited about them.

The gloss shade included is called Ruby Headphones, love that name for some reason. Great shade, good formula too. The shade is a shimmering ruby red. The applicator definitely gets a seal of approval as it has just the right slant to grab alot of gloss so you can really layer it on thick. Formula isn’t too tacky or sticky and wears quite comfortable with a touch up at around the fourth hour in.

Not a fan of the Pearl Glow Primer but that would be because I don’t really love pearl-y, shimmery things to prep with. This is an iridescent pink pearlish shade.

And lasting the Fleur de Lash Mascara which has a basic bushy brush applicator. Also decent quality but nothing I’d rave about. It does the job well at getting nice, long lashes.

I thought the overall palette was a tad uneventful and dare I say boring. I think Tarina, I think fun, vibrant….but the shadows in this set really play it safe with minimal shimmer and or sparkle. Some are semi-matte where as others are velvety. They have a bit of glitter to them but once in place and blended out you can barely see the sparkle. The shades range from basic browns, to blacks and grays, with a few nude pastels, and the loudest shade being two variations of purple but nothing louder and or bolder.

Formulation on the shadows varies and doesn’t really have a super quality feel. They don’t lack pigmentation (some of the more subtle colors do but that would be the shade itself not the formula) and they blend well enough but the formula just seems to lack something I can’t quite put my finger on.

The jewelry box could have been done up much better in my opinion. The bottom tray would have proved nicer with dividers and separate compartments in place. I, for one, don’t like tossing all my jewelry into a box. I like to separate things so they don’t tangle, get tarnished, etc….having a jewelry box which resembles a box inside sans compartments is just as good as cardboard box to me. After all that’s the point of a jewelry box isn’t it? To separate items so they don’t get ruined?

  • Tarina fans (obviously fans of her work will love this)!
  • Anyone looking for a really fancy gift to give a makeup lover (this is really different and unique).
  • Anyone wanting more for less (although it lacks variety you’re definitely get alot more for alot less here).

  • Those who want more variety (this lacks variety in a major way when presented a sea of palettes that contain so much more).
  • Those who want shadows that pop (these lack sizzle in my opinion).
  • Those who find jewelry boxes and extra storage and such useless (if you’re one for tossing boxes in the trash, you’ll probably not see the joy in the jewelry box presentation, particularly if you’re a minimalist).

Tarina Tarantino’s Jewel Box Palette definitely has a certain unique vibe to it. The packaging does wow at first, second, and third glance but after playing with it and realizing some of it’s major flaws you may end up feeling like better can be found elsewhere. Presentation wise they do a great job plus the lure of exclusive shadows holds a certain appeal however in the long run, after the initial allure and temptation eases and you can see the light once again, you’ll feel like you can definitely do better.

Nice but needs a bit of work to be great or even good.

Don’t quote me but I imagine it’ll be on the clearance rack after the Holidays which might be a great time to haul it because it’s a “nice to have” item however at full price I just wasn’t feeling the love.

I hope next year they’ll learn from their mistakes and perhaps include other items like blush and the likes.

Is it on your wish list?

Played with it yet?

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Vicki

    I bought this from FF sale from Sephora, I havent received mine yet, I was really excited to try it. But now after after reading your review Im skeptical…Because as you know, this wasn’t cheap…. Looks very pretty, but pretty doesnt makeup for quality….

    • the Muse

      Hi Vicki god I’m sorry to burst the bubble. I wish I got it during FF as I might have felt more inclined to say how great it was but the shades feel a little boring to me and the formula, it’s not quite cheap but it feels…I dunno not worth the price? Do you like more natural shades? that might make the deal if you like more safer shades?! I agree, it might be pretty but in the long run if the stuff inside doesn’t count for much what’s the point 🙁

  • Jessica

    I agree! I was Wowed when I opened the box, but the more I played with it, and the colors I felt a little um dare I say jipped? I guess I was expecting a little more pizazz.

    • the Muse

      same here jessica, same here. I nearly peed myself in excitement when I opened it up b/c it really is WOW OMG how gorg! But after playing a bit I kinda feel like, wait, is that all!?

  • courtney

    wow the packaging is beautiful, the shades and colors are horrible! great review!

  • Lenna

    I really kind of want this even though It;s not really a good deal. I just dunno if getting the pretty jewelry box from this is worth it or not. o_o

    • the Muse

      lenna completely understandable. even though I think the shadows are sub par, I still like having it on my collection, it’s a pretty piece of makeup ;-D

  • Patrizia

    When I look at this, I don’t think “I want to buy it” even before this review so yeah, boring.

  • ‘Amirah

    Hey Muse, I really love your blog. Anyway, I’m from Brunei. Found your site while looking for BB Cream reviews. I’m already 18 but I barely know a thing about applying makeup and choosing the colours correctly. 🙁 Thank god your site is really helpful. 😀

    • the Muse

      aw hello amirah such a pleasure to meet you! ;-D So glad you’re finding it helpful! Discovering makeup is a great adventure! I hope you’ll enjoy your visits here dear xoxo!

  • Phyrra

    As cute as I think the box looks for storage, I’d be hesitant to nab it.

  • Rinny

    As cute as the box is, I don’t think I would pay that much for it. Like you said, if the box had some dividers or compartments on the bottom, that would have been better 🙂

  • Gia

    Ugh the whole Tarino Tarantino collection in whole has let me down. I’m a sparkly pink girl and so far everything besides the lip gloss and that glitter spray thingy has failed me. I swear that primer was the worst ever. And it killed me to say something cased in pink that was supposed to be pearly and pretty was bad! INot going to buy this!

    • the Muse

      gia you too with the primer? I LOVE sparkle. I eat it for breakfast but the pearl primer slayed me, DO NOT want. It made my round face look like a greaseball 🙁

  • katrosado5

    Love the box. Not enough to pay that for just the box though LOL. I am curious about that primer. I want a primer that is luminous but not sparkly. As in you can see the sparkles all over my face (I’m an older gal, the sparkles as much as I adore them are not kind to me to say the least).

    • the Muse

      katro can relate, not older so much as I don’t have fine lines as of yet but I have a fuller face and shimmery, pearly, frosty primer=SCARY ;-D

  • LorraineER

    I want that gloss! I have always loved lips that look like Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, lol..something about red glittery anything makes me smile but I’ve always wanted a true red glittery lip look. The rest of it doesn’t look like anything though :/

  • Freeda

    I just recieved mine and love it! Forget jewelry I am putting all my TT makeup inside! Your reviews are great and I agree that i wish it was more colorful outside like Tarinas jewelry but it does look pretty on my bureau. I love your blog too!

    • the Muse

      aw freeda thank you so much for the lovely comment ;-D I dunno the primer was kinda meh on me! too disco-ish! did you see the gold palette?!

      • Freeda

        just ordered the Gold palette and am looking forward to your review. I had to have it if just for the packaging TDF!

  • Freeda

    by the way Muse I have to say I am LOVING her pearl glowing primer too. I am surprised you don’t like it. Maybe you are using too much? all my friends got it and love it too but maybe its not your thing. This is my favorite new beauty line and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

  • Valerie

    This is now $39 at Sephora. With my Sephora VIB $20 Gift Card I just might bite. Do you think it is worth that? I really like the box and think it is a good way to try a sampling of her products. How do you feel about the Sparklicity Gold Palette?

    • the Muse

      i haven’t tried my gold palette yet valerie, will let you know soon. for $19 it’s a good deal 🙂

  • Valerie

    Thanks, Muse!! Thanks also for the reminder of the $11 philosophy Apple Pie 3-in-1!! After the $39 for the palette, I was needing $11 to spend to get to the magical $50 free shipping mark! 😀

  • Valerie

    WooHoo!!! Also a FANTASTIC philosophy “Sparkle & Joy” 500pt. perk and used code “MYHAUL” for the Free Sephora Tote too! Me happy!! 😀

  • Stephanie

    I bought this for $39 at Sephora about two months ago… I do love it, if I do say so <3 I use the box to store all of the makeup I use every day to transport with me in the car, to work, to the mall… oh, I love the box! <3 And I haven't tried the primer yet, but the lip gloss is okay for the few times I've used it and the mascara is my FAVORITE right now <3 I do like to use a lot of the eyeshadows; not an expert on it, but I do like the yellow one to accent my yellow outfits, and the light gold one goes with EVERYTHING <3 Plus the white one is good and sparkly for the inner corners of my eyes in the mornings, when I look like a zombie!