May 31, 2016

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

The limited edition Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette ($45) was briefly available early last week on Tarte’s website and quickly sold out. This is a new collaborated eyeshadow and cheek palette that Tarte and youTube personality, Grav3yardgirl, worked on together. Grav3yardgirl or as her fans know her, Bunny, is not simply a makeup and beauty guru but a unique youTube personality that covers a range of different, funny videos.

I’m not a great expert on Grav3yardgirl as I’ve only watched two of her videos (I’m not much of a youTube watcher). I can’t really speak about the references of the names of the eyeshadows in this palette nor can I say if the overall look of the palette is what Bunny tends to embrace. I was surprised to learn she was from Texas as the entire swamp and gator theme had me thinking Florida or New Orleans.

I’m hearing Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Palette has some incredible packaging and the same goes for Grav3yardgirl’s Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette. This is a really, really nice packaging palette. It’s made from a very sturdy plastic that resembles wood and features a gator with wings on the front. Inside is a very generously sized mirror that’s imprinted with, “Believe in Yourself. Love Yourself. Embrace Your Individuality.” Oddly enough the look card they include is a little weird as both the Day and Night look the same. From what I can see that is indeed, Bunny’s eye they used to the look card. None the less it’s a very nice presentation and a well made palette overall.

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Inside you’ll find bronzer, blush, highlighter, and nine eyeshadows as well as a get the look card and an eyeshadow brush for application. According to Tarte these are all limited edition shades but I believe many are easy enough to dupe from past palettes such as the range of purple eyeshadows. Although not exact dupes some shades are similar to past palette releases. There are some unique, stand out shades here though such as the Does This Thing Really Work? Blush, eyeshadow in Dogman and Sassy Bun as well as Sweet Tea Bronzer. If you’re looking for a palette with all unique shades that you haven’t seen from Tarte before I don’t think the Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette is exactly it. It is however, a really nice selection of both warmer (mostly warm) and cooler shades.

Overall, I actually liked this palette a lot but there are a few misses for me. According to the packaging the palette is made in the US for those interested in this

Here’s a look!

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The shadows in the palette are all quite pigmented with excellent color pay off in a variety of finishes that include mattes, shimmers, and frosts. I thought Sippy Sippy was a very nice consistency but it was a shade that annoyed me due to the chunky glitter that caused major fall out issues. The other eight shades I had no issues with. All were soft, silky, and beautifully pigmented with an easy to blend formula. Since they are a little looser and thinner they tend to have some fall out but aside from that I experienced no issues with dryness or difficult applying or blending. I thought I smelled chocolate when I opened the palette but it wasn’t a scent that lingered but was worthy of a mention.

I think Sweet Tea Bronzer wasn’t really for me but I’m not much of a bronzer fan anyway. This is a orange-y brown with excellent pigmentation and a soft, silky texture with excellent pigmentation. I almost felt it was too pigmented to work as a bronzer and a bit too orange as well but I guess it really depends on your skin tone. Gator Wings Highlighter was not a particular fav of mine either as this was a bit too frosty for me. Funny, as I thought both of these shades would likely double up as an eyeshadow as well if you wanted to multitask with them.

Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Does this thing really work? is a really pretty plum rose with excellent pigmentation and a soft, easy to blend formula. It’s considerable more softer in texture than the original range of Amazonian Blushes but still wears for a solid 12 hours without fading. It’s very, very richly pigmented so, a little goes a very long way.

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches (Does This Thing Really Work? Blush, Big Baby Eyeshadow, Sassy Bun Eyeshadow, Sippy Sippy Eyeshadow)

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches (Does This Thing Really Work? Blush, Big Baby Eyeshadow, Sassy Bun Eyeshadow, Sippy Sippy Eyeshadow)

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches (Dogman Eyeshadow, Sweet Tea Bronzer, #SFS Eyeshadow, Natural Peaches Eyeshadow)

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches (Dogman Eyeshadow, Sweet Tea Bronzer, #SFS Eyeshadow, Natural Peaches Eyeshadow)

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches (Gator Wings Highlighter, Haunting Eyeshadow, Uncommon Eyeshadow, Mancat Eyeshadow)

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches (Gator Wings Highlighter, Haunting Eyeshadow, Uncommon Eyeshadow, Mancat Eyeshadow)

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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

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The Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette should be very appealing to fans of Bunny. You might want to buy it because you’re a fan of hers and want to support her. But if you don’t know who she is or maybe you don’t watch her videos I don’t think that’s an issue as this is very much still a Tarte palette. So, both fans of Bunny and Tarte ones will really enjoy this launch. But as I said above many shades might just be similar to palettes you already own from Tarte. I know I have almost every Tarte Palette that has launched since 2011 or so and I can easily see many of these shades having been done before in the past. You might wish to take that into consideration prior to a purchase.

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette fotd

Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette fotd

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette is out of stock now but will be available at Tarte.com starting June 6th. It’ll be launching as soon as June 13th at Ulta.com and June 21st at Sephora.com. and will be popping into stores the second week of July in stores.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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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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  • Robin

    I never heard of her before last week when you mentioned her in your blog. I’ve spent the weekend watching her videos and laughing my head off at the “Does this thing really work?” WonderWax and No, No, and the Wubble Bubble are must see’s!

    She explained that it was her idea for the colors and packaging. A lot of her videos she does w/o makeup. She is brave for that; I don’t go get the mail down my short sidewalk w/o foundation on!

    Tarte usually is a pass for me, but I might pick this up along with the Texas Toast lippie.

    • Isabella Muse

      I liked the snackzee one lol! I’ll go watch those later! You have me curious about the Wonderwax one! 😀 Anytime I’ve seen her she typically has a nude eye, eyeliner, and bright red lips so, I thought the palette looked a little warm for the look I normally see her in BUT, I also don’t watch her nearly enough to peg down exactly how she likes her makeup. Texas Toast lippie looks quite interesting!

  • Nikki

    This palette is so pretty! I was waiting for swatches. This looks right up my alley, color wise. I have too faced chocolate bon bons and naked 3, I’m not sure if the shades in this palette are similar to any shades in the other two. It’s really pretty and I kinda want it, what do you think? Love your blog by the way, every time I google “random product swatches” it comes up!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Nikki! Malted from Bon Bons is a little like Dogman and Molasses Chip is a little like Sassy Bun but Sassy Bun is more coppery. Trick is a little like Sassy Bun from Naked 3 but Sassy Bun has chunkier gold glitter. Although similar they aren’t dupes of these shades. Aside from that I think that’s where the similiaries end in regards to Bon Bons and Naked 3. Aw thank you! 🙂 <3! xo!

  • Dora

    I really like the plummy shades — Haunting and Mancat. Although overall it looks a bit too glittery for my taste and like shades I have in other palettes/singles. I think it’s amazing and interesting that big brands — like Tarte and Becca — are working with YouTubers. In general, I like Bunny — like her sense of individuality — but I wouldn’t say I’m a fan (of anyone one YouTube). Think I’ll pass.

  • diane

    I like bunny but I bought the palette moreso because I am a big fan of tarte’s shadows and this is a great travel friendly palette. The colors are ones I will reach for often. I wish the bronzer didn’t have glitter but it is what it is. Love that it smells like vanilla and also includes a mini brush! Do you remember the tarte be mattenificent palette a few years ago how it had that double ended mini brush in it?! that’s my favorite eyeshadow brush ever but i use it so much it’s shedding now. I wish tarte included more mini brushes with their palettes!

    • Isabella Muse

      I brought it because I liked how warm it was plus Tarte hello? 🙂 I thought it smelled like chocolate! I liked the brush as well! Sadly, the bronzer was a bit too orange for me. I was thinking it would make a great eyeshadow though! 😀 Yes, of course, I remember that brush! Haha, no you have me wanting to haul that palette out!

      • diane

        I know I swear Tarte can make a poop themed palette and it’s Tarte so I’ll probably still buy it LOL!!! Oh the bronzer would make such a gorgeous crease shade! That palette (be mattenificent) is one of my favorite tarte palettes of all time!!! Oh a cool blog idea would be your top 3 or so tarte palettes! oohh maybe we can collab i’ll do one too! what do you think???

        • Isabella Muse

          Ha! Likewise! Tarte is crack! How can I choose just three!? Sounds like a plan but can we do at least five? haha!

          • diane

            hahaha 5 sounds good to me! =D text me when you aren’t busy we can figure out a good day to post, etc =)

          • Isabella Muse

            sounds good! 😀 When am I not busy right!? I need a personal assistant hah!

  • Maggie

    Is the texture of eyeshadow similar to the rainforest of the sea palette shadows?

  • Jana

    You look beautiful in that picture. What colors of eye shadow did you use, and what lip color do you have on, please? pretty pretty pretty!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thank you jana! It’s used big baby to highlight, natural peaches all over my lid, and dogman on the outer v and smudged into the crease. Lipstick is kiko but not sure of the shade at the moment 🙂 I’ll get back to you on that!

  • Janessa

    I really like the look of this palette. I’ve seen a few of Bunny’s vid’s but never really got hooked on her. That bottom row looks a lot like the plums in one of the palettes that came in the Tarte TSV auto delivery from last year. I think it was called ‘Be your own Tarteist’ (I think it was a set of 3 auto-deliveries, each came with a palette that looked like the Poppy Picnic one). I think I have too much Tarte, it’s all looking the same to me -_-

  • Jodi

    You should know how awesome those colours looks on you! Those coral shades are really flattering

  • Rachel R.

    I’m trying to resist this, but the packaging is cute and I like Bunny. The colors are really pretty, but God know I don’t need more Tarte neutrals.

  • Jennifer Sweeney

    The night look is very similar to the day look but the night look is a bit darker .

  • Seany

    I need this in my life so badly – hope it isn’t to hard to get hold of in the UK 🙁
    xxx

  • Katharine

    I have the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette. Do you think I need both? I love the purples but they do look similar. Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      Not really Katherine. Rainforest After Dark has a lot of these purples already in it. Unless you’re a swamp queen fan there are a lot of similar shades here compared to pass ones!

  • Laisha

    What are the sizes of the shadows in comparison to the ones in the tartlette palette?

  • Jodi

    Yay! This is back in stock at Sephora .ca !!! Albeit the colours look much more intense & brighter ( almost Neon ) on Sephora

    • Kiki

      I love your blog!!! I finally broke down and bought this .. your make up made me confident I can make that blush work cause I am so fair but those eyeshadows couldnt pass up.

      • Isabella Muse

        aw thanks Kiki! I hope you love it. let me know if it works out for you!