Swamp queen palette swatches and review

This is going to sound insanely cheesy but the second I laid my eyes on a picture of this palette,  I was in love. 

I had already fallen in love with Tarte back in December through their tartelette palette and have since then dreamed of owning Every. Single. Palette. In case you’ve never used tarte cosmetics before,  their formulas are insanely smooth, pigmented,  and stay on for hours. Did I mention they’re all natural and cruelty free? Yeah,  literally perfection. 

Anyways, when this palette came out online I was like okay do I really  need another palette? Sure,  it was beautiful,  but I wasn’t sure it was something I needed to buy.  Well, fast forward to Nicol Concilio’s review of this palette.  It was the first video I watched of her’s and the first time I saw this palette in action.  I fell deeply in love with both. But, by the time I finally decided to buy it, it was sold out online everywhere.  Darn. So,  I had to wait until the in store release.  Fast forward again to a few days ago. I was walking past Sephora on my lunch break,  remembered it had just come in the day before,  screamed SWAMP QUEEN,  then ran inside to buy it. Now,  as a result of this long rambling story, I bring you my review of Grav3yard Girl X tarte swamp queen palette. Enjoy! 

First reaction, the packaging is pretty cute,  like most all tarte packaging is. I love the magnetic closure on this,  it makes it super easy to open when you’re rushing around trying to do a million things at once. Also,  it easily snaps closed almost automatically so you don’t have to worry about your palette not getting closed all the way as I do with some other palettes. 

Now, on to the inside. I love that it comes with a brush! The shades are all gorgeous and shimmery,  the mirror is nice and big (mirrors inside palettes are always an added bonus for me)

This was one of the easiest swatches I have ever done. The shades are so smooth and pigmented that most of these were honestly just a single swipe. 

There is very little fallout from this palette,  and the shades apply very smoothly with the included brush. I used eyeshadow primer and setting spray and my shadow stayed on all day long! 

For this look I used natural peaches as a base,  sassy bun on the inner corners,  and mancat on the outer corners. Sorry it’s not the best quality picture,  I just snapped it really quickly in the bathroom at work. 

Here’s my full face from that look. I also used the blush,  bronzer,  and highlight that come in the palette on my cheeks then used the highlight on my nose, Cupid’s bow, and chin.

So far,  I think this palette is amazing and everyone should try to get their hands on one.  It has such a great range of colors it will work with a variety of skin tones. I may even buy myself a backup ­čśë

NYX strobe of genius palette swatches and review

Let’s be honest; strobing, highlight,  and illuminator are all HUGE trends right now. Every makeup company is coming out with their own highlight or strobing kit. And every makeup lover is trying to find the very best one. However,  some of those highlighters can get a little pricey and I don’t have an ever fleeing makeup fund (I wish) so whenever I find a high quality and low cost product, I’m thrilled.  Enter NYX cosmetics.  Time and time again I am impressed with their quality and LOVE the low price tags. So naturally,  when I saw that NYX had this strobe of genius illuminator palette,  I snatched it up ASAP.

First impressions,  the packaging is nothing special but it works just fine. You can see all the shades through the window on the top, like most NYX palettes. The shades all look really nice inside the tray,  and there is a nice variety of colors to choose from. 

All of these shades swatch pretty nicely, though it did take a few swipes to get this  amount of color payoff. As you can see from these swatches,  these highlights are a little powdery, especially the 4 smaller trays. I have experienced some fallout from these shades but all in all,  if you use a good primer and setting spray they last you the full day. 

There is so much you can do with this palette, I end up using most of the shades on a fairly regular basis. What I love about this palette is that the shades blend together beautifully. For example,  I love using the middle bottom shade blended with the fat right top shade as blush and then blend together the two other  bottom shades as highlight.

In these pictures,  I did the blending combinations that I mentioned above then,  used the shade second to the left on the top on the tip of my nose and cupid’s bow for added highlight. 

All in all, I think that this palette is well worth the price,  despite the slight fallout and powderiness. It’s a great introduction to strobing and playing around with highlight for the first time and I definitely recommend giving it a shot!