Happy Beauty Thursday! The amount of amazing makeup launches that have been happening lately is crazy! I am just drowning in a sea of makeup palettes, and not mad at it one bit. This week, we are talking about the Grav3yard Girl and Tarte Swamp Queen Palette that launched last week. I got mine when they had an Instagram presale, and I am so glad that I did!

If you haven’t heard of Bunny from Grav3yard Girl on YouTube, you should go check her out! I just adore her real personality and her down-to-earth mannerism. I will always support someone who comes across as true to themselves.

grav3yard girl and tarteYou can find this palette on Tarte’s website. It retails for $45.

Grav3yard Girl and Tarte Swamp Queen Palette

The packaging is made to look like wood grain, with her signature “gator” on the front. That is the symbol for her swamp family on YouTube, and she just stayed so true to herself throughout the entirety of this palette.

grav3yard girl and tarteThe inside of the palette has a great size mirror with a beautiful quote.

This palette comes with 9 eyeshadows, an eyeshadow brush, a bronzer, a blush, and a highlight. All of the shades are named after things that she relates to or important things in her everyday life, which I love. These shadows are the same formulation as other Tarte shadows, and they also smell like vanilla. Yum:)

The first three shades are:

  • #SFS (rose gold)
  • natural peaches (peachy nude)
  • dogman (burnt sienna)IMG_4664

These shades are right up my alley. Warm, reddish brown and peachy colors. Gorgeous! You know I will be hitting pan on the “dogman” shade.

The second three shades are:

  • big baby (cream)
  • sassy bun (copper peach)
  • sippy sippy (glittery brown)IMG_4665

Sassy Bun is my favorite shade out of this entire palette. It’s a gorgeous golden peach color, without being too yellow or too bronzey. Sippy Sippy is pretty, but I have never been a huge fan of chunky glitter. Big Baby is a great base shade for me, but is too light to be used as anything else.

The last three shades are:

  • haunting (lavender)
  • uncommon (purple slate)
  • mancat (deep plum)IMG_4669

This row is probably my favorite overall, because I love the tones of the colors. The purples and mauves are just gorgeous and none of them are overly shimmery.

The face products:

  • sweet tea (bronzer)
  • gator wings (highlighter)
  • does this thing really work? (blush)IMG_4663

The bronzer is a beautiful formula, but it is very warm. It is also shimmery, but in a very flattering way. It will be pretty this summer just as an all over bronzer product. The blush color is a nice neutral pink, but again, I’m not a fan of the chunks of glitter. Thankfully, there isn’t a lot of it in there. The highlight is stunning! It is a beautiful light champagne color… with chunky glitter.

Overall, this palette has a lot of wonderful products. There is a lot of shimmer, so if you aren’t a fan of that then this wouldn’t be for you. I wish there were a few matte shadows in the mix as well, but you can achieve a lot of great looks with this.

Here is one look that I did using the last row of shadows, and “big baby” on the lid. I also used a little bit of “gator wings” in the inner corner, but had a lot of fallout with the glitter in that.


*Cheers to playing with new makeup*

joanna at motherhood and merlot