Time for a shocking confession – my eyeshadow skills are so poor that’s they’re pretty much nonexistent. You know how some people love a winged liquid eyeliner look but really struggle to create the desired look on themselves? That’s how I am with eyeshadow. At the age of 34 I’ve decided that I shall not be defeated by makeup products; I’m determined to develop grownup eyeshadow game.
So when Bunny (wildly popular and fabulous YouTuber at Grav3yardgirl) collaborated with Tarte to create the Swamp Queen palette, which appeared to have lots of pretty yet neutral shades in it, I decided that I needed it in my life. Let’s dive right in to my thoughts on this much sought-after palette.
I have to start with the packaging because I LOVE it. The faux wood texture, fool’s gold vibe and winged gator make for a palette that definitely doesn’t look like anything else on the market. A lot of thought has gone into the packaging and in my opinion it paid off. The palette feels nice & sturdy yet isn’t too heavy to carry in your handbag if you want to. The mirror inside is large and the brush that’s included is dense and soft.
The palette has the most delicious scent to it, which fortunately doesn’t trigger hideous pain over one eye for me (it’s a Chronic Daily Migraine thing). The fragrance is chocolate with a little extra something, vanilla maybe. Have you ever eaten a Kinder Egg or those little Kimder bars? That’s what this palette reminds me of…yum.
Inside the palette you’ll find a bronzer, a blush, a highlighter and nine eyeshadows. I really like the fact that each product is named & connected with elements of Bunny’s life – it suggests attention to detail and that she actually spent time on these shades (I’m not an expert in celebrity/YouTuber collaboration palettes by any means but from what I’ve read the amount of effort & actual contribution from said celebrity can vary wildly).
As you can see from the swatches, I’m ludicrously pale so tend to avoid bronzer generally. Sweet Tea is pretty though so I see no reason why I can’t use it as an eyeshadow. The blush Does This Thing Really Work? is actually a lovely shade for me, though I suspect I’ll need to use a light hand (I always have to if a product is in any way pigmented, to avoid looking like Coco the Clown!). There is a slight shimmer through it which fits nicely with the palette’s summertime release. The Gator Wings highlight is a SERIOUS highlight; this highlight wants you to be visible from space. This is a popular element of the palette, although some people feel it’s too ‘chunky glitter’ and frosty but personally I just keep gazing at it like the magpie I am. It’s never occurred to me to want a gold highlight before but this one just makes me think ‘oooooooh, preeeeeettty’😍, which incidentally was exactly what my 5 year old daughter said when she watched me unboxing this palette.
I’m pleased with the range of colours in the eyeshadow section. Being such a newbie on the eyeshadow front, I’m pleased to have ‘wearable’ colours to play with. I particularly like the bottom row of shades. While some of the shadows are technically matte there’s a definite leaning towards shimmer in this palette. I’ve noticed that some of them are prone to fall out (I’m looking at you, Sippy Sippy) but not so much that it bothers me unduly. Here’s how they look swatched without primer on my NW10/15 skin:
Big Baby is a perfect shade to use just under my brows on an everyday basis. Sassy Bun is super pretty. While the overall range of shades is on the warmer side, I really think these eyeshadows could work on any skin tone. This palette is great for someone like me who doesn’t currently have many eyeshadows in their makeup collection. Of course, you may be someone who feels that you can never own too many palettes or just want this one because you’re a huge fan of Bunny – both perfectly valid reasons for treating yourself to this one 😊 (if you can get your hands on it).
This palette was a good buy for me. It wasn’t cheap to purchase and have delivered to the UK but it’s a gorgeous way to kick start my eyeshadow collection. Treats like this are a little slice of pleasure amongst my daily struggle with pain. I’m awaiting a date for admission to hospital to have a hole drilled into my skull and a pressure sensor placed in there for a couple of days – I’ll be hooked up to monitor and largely immobile. I may spend that strange stranded time watching YouTube eyeshadow tutorials and practicing with this palette; that won’t look at all weird, right? 😜
What eyeshadow palettes / tutorials would you recommend to a newbie like me?
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