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The Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette: When This Snake Bites, It’s Good for Your Skin

Published in: Eyes, Face, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews, Tarte

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Wearing the new Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38) on my eyes and cheeks

Snakes.

Freak out, man! SNAKES! They’re all over Tarte’s fall collection, including the Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38), which is kind of like the star serpent of the nine-piece release slithering now across Tarte counters and online.

The collection includes both limited edition products and new pieces bound for the permanent line, with the After Dark palette being one of the limited edition items.

The palette houses nine powder products — six eyeshadows, a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush — in colors inspired by the deep orchid hues of a rainforest at dusk, and in true Tarte fashion, the whole enchilada is cruelty-free, and made without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate or gluten.

Like many of Tarte’s products, this one is designed to deliver skin benefits which, in a way, I’m kind of conflicted about…

I mean, I love that whole idea — the idea of makeup that doubles as a skin care product — but I’m just not sure how well it works.

With serums and moisturizers, I can actually see and feel them being absorbed into my skin, but with makeup, it’s kind of just sitting right there on top, ya know?

Is it doing anything? I don’t know, but I figure it can’t hurt.

The secret ingredient in these is something Tarte calls colored clay, a super absorbent clay able to auto-magically color correct and address your specific skin and complexion concerns, and these powder definitely do absorb oil well.

Might be something to consider if you have very oily lids and/or cheeks.

The colors — plums, tans and golds — are all fairly neutral, and not too cool nor warm, making them good fits for a wide range of skin tones.

It’s hard to really mess up when using the eyeshadows, too, no matter how much I pack on, because they aren’t crazy pigmented (I’d say they’re about a medium). They blend out beautifully without looking too heavy.

I do notice a little fallout, but it’s not a big deal. Just tap off your brush first, or work it into the back of your hand.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

In terms of performance, the eyeshadows put up major points. In a perfect world, though, I might darken the darker shades a bit.

As for the blush, wow, so beautiful. That matte plummy tone sure looks natural on the skin, but the Park Ave. Princess bronzer? Eh. I think that one’s just OK. Probably better suited for lighter skin tones than mine.

Oh, about the gold highlighter and gold eyeshadow — holy highlight that, man! We’re talking really, really shimmery.

All and all, I’d say it’s a lovely palette — perfect for gals/guys who like natural looks with a kick.

I usually prefer a little more oomph from my eyeshadows, but I still see a lot here I’m sure I’ll wear this fall.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

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Calling Mrs. Mia Wallace! The Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette Marries Dark Themes With Dark Neutral Eyeshadows

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Urban Decay

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Wearing Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Palette on my eyes (just call me Mrs. Mia “Karen” Wallace)

If…

  • You like carrying on entire conversations with friends and family via Pulp Fiction movie quotes (“Bring out the gimp!” “I love you, Honey Bunny.” “All right, everybody be cool. This is a robbery!”).
  • Your Urban Decay cup runneth over, and yet despite owning all three Naked palettes, you still want more, more, MORE!
  • You dream of wearing brown, black and/or beige eyeshadow while doing the twist with John Travolta at a 1950s diner.
  • You don’t mind a little fallout.

Then you might want to say “What happened to my Honda?”

Wait — that’s from the movie. :)

Let’s try that again…

You might want to say “I do” to the new $34 Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette.

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Mmm, French fries with mayo…

Inspired by Mrs. Mia Wallace herself, Uma Thurman’s character from the movie, this five-piece (three new shadows and two re-promotes) limited edition palette, which is part of UD’s fall collection, is all about the Mrs. and recreating her look.

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection Palette

Inside the palette…

I’ve found that when I wear the shadows in this palette — Righteous (a matte light cream), Tyranny (a matte warm brown), Vengeance (a deep, satiny matte taupe-brown), Furious (a satiny white) and Anger (a satiny black with a slight sparkle) — things get very dark, very quickly, just like they do in the movie.

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette Swatches

Swatches…

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With the New NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit, You’ll Have All Eyes on You

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, NARS, Palettes

NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit

Eyes by NARSissist (the $59 NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit)

Honestly, though, I don’t blame you for your NARSissicism. I understand, I really do. That would be like blaming Tabs for being beautiful or the sky for being blue.

No, I blame the NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit ($59), that gorgeous three-piece palette in front of you. :)

NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit

The eyeshadows from the left: Madrague, Bali and Mekong

With a matte beige, a deep matte brown and a shimmery golden brown eyeshadow (as well as a miniature black liner and a travel-sized contouring brush) in it, really, how could you not get NARSissistic on that @ss?

NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit

In addition to the three shadows, the kit also comes with a travel-sized Wide Contour Brush #43 and a mini Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto

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Local Surfer Girl Gang Now Seeking Applicants: Must Be Willing To Rock the Bobbi Brown Surf Eye Palette

Published in: Bobbi Brown, Collections, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Bobbi Brown Surf Palette

Wearing the new Bobbi Brown Surf Palette ($65) on my eyes

Hey, surfer girl, hey.

Sure, have a seat next to me on the towel. You can put your board over there by the Surf Palette — yeah, that one with the linen packaging and the four glittery shadows, three shimmer shadows and beige matte shadow inside.

It’s cute, yeah? All of us in the group have one… You should totally get one, too!

Bobbi Brown Surf Palette

The Bobbi Brown Surf Palette, $65

Bobbi Brown Surf Eye Palette

Cool, cool...

We could always use another gal pal to charge the waves with us.

Nah, no worries if you can't surf for sh*t. It's not like any of us are going to win the Vans Triple Crown. We just like to hang out, catch a few waves and watch out for each other on the water.

Um, of course we also hang out on land. What do you think this is? One of those sisterhoods that stops when you get out of the water?

Rules? No, I wouldn't exactly say we have rules. Not really. I mean, we're all pretty mellow here, so there's no, like, Bravo-style backstabbing or anything. No one's gonna steal your beach bum boyfriend.

There is one thing, though… You do have to put up with a couple of the more eccentric members and their makeup habits.

Actually, to be more accurate, they're more like addictions.

I mean, you already know that Bobbi is totally into makeup, since you guys are acquainted, but you probably don't know that she also insists that we all put on at least a little bit of eye makeup whenever we go out for food, which we usually do after surfing.

Something about always looking polished no matter what...

You'll have to ask her.

And that girl over there? -- the one holding the huge tabby in her lap? That's Karen, another one of our member makeup fiends.

She's cool, but I have to warn you, if you start talking to her about makeup or cats, homegirl turns into a talking Terminator! She absolutely, positively will not stop.

Bobbi Brown Surf Palette

Cat lady surfer says what meow?

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The Rock N Roll Palette by Too Faced Cosmetics: These Tough and Tender Jewel Tones Rock

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews, Too Faced

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

Wearing the new Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette while doing my best impression of a vixen in an ’80s Billy Idol video

I’m about as rock ‘n’ roll as a porcelain cat figurine sitting on a lace doily, but I’m not gonna let that stop me from releasing my inner headbanger!

Rock, rock, rock, ROCK!

No, really. ’80s Billy Idol would totally hate me. He’d, like, sneer at me because I’d want to go home early because “I have to be in bed by 10.”

Actually 9:30. OK, 9.

But maybe he’d hate me less if I were wearing the new Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette ($36)…

Rock N Roll: what’s it all about?

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

The new Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette, $36

One of three palettes in the Too Faced Smitten Kitten collection for fall 2014 (the others are Country and Cat Eyes), Rock N Roll has a couple things in common with its siblings. Like the others, it houses nine eyeshadows in three rows, with each of the rows corresponding to a different makeup look — day, classic and fashion.

With a focus on jewel tones, Rock N Roll’s shadows are richer and more intense than the others, so if you like the way you look in jewels, and particularly if you have a medium or darker skin tone and don’t want to spend eternity packing on shadows to get them to show up on you, this one is definitely swatch worthy.

Someone’s been channeling Urban Decay

I’m thinking it. You’re thinking it. We’re all thinking it. So let’s just come out and say it. :)

These are some very UD-like colors — a deep green, a dark blue, an intense purple, and glitter for days.

That said, there are far worse things in life than channeling Urban Decay.

So, does it rock?

Rock N Roll’s colors have a harder edge to ‘em, but at the same time, I think they’re still very girly. It’s glam meets pretty — something I think Too Faced does exceptionally well. Perfect for a Too Faced Cosmetics girl going to a Metallica concert with her metalhead boyfriend, ya feel me?

[INSERT SIGN OF THE BEAST HERE, AND TRY NOT TO CONFUSE IT WITH "I LOVE YOU" WHEN YOU'RE IN HEAD-BANGING MODE.]

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

Rock on!

Think tough with a little tenderness to it. Even with the more intense shades, the darkest you get is navy blue Heavy Metal, deep green Punk and dark brown Ska, which, by the way, is like a shimmery version of MAC Brun (LOVE!). I’m wearing it in the crease in these pics.

Even then, the colors aren’t too harsh or dark.

What about wear time?

Let me put it this way: these shadows easily last through the encore. Same goes for the other fall palettes. With Rock N Roll, I get 8-10 hours with just a bit of fading starting around hour 8.

The right tools for the job

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

That’s Rockabilly along my brow bones, Ska in the crease, New Romantic on the inner half of my lids, Punk on my upper lash lines, Heavy Metal on my lower lash lines, and Rap in the inner corners

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