It’s true, your honor. I’m horribly, terribly guilty — of abusing denim.
Especially in the late ’80s.
I guess I was just copying my friends. First, it was that pair of cheesy Guess overalls… You see, I wore them with one strap up and one down. Yeah, I should have known it was wrong, but I was just a kid then.
And that wasn’t the worst of it, either. Soon, I graduated from overalls to cropped jeans jackets. They were bedazzled, with golden studs.
That was probably my worst crime…
To help you understand — not that I’m trying to defend my actions — this all happened around the time my parents forced me to get a boy’s haircut.
Simply put, I was a bedazzled, denim-wearing mess who looked like a tween Filipino Elvis.
Then, just when I’d thought I put those days behind me forever, I saw the Tarte TEN Limited-Edition Collector’s Palette ($44)…
And the purple packaging triggered a flashback, an acid-washed trip back to my fashion-challenged days (NOOO!).
Tarte released the refillable TEN palette (you can pop the pans out of the magnetic base) earlier this summer to commemorate their — SURPRISE! — 10-year anniversary. It comes with 10 limited edition powder shadows, a dual-tipped pencil eyeliner and a small tube of Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.
For me, the stars of the show are the shadows. I like the variety of neutral, smokey and jewel-toned shades, all of which are fairly easy to blend, as well as the mix of matte and shimmery textures. They also last all day long with minimal creasing, which is nice.
I’d characterize the pigments as somewhere between light and medium (similar to Clinique shadows). If you’re a lighter lovely who’s had trubs with shadows appearing too stark/harsh against your skin, these pigments should be just enough for you.
If, however, you’re tan like me, or darker, you may have to really pile ‘em on. I had to use a lot of product, particularly with some of the darker shades (like the teal in these pics), to achieve a look I liked.
NOTE: Having to apply so many layers, I experienced considerable fallout with these shadows. Not as severe as the fallout I’ve seen from Stila’s Backstage Palette, but still enough to nip at my
Eyeshadow swatches from left on NC35 skin: Matte Soft Beige, Shimmering Violet, Shimmery Silver Gray, Matte Almost Black, Vivid Shimmering Gold
Deep Shimmering Forest Green, Vibrant Shimmering Copper, Deep Shimmering Chocolate, Vivid Shimmering Amethyst, Vivid Shimmering Teal
Wearing Vivid Shimmering Teal on the lid, Vivid Shimmering Gold on the brow bone and black eyeliner along the lash and waterlines (I wish I’d blended out the lines a bit more… le sigh)
As for the other products in the palette, the mascara’s been great for glossy lash looks; the full-size shadow brush is surprisingly soft, and I like using it to add color in the crease, to blend on the lid, and to smudge along the lashline; and I think the eyeliner’s just okay. It’s rigid and tugs at my skin, but it wears well on the waterline.
It may boil down to your skin tone, and to how much you’re bothered by fallout, but I think TEN’s a balanced eyeshadow palette with a good mix of colors that POP particularly well on pale beauties and light-skinned lovelies. Available at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
You might like the Tarte TEN Palette if…
- You like shadows with light-to-medium pigmentation
- You’re looking for a palette with a nice mix of colors for both party and work looks
- You don’t mind a little fallout
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,