Just a little bit of personal info here, i'm in love with Vampyre, and i'm not talking about glitzy teeny bopper fan idols (no offence to anyone) and i'm not talking about depressing emo vampires. I'm talking about Anne Rice, the vampire Lestat, sexy, gory and down right awesome Vampyre.
So naturally when the True Blood books came out i was very much into them, the tv series didn't quiet do the books justice however I fell in love with that as well.
As you can imagine when i discovered that Tarte had partnered with True Blood to form a limited edition make up collection, i literally just had to have it. This need was enhanced on my visual of the palette that had been corseted in two of my favourite colours, red and black.
Unfortunately being in Australia and Tarte being an American brand i could only find the items on Ebay; so unfortunately i won't be able to link you to where i bought mine i will link the Tarte website for those of you in countries that they do ship to.
The collection is entirely limited edition and includes a Palette, a cheek stain and a lip stain.
As usual i'll start with packaging which has to be my favourite part of these products.
Both the Palette and the lip stain have plastic box packaging and another bit of personal info here, I'm a complete klutz so it takes me forever to get the lip stain out of it's packaging, I'm actually struggling with it right now.
After removing the lip stain from the box it is in the same packaging as the cheek stain; both are black tubes with chrome finish lids in a dark grey silver, you can actually see yourself in them which i find extremely cool.
The writing on the tubes is red with the exception of the True part of the True Blood logo. The Cheek stain being of wider circumference has Glamour Me printed on the back of the tube, however the lip stain has Glamour Me printed on the clear plastic box.
On to my favorite part of the collection the Palette. As i said before the Palette also has a plastic box, though no quiet as hinder-some as the lip stains one. The palette box easily slides out of the plastic container; with it comes a dark grey paisley patterned card, featuring the words Glamour Me (hoping you all get the reference here, if not go watch true blood) on one side and a chart of everything in the box on the other. Inside there are tutorial hints from the True Blood makeup artist Brigitte Ellis.
The Palette itself features that gorgeous previously mentioned corset pattern and on the inside has embossed paisley print surrounding the eyeshadows.The bottom section contains a draw with the text 'Open After Dark' on it, a small loop of ribbon extends from the bottom so you can open the draw.
The Cheek Stain
The lid for the Cheek stain is a screw top, so once unscrewed you are presented with a hard clear plastic lid which unless you have long nails (thank ghoul i do) it rather frustrating to remove. I've never bought a Tarte cheek stain so leave a comment if you know that this is how they package all of their cheek stains.
After removing the plastic lid i would've been a little confused (if i hadn't have watched another review) as to how the cheek stain pops up, this could just be my ignorance, i'm not really one for blushes of any sorts. The cheek stain has a press up button on the bottom of the container.
The color in the tube is a very pretty blend between a crimson and a retro red with gold sparkles. When applied the color is a sweet rather natural blushy red/pink color, i know this is the color i turn when i blush, though i am extremely pale. I have heard a lot of reviews claiming that the gold sparkles don't transfer to the skin however this is not the case for me, in fact i love the gold shimmer appearance when the light hits my skin, not to heavy just there enough to give you a bit of a glow. Another thing to mention is that the cheek stain has a fragrance that is really hard to put a finger on and is not detectable once applied, i'm going to go with lemony citrus but if you have the product and have another suggestion please comment because it's driving me insane.
Alright onto the lip stain.
The Lip Stain
The lid for the lip stain simply slides off and i really like the crayon appearance of this lip stain, again i've heard this is how most of the lip stains by Tarte are packaged but most of my lip stains are in liquid form so this is a first for me. The product twists up, which could be a future problem when the point of the lip stain is lost. In the tube the product is a slightly coppery strawberry red with a very subtle golden tint. This time when applied the golden tint does not transfer (at least to my lips) and when swatched the color is very similar to that of the cheek stain just opaque. On the lips you get a different result because the stain is blending with your natural lip color, i tend to get a bit redder than the swatch. The lipstain has a pretty minty smell though i can't stand too much of it.
Swatches for LS and CS:
Putting aside the Palette's gorgeous appearance, when you open the draw there are three items presented in a furry red plastic setting. Which i love running my finger over :).
The first product in the draw is the Tarte, True Blood primer, which i have heard a lot about. The primer is in a simple black tube with a black lid unlike the cheek and lip stains. On the back it reads '51% decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles' I haven't noticed that much difference between this and my Urban decay primer potion, they both last a night of clubbing and go on rather smoothly, so i probably wouldn't get the primer simply for that fact. Like the Urban Decay Primer Potion, the Tarte True Blood Primer has a doe foot applicator.
The second product in the draw is the Tarte for True Blood Mascara. It is also packaged in a black tube however this tube has snake skin printed all over it, which makes it stand out in the draw. On the back it reads 'Increases lash volume by 424%' at this point in time i can't really remember whether or no i've seen any difference in lash volume so i'll get back to you on that.
The final product in the drawer is a black retractable eyeliner, again this is in a thin black tube, no patterning. The eyeliner reminds me of the cheap retractable eyeliners you can get in the $2 store here in Australia, it's a wind up gel eyeliner, unfortunately DO NOT wind up too much as at least mine anyway won't go back into the tube. The product itself lasts a decent amount of time, again it can with stand a night of clubbing, it doesn't smudge and leaves a hard line and i found it works great on my water line - unlike others that simply wipe off.
These three products are part of Tartes permanent collection just without the True Blood logo.
So now onto the part i know you've all been waiting for, the eyeshadows. :)
There are 17 eyeshadows in the Palette, i'll write them down in the order they are on the palette and give you a quick description. (Note: Camera went flat will upload proper swatches ASAP, for now please view Dustin's review video)
A very pale peachy cream color, for those of you who know the Crayola Crayon colors i'd say this is close to the Almond. This color blends out to the point where only the frost finish is seen on my pale skin.
Again a very pale pink shadow, it is almost a pink version of The Light. This is my highlighter as it really works well with pale skin, again it blends really well with pale skin.
This is the first of the four Matte shadows in this collection. It is a warm toned light brown.
A shimmering pastel yellow gold color. There is a bit of fall out with this color Not much else to say
The second of the Mattes, this is a medium earthy brown.
A shimmering peachy color, the shimmer does make this product very fall outy and is definitely the hardest of the bunch to work with because of the loose flaky texture. Still a nice color and with a bit of effort you can make it work.
A matte black sprinkled with midnight blue glitter, i've heard a lot of people complain that when swatched and applied the blue glitter just doesn't transfer. I find that the blue glitter transfers well, again this could be my skin type but the blue definitely turns up and i have been complimented a hundred times on it.
A coppery apricot color, again it has a very frosty finish, in certain lights the yellow tones pick up more, in others the pink.
A deep plumish purple with a slight satin finish, very pigmented
The third Matte in the bunch, Stake is a very true grey shade, without leaning to any other color, i have many greys that end up too blue in some lights but this is true grey through and through.
A gold shimmer, like dawn this also has undertones of yellow however this shade is truer to gold color and not pale.
A pinky rose color combined with silver glitter, a little bit of fall out with use however not like Waitress.
-The True Death
A bright and very true silver color, the pigment payoff on this is amazing and definitely grabs attention.
Another Matte black loaded with glitter, this time silver, in the pan this almost reminds me of the night sky. Again i've heard that like Nocturnal this shadow leaves the glitter in the pan however again i find the glitter does transfer onto your skin; when swatched this is a much dark black than Nocturnal
An evergreen green that can depending on the colors you pair it with look more emerald this is one of my favorite colors and it also reminded me that i have very few green eyeshadows in my collection. This has a satinish finish.
The final Matte, it is a soft black leaning more towards a charcoal color. Very strong color payoff
A red burgandy shade that is littered with purple undertones. Cooler toned red.
Well that's it thank you for reading, i hope you found this entertaining and helpful.
Until next time,
Ashiie Imperfect xx