OVERALL, Tartan Tale doesn’t do it for me. The eyeshadows look really cool, and they have a lovely soft and smooth texture, but they just seem so muted when you apply them. Glamora Castle and Semi-Precious were the best of the six, while the other shades felt more appropriate as soft, springy pastel kind of shades.
I don’t like the value of Dazzleglass Cremes, and this batch of five tends to run rather sheer and they start to all look like the next when worn on the lips, and there were too many that were similar to permanent or recently released shades–a few also looked just like Dazzleglass and lacked the “creme” part. Sheer is great, but seeing it over and over within the same collection is redundant.
My favorites are all of the Pearlglide Eyeliners, though three of them are repromotes–all worth a peek if you don’t yet have them! It’s just such a rich, pigmented formula that glides on like butter and still wears long, I can never pass these up. I also really enjoyed the pigments that came out with the launch, because I felt like they had depth and stood out amongst past and present pigment releases. Both nail lacquers were stunning on, but the brushes on both were a bit thick, so I’m not sure if there was a manufacturing defect there or not.
Much of this launch felt decent to good but only some items were really great. On the flip side, I didn’t feel like anything here was really lacking in quality to merit a skip.