Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains a “bright copper” and a “bright champagne.”
- Amber is a rich copper brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. It has opaque color coverage. This is a shade that has been done by a lot of brands (including Tarina Tarantino). MAC Campfire is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is less metallic. theBalm Manic Mabel is less brown. theBalm Meep Meep is darker. MAC Double Feature 6 is very similar. MAC Amber Lights is richer.
- Elektron is a pale champagne with warm beige undertones and a metallic finish. It’s mostly opaque, but it’s not as pigmented as a lot of other shades by the brand–it does seem to work better applied to the eye. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is whiter. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar but darker, less champagne. MAC Baby, It’s Cold is more beige. MAC Dazzlelight is less metallic. Chanel Prelude is very similar.
Both shades have a really soft, dense, almost creamy texture that’s buttery and smooth as silk. Amber is nicely pigmented, while Elektron could use just a wee bit more pigmentation, though it seems to perform better on the eye than merely swatched on the skin. The two work together nicely, but I think I’d have preferred to have seen Elektron with a less metallic finish–then it could work really well as both a brightening shade on the lid as well as a highlighter. Using it as both with Amber in the crease comes off very metallic. When I wore this duo, both shades last a full eight hours without creasing or fading–whether they were over a primer or applied to bare lids.
It’s a good bang for your buck; you’re getting two full-sized eyeshadows, which are over double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.13 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.). The two shades offer what a brand offers in a quad! Of course, then we have to consider whether one would use up either shade and whether such a high amount is really a value.
The duo works together, but I recognize that both shades are dupeable, so it may not be a must-have, depending on the size of your stash. The quality is good overall, though, and this duo will flatter warmer complexions, especially during the summer.
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