Monday, April 30th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.54 oz.) consists of six full-sized eyeshadows inspired by The Emerald City. They include: Glinda’s Kiss (iridescent white), Silver Shoes (pearlized silver), Dandy Lion (pearlized olive green), Saw Dust Heart (matte deep brown), Ozma (pearlized aqua blue), and Very Wicked (pearlized emerald green).

Glinda’s Kiss is a pale white with a white gold sheen. It has great color payoff, but it is a shade that is dupeable–and Tarina Tarantino has already put similar shades in a few of her palettes. Bare Escentuals One Hit Wonder is creamier, less frosted, slightly yellower. Tarina Tarantino Delightful and Tarina Tarantino Dreamy are more frosted, less metallic, subtler yellowness. MAC Manila Paper much yellower. MAC Nylon is yellower. Bare Escentuals Breathtaking is very similar, slightly less white. Urban Decay Zephyr is less yellow-toned.

Silver Shoes is a dark charcoal gray with a frosted shimmer-sheen. It has excellent pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is very similar though in a cream form. Tarina Tarantino Lovely has a pretty similar gray shade. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is slightly darker and bluer-toned. Urban Decay Gunmetal is bluer-toned. theBalm Inspirational is also similar but bluer-toned.

Dandy Lion is a deep olive green with a dirty gold shimmer-sheen. It has intense color payoff and a really soft, smooth texture. Dior Garden Pastels has a lighter, more green shade. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful has a much darker, more cool-toned green. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here has a browner, less green-toned version. MAC Sumptuous Olive is browner, less green. Inglot #433 is more golden, less green.

Saw Dust Heart is a dark burgundy chocolate brown with a matte finish. It has rich pigmentation (it applies even better on the lid). It has a similar color to NARS Ponderosa, without the shimmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is less brown. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is a little lighter and has shimmer. MAC Smut is a little darker and has shimmer.

Ozma is a blue-teal with a metallic shimmer-sheen. The color payoff is rich and intense, and the texture feels like butter. MAC Rain Drop is darker. Milani Primary Runway Eyes has a shade that’s a bit bluer. Milani Teal the Truth is more teal. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is more frosted, less metallic, but the colors are very similar. Inglot #413 is a bit lighter.

Very Wicked is a dark brownish-green–it has this murky olive brown base with dusted forest green sheen. The pigmentation was spot on. OCC Poison is the closest dupe, though it has a much darker, blacker base color. Make Up For Ever #84 is greener.

Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadow formula is AMAZING! — seriously one of my absolute favorites on the market and one of the more affordable formulas, too. The color payoff is excellent across the board, and the texture is buttery, dense, soft, and silky smooth. These apply as beautifully as they swatch, too. I wore Glinda’s Kiss, Dandy Lion, Ozma, and Very Wicked together to test out the wear–both with and without a primer–and after twelve hours, I didn’t have any creasing or fading either way. I applied them all dry, though her eyeshadows can be used both wet and dry.

Now, there is one glaring downside to this product, and it bothered me from the moment I opened up the palette: the size is unnecessarily large. There is a lot of wasted space in this palette, and while it’s slim, it’s still obnoxiously large. I was bummed about the packaging, because if it had been tighter and more like her other palettes (or just smaller), this would have been an A+ product all day long. Know that the contents are A++++ and its the size of the palette that holds it back.

It’s made out of heavy-duty cardboard, so it’s not the same plastic compacts that her other eyeshadow palettes and duos have been packaged in. Cardboard has its advantages and disadvantages–it’s much, much better if you’re prone to dropping products, because the cardboard will absorb more of the impact compared to plastic. Cardboard can be tossed around more easily without causing breakage of the eyeshadows, but it will show scuffs, dents, scratches, and wear and tear around the edges while plastic compacts won’t.

P.S. — Both Sephora and the back of the palette itself list the product weight as 6 x 0.9 oz. but also as 2.5g–2.5g is actually 0.09 oz. Based on the size of the eyeshadows compared to her other palettes and the various eyeshadows on the market, 0.09 oz. makes sense. Most eyeshadows are around 0.05 oz. (like MAC and Urban Decay), so six shades at nearly double that size for $36 is a great deal.

The Glossover

palette

Emerald Pretty

A+

Tarina Tarantino's eyeshadow formula is AMAZING! -- seriously one of my absolute favorites on the market and one of the more affordable formulas, too. The color payoff is excellent across the board, and the texture is buttery, dense, soft, and silky smooth. These apply as beautifully as they swatch, too. You may or may not have similar shades, though, as more than a few shades are dupeable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Ingredients

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Trimyristin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Nylon-12, Carmine (Ci 75470). May Contain +/- : Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090:2), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510). Contains Carmine as a color additive.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart Eyeshadow

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Ozma Eyeshadow

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Ozma Eyeshadow

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked Eyeshadow

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked Eyeshadow

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $36.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

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46 thoughts on “Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dee GUSnail

    I’ve seen you rave about these shadows before-but I’m just not a fan of pre-made pallettes.  I wish they sold the shadows individually so I could give them a go.

  2. I was waiting for this! Amazing pigmentaton and the shades are even more pretty than I expected!

  3. sarah

    this is the first product this year that has grabbed my attention. i love the wizard of oz, and the shadows are gorgeous!

  4. paradisepoetry

    Oh my gosh, this is awesome!

  5. This palette looks great and when you put together an eye look it makes it more appealing!

  6. mondeparfait

    I was hoping there would be a ruby red in there! For some reason, The Wizard of Oz always screamed to me bright colors.
     
    It’s lovely, but not something I need to have.

  7. LJ

    Does anyone know if this is at all available in the UK? I’ve read so many of your reviews of her eyeshaodws, and this one has just made me want to get hold of her products even more!

    • I’m not entirely sure :(  I know that it’s only available at Sephora, so if it’s not at Sephora UK, it’s probably not available at all overseas!

      • LJ

         @Christine (Temptalia)
         We no longer have Sephora in the UK! Such a joke!!
        I’m going to Paris in September, heading straight to Sephora for Tarina’s eyeshadows!
        PS – The look you did for this is one of my favourites on you, ever! Great job!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LeeAnn moena

    I agree with you on Tarina’s pigmentation and texture. It’s a pity these colors aren’t what I expected from the name though. I was hoping for some emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red. Basically, I’m in love with jewel tones, lol.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

    I actually looked this up on Sephora last night solely because of how much I love the look you put together in the MAC swatches. I think it’s the most exquisite, sophisticated, chic eye look I’ve ever seen on you! (It’s the kind of look I could see Charlize Theron wearing in that fabulous Dior ad set in Versailles!) But something really holds me back and it’s not solely that I really don’t trust my abilities to duplicate your look (though that is a big part of it, lol).  Turquoise-y teal (as that colour looks in the pan) is not always the easiest colour for me to pull off and I fear that, with my olive skin tones, the others would end up looking muddy or dirty on me. Yeah, I definitely don’t trust that I could do as good as job as you have done with these colours. LOL! 

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Thanks to you, Christine, Tarina Tarantino’s shadows have become my favourites too and while I love the look of these beauties (and may break down and buy the palette if it comes to Canada), there really aren’t any colours in there that I totally “need”. But already, I’m getting that “itch” for Very Wicked…I saw the dupes but wonder if either Club or TF Label Whore is “sorta close”. I’m a bit dismayed that she’d gone to cardboard. I understand that it’s recyclable but I just don’t like cardboard. I’m always getting my palettes wet and cardboard just doesn’t like water all that much. I liked her other palettes – they had real heft and felt solid and substantial.  Is there a mirror in this one?

    •  @Mariella Nah – Club and Label Whore is going to be bluer and browner – like this is very green. Maybe closer to something like MAC Femme Noir – maybe with a little Greensmoke? 

  11. Dr Melissa

    The 0.9 vs 0.09 oz is likely a typo but  converting from oz to g may differ because it depends on the product’s density. ….Said the ScienceGeek….

    •  @Dr Melissa The product would have the same density since you’re converting one weight to another, right? It would be different if you were taking say two different products.  It’s also a weight measurement and not a volume measurement, so I’m not sure how density makes a difference there – since that seems to be something that would be problematic when you’re filling a certain volume.  Like loose pigments can sometimes fill up the entire jar but also come half-filled – but they’ll weigh the same.  
       
      Based on the running sheet I have with both oz., fl. oz., grams, and ml, the conversions always work out.

    •  @Dr Melissa I keep looking for a reference that says what you’re saying, but I’m not having any luck – just tons of conversion calculators!   I just keep seeing it only being an issue if you have two different types of products and you were trying to guesstimate their weight by how much volume they took up so a pound of one material might look like a big ol’ mound and a pound of another material might be much smaller… even though they’re both still the same weight – but one is more dense than the other.  I’m not good at science, so I’d love it if you could point me to where I can learn more about it.

      • Dr Melissa

         @Christine (Temptalia) Hi Christine- Density is typically expressed in units of g/mL but we can use g/oz here. So, using D for density: D= g/ oz. Therefore  g = D/( oz). or, in other words, 1 g = D ( 1 oz). If the density is the same, then the conversion is the same. I’m not sure if every eyeshadow has the same density, you probably have a better feel for that than me.  (I’m guessing they are pretty close.)  That said, i really like this palette! So pretty!

        •  @Dr Melissa Hi – my confusion is that we’re converting the measurement as given by the brand, so the density should be the same?  We’re not comparing the density of Tarina Tarantino to Urban Decay’s for example!

        • Sara B

           @Dr Melissa But density is mass per volume, so it would have to be grams per *fluid* ounce, not grams per ounce. Also, if 1 g = D (1 oz) like you said (and I see how you got that), density could only equal 1 for that equation to be true. (I think the issue is that you can’t use ounces and fluid ounces interchangeably.) But anyway I think Christine is right, density shouldn’t matter for converting ounces to grams, since both are a measure of mass. Hope that helps clear up some of the confusion!

  12. I haven’t plunged into the world of Tarina Tarantino yet (and I doubt I would have noticed the brand but for your blog), but this looks beautiful and I’ve always loved The Wizard of Oz, because it was the first movie I ever saw. Might have to start with this one!

    •  @Kate MacDonald If you like softer, denser textures, I think you’d really like it!  Aside from the packaging size, it’s fantastic.  I don’t travel very often so it’s not a HUGE deal for me other than it screaming “wasteful” when I see it, LOL.

  13. Perri

    Ohhhh an A review===> I suppose I’ll need to purchase!! The box is so pretty too.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ester Ester

    Saw Dust Heart and Very Wicked are absolutely beautiful, and the look you created with the palette is stunning! If I could have a duo of just those two colors, I’d be set.

  15. sarah

    So pretty! Will you post your steps under Looks? You may have already, and I just didn’t see it. Love your site!

  16. I love how enthusiastic you are, and I love the Wizard of Oz! It’s really too bad that I don’t wear greens too often. 

  17. Blue

    I may be a little biased because I love Wicked, but I think I’m going to be getting this! The pigmentation looks fabulous here, like you’ve stated – and the price is great for the quality, I think! And again… the names… oh, how I love them!

  18. Caitlin Mary

    This brand always throws me for a loop!  The packaging is a bit tacky but the products seem so solid >.<

  19. Such a stunning eye look you have created with this palette, Christine!  What I admire most is the unlikely combination of colours.  Personally, I would not have come up with this combination.. the Dandy Lion and Very Wicked (rather looks like Mac Greensmoke to me) ground the bright colours beautifully and really complement your eye colour.  It’s sooooo unique and sooooo tempting!   

  20. Your look convinced me I needed to buy this. It’s so gorgeous! You look awesome in these colors.

  21. Love the eye look that you created, my faves have to Dandy Lion – it looks gorgeous!

  22. P.s. I forgot to say earlier but I am so happy that you mentioned the math on the size vs. price. When I bought the Highlighter duo from Tarina I was impressed at the eye shadow amount vs. the price. You seem to get a lot of bang for your buck!

  23. Singer82

    I’m soooo glad this isnt LE!!! I really want it but cant cause of funds. But since its perm I can get it anytime!
    Your eye look is what convinced me to want it. Love it! We have very simular eyecolor.

  24. This is one of the prettiest looks I’ve ever seen, just amazing! (she says will grabbing wallet and running to Sephora)

  25. Katie

    I love her products! 

  26. 87daysbefore

    oh my god why do I not have this. 

  27. I’m in LOVE with Dandy Lion! I’ve never seen a color like that and I know it would look so flattering on me! I just wish that blue was a bright red or something because I don’t like blue shadows on me!

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of MJ aeviterna

    Dandy Lion is beautiful! That’s the only shade worth having for me from this palette, though. At least the quality is there, at least!

  29. 40 and Fashionista

    love!

  30. Morgan Jenkinson

    I love this palette!!!

  31. April Sellers

    Omg I think I need this in my life!!!

  32. Maverine Torres-Coronel

    Thanks for this. I absolutely loved your eye look in the last heap of reviews.

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    Can’t wait until this is in my Sephora! I went today but they didn’t have it and I’m impatient haha

  34. JazzyFresh22

    Hmm. I now want to try Tarina’s eyeshadows 

  35. mandygallo

    Tarina Tarantino is one of the most underrated lines out there.  She used to be a makeup artist for MAC, she knows pigmentation.  Her eyeshadows are really pigmented!  Her waterproof liners are soft and glide on like the UD 24/7, but they’re $15.  I buy a lot of her stuff, and I’m definitely getting this palette

  36. Natalie

    Wish I could just buy Dandy Lion and Very Wicked separately–they’re my two favorite colors, though I have yet to purchase anything like Very Wicked or its dupes… and your eye look is absolutely GORGEOUS.  I’m curious though: has anyone seen whether L’Oreal’s Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Gleaming Bronze is at all similar to Dandy Lion?

  37. LaceyWoolston

    I have this and LOVE it. Tarina Tarantino knows what she is doing. Big Fan!