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Tarte Grav3yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette Review

I may be 46-years-old, but that didn’t stop me from squealing when my Tarte Grav3yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette arrived in the mail today. Upon unboxing my loot I was impressed with the packing. Tarte wrapped the palette in bubble wrap and beautiful purple Tarte tissue paper. The palette itself comes in a paper box that matches the actual palette. (see below).


Now I have to admit that photographing the inside of the palette was extremely hard. Between the mirror and the gold make-up case there was a lot of glare, but here it is, can you tell my hand was a bit unsteady!`swampqueen

Aside from my subpar photo I have to say that the palette is really nice. It’s pretty hefty and the mirror is top quality, with no wobbly-wiggle in the surface.

This is my first Tarte purchase and I immediately noted the amazing vanilla smell. I LOVE that these powders smell like vanilla and not all chemically. The shades are much more rich and brilliant than in the photo too. Lots of sparkle and shimmer going on here. I was a bit worried that I might not be able to use these shades everyday but I was wrong.

You get…

  • Eyeshadow in SFS (rose gold)
  • Eyeshadow in Natural Peaches (peachy nude)
  • Eyeshadow in Dogman (burnt sienna)
  • Eyeshadow in Big Baby (cream)
  • Eyeshadow in Sassy Bun (copper peach)
  • Eyeshadow in Sippy Sippy (glittery brown)
  • Eyeshadow in Haunting (lavender)
  • Eyeshadow in Uncommon (purple slate)
  • Eyeshadow in Mancat (deep plum)
  • Bronzer in Sweet Tea
  • Blush in Does this Thing Really Work?
  • Highlighter in Gator Wings

Here’s a casual shot of me looking like I ate a lemon. Try taking a picture in a mirror while holding an iPhone. Seriously hard! I also look like I have a Tarte tattoo on my chin which is kind of cool. I’m wearing “sippy sippy”, “sassy bun” and “big baby” with a little “does this thing really work?” on my cheeks. I paired it up with some Clinique mascara and lipstick. Remember, I’m not a make-up artist, just an average human who loves beauty products, so if I can make this work so can you.


I really feel like I’ll use all of the shades at some point. This palette is perfect for every day use and you only need a tiny bit of product so I imagine it will last for a long time. In addition the the 12 shades you also get a really, really nice brush will a wooden handle. Finally there is a tip card with day/evening looks to try.

The bad news is that this is a limited run from Tarte and I’ve heard that it’s hard to get. I got lucky and ordered mine directly from Tarte on the release day but they sold out quickly. I do commend Bunny for trying so hard to update her fans on more release dates at Sephora and Ulta. She is truly a class act and I’m thrilled to own this little piece of Swamp Family goodness. Thanks Bunny for creating a palette that we all can wear!

Product Update 6/12/16 – You can now order the Swamp Queen palette at they also have the Tarte Grav3yardgirl Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint.

It will be in Ulta Stores on June 26th.


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