The Vengeful Polyglot

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It’s taken me forever to actually photograph and swatch this palette, which was a gift from my mom (thanks, mom!) for my 22nd birthday this year. Those of you who are keeping track will realize that’s more than 8 months ago. Whoops? Nevertheless, it was a great gift and a fabulous surprise given we were currently on the high seas somewhere in between California and Hawaii at the time. Tarte is a company I tend to just love. I love that most of their products are all-natural and not tested on animals (I haven’t checked every single product so I’m hedging that statement, but every one I’ve used has had great ingredients and been cruelty-free).

The Tarte The Starlet Limited-Edition Vanity — there’s a mouthful! — is my second limited-edition Tarte palette (my review of the Tarte True Blood Limited-Edition Palette can be found here). There’s always something so appealing and fun about limited editions, and this is no exception. The claim to fame here is that it serves a dual purpose: once the makeup is gone, the vanity can be used as an adorable jewelry box.

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Having reviewed both Urban Decay’s original Naked palette, as well as its much anticipated followup, Naked 2, I’d now like to take the chance to compare the two palettes for those who might be curious about which to get, or whether both are worth having. Personally, I’ve enjoyed owning both despite their relative redundancy (though they tend toward different color temperatures, both are comprised solely of neutrals), but those on a budget could obviously choose one or the other without missing too much. Both have been wildly successful, and I consider them to be staples for every day use.

Since I’ve already covered each palette individually in the reviews linked above, let’s jump right into the similarities and differences between the two.

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I’m going to consider it kismet that the day I finally got around to publishing my review of Urban Decay’s Naked palette, Naked 2 was teased for the first time. Perhaps I am some sort of makeup prophetess! Or maybe it was a coincidence. Either way, I ordered Naked 2 “hot off the press,” as it were, the day it launched. So far, I’m very pleased with it! While it might not have been strictly necessary to have both palettes (does one really need 23 neutral eyeshadows?), I find myself using both of them constantly, usually in combination.

As hard as it is to avoid, this review will attempt to isolate the qualities of Naked 2, independent of its cult-favorite predecessor. I’ll be doing a post later on comparing the two. This palette includes 12 full-sized shadows, an exclusive-to-this-palette, double-ended Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush, and a travel-size Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked for $50. I’m also going to toss in my review of the travel-size Eldorado 24/7 Liner I got as a sample when ordering because I think it fits the “theme” so well. Overall, this is yet another palette with tremendously good value and versatile application from Urban Decay.

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Almost two months ago, my boyfriend bought Urban Decay’s Naked Palette for me after seeing me drool over it every time I dragged him to Sephora. Two months is an unusually long time for me to wait before reviewing a product, but I’ve been really reluctant to write this post because I wasn’t sure I could adequately describe just how much I love this palette while also not parroting all of the reviews which led me to get it in the first place.

Everyone loves this palette — and for good reason. I’ve heard people speak of Holy Grail items before, and never really gotten it. However, in the time that I’ve had this palette it’s easier to count the days I didn’t wear one or more of these shadows than the days I did. I get it now. This palette includes 12 full-sized, incredibly versatile shadows, the Good Karma Shadow Brush, and a travel-size Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion for $48. I don’t think any other palette has done neutral better, or for a better price.

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Recently, despite my personal dislike of the series (granted, I mostly mean the Sookie Stackhouse books, I’ve never really seen the show), I was intrigued enough by excellent reviews to buy the Tarte True Blood Limited-Edition Palette. The cheek and lip stain are a bit vampy for me, but the eyeshadows looked really useful, especially since my collection of “good” makeup is still a bit limited in terms of color.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised, and I would recommend it to a friend. It’s a surprisingly wearable set of eyeshadows, despite having some dramatic colors, and I think it’s appropriately priced ($52) for what you get. Set includes 17 all-new, “supernatural” eyeshadows, deluxe sample-sized Lifted natural eye primer, deluxe sample-sized Lights, Camera, Lashes! natural mascara, and a full-sized EmphasEYES aqua-gel eyeliner.

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