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Tarte Be a Mermaid & Make Waves Palette Swatches and Review

Hello Lovelies!
I splurged and got the Tarte Be a Mermaid & Make Waves Palette! This was a huge case of being captivated by pretty packaging, but the shades are gorgeous as well, so I don’t feel too guilty.

This had 14 shades in all, 10 luster finishes, 1 lonely duo-chrome, and 3 matte shades. It comes in a clam shell case that has a surprising amount of heft. The outside is cased in embroidered duo-chrome faux leather that shifts from violet to teal.
Tarte Be A Mermaid Make Waves
Tarte Be A Mermaid Make Waves
Tarte had a mini sale going on so I snagged this mermaid tail eyelash curler as well. The oversized tail shape is actually easier to use than a standard curler and super comfy to hold! The curler came with a deluxe mini of Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, I can’t say I’m too impressed by it. 
It gives the same length and volume from my drugstore mascara so I won’t be re-purchasing. I mainly got this set for the nifty curler anyway~

Tarte Be A Mermaid Make Waves

Swatches Be A Mermaid Make Waves

Would you believe me if I said it took longer to type out each eyeshadow’s name than it took to actually swatch each one? It’s true! These are all one swipe of pigment with just my fingertip, each one is super pigmented, creamy, and blends like a dream.

You can see an eye-look I put together with the palette here on my Insta. The box the palette came in is also gorgeous as if the packaging wasn’t enough.

Tarte Be A Mermaid Make Waves
Before I bit the bullet and purchased this, I was read a ton of reviews and kept seeing people say this palette was a letdown due to the neutral shades. I’m glad Tarte stuck with warm earthy tones, because if I’m spending this much on a palette I’d like to be able to incorporate it into my everyday work makeup. I don’t quite feel like wearing lime green or neon purple every day, even if those would be more “authentic” mermaid shades haha.

Tarte Be A Mermaid Make Waves

What’s your favorite shade from the palette? Do you like the shades or do you think Tarte should have gone with more neon “mermaid” colors?

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