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I have been a massive fan of Tati for years! From her early Glam Life Guru days when she only had around 100k followers to now when she has almost 10 million followers! I love her honesty in her reviews, her generosity, her talent and how she mixes both budget and high end brands. When she first released her Textured Neutrals Vol 1 palette, I didn't order immediately, for a few reasons - mainly because I had promised myself I wouldn't go palette crazy in 2019 and had recently just bought Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette (review here), which was a major splurge, plus I thought that I had pretty much every shadow I could want covered. But it haunted me! I read only very positive reviews and my friend, Dagmara, actually hit pan on one of her shadows as she basically used the palette daily since buying it. I knew then that it was only a matter of time before I'd buy it and I eventually did in February and I'm ready to share my thoughts with you today.
First of all, I love the packaging - an outer cardboard sleeve and the palette itself feels sturdy with a textured, heavy cardboard that has a feel almost like Nars products of old, which means that it will get grubby. The logo is in gold on the lid and inside is a full size mirror and a plastic sleeve that will protect the shadows. There are six colour ways and four types of shadow in each one, so a total of 24 shadows.
I immediately noticed that two of the shadows looked as though they had been touched, as you can see in the photo above. Dagmara also had this issue with one shadow in her palette - it's not the biggest deal but I've never experienced with any other palette I've owned so it's a little niggle I have with it.
The eyeshadow types are glitter, metallic, sequin and matte and the range of shades goes from everyday to full on glam, yet all very wearable. Obviously, you can use the colours in whichever way you choose, but I love the layout, which suggests the shades that work best together, if you aren't the most creative with shadows or are unsure which ones look best together. All swatches below are completely unedited. I never use primer when swatching shadows.
The first column is Memory, which contains black, charcoal, grey and silver shadows.
Next is Ritual, which contains browns and bronzes - this is probably my most worn column.
The third column is called story and contains coppers and oranges - I can see myself wearing this a lot more during the summer months as they work well with my green eyes and think a hint of colour in my skin will enhance the look further,.
Column 4 is called Soothe and it's a mixture of light to medium browns - these are perfect for everyday wear for most eye colours.
Column 5 is basically cream shades that can be used as bases for all of the other columns, as they are realistically not great worn as a foursome.
The final column is Poet, which consists of reds, pinks and purple-pink.
Generally, to get a glitter to stick to the eyes, glitter glue is needed or a liquid glitter underneath but these are most definitely the exception - they are unlike any others I've tried (well except for another palette, which I am going to talk about later this week and is easier to access on this side of the Atlantic). They feel like a cream to touch and are hugely pigmented. What I really love is that the particles don't fall down into my eyes, as my eyes are very sensitive and this is what puts me off full on glitter eyeshadows usually. Tati did a fantastic job with these and I can only imagine how long it took to get this formula just right.
The metallic shades remind me of MAC satin eyeshadows so whilst they are nice to work with, they aren't hugely different or special from other brands. They aren't bad but they aren't as nice as Natasha Denona, Pat McGrath or Too Faced metallic shadows. That being said, they do build well and they don't crease.
The sequin shadows are pigmented, soft (with some kickback in the pan) but apply so smoothly to give the lids a subtle shimmer/microglitter look. They are very suitable for daytime use as a one sweep shadow. Because the formula is soft, it's very easy to create a dent in the pan (I have with two already) so just carefully tap your brush in to get some colour as they are pigmented.
Finally, the mattes. They don't feel quite as buttery in the pan as the other shadows but they are miles away from the stiff and chalky matte shadows of years ago. They blend beautifully and look so smooth when applied and what I love most is that they don't crease - even on my oily lid/watery eye combo.
Overall, I think this is the perfect first palette from Tati - there are countless numbers of looks that can be created with it and I like that she kept it neutral. I'm sure that there will be palettes full of colour to come in the future as Tati is a huge fan of playing with colour but for most people, neutral is the best place to start. It's so easy to just do a quick wash of colour, to add some sparkle or to go full on with this palette and the range of shades is beautiful - I think all eye colours will get along well with it.
For me, despite the minor niggles, it is definitely worth the hype and the price is very reasonable, given the quality. I'm looking forward to seeing what her next release will be.
Which column is your favourite colour way? Have you bought this palette? Are you tempted to? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
It's priced at $48 and is currently marked as sold out but that is just due to the virus and the safety of her warehouse workers so keep an eye and it will come back into stock.
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