a word to the wise: never dis "the wizard of oz" in my presence. it was the first film i ever saw in a theatre. [in rerelease, not when it originally came out. although i'd bet you'd all want to know my anti-aging secrets...] i grew up with a record of the film [basically key points of dialogue and all the musical numbers] that i listened to almost every day for years. the only thing that got me through elementary school was the idea that i might be sucked up into a tornado and launched into a technicolour dimension full of talking animals and fabulous shoes. i'll be honest- i never could figure out what dorothy found so damned appealing about going back to dust-bowl era kansas to live in poverty, when she could have just stayed on in oz with all her friends, safe from the witch who wanted to euthanise her dog. especially since the emerald city was in need of an overseer. but the movie has played a pivotal role in my life and do not take kindly to its detractors.
so when i found out that jewelry designer tarina tarantino, whose revamped cosmetics collection has received some rave reviews, especially over at temptalia, was doing a "wizard of oz" themed palette, it did seem sort of obvious that i'd found the point at which i could get acquainted with the brand.
and it's not like i'd heard that someone was remaking "the wizard of oz" [in point of fact, "the wizard of oz is itself a remake, since the books of l. frank baum had already been adapted for the screen in the early silent era; i have them on dvd!]. a remake would have been insulting, as they almost always are. this is a tribute to the novels, the film and even the tales that followed in "wicked". it's hard to dislike someone's effort to pay tribute to something you love.
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and it would be hard to dislike this palette even if it were a tribute to something i hated, like "shades inspired by the republican candidates for president in 2012. [ok, scratch that. that palette would be mind-blowing. a bright white-silver for newt. a tarnished gold for rick perry. something zany for michele bachmann, like an electric teal with a pink-red sheen. a flaming red for ron paul. a dirty brown for santorum. a flat, all-purpose beige for romney. i'd buy six, i swear.] the point is that there is absolutely nothing about this palette [the tarina taratino one, in case you lost track there] that's not to like. its six shades are uniformly excellent in texture and pigmentation. [the formula reminds me of the best urban decay shadows more than anything.] they are remarkably well chosen for a selection of neutrals with an edge and shades with real pop. it costs $46 canadian at sephora, which makes the value truly excellent, especially given the quality. here's a rundown of what you get:
"glinda's kiss" is an ivory-white highlight shade with a noticeable gold sheen. i love the fact that it never looks like a full-on white, but never appears overly warm either. it really brightens my eyes when worn as a lid colour. i works as a highlight, although you'll probably want to sheer it out a little- all the shades have pretty intense colour payoff.
there are a few shades that compare to this, although i do find that this one captures the white/ gold balance especially well. mac's laundry daze is very similar, but its finish is more satiny, so it's more like a light yellow. i have an old mac shade called "white wheat" that works on the same highlight with gold sheen principle, but the gold really takes over in that one. armani eyes to kill #19 is much more sparkly. i suspect that mac's "white gold" is similar, but I don't have it to compare.
|natural light l to r :: mac laundry daze [l.e.], glinda's kiss, mac white wheat [l.e.]|
|with flash l to r :: mac laundry daze [l.e.], glinda's kiss, mac white wheat [l.e.]|
|natural light l to r :: urban decay gunmetal, silver shoes, mac stovepipe black [l.e.]|
|with flash l to r :: urban decay gunmetal, silver shoes, mac stovepipe black [l.e.]|
|natural light l to r :: nars paramaribo- lighter side, dandy lion, rbr abyssinian catbird|
|with flash l to r :: nars paramaribo- lighter side, dandy lion, rbr abyssinian catbird|
|natural light l to r :: sawdust heart", mac showstopper [l.e.]|
|with flash l to r :: sawdust heart, mac showstopper [l.e.]|
|natural light l to r :: fyrrinae mermen [l.e.], ozma, mac partylicious [l.e.]|
|with flash l to r :: fyrrinae mermen [l.e.], ozma, mac partylicious [l.e.]|
|natural light l to r :: mac antique green, very wicked, mac emerald dusk [l.e.]|
|with flash l to r :: mac antique green, very wicked, mac emerald dusk [l.e.]|
here are a couple of quick looks i put together with the palette. in both cases, i'm wearing marcelle's beauty balm in "light/ medium" as a foundation/ tinted moisturiser and smashbox's high definition liquid concealer in "fair/ light" as a base.
this first look illustrates what i was saying about the shade "ozma": i'm wearing it, but it's diffused over the lid, so that, while everything looks a bit blue, you aren't struck by a bright flash of teal that you would expect.
tarina tarantino e/s "glinda's kiss" [white gold]
tarina tarantino e/s "ozma" [bright blue-teal]
tarina tarantino e/s "dandy lion" [olive green with gold sheen]
tarina tarantino e/s "very wicked" [cool, dark grey green]
mac powerpoint e/l "black swan" [black with silver glitter]
mac eye kohl "fascinating" [white]
armani eyes to kill mascara
mac blush "bite of an apple" [bright coral]*
mac l/g "red devil" [bright coral red] *
*suggested alternates :: bite of an apple = mac salsarose [redder and pinker, with a sheen]; red devil = chanel nakkar
this look was more something i was playing around with to see how "dandy lion" worked with blue eyes. answer: very well, although it makes mine look greyer than they usually do, a fairly common occurrence with warmer green shades. i was playing around with different ways of blending the shade and so, yes, i'm very aware that it looks slightly different from one lid to another. i eventually opted to go out with the right lid- the one that showed more of "dandy lion"'s full splendour, but when i was taking the photos, obviously, i was still coming to a decision.
tarina tarantino e/s "glinda's kiss" [white gold]
tarina tarantino e/s "dandy lion" [olive gold]
le metier de beaute e/s "jade" [deep leaf green]
tarina tarantino e/s "sawdust heart" [dark cool brown]
mac superslick liquid liner "desires and devices" [dirty brown-green]
benefit bad gal lash mascara
guerlain terra inca sublime radiant powder [rose bronze]
armani l/s "raspberry zincite" [mauve pink]
i realise that i'm wearing that armani gloss all the time now, but i suppose that that's the hallmark of a great colour, right? i just love how it looks on my lips that, yes, i admit, i'm favouring it more than its roommates at the moment. i can't think of another lip colour i've worn three times for looks on this blog...
the emerald pretty palette is limited edition, but currently still available at sephora. you can order it at any time on line, but it's worth checking their nifty new web site, because it'll let you know if the item is in stock near you. not every sephora location carries the brand.
tarina, you've made an awesome first impression and i will be back for more.