Ever since my Glamlite Haul, I have been wearing and working with this indie brand’s formula. I was head over heels with the Burger Palette and had a pretty average experience with the Veggie Lover’s Pizza palette, now it’s time to share my thoughts on the infamous Taco!
The packaging on this palette is cute, yet sturdy! The realistic food depiction is something different and not often seen. I also like the carton box that houses the palette, making it a little easier to store with a typical rectangle shape, versus a half circle. It has a nice sized mirror inside with eyeshadow names printed right on the packaging. Overall I like the packaging, but I don’t see myself grabbing for this when travel is in mind.
The Viva Taco comes with 15 eyeshadows in both matte and metallic finishes. The colors are vibrant and bold, but nothing revolutionary (so, no duo chromes or wild color flashes here). The assortment of shades are perfect for fall and winter, with more earth tone vibes. Despite their being purple inside, I find this shade range pretty wearable for most skin tones.
While swatching, I noticed the matte shades were extremely dry and pressed firmly within the pans. This means less fall out during application, but also makes you work a little harder to pick up product. They are quite comparable to Juvia’s Place formula (but with less pigmentation). Overall, the mattes are buildable.
The metallics on the other hand are soft, but not a creamy texture like found in the Burger palette. I found that the shades quickly developed a “hard pan” film on them wether I used a brush or fingers. This made it a bit difficult to evenly apply shadows on the lid with ease.
In all honesty, I was disappointed by this one! The quality just wasn’t there, especially in comparison to other Glamlite palettes. The color story is beautiful and would make a great everyday palette, but if you have these shades already I wouldn’t recommend buying this. I was able to get beautiful looks with it, but I had to work harder to blend. I also tried different eyeshadow bases to avoid patchiness, or strange lifting with the matte shadows while blending and nothing really helped. My biggest let-down has to be the longevity of these shades. Within a few hours I notice creasing, fading and overall unevenness of the shadow. I’ve never had this before with any other shadow formula (and I don’t have oily eyelids).
Overall, there are too many cons for me and I don’t see me grabbing for this one too often. 🙁