Grab it before it rolls away: tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette review, photos, swatches

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The product: tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette

My Skate Deck palette is missing one shade (Goccia, on the bottom row), but I’ve swatched the rest of them. The tokidoki eyeshadow formula isn’t one that I go crazy over, but it’s not half bad — better than most drugstore eyeshadows, but not on par with a brand like MAC or NARS.

I’d put the formula at a solid “just okay,” making it a good choice if you’re looking for fun, glittery shades (think Urban Decay on a smaller budget,) but I wouldn’t choose it for staple shades.

–> The top row

The top row of the Skate Deck palette contains…

  • Unicorno – a matte white (base colour) accompanied by finely-milled silver shimmer.
  • Stella – chunky silver glitter in a sheer, shimmery silver base.
  • Ametista – a pink-violet of medium intensity, paired with fine silver (and a bit of gold) shimmer.
  • Cuore – a super-sheer white-pink with finely-milled, shimmery white reflects.
  • Duna – a light, smooth, shimmery gold with a bit of fine silver shimmer for depth.
  • Sabbia – dense gold shimmer in a translucent white-yellow base.

Stella is definitely the most interesting shade in this palette, (and would make a gorgeous faux-gloss lid,) but I think Duna is my favourite — it’s just such a gorgeous shade, with the perfect warm gold/cool brown balance.

A few of the bottom-row shadows stain (more on that in a bit,) but none of these top-row shades do.

Swatched L-R: Unicorno, Stella, Ametista, Cuore, Duna, Sabbia.

–> The bottom row

The bottom row of the Skate Deck palette contains…

  • Goccia – missing, but it should be a dark, vibrant shimmery blue.
  • Adios Star – a basic black with a small amount of chunky silver glitter.
  • Tempesta – a blue-violet with fine blue and silver shimmer.
  • Granata – a medium-sheer mossy green with yellow undertones.
  • Camo – an intense, satin-finish chocolate brown.
  • 24 Karat – a pigmented, dark yellow-gold with gold shimmer.

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A smokey violet and blue FOTD | ft. MAC, FaceFront, and tokidoki

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I had wanted to create a (darkly) colourful smokey eye for you today, and I was really happy with how it turned out… with one (huge) exception: I kind of forgot to put mascara on (or curl, for that matter) the lashes on my left side. And I didn’t notice until I had already finished taking this photo set and the sun began to go down.


But anyways! Here’s a bold blue-and-violet smokey eye to start the week. Just, um, try not to look too closely at the full-face shots, mmkay?

{see the teaser!}

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tokidoki Vegas palette review, photos, swatches

Friday, December 2, 2011

The product: tokidoki Arte Palette in Vegas

The eyeshadows: The tokidoki Vegas palette includes four eyeshadows, described on the Sephora site as “pearl white, pearl grey, iridescent purple, and pearl dark purple.”

The pearl white is pretty standard (if any of you picked up last year’s Sephora BI birthday set, with Aspen Summit, I’m pretty sure it’s similar), and the iridescent purple is fairly “normal,” too – reminiscent of FaceFront Retro-Robotic Violetta, a shimmery mid-violet with red (rather than blue) undertones. (Think MAC Star Violet, but more pigmented.) They’re good shadows, medium pigmentation and blendable formulas, but they won’t blow you out of the water.

The other two shades (the two on the right), though…

In the top right is the pearl grey, which is just – wow. It doesn’t look all that special, but it swatches absolutely gorgeously. For a grey, it has quite a bit of yellow pearl (and violet-y undertones); the end result is sort of… mushroomy. I know, it doesn’t make a ton of sense right now, but just – look at the swatches! (It’s prettier visually than textually, and–like many great taupes–even prettier in person.)

And, finally, the dark purple. It’s not as unique as the grey, but it’s still well worth having. It’s a bit boring in theory, but it’s perfect in execution! I’m sure my fellow violet-lovers will understand when I say that purples are often pretty in the pan, but end up swatching too black, or too blue, or just too boring, you know? This one is a truer purple than most, though, which is definitely something I can appreciate.

tokidoki Vegas palette swatches – four eyeshadows, then the blush heavily/lightly

The blush: Described as a “soft bronze pink,” the blush in the Vegas palette made me think of NARS Orgasm right off the bat. Upon comparison, though, I can see that I was way off: they’re far from dupes, with Orgasm being more shimmery, less pigmented, and quite a lot more peach. More importantly, though, I’m a little concerned for the Sephora+tokidoki team – because whoever wrote up the blusher description is clearly struggling with language comprehension.

All of the three words apply, but it’s not a “soft bronze pink” blush. Colour-wise, the blush is pink. Period. It’s a strong, clear pink, and it happens to contain a healthy dose of gold shimmer, but that doesn’t interrupt the overwhelming pink (read: non-bronze)-iness of the shade. The formula is quite soft, so make sure to “dab” your brush to pick up colour; don’t sweep or push.

But, the blush, overall – it’s soft (in terms of texture), and bronze (in terms of shimmer), and pink (in terms of shade). However, it’s certainly not a “soft bronze pink”!

Top row, L-R: Clarins Miami Pink, Clinique Smoldering Plum

Bottom row, L-R: NARS Orgasm, tokidoki Vegas blush, generic 10 palette (leftmost shade on the top row of the palette)

The verdict?

For a measly $10USD/$12CAD, I cannot recommend this palette enough. The quality of both the eyeshadows and the blush is quite surprising, and though I’m very much not into the tokidoki packaging and branding, I’m willing to forgive it. I like the thin, lightweight cardboard packaging, I love the shades included, and the price tag & paraben-free formula are just the cherries on top!

I’m hoping that they’ll add another few Arte Palettes to the tokidoki lineup, but it would be nice to see a matte blush in the next one – this shimmery pink is a bit too in-your-face for me. Nonetheless, it’s a great, cheap palette, and it’ll hopefully make its way into quite a few stockings this December!

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