I’m off to see the Wizard. Her name is Tarina Tarantino and she creates magic with makeup. I’d often stand at the Tarina Tarantino display when it was available at Sephora and look lovingly at the products. I was very drawn to the Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette but I didn’t wear green at the time. I also never wore teal. So as pretty as the palette was (is) I knew it would never be mine.
Cut to 2014 and I bought it! I now wear green and teal eyeshadows plus my friend Phyrra raves about Emerald Pretty all the time. Her advice to me has always been to buy this particular palette. To my delight Hautelook finally had it for sale and I happily bought the palette and more TT items.
I’m embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t put it together that the Emerald Pretty Palette was based on The Wizard of Oz until I started using it. I then looked at the names of the shadows and thought “boy this sounds like the Wiz”. DUH. At least I realized it though so maybe my mind isn’t totally gone.
The 6 eyeshadow descriptions from the Tarina Tarantino website are:
•Glinda’s Kiss: Iridescent White
•Silver Shoes: Pearlized Silver
•Dandy Lion: Pearlized Olive Green
•Saw Dust Heart: Matte Deep Brown
•Ozma: Pearlized Aqua Blue
•Very Wicked: Pearlized Emerald Green
I can’t improve on those descriptions but I can show you the fabulously pigmented eyeshadows.
Glinda, iridescent white, has a soft iridescence. I use this on my browbone to finish a look. It’s the right shade with every shadow in the palette.
Silver Shoes is a lightly pearlized charcoal.
Dandy Lion, pearlized olive, was the shade that scared me in the palette – and now it’s the shade I adore. I either use it alone or I mix it with other shades in the palette to customize. It’s gone from being the scared lion to being the bravest of the group.
Saw Dust Heart is a matte dark brown (even if it looks different in my second pic). This is my least used shadow but that’s because a) I don’t often line with shadow and b) it’s matte so I’m not drawn to it. But the pigmentation is amazing and I need to use it more.
Ozma is the brightest of the group. That teal stands out and makes a striking look. My favorite combination though is to mix Ozma and Dandy Lion on my brush.
Very Wicked is a beautiful emerald on its own but when combined with Dandy Lion it’s even more special.
I’m totally blown away by the pigmentation in these eyeshadows. Tarina Tarantino wanted to capture the essence of the characters in The Wizard of Oz. She not only accomplished that goal but she did it in the most highly pigmented way. These colors make the good witch Glinda, Dorothy’s pals (the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow) all happy characters on the way down the path to Emerald City. I’m off on the journey with them to see the Wizard and show him my beautiful eyes.
Are you a Tarina Tarantino fan? Have I converted you?? — Marcia