Textured Neutrals Vol 1 is a pressed powder palette from Tati Beauty. It is described as a “universally flattering neutral palette” that begins “with a row of prismatic glitters that cascade into shimmering metallics, sequin pin-points and ultra-rich creamy matte shadows.” Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued and in the end the combination of such a gorgeous looking palette + the trust that Tati has earned with me when it comes to makeup + my impending birthday resulted in the purchase of this product.
Who is Tati Beauty?
Tati Beauty is owned by Tati Westbrook, an American YouTuber who has spent many years reviewing, consuming, and loving makeup. Textured Neutrals Vol 1 was her first release back in October 2019. As of writing Textured Neutrals Vol 1 is the only eye shadow or pigment palette from the brand.
Tati Beauty: Textured Neutrals Vol 1
Textured Neutrals Vol 1 consists of a collection of 24 pans that break down into six monochromatic colour stories (Memory, Ritual, Story, Soothe, Aura, and Poet) represented in four different textures and finishes (Glitter, Metallic, Sequin, and Matte). Each glitter pan holds 0.75g of product, while each metallic, sequin, and matte pans holds 1g of product. Textured Neutrals Vol 1 is a permanent product for the brand.
Textured Neutrals Vol 1: Vital Statistics
Amount of Shades: twenty four
Total weight of Product: 22.5g
Price: US$48 – however with VAT included the palette came to US$57.60 + US$9.95 for shipping to the UK
Price per gram: US$2.56 per shade (including VAT), US$2.13 per shade (excluding VAT).
Packaging: The component has a ‘high end’ feel to it. It delightfully weighted and the outside of the component has a soft feel matte texture. It comes with a massive mirror which is of great quality. Available: On their website only.
Ordering Experience: I found ordering from the Tati Beauty website to be very easy. Confirmation of shipping was received on 31 October 2019 (6 days after the order was placed) and the order arrived on 5 November 2019. The dispatch felt like it took a while to leave the shipping depot but once it got going delivery to the UK was good. Delivery within the UK was made by courier. The box was well packaged and the palette arrived without any damage.
Price Point: Textured Neutrals Vol 1 falls into the ‘high end’ category when it comes to price point. However, I do think the price point per gram is good, especially if you’re going to get a lot of use out of this and/or you don’t own a large amount of palettes.
The glitters are described as an “unique pressed gel system” which “locks glitters in a cushiony base that glides on smoothly – never feels gritty, for long-lasting wear that won’t flake.” Objectively speaking, the metallics are gorgeous to look at (the picture below doesn’t really do them justice!) and are stunning on the eyes. The formula does feel gel like and it swipes on really well from the finger to the eye, and this is how I would recommend applying them. Once on the eyes, I found that there was minimal fallout, even without a glitter glue. Regardless, I would recommend using a glitter glue to help ensure the glitter particles stay out of the eye. I would also recommend doing your eyes first and your complexion second, that way any fallout can be swept away. As with all glitters, there is the risk of potential damage to eyes if the glitter gets into them. In her video revealing the palette, Tati did mention the need to be careful with glitter and didn’t recommend them for use under the eye. I would echo the need for caution, to avoid putting them under the eye, and using a glitter glue (I use the NYX Glitter Primer). I haven’t had any issues using these glitters thus far, having said that this is the formula that I’ve used the least. However this is because I’m not a huge glitter wearer, not because of the formula. I use the glitter in Look 3 below.
The metallics are a gorgeous formula. I find that they show up on the eyelid and stays put with no fallout with just my usual eye shadow primer, so there is no need for glitter glue. The sheen in this formula is beautiful. I enjoy applying the metallics with my fingers as I think it helps the metallic sheen in this formula sing. I use the metallics in Look 2 below.
The sequin formula is described as “silky smooth, intense pigments with contrasting pearls suspended throughout [that] provide immediate color payoff.” This is an interesting formula. I love the ‘sequins’ or ‘pearls’ which are used in each shade, and found that they did show up on my eyelids – though frustratingly this doesn’t come through in the photo. They add a little bit of subtle ‘oomph’ which I appreciate. They make a nice bridge between the matte and metallic formulae – a bit more sparkling than a matte but not as bam! as the metallics. I would recommend using your fingers to apply this formula as this seems to help the sequins show up more. Once applied, I found that the sequins stayed on my lids with just my usual eye shadow primer. I didn’t experience any significant fallout with this formula. I love the Aura sequin, it makes a gloriously subtle glamour look on the inner third of the mobile eyelid transitioning into the Ritual sequin on the rest of the mobile lid – blend this out with the matte Ritual in the crease and add a black cat-eye liner and pop on a red lipstick and the look is just divine. The Poet sequin is also stunning. I use the sequins in Look 1 below.
The matte shadows have a beautiful creamy texture. I found them to be pigmented, while being buildable (important when using a light hand), and easy to blend. Aura is a great shade for me to blend out the edges of eye looks, and I adore Ritual as an ‘everyday’ brown. I would love Tati Beauty to release an all matte palette, it is such a beautiful formula.
The Monochromatic Stories
Memory: black, charcoal, and gunmetal
Memory is the one column that can intimidate me! I want to be able to do a gloriously rich, dark, black smokey eye – alas my makeup abilities do not live up to my makeup aspirations! The matte is pigmented, so you only need teeny, tiny bit if you’re using it to deepen a look. Out of all the monochromatic stories, this is probably the one I’ve used least but this is due to my makeup abilities and not the palette.
Ritual: chocolate and bronze
This is a monochromatic story that I adore, combine this with Aura, black eyeliner, and red lipstick and I’m set for everyday (and more dramatic!) glamour looks. The metallic texture is beautiful and the variations of chocolate brown are stunning.
Story: nectarine and burnt orange
This is probably my second least used monochromatic story. Again this is due to me and not the palette, I just haven’t been reaching for oranges much recently. The shades are gorgeous and I can see this becoming a favoured story when Autumn rolls back around.
Soothe: camel and champagne
Soothe is wonderful for everyday and it is a really gorgeous colour story. Again, this colour story + Aura makes for fantastic glamour looks. The matte is beautiful as a transition shade either on its own or to blend out either Story or Memory.
Aura: champagne and vanilla
Okay, I am actually surprised at how much I enjoy this monochromatic story. I find the matte perfect for blending out the edges of looks as it buffs them into my skin tone. The sequin make a delightful understated lid, as does the metallic. The glitter is gorgeous. It is my go-to colour story for the simplest, but still beautiful, eye looks.
Poet: cranberry, raspberry, and ruby.
This is an incredibly beautiful monochromatic story. I’ve already mentioned how much I adore the sequin formula, but the glitter formula? It’s the kind of shade where I want to find something to do, or somewhere to go, just to wear this shade to its full potential and let it live it’s best life. It’s a gorgeous raspberry glitter.
Textured Neutrals Vol 1: Pros and Cons
- I’ve found the quality of shades & textures that I’ve tried to be excellent. Tati really did a magnificent job selecting the formulae used in this palette.
- While the colour stories aren’t necessarily the definition of ‘neutral’ (particularly Story and Poet), it does make a fantastic ‘everyday’ palette that can then step up to be a stunning ‘going out-out’ palette.
- I find the layout to be very intuitive. You can stay within the columns for a monochromatic look with different textures. You can also work diagonally between the rows for different colours and different textures.
- The packaging and layout are just beautiful to look at and hold. Plus the mirror makes it seriously useful when getting ready – either at home or on the road. As a bonus, the mirror can bent right back underneath the palettte without compromising the integrity of component which is useful if you don’t have much space on your vanity. Especially if your vanity is only a windowsill like mine!
- I don’t really have any cons when it comes to the quality of the palette. You could make a case that glitters shouldn’t have been included for health and safety reasons – however they do add greatly to the ‘textures’ of the Textured Neutrals Vol 1. There is also plenty of information and cautions out there for people to educate themselves when it comes to using glitter.
- The packaging – while beautiful – can collect smudges and smears. This doesn’t bother me as I like that it looks loved and reached for. However, if this really gets to you then it can be easily wiped clean.
- Shipping and VAT are a jagged pill to swallow – however this isn’t a con that I can place squarely at the feet of Tati Beauty. VAT is mandatory and I feel that once Tati Beauty gets to a place where they can support cheaper or free international shipping that they will pursue this option (or at least I can hope!).
Textured Neutrals Vol 1: The Looks
Transition: Poet (matte), blended out with Aura (matte)
Crease: Poet (matte)
Mobile Lid: Poet (sequin)
Outer V: Memory (matte)
Transition: Ritual (matte), blended out with Aura (matte)
Crease: Ritual (matte)
Mobile Lid: Aura (metallic) inner third & Ritual (metallic) remaining mobile lid
Transition: Soothe (matte)
Crease: Memory (matte)
Mobile Lid: Memory (glitter)
Outer V: Memory (matte)
Textured Neutrals Vol 1: Final Thoughts
Overall I think this palette is gorgeous (this is the eighth time I’ve described it as that!) and I am very happy with my purchase. I can see me pulling this palette out again and again when getting ready for work – and play. I enjoy the entire experience of using the palette – pulling it out, holding it, opening it, using it, and the looks that can be created with it. I can’t wait to see what palettes Tati comes out with in the future!
Do any of you own this palette? Or would you be interested in purchasing it? How do you feel about purchasing Influencer owned makeup? Please let me know your thoughts! x