Tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette: Swatches and Mini-Review
I’m lucky enough to have a BF who doesn’t actually mind being dragged around on my shopping trips. In fact, he’s a regular at what I term “my shrine” (Sephora) which I have to visit every once in awhile.
He will probably never understand why I need to stop by to pay my respects even if I am not getting a single thing, but he does win plenty of points for staying attentive while I prattle on about the formulation of the latest eye shadows or the sudden popularity of a certain lip gloss.
I was always drawn to Tokidoki packaging, even though I had never tried their products. So the BF was lovely enough to surprise me one day with the new Tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette, which is a collection of 12 colorful shadows in a “skateboard” shaped cardboard case, inclusive of a cute silver character charm (Adios, if you happen to be a fan of Tokidoki).
The shades within are a good mixture of lights, mediums, and darks, so it wins points for having variety. The textures are all shimmery/glittery though, so if you’re looking for a mixture of matte and glimmer, this is not the palette for you.
I have to say that from the moment I opened the case, it was apparent that the shadows would be chalky and low in pigmentation. Unfortunately, my local Sephoras do not have testers on display so there is pretty much no way to find out until you purchase it.
This also has fallout-galore when applied with a brush. The colors are so full of fillers that they have problems adhering to the skin at all so any flick of your brush is going to send specks of product all over your face. If you think the 88 or 120 palette has a lot of fallout, steer far away from this as it’s a LOT worse.
Without a base, the color doesn’t go on evenly, adheres quite poorly to the skin even with repeated layering (see below image), and almost doesn’t show up. Also, lasting power is poor and a quick wipe with a sheet of tissue would remove most of it from your skin unless you use a heavy-duty primer.
Tokidoki Ametista shadow, swatched over a base (left), and applied directly onto skin (right).
The shades themselves are quite pretty, but the pigmentation is weak due to the chalkiness of the whole formula.
(Left-to-Right): Goccia (deep navy), Adios Star (black with silver sparks), Tempesta (smoky violet), Granata (smoky olive green), Camo (deep chocolate brown) and 24 Karat (mustard gold).
Just as a final comparison, I couldn’t resist comparing it against another high-end palette, the Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Collection. All swatches on the left below are Urban Decay, and all on the right are corresponding shades from the Tokidoki palette.
As is apparent, the Urban Decay is much richer, and more multi-faceted than the Tokidoki, which for all its shimmer in the pan, looks very flat and patchy on the skin. Just for your info, I had to swatch each Tokidoki shade at least about 4-5 times to build up even that amount of color. The Urban Decay shadows took just 1-2 swatches.
Give this a miss.
I held off on a review as it was a gift from a loved one, and I’d feel so bad if he found out he’d spent his money on something that isn’t really that useful (hopefully he never reads this post), but I don’t think anyone else should unknowingly shell out money for what is just a gimmicky product aimed more at ripping off fans and unsuspecting gift-givers than at delivering any value or quality to customers.
I’d sum it up as an idea conceived by someone who obviously doesn’t use eye shadow.
If you are a fan and collector of the brand and the art, by all means go ahead. It is a really cute gift, and I’m personally a fan of the art. But if that’s their intent, then they should just sell the box and skip the shadows and the big price tag.
I am a makeup collector, but more than that, I am also a makeup user. This means if something can’t make me look better and feel better, then it doesn’t matter how good it looks sitting in its container. Save yourself some money and grief, and just get a whole stack of Wet n Wild Coloricon palettes for the same price.