Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

The new Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) recently released with eight shades. Just because you loved the original formula won’t mean you love this one and vice versa–they’re similar but have some more significant differences. The finish is the most obvious difference, as these are loaded with shimmer and the original features cream finishes. The Melted Metals are thinner with more slip, less pigmented, shorter-wearing, and have a less flattering wear over time as the shimmer tends to migrate into lip lines. I found it hard to reapply over faded product, so they require a more thorough removal for best reapplication. The original formula also has the phrase “Long-Wearing” printed on each tube as well as in the official name and marketing spiel for it, whereas Melted Metal has no mention of longevity.

According to the brand, the Melted Metal formula is supposed to be “liquified metallic lipstick in a tube” that’ comfortably coats lips in bursts of rich, glazed, metallic color that melts on.” Most shades are fairly pigmented with some being more or less pigmented and are comfortable to wear for the first few hours. They just don’t wear away as evenly as the original formula, and as the glossiness fades, the shimmer tends to gather, but this only occurs in the most shimmery/metallic shades, while the less shimmery ones wear away better. Towards the end of wear, it feels dry, but after removing the product, I didn’t feel like it actually dried out my lips. This formula feels and wears a lot better than some other highly metallic/shimmered lipgloss and lipstick formulas I’ve tried in the past, as the shimmer is fine enough that it never feels truly gritty. I feel like these are more like lipgloss than liquid lipstick, whereas the original formula leans more on the liquid lipstick side.

Too Faced Melted Debutante Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant pop of coral-pink with gold and golden-orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a heft dose of shimmer that looked semi-metallic as you moved. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Revlon HD Sunstone (565) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is pinker (but this is the closest I’ve seen to it). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dune (02) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is pinker, less glossy. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Jelly Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, purple-berry with fuchsia and violet shimmer and micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there is some translucency there. It covered really evenly and smoothly (more impressive due to the overall darkness of this shade) and wore well for almost six hours. This one had less shimmer, which was both good and bad, as it was less truly metallic, but it wore away much better and more evenly. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is more matte, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Violet Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet with pink undertones and very fine lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked a bit streaky applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less glossy. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, less glossy, less shimmery. MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, lighter. Kat Von D Wonderchilde (P, $21.00) is matte. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, matte. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Boost (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

For summer, Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a new formula now available in eight shades. I haven’t had a chance to test any of these (my order arrived yesterday along with the just-posted MAC collections, so you can imagine I’m a bit behind!), but I thought I’d share swatches in the meanwhile :) The formula does feel somewhat different to me compared to the original based on applying them for lip swatches yesterday.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Too Faced Summer 2015 Collection
Too Faced Summer 2015 Collection

Sugar Pop Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00) (New)

Give eyes some sugar with our colorful palette of nine deliciously enticing, shimmer and glitter shadows in vanilla, chocolate and candy inspired hues that allow limitless, irresistibly sweet looks for eyes that sparkle and pop!

Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick ($21.00) (New)

Introducing the next innovation in lip color – Melted Metal is liquified metallic lipstick in a tube. We’ve taken the 90’s foiled statement lip and reinvented it with the lustrous look of liquified metal; creating a new form of wearable multifaceted color like you’ve never seen before. Melted Metal comfortably coats lips in bursts of rich, glazed, metallic color that melts on and makes a statement.

  • Metallic Peony
  • Metallic Tu-tu
  • Metallic Bunny
  • Metallic Dream House
  • Metallic Debutante
  • Metallic Macaron
  • Metallic Violet
  • Metallic Jelly

Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00) (New)

We transformed all the shades you love in our award-winning Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection into stunning mattes. Go from soft and pretty to slightly sexy with nine gorgeous neutral matte shadows that pair perfectly, blend beautifully, and are so versatile you can wear them before breakfast or after dark. Includes our signature Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.

The Little Black Book of Bronzers ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

The Little Black Book of Bronzers is a coveted collection of our eight unique, iconic bronzers including our new Dark Chocolate Soleil. We created this ultimate bronzing wardrobe to give you a bronzer for every outfit, mood and moment! This limited-edition collection is hand illustrated and features an exclusive bronzer story for every moment and day of the week.

AVAILABILITY: Now at Too Faced; at other retailers April 2015

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Monday, March 16th, 2015

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette ($40.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a set of highlighting and contouring powders. Two shades are most obviously contouring powders, while the other two lend themselves as more highlighters, but very fair skin tones may find they still have some color. The palette is very, very powdery–the interior is always covered in excess powdery dust and sparkle, and it can be frustrating when you get excess from the darkest shade with the lightest shade or sparkle from the highlighting shade mixed with the contouring shades. It is chocolate scented, which is noticeable when applied but wanes after two to three hours. The powders have a very soft, silky consistency with the highlighter shade having noticeable sparkle. All four shades were pretty pigmented and the silkiness made them easy to work with on the skin, and luckily, they didn’t look powdery applied. I also wish brands that released a palette like this would consider releasing at least two or three variations–this is very warm-toned and more mid-tone, so a lot of skin tones get left out.

Light Cocoa is a light, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It is a very, very subtle highlighter that I could only see marginally in person, but it doesn’t appear in photos at all. For my skin tone, it was more useful to blend out edges of the contouring shades. The texture was powdery though silky, and it lasted for seven hours before breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Medium Cocoa is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish–there’s a smidgen of sheen but not a true satin or shimmery finish that ensures the powder looks natural but not flat on the skin. This looked more like a shadow that would fall on my face, though my guess is that it may be too warm-toned for those with rosier undertones. The texture was silky, very powdery, but blendable and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dark Cocoa is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow and red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation and a little went a long way. The texture is very soft and powdery, so while blendable, it is harder to control the amount of product you apply. If you have medium or lighter skin, you may want to tap off excess prior to applying. This is a very, very warm-toned choice for contouring, which may work for those with a lot of golden undertones, but it is likely too warm to look like natural shadow on the face. It looks more like your typical bronzer as a result. On me, the color wears for almost eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop of Light is a light, peachy-beige with gold sparkle. It illuminates subtly, and then it just has a lot of larger sparkly bits that sit on the skin but don’t really do much as half of the sparkles get lost and the other half are randomly dispersed on the skin (and then travel during wear). I wish they had opted for a finer shimmer that contributed to the overall sheen of the underlying powder. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, March 16th, 2015

Too Faced Melted Strawberry Melted Liquified Long-wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Strawberry Melted Liquified Long-wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Strawberry Melted Liquified Long-wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood orange.” It’s a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy finish. (By the by, am I the only one amused by the double-fruit description, from strawberry to blood orange!) Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is less glossy, darker. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is warmer. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is darker. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is more muted, darker. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a show shopping red with its incredibly rich, opaque color coverage and high-shine finish. As we’ve come to expect from this formula, a little goes a long way. For really crisp lines, you’ll want to reach for a lip brush, but it is possible to apply directly from the tube with an even edge overall. The texture is lightweight without sliding around a lot, but it doesn’t dry down and feel clingy, so it’s more comfortable to wear than some other liquid lipstick formulas (this isn’t transfer-proof, though!). On me, the color wore on and on and on–I took it off after eight hours, even though the color was in good shape, and there was a stain left behind. I didn’t experience the color feathering or bleeding when I tried it, but I’m not prone to either. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette ($36.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains three “lightweight, finishing face powders” designed to act like photo filters in real life. The powders have a dryness to them (even though they feel soft to the touch) that make them harder to really dust on evenly as all-over finishing powders. On my skin tone, only the bronzing powder worked well; the brightening one made my complexion look yellower, but in a jaundiced kind of way, while the illuminating powder smoothed out pores, it didn’t actually add radiance–quite the opposite, as it made my skin look very, very flat and matte.

I think these are a poor imitation of some of the more cult classic finishing powders on the market. I ended up removing all of my base products and redoing it to finish out the rest of the photos I was taking for the day (for lip products and the like), since they really made me look worse rather than better and saved testing for another day entirely. (My husband actually asked, “Are you feeling okay?” when I popped into his office with the yellow powder on.)

Sunrise is described as a “brightening diffused warmth.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a satin finish. It is semi-sheer, but it’s actually more pigmented than merely translucent, and as a result, it actually turns my skin yellow. It’s not really warming on my skin tone, more sickly and either like I’m getting jaundiced or my foundation is a poor match for me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Totally Toasted is described as a “bronzed smoothing glow.” It’s a muted, medium gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a soft sheen. The top layer of the product was really soft and yielded more pigmentation than anticipated (what you’d expect from a bronzer, not a finishing powder), but after initially swatching it, the pan was firmer and harder, and then it had sheer color coverage. For those who like their bronzers more matte, once that top layer disappears, it applies with such translucent coverage that there’s almost no visible shimmer on the skin. The effect is subtle and does warm my skin up slightly, but if you are much darker than me, I don’t think it will do anything for your skin tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moon River is described as a “cool ethereal light.” It’s a sheer, lavender-leaning white with a very subtle satin shimmer. It is translucent like you’d expect from a finishing powder, but it doesn’t provide an “ethereal glow” to my skin at all. It makes the skin appear smoother (but all of the powders did that to the same level) without adding any luminosity or glow–I actually felt like it flattened the skin to the point where you lost the natural radiance that helps done-up skin still look like skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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