Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Too Faced Joy to the Girls Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Joy to the Girls Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Joy to the Girls Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 1.30 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows (0.06 oz. each, which is larger than the average full sized eyeshadow at 0.05 oz.) and a full-sized LashGASM Mascara (which is available separately for $21). Too Faced is listing the value of the palette at $275, and Too Faced has discontinued the majority of their eyeshadow singles, so it’s hard to say. Based on the pricing of their original eyeshadow singles, the eyeshadows have a total value of $180; going by the price per ounce of Exotic Color Eyeshadows, the eyeshadows have a total value of $270. To be fair, though, the majority of Too Faced eyeshadows are sold in palette form, so few people are actually purchasing singles extensively. I’m reviewing the eyeshadows (not the mascara), so it is intentionally absent from this post.

The big takeaway from this palette is that a lot of the shades are on the powdery side. They’re very soft, and as a result, they can be powdery, which means they are more prone to sheering out, fading while worn (I highly recommend layering a primer underneath with these), and if you have drier eye lids, the powderiness might emphasize flakiness around the eyes. If you like soft mattes and less intense colors overall, you may find this palette suits your needs. If you want really bang-on color and loathe powdery finishes, you’ll want to look elsewhere (I recommend Too Faced’s Pretty Rebel Palette in that case).

Cookie Dough is a light-medium, subtly warm-toned beige-brown with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but it very much blends in with my skin tone so it may be hard to tell–I just assure you that it is. The texture is soft, smooth, and finely-milled. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer, darker. Burberry Pale Nude #2 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cheers! is a warm, light-medium beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it had a very soft texture–a smidgen powdery. MAC Jest (P, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is a touch pinker. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is more metallic.See comparison swatches.

Prancer is a coppery brown with gold and copper shimmer/sparkle. This shade had an oddly dry but powdery texture that didn’t bind together at all, so it was sheer and loose. I would only recommend using this over a tacky base or trying it with a damp brush. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Sugar Plum is a neutral-warm purpled burgundy with a pearly finish. It had a very powdery, almost loose, consistency so it was semi-opaque applied and tended to flake away a bit. If I used this shade again, I’d try applying with a damp brush. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is darker. LORAC Deep Purple (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is warmer. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is similar. MAC Sketch (P, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Mulberry is a muted, neutral-cool purple with a matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled, though slightly powdery so use a gentle touch when using your brushes with it. The color payoff was fairly good but can be prone to fading and sheering out. MAC Stormy Pink (P, $18.50) NARS Charade #2 (P, $24.00) Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) See comparison swatches.

Snow Angel is a pale, light beige with neutral to cool undertones and a matte finish. It doesn’t turn chalky against my medium skin tone, but it might not work as well for deeper complexions since it seems to have a white base. It was soft but not powdery and had nice pigmentation. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #1 (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is similar. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is also similar. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $15.00) is whiter. MAC Vanilla (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Blanc Type (P, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Ivory (LE, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Powdered Sugar is a pale, light pink with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. LORAC Light Pink (P) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #3 (P) is more shimmery. theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Variation #1 (P) is slightly shimmery. Chanel Premier Regard #2 (P) is darker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is pinker/darker. See comparison swatches.

Too-Too is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with subtle peach sparkle. The sparkle isn’t very present, but the underlying base color had good color payoff while the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Sugar Snack (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Yule Log is a dark, warm-toned brown with bronze, brown, and burgundy shimmer and sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff and applied evenly. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product, less sparkly. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE) is similar. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Chestnut is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a satiny finish. It had good color payoff, and while the texture was finely-milled and soft, it was a little powdery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. NARS Galapagos (P, $24.00) is darker, redder toned. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Twinks (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is warmer. Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Twinkle is a medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a brownish base. It had a frosted finish and a slightly metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and wasn’t powdery. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is greener. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is greener. Inglot #430 (P, $6.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Joy is a light-medium blue with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was a little uneven when applied. It’s a shade best applied in two layers by patting on the color and then lightly blending. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is greener. Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $33.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Spike the Punch is a warm-toned peach with soft pink tones and a white sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery–soft and smooth. MAC Perky (P, $18.50) is a cream product, darker. Too Faced Ringleader (LE) is more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is similar. theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Chimney is a medium-dark gray with a satin sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation but was a little dry, so it wasn’t fully opaque or even. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is a cream product. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Moody (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Nighttrain (LE, $15.00) is also darker. See comparison swatches.

Coal is a medium-dark black with subtle warm brown undertones and a matte finish. It’s highly likely you have something in your stash like this–most matte blacks, unless they’re super dark, will be similar. This one had good color payoff when I applied with a brush, but it is prone to sheering out so it doesn’t look too intense applied unless you layer it. With a black, sometimes blendability is more important, and that’s one area this one is good in. See comparison swatches.

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The big takeaway from this palette is that a lot of the shades are on the powdery side. They're very soft, and as a result, they can be powdery, which means they are more prone to sheering out, fading while worn (I highly recommend layering a primer underneath with these), and if you have drier eye lids, the powderiness might emphasize flakiness around the eyes.

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Too Faced Holiday 2013 Collection
Too Faced Holiday 2013 Collection

Joy to the Girls ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Joy to the Girls makes going holiday glam joyfully easy. These universally flattering shades, packaged in a pretty, carry-anywhere mega palette, can be worn alone or layered beautifully for endless possibilities. Reference the easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials inside the palette cover for inspirational “weekday,” “weekend,” and “party time” looks.

Jingle All the Way ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Your phone should be as pretty and festive as your makeup, which is why Too Faced created this two-in-one Christmas gift. Start with the glamorous collection of touch up ready products, including 11 day-to-night shadows, a sexy bronzer, and a pretty pink blush. Pop out the palette and use the iPhone 5 case designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald for a flash of style.

All I Want for Christmas ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Everything you need to create your signature Christmas look all wrapped up in this full face collection that features the best of Too Faced’s eyes, face and lips. Plus the set is housed in a party-ready chevron cosmetic zip bag designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald.

A Few of My Favorite Things ($56.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

This Sephora exclusive features Jerrod’s iconic favorites for the eyes, face, cheeks, and lips and will make your holidays gorgeous. This collection is infused with classic colors that have a playful edge—shades that fit right in for a super swanky blowout or an intimate Christmas day brunch with the family. After hours, zip up your essentials in Too Faced’s signature chevron-print clutch, designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald.

Be Merry & Bright ($45.00) (Limited Edition) (Ulta Exclusive)

These two individual palettes feature a total of 12 merry and bright shadows, 2 perfect blushes, 2 sexy bronzers and a volumizing Lash Injection mascara – to create a festive face for every Christmas party. Or break apart and give one palette away and keep one for yourself! The two palettes are all in a purse-friendly kit (inspired by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald) with a full-size Lash Injection Mascara, so you can create your look morning, noon or night.

Availability: Now @ Too Faced, Sephora, Ulta

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a lightly blue-based, light-medium pink with a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Lovechild is glossier. Urban Decay Obsessed is warmer. MAC Divine Choice is similar. MAC Vivid Imagination is lighter, warmer. MAC Please Me is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

It had semi-opaque color payoff; seemed slightly less pigmented compared to other shades I’ve tried in the La Creme formula. It’s lightly translucent, so the natural lip color comes through, but the lighter shade does seem to make it appears just ever so uneven. Razzle Dazzle Rose lasted for three and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating when worn. The consistency is creamy, slightly thick, and comfortable to wear.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Too Faced In the Buff La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced In the Buff La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced In the Buff La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm beige.” It’s a light-medium peach with brown/beige tones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a very creamy, glide-on consistency. Because the color is lighter and though the texture feels lightweight, the lipstick itself is thicker, so it can bunch up on itself and create “lines” if you press your lips together. Thankfully, it was not something that was noticeable from afar. In the Buff wore for four hours, was lightly hyrating when worn, and faded evenly. Urban Decay Naked 2 is lighter, more beige. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is slightly lighter. NARS Isola Bella is more orange. MAC Posh Tone is similar. MAC Cozy Up is a touch lighter, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Naughty Nude La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a light-medium, peach with beige undertones and a luminous finish. It had nearly full color coverage (there’s a bit of my lip freckle peeking through still). The consistency was creamy and easy-to-apply, though due to the lightness of the shade and the slight thickness of the formula, if you press your lips together, it can create lines or cause the product to push onto itself. Naughty Nude lasted four hours on me and was lightly hydrating during that time. It was actually really fitting that I ended up reviewing these two together, because they are very, very similar. In the Buff is the slightest bit warmer/more orange, but I was surprised to see them be nearly the same. To that end, this shade has the same similar shades. Urban Decay Naked 2 is more beige. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is similar. NARS Isola Bella is more orange. MAC Posh Tone is darker. MAC Cozy Up is a touch lighter, more beige. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

September is the beginning of all things autumn for me. The temperatures have already started to cool down by me, though it’s still warm overall, the nights are cooling down. I’ve always been partial to September, as I am a September baby :) Usually, the real start of fall begins with my first sip of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, but they already brought it back (and it was delicious!). By this point, I’ve typically reviewed several fall color collections, which is perfect timing so I can include some of those favorites while they can still be purchased. This month’s Tempting 10 features more recently released shades from the fall collections, but I still wanted to highlight a few favorites that you can find all year-long.

  1. Dior Millenium — a shimmering warm-toned, pewter in a cream formula that can be used as a sheer wash or built up for more intensity.
  2. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette — it is such a perfect mix of deep, smoky shades for fall with excellent color payoff across the board.
  3. Color Club Beyond – a deep, warm, smoky gray-black with holographic shimmer–like ash from a crackling fireplace with dancing, fiery bits of shimmer.
  4. Urban Decay Vice — a rich, plummy purple polish with a soft, shimmering pearl.
  5. Milani Purr-fect Purple – a vibrant, rich purple eyeshadow with shimmer–perfect for accenting the eye!
  6. Tom Ford Love Lust – it’s a warmer, more muted coral, so it’s a lovely transition shade from summer to fall
  7. Guerlain Madame Batifole — creamy, hydrating, incredibly pigmented, and long-wearing makes this a rich, fuchsia-shimmered berry-red a true joy to wear.
  8. Tom Ford She-Wolf — it’s pricey, but not only is it a palette I could easily see myself reaching for time and time again, it was a palette that readers gravitated towards. It was easily one of the most viewed products from all fall color collections!
  9. Benefit Rockateur — a rose gold blush is subtle, wears well, and reminds me of the colors of autumn; rusty in a way, but still warm and inviting.
  10. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette — ten glorious shades of bold, bright, eye-catching shadows with buttery, soft, and smooth textures and excellent color payoff.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for September in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, each full-sized at 0.05 oz. that are supposed to be “stunning, high-pigment shadows for rich color payoff.” If you love rich, jewel-toned hues and frosted, metallic finishes, this is a palette well worth checking out. Overall, it’s incredibly pigmented, and the textures are phenomenal–creamy, buttery, and so, so soft. There are a few shades that aren’t totally perfect, but they perform better when applied and aren’t really finicky to apply. When I wore the eyeshadows, they lasted nine hours on bare lids as well as nine hours over primer with no signs of fading or creasing.

Dainty is a pale, pink-beige with a matte finish. While the majority of the palette have very shimmery finishes, this shade is completely matte. It can actually be used to take down the shimmer of any other shade by lightly layering it on top. Marc Jacobs The Tease #3 is slightly shimmery. Dior Constellation #3 is more shimmery. theBalm Matt Chung is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Heartless is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Charming is a burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was slightly dry and stiffer compared to other shades in the palette, so the resulting color payoff was decent but not as intense as the rest of the palette. When used with a fluffy brush, it does apply with heavier color and blends out fairly easily. bareMinerals Ensemble is browner, darker. MAC Rich Core is more shimmery. MAC Sketch is similar. Urban Decay Uncut is purpler, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs The Tease #7 is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Girly is a warm, coppery brown with a green duochrome. It had fantastic color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #5 is darker, bluer. I would imagine this is similar, but warmer and more orange-toned, to shades like Too Faced’s Label Whore and MAC Club/Blue Brown pigment (I think Green Brown would be more similar). See comparison swatches.

Totally Fetch is a vibrant fuchsia with a cool undertone and a pearly finish. It had intense color payoff and a very smooth, even texture. Fyrinnae Superstar is brighter. Sugarpill Dollipop is matte. Urban Decay Junkshow is purpler. MAC Double Feature #7 #1 is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Miss Sparkles is a deep black with silver sparkle. It has fairly good color payoff and is buildable, so you can get a really intense, deep black if desired, but the texture itself is very soft and slightly powdery, though that means it is easy to blend out. MAC Smokeluxe #5 is darker. MAC Bleuluxe #5 is similar. NARS Arabian Nights #2 is darker. NARS Night Breed is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is cooler-toned. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ringleader is a warm, light-medium peach with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less shimmery. Urban Decay Snatch has glitter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is slightly pinker. Inglot #397 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Gangsta is a warm, bronzy brown with copper undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is less warm. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is less shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper is darker, browner. MAC Cognac is yellower. MAC Tempting is more golden, less orange. MAC Romp is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Instigator is a molten, yellow gold with a high-shine, metallic finish. The color payoff was rich and intense, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is very similar. Sephora Girls Night Out is warmer. Urban Decay Spell #1 is similar, slightly darker. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. Maybelline Bold Gold is a cream product, darker. bareMinerals Remix is lighter, more gold. See comparison swatches.

Badass is a medium-dark blue with violet and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was more buildable when I was applying it than it seemed initially. The texture was very soft and blendable. NARS Kamchatka is matte. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is darker. MAC Thru the Night is darker, bluer. MAC Naval Blue is very similar. MAC Blue Storm is darker, bolder. See comparison swatches.

Jailbird is a cool-toned, metallic silver. The texture was incredibly butter and smooth, and the color payoff was amazing. MAC Silver Sleet is similar, slightly darker. MAC Warm Thunder is darker, less metallic. MAC Tundra is similar. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #6 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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If you love rich, jewel-toned hues and frosted, metallic finishes, this is a palette well worth checking out. Overall, it's incredibly pigmented, and the textures are phenomenal--creamy, buttery, and so, so soft. There are a few shades that aren't totally perfect, but they perform better when applied and aren't really finicky to apply.

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