Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows–three of which are larger, six are smaller in size. Too Faced also likes to separate their shades into Day, Classic, and Fashion, and there’s an included booklet that shares how to use each as a look, but don’t feel confined to how they’re ordered! The palette is a great value, as you’re getting the equivalent of almost eight full-sized eyeshadows (considering the average eyeshadow is 0.05 oz.), though the lighter shades are significantly larger, and you may or may not use them accordingly. I love that the palette is well under the $50 price point, and you’re still getting nine shades to play with. In general, this palette is rather shimmery, so if you tend to incorporate more satin/matte finishes into your looks, you may find this impractical to use as a standalone palette and would need to add in your favorite mattes. It is also a very warm-toned palette, which may or may not be a happy thing.

As an aside, one of the things about Too Faced’s eyeshadow palette is they rarely repeat names, but shades can definitely overlap from palette to palette. I’d really like to see some of those very, very similar shades just share names.

St. Tropez is a pale, warm-toned beige with golden sparkle over a satin finish. This shade is the least shimmery–applied–in the palette, as all of the sparkle sits on top of the actual eyeshadow, so it doesn’t translate on the lid. If you want the sparkle to stay, you’ll need to apply over a tacky base (cream eyeshadow, adhesive base, etc.). There’s so little that actually seems to make it to the eye that I really didn’t notice fall out during wear–you know, there was just… little to fall out. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE) is more matte. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek New Year’s Eve (P, $6.99) is slightly lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cannes is a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish and copper sparkle. This had a slightly grittier, more sparkly texture so it wasn’t as smooth as other eyeshadows. It had slight fall out during wear but most of it occured during the initial application. It had fairly good color payoff, though, and I didn’t have any creasing after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker, less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more metallic. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Soleil is a medium-dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had intense pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. It wore well for eight hours without creasing/fading. Fyrinnae Peppermint Vodka (P, $6.80) is very similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is darker, less frosted. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Riviera is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very and finely-milled. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Tarina Tarantino Jasper (P) is similar. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is darker. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is more muted. NARS All About Eve #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jardin is a pinky-coral with a lot of gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and just a little bit powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cote d’Azur is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade didn’t start to show signs of fading until after eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is a smidgen less warm-toned. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is slightly warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is more muted. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is similar. Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

La Croisette is a brightened, white gold with a metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It did well for wear, lasting eight hours before I saw it start to fade. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Zephyr (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. MAC Solar White (LE, $15.00) is more golden. Dior Garden Pastels #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monaco is a brightened, cool-toned, fuchsia pink with a pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was blendable, soft, and buttery to the touch. It wore well for nine hours before starting to fade slightly–this did stain a little bit but was gone after a few hours. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is very similar. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is similar. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is brighter. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

De La Mer is a cool-toned, blackened navy blue with soft, navy blue shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was as smidgen dry, so it is a shade that needs to be built up for best intensity. It wore well, though, and didn’t start to fade until the eighth hour of wear. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is a cream product. MAC Bleuluxe #4 (P) is less sparkly. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is a cream product, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Lunar (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Too Faced Summer 2014 Collection
Too Faced Summer 2014 Collection

Sexy St. Tropez Eyeshadow Collection ($36.00)

Capture a summer sunset in St. Tropez with coral, golden pink and fiery copper shadows for eyes that say “Ooh la la!” Features eyeshadows in: St. Tropez, Cannes, Soleil, Riviera, Jardin, Cote d’Azur, La Croisette, Monaco, De La Mer.

Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00)

Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss with Melted.

  • Melted Nude
  • Melted Peony
  • Melted Coral
  • Melted Fuchsia
  • Melted Ruby
  • Melted Violet

Bonjour Soleil ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

Say bonjour to a gorgeous, golden tan with this collection of bronzing best-sellers including Chocolate Soleil, Sun Bunny and Snow Bunny.

Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit ($39.00)

This portable kit is like a brow bar in your pocket: professional tweezers, easy-to-use stencils to customize your brow shape, conditioning wax, powder & brow brush tools.

Availability: Now at Too Faced, Ulta; April 2014 at other retailers

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Reader Dilyana wanted to see more top picks for corals… so here’s my current top ten list of coral lipsticks, lipglosses, and blushes! (See them in the Swatch Gallery here.) What are your favorites right now?

  1. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a warm-toned, pinky-coral with a satin finish
  2. Too Faced Bon Bon — a bright, warm-toned coral
  3. Chanel Reflexion — a shimmering, coral-red gloss
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a muted, coral-orange with a luminous finish
  5. Maybelline Caramel Infused — a soft, pink-coral gloss
  6. Urban Decay Streak — a glossy coral-pink
  7. Tom Ford Love Lust –a shimmering, dark coral
  8. Burberry Camel Pink — a peachy-gold shimmered coral-pink gloss
  9. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) — a vibrant, pink-coral
  10. MAC Be a Lady –a brightened, pink-coral
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I thought coming up with a beautiful rainbow of hues might be a fun (and challenging!) theme to work under.  Of course, I took liberties with the concept of rainbow and added a few in-between shades to make a full list of ten.  I would love to see what your top ten shades are, in rainbow-order, so-to-speak! :)

  1. Urban Decay 69 — a bright, medium-dark red with cool undertones
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery, gold-shimmered orange
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — bright, matte yellow
  4. Illamasqua Fledgling — rich, grassy green with a matte finish
  5. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  6. Urban Decay Radium — a medium blue with shimmer
  7. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a blue-purple with shimmer
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a bold, cool-toned purple
  9. Too Faced Lollipop — violet with fuchsia shimmer
  10. Dior Aventure (81) — because life isn’t complete without taupe

Share your favorites…  For bonus points, feel free to share picks for teal, violet, and taupe :)

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set
Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set

Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set ($65.00) is a new, five-piece brush set that features synthetic brushes. I think, generally, if you have larger-sized eyes or tend to do looks with one or two colors, these may work. I also think it may have been more practical to include an additional face brush (perhaps a blush brush) rather than just one (and then four eye brushes) or made them all eye brushes (perhaps an angled eyeliner brush). The set had me feeling a bit like Goldilocks; the eye brushes were, generally, too large for my eye shape/size. As a result, it was challenging for me to use them with my eye shape, so this is just an overview, rather than an in-depth review. The brushes are soft, and I haven’t had any issues after washing them a dozen or so times.

Powder Brush is a large, moderately dense, dome-shaped brush designed to apply powder. The brush head is 43mm in length, 50mm wide, and 35mm in thickness with a pinched ferrule. It had a total length of 6.5 inches or 16.5 centimeters. I’ve tried it with finishing and setting powders. With setting powders, I usually use a patting and stippling motion, and then I do more feathery, sweeping strokes towards the end to blend, buff, and even everything out. When I do more of a stippling motion, I find the brush somewhat uncomfortable to use; there’s a slight scratchiness to it, which is usually not something I’ve encountered with synthetics before. If you stick with more sweeping, gliding strokes, it feels nice, blends and applies powder well (not too densely, not too sheerly).

Contour Brush is a rounded, angled brush–an interesting, uncommon-shaped brush to be sure. It’s designed to be used to contour the eye area. It worked better for blending out the crease than laying down precise color into the crease for me. I liked it best for applying color to the inner lid, as the angle seemed to work well in that area. It is 11mm in length, 9mm in width, and 9mm in thickness with a round ferrule. It had a total length of just over 5.5 inches or 14 centimeters.

All-Over Shadow Brush is a medium-large-sized, dome-shaped flat brush. It is 14mm in length, 11mm in width, and 5mm in thickness with a pinched ferrule. It had a total length of just over 5.5 inches or 14 centimeters. This is a larger eyeshadow brush, so it works well to lay down all-over color–like a wash of powder eyeshadow or a cream eyeshadow base. For powder, it tends to have a sheerer application, so if you want more opaque color, you may need to go back and pack it on.

Liner Brush is a medium-sized pencil brush that comes to a finer, thinner pointed edge. It is 11mm in length, 5mm in width, and 5mm in thickness with a round ferrule. It was soft, and I thought it was best for applying thicker eyeliner or lightly smudging product. For me, I find the pointed edge less desirable for smudging or applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line (which is just what I personally use this type of brush for most often). Also, to note, my liner brush came a little wonky, and it took four washes to get the shape to go back to normal.

Blender Brush is a medium-large crease brush that flares outward slightly and comes to a just barely rounded edge. It is 18mm in length, 9mm in width, and 9mm in thickness with a round ferrule. It was rather dense, so it was not as useful for blending color as it was for depositing color. However, the size is on the larger end of the spectrum, so depending on your eye shape, it may apply color significant above/below the crease area. I wish the brush was fluffier and more tapered, so it would fit into the crease just a bit better.

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