Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a trio of “shimmering mauve pink,” “golden peach,” and “shimmering magenta pink.” Swirled together, it creates a brightened, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a warmer, golden beige shimmer for a soft, frosted finish. Tarte Crave (LE) is less shimmery, warmer. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is lighter. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is a touch lighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is lighter, slightly warmer. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $23.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Sweethearts blush is a baked formula, which Too Faced says “allows it to truly work on all skin tones–the blush can be applied as a beautiful buildable finish.” The size of the blush will allow you to apply all three together, or you can lean a little more towards the left (warmer) or to the right (cooler). To use them individually, you’d have to use a really small brush, so it’s not practical for most. The color was buildable, and the deeper pink shade is fairly intense, so fairer skin tones will want to pay attention to how much they apply or else tap off excess product on the brush (even soft brushes pick up a lot of product). However, because the texture is powdery, it is prone to sheering out more than it is to building up, so pat on for more intense color before blending too much–oilier skin types (or apply over liquid foundation just before it fully dries down) may not experience this as much. The texture is powdery–you’ll want to use your softest blush brush to minimize the excess that gets kicked up. On the skin, it doesn’t look powdery, though, and it only slightly emphasized pores, while it wore well for six hours before showing signs of fading–both of those traits are common to baked formulas, in my experience.

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The texture is powdery--you'll want to use your softest blush brush to minimize the excess that gets kicked up. On the skin, it doesn't look powdery, though, and it only slightly emphasized pores, while it wore well for six hours before showing signs of fading--both of those traits are common to baked formulas, in my experience.

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Too Faced Bon Bon La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Spring 2014 La Creme Lipsticks

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) sees the introduction of five new shades for spring from pale peach to rich red. They’re true to the La Creme formula–creamy, balm-like consistency with good color payoff, glossy finishes, and moderate wear times. I didn’t notice any taste, but they had a sweet, lemony scent.  Jelly Bean was the best, while Taffy was disappointing.

Bon Bon is described as a “pink papaya.” It’s a pop of brightened, medium pink-coral with a glossy, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage–just a hint of translucency, and it wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating when worn. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is less glossy, slightly warmer. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is much pinker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is pinker, more matte. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has shimmer, slightly pinker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

Jelly Bean is described as a “raspberry red.” It’s a deepened, brightened raspberry red with cool, blue undertones and a lightly glossy shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied very smoothly and evenly. This shade lasted six hours and left a residual stain behind. It was moisturizing both during and after wear. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is redder. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is very similar, slightly redder. Guerlain Girly (P, $49.50) is pinker. MAC Scan-delicious (LE, $19.00) is similar. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Lollipop is described as a “violet with orchid shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia-shimmered magenta with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it was a lot sheerer than other La Cremes. When I wore this shade, it was lightly hydrating and wore well for four hours. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is similar, less shimmered. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is glossier, less shimmery. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is more matte, more shimmery. MAC Show Orchid (P, $15.00) is very similar in color but is not as glossy. See comparison swatches.

Pink Chocolate is described as a “berry brown.” It’s a warm, rosy plum with a glossy, luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted four hours, and was nicely hydrating during that time. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $16.00) is redder. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Taffy is described as a “pink marshmallow nude.” It’s a light, pinky-peach with a luminous shine. This shade was really, really creamy, but it applied unevenly and seemed to emphasize every imperfection on the lip. It was extremely unforgiving, even on freshly exfoliated lips. This shade wore well for three hours and was moisturizing during that time. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette
Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette ($25.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eleven eyeshadows, one blush, one bronzer, and an iPhone 5 case.  It has a good mix of neutrals, pops of color, mattes and frosts, and it’s very self-contained. The price is right, and I could see it easily as a stocking stuffer, though the quality is just okay on the whole.  The iPhone case is a cute touch, though obviously the recipient would need an iPhone 5 to take advantage of it. This is a quick review, so I’ve provided dupes but haven’t gone into depth on a shade-by-shade basis. Overall, the quality is decent to good with most shades having fairly good payoff, soft and smooth textures, along with solid wear (eight hours for most).

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #1 is a sooty, medium-dark black with navy blue sparkle. It was dry, stiff, and didn’t have great color payoff. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 is a sparkling, slightly glittery, light beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but I didn’t experience fall out with this shade. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 is a medium-dark, coppery brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texturew was fairly soft and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #5 is a cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly overall. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 is a medium-dark purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and a pearly finish. It was somewhat dry, so the color payoff was on the sheerer end of the spectrum. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 is a coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft but a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 is dark, slightly cool-toned, brown with golden sparkle. It was on the powdery side, so the color payoff was semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #9 is a cool-toned, bluish-teal with a frosted sheen and teal sparkle. The sparkle did have some fall out, though a lot of the sparkle seemed to get caught in the brush. The color payoff was decent. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 is a cool-toned ivory with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but just a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 is a soft, neutral-to-warm beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Bronzer is a medium, coppery orange with a golden, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. The finish, however, did emphasize pores somewhat. It lasted almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Blush is a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with blue undertones and silver sparkle/frost. It had good pigmentation, and it blended well on the skin. The texture did somewhat emphasize pores on me, and the color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Too Faced Coral Fire La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Coral Fire La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Coral Fire La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a vibrant, slightly pink-leaning, medium coral with a luminous sheen. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is less pink. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is similar, slightly warmer. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is a touch brighter. Guerlain Nahema (P, $35.00) is pinker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches.

The color was incredibly rich with full color coverage, while the texture was lightweight, emollient, and very comfortable to wear. The formula was lightly creamy, so the color glided on easily without tugging or pulling at the lips, and I felt like it went on so smoothly that it made my lips look better than they actually were–that’s a sign of a truly fantastic lip product. Sometimes the La Creme formula wears away somewhat faster than the average lipstick, but Coral Fire held on for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating the entire time when worn.

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Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Kat Von D Spellbinding theBalm Balm Voyage Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Sugarpill Cold Chemistry LORAC Pro Palette Too Faced Pretty Rebel Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance

As promised, here are my top picks for palettes to snag during the holidays! :)  Also… as I review other palettes from the holidays (I don’t think I have too many more!) and find other great choices, I’ll be sure to add them here.

  1. Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Set ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) consists of two “books” of makeup–each has six eyeshadows and two blush/cheek colors. The quality was good across the board, and there was a nice variety of colors and textures. You can read part one and part two of my reviews on it.
  2. Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four (24!!!) eyeshadows, and they’re even designed to be layered and used together, so you can have an endless amount of combinations and textures! You can read part one and part two.
  3. theBalm Balm Voyage ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) has sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek colors, but the eyeshadows are the stars. This is a great choice for someone who prefers more matte/satin finishes. Check out part one and part two for reviews on this palette.
  4. Urban Decay Vice 2 ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.) has twenty eyeshadows to choose from with a variety in texture and color to choose from. If you love pigmented, buttery, soft eyeshadows–this one’s for you. You can read part one and part two of my reviews.
  5. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a wintry mix of cool-toned gray, white, purple, and teal for someone who loves bold, rich colors and a lot of them. Not limited edition but a perfectly-timed release for the holiday season. Read my review here.
  6. LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 0.55 oz.) is a cult-favorite palette for a reason–it combines mattes with high frosts. There are eight matte shades and then eight more frosted shades, and you can mix and match them for satin and pearl finishes, too! Permanent and available year-round, there’s no hurry to snag one, but with holiday deals and sales, now’s a great time to try it. Read my review here.
  7. Too Faced Pretty Rebel ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains ten eyeshadows, which might not be as sexy as a mega palette, but these are ten fantastic eyeshadows. If you love jewel-tones, bold and bright shades, and your frost finishes, this is a palette worth considering. Read my review here.
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) is for those who love a beautiful, glowing complexion and flawless canvas. Ambient Lighting Powders are amazing on their own but getting three for a little more than the price of one? Great opportunity to try more shades or add them to your routine. Read my review here.
  9. Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is my more budget-friendly pick for a fall/winter palette with great quality–nicely pigmented shades in hues of gold, berry, and purple. Read my review here.

What palettes would you recommend to others for the holidays?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes

This is part two of our review on Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.). You can read part one here.

Wish is a pale, caramel brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. Chanel Gri-Gri (101) (LE, $28.50) is darker, grayer. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $29.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Les Poissons (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Bright Eyes is a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE) is very similar. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $18.00) is slightly more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sequin is a vibrant, jewel-tone teal with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, a soft, buttery texture, and applied smoothly. Best shade in the entire set. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Marshmallow is a soft, light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, buttery feel and great color payoff. Too Faced Taffy (LE) is lighter. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is similar. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Mauvelous is a pale, softened mauve with coppery-red micro-glitter. It had semi-opaque color payoff but there was definitely a sheerness present. The glitter also was prone to fall out both during wear as well as during application. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is darker, less glittery. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Provocateur is very, very similar. Giorgio Armani #29 is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Starry Night is a matte black with very fine silver sparkle. It had subtle warm undertones, good color payoff, and was just slightly powdery. There’s no shortage of this type of shade, so all of these are quite similar: Too Faced Pure Glam (LE), Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE), Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE), Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE), Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P), NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00), and Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00), See comparison swatches.

Inner Light is a pale, peachy-pink with a strong golden shimmer and sheen. It looks more like an iridescent gold highlighter applied than it does peach or pink. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture. The highlighter wore well for almost eight hours. It did just slightly emphasize pores but the sheen tended to minimize the impact overall. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a similar effect on, just not as warm.bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Lollipop is a cool-toned, medium pink with subtle blue undertones and a champagne shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours and started fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is matte. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, cooler-toned, less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the "worst" was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades. The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.

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