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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Be Merry, Be Bright

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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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9.5/10

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) features two palettes, one titled Be Merry, the other titled Be Bright. Each palette has six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Each eyeshadow contains 0.06 oz. of product, while each cheek color contains 0.14 oz. The two palettes come in a zippered makeup bag with a full-sized Lash Injection mascara. The approximate value of this palette is $285, with a breakout of: $216 worth of eyeshadow, $48 worth of cheek products, and $21 worth of mascara.  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.  The majority of the products wore well, with the eyeshadows ranging from eight to nine hours on average with Mauvelous was the only one that had fall out during wear.

Egg Nog is a pale, neutral beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and not powdery. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE) and Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) are both similar. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Cream (P) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE) is pinker. bareMinerals Boss Lady (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is also similar. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Very Merry is a light-medium green with golden, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is brighter. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is less frosted. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more metallic but very similar. See comparison swatches.

Buttered Rum is a warm, golden medium-dark brown with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. It had really nice color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more sparkly. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is browner. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is slightly darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bubbly is a warm, light-medium peach with soft gold shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth overall, but the gold shimmer seemed to flake away from the underlying color. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is darker. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brown Sugar is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is less metallic, darker. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Moon is a dark gray with brown undertones and a soft sparkle. It looked brown in the pan but swatched rather gray, so it was unusual in that respect. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is similar. MAC Steel (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spice is a light-medium orange with subtle brown tones and a golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a slightly dry texture. On my medium complexion, it added slight golden warmth but didn’t look too orange, and the satin sheen did not emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours but was faded after nine hours. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is more orange. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Peachy Keen is a warm, light-medium pink with gold shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft. This one did slightly emphasize pores with the higher shimmer content. It wore well for almost eight hours. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rio (LE, $23.50) is warmer. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is similar. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $23.50) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Natural High (LE, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Be Merry, Be Bright

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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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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette
Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette

This is part two of our review on Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette ($56.00 for 2.59 oz.). Please make sure to read part one for an overview of the palette.

Coquet is a pale, light-medium pink with a golden, frosted finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and blended out well. It wore well for over eight hours without fading or creasing. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is less golden. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is a full-on dupe. See comparison swatches.

Taffy is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a slightly metallic sheen. It swatched a lot lighter than it looked in the pan due to the more reflective shimmer in it. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly, evenly, and blended well on the lid. It lasted well for eight hours. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is similar. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is more frosted. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Crisp Apple Strudel is a warm, medium brown with a bronze sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation, and it had a buttery, smooth texture that made it one of the best eyeshadows to work with in the palette. It wore well for almost nine hours (no fading/creasing). Disney by Sephora Les Poissons (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $18.00) is also lighter. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (P, $6.99) is warmer. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is also cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Woolen Mittens is a subtly gray-tinged, medium-dark brown with a satin-matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was dry and somewhat stiff to work with, so it didn’t blend easily and didn’t have fully opaque pigmentation. It was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is more matte. Kat Von D Wolf (P) is darker. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is darker. Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is pinker and a cream product.See comparison swatches.

Soiree is a dark burgundy with warm, red undertones and a subtle sparkle over a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it tended to sheer out. It’s a shade best applied by patting it on. I saw slight fading after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Charming (LE) is less red-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Sketch (P, $15.00) is less warm. See comparison swatches.

Tinsel is a dirty, medium gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had really rich color payoff, but the texture could have been just a bit smoother. It wore well for almost nine hours, though. bareMinerals Gold Medal (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Bluff is a medium-dark, muted purple with mauve undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours. Dior Constellation (864) #5 (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is also darker. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is more frosted. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more metallic, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Ooh la Orchid is a magenta purple with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and just a tiny bit powdery. It wore well for almost nine hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is similar. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is more muted. MAC Spoiled Rich (LE, $15.00) is purpler. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Party Time is a bluish-teal shimmer layered over a blackened navy blue. It was semi-sheer, and it looked a lot different swatched than it did in the pan. I wasn’t able to build up the color on the lid at all, unfortunately, so it tended to look faded and muted when applied. I had some fall out while I wore it, and it did crease slightly after eight hours of wear. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $30.00) is darker, less iridescent. MAC Bleuluxe #3 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #1 (P, $33.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Pure Glam is a deep, dark black with a matte finish and silver sparkle. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery, which resulted in the color blending out fairly quickly and gave it a sheerer appearance unless it was packed on. It wore well for almost eight and a half hours but there was some fall out from the sparkle. There are a lot of shades like this. See comparison swatches.

This review excludes the mascara and the Color Bomb!, for your information, with the latter excluded because Too Faced’s original Lip Injection brutalizes my lips in a way that few products ever have and I am not courageous enough to make an attempt to try the next iteration of the formula at this time.

The Glossover

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A Few of My Favorite Things

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Overall, it's a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn't waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette
Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette ($56.00) includes twenty eyeshadowa, two blushes, two bronzers, full-sized Lip Injection Color Bomb! (in Bee Sting), and travel-sized Better Than Sex Mascara.  Too Faced listed the value of the set at $436.

Overall, it’s a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn’t waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

Blushes/Bronzers

Raindrops on Roses is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an overlay of gold shimmer. The more the color is blended out, the more frosted the finish becomes. It also seems to get warmer when it is sheered out, but it might be an illusion on my warmer-toned skin. It had fairly good color payoff, and it blended out easily. This shade wore well for seven hours and was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less gold-shimmered. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is more muted. Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It was nicely pigmented and applied easily. This shade is part of the permanent range. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after just over eight hours of wear. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Melt Into Spring is a medium, pink-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. It is extremely pigmented, and the texture is soft but a smidgen powdery. Luckily, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me, and it started to look somewhat worn away after nine hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Pink Happiness (LE, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #1 is a coppery brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very soft but did emphasize pores when applied to the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before looking faded at eight hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #2 is a light-medium orange with gold shimmer and frost. It had fairly good pigmentation and was soft overall. It did somewhat emphasize pores. The bronzer wore well for seven and a half hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is yellower. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is browner. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer (LE) is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Eyeshadows

Snowflakes is a pale white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was somewhat chunky in the pan, so it really has to be pressed and blended to smooth out the color, which is easier to do on the arm than on the lid. If you are not careful, this can layer and look chunky/crepe-y on the lid. This shade had some fall out while worn. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is sheerer. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar, Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Whiskers on Kittens is a pale peach with a hint of pink and gold sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the gold sparkle seemed to disperse off the surface of the underlying peach color, so I did have some fall out with this shade while worn. The texture was soft and not powdery. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is less pink, more peach. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Milk is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. It wore well on the lid and didn’t have any issues fading or creasing. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more satiny, darker. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches.

Moon on Their Wings is a warm, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish and gold micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat chunky. I had noticeable fall out while wearing this shade, and the color did crease somewhat after eight hours. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less glittery. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is more beige. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Dark Chocolate is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but it was not as blendable as I’d expect it to be. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after eight hours. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cream Colored Ponies is a pale, cool-toned ivory with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was soft without becoming powdery. It wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Ivory (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Honey Honey is a warm, golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was slightly chunky, so it really needs to be pressed into the skin and then smoothed out for best results. It had good color payoff, and it wore well without fading/creasing for eight hours–I did see a smidgen of fall out, though. MAC Creative Copper (LE, $15.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is also similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Limelight (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Night Golds #2 (LE) is more glittery. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Buche de Noel is a medium-dark brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing. MAC Brownluxe #4 (P) is darker, less metallic.Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is similar. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Evergreen is a medium-dark forest green with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it didn’t have fully opaque color and wasn’t as blendable as I expected. It wore well for seven hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is similar. Make Up For Ever #310 (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Blue Satin Sashes is a deep, dark blue-teal with a matte finish and subtle gold sparkle. The gold sparkle might as well not exist, as it doesn’t show up visibly on the lid when applied. The color is very pigmented, but the texture is so soft that it is powdery, so it’s a shade that can have excessive fall out during application. Once applied, it did wear well for almost eight hours. MAC Prussian (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is richer. Make Up For Ever #8E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

This review excludes the mascara and the Color Bomb!, for your information, with the latter excluded because Too Faced’s original Lip Injection brutalizes my lips in a way that few products ever have and I am not courageous enough to make an attempt to try the next iteration of the formula at this time.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

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Overall, it's a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn't waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Raindrops on Roses

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Chocolate Soleil

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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.

The Glossover

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Joy to the Girls

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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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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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Cheers!

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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