Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Too Faced Rock 'n' Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive that launches on June 1st. Overall, it’s a nice palette with smokier, darker shades (contrasted with three lighter shades) and good color payoff, decent wear, and soft textures. If you’ve used Too Faced’s eyeshadows before, you’ll be familiar with their slightly softer consistency and texture, which can sometimes be a bit powdery at times. With this type of texture, I would recommend using a primer underneath, as the color will adhere better and wear longer.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit.  Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Rockabilly is a light, neutral-to-warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky texture that applied smoothly with good color payoff. It was just slightly powdery. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me. This is definitely a shade Too Faced has released a few times before with little to no noticeable differences. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rap is a coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft to the touch, but it was a bit chunky, so there was some fall out during application and a little bit of sparkle fall out during wear. The color wore well for almost eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ska is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable, while the color lasted well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Wave is a light, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and white sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind too well with the underlying base color, so a lot of it gets trapped and lost in the brush as it is applied to the lid. The few remaining sparkles seem to fall out during wear, which means this is really mostly a matte pink at the end of the day. On my lid, the color stayed put for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop is a medium-dark plum with warm, burgundy undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was slightly powdery, though soft and easy to blend, but it’s a shade that needs a primer or slightly tacky base to shine. Over bare lids, it fell a little flat–just looked faded–though it lasted for seven and a half hours. It had decent to good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heavy Metal is a blackened blue with very fine iridescent purple and bluish-teal shimmer that creates a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and was only just slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Romantic is a light-medium, golden beige with a soft, pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft and smooth but not powdery. This color stayed well on the lid for seven and a half hours before it started to break down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glam Rock is a cool-toned taupe with a matte base finished with white sparkle. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but the sparkles tended to separate from the actual eyeshadow color, so it applied more like a regular matte shade than one with sparkle. I noticed some stray sparkle fall out when it was worn, though the actual color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Punk is a medium-dark, forest green with cool-toned emerald green micro-shimmer and a warm, olive brown undertone. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery, though soft, so it was prone to sheering out and looking somewhat faded without a primer. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection
Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection

Rock n’ Roll Rock Candy Eye Shadow Collection ($36.00) (Ulta Exclusive)

A dose of studs, spikes and smokey shadow can go a long way in making you feel like a total badass. Release your inner rock star with our new Rock N Roll Eye Shadow Collection featuring nine matte to metallic, edgy shades that will guarantee you a backstage pass. Our signature Glamour Guide shows you three beauty looks to get you started so you can create looks you love and own it like a rock star. Includes:

  • Rockabilly
  • Rap
  • Ska
  • New Wave
  • Pop
  • Heavy Metal
  • New Romantic
  • Glam Rock
  • Punk

Country Nashville Nudes Eye Shadow Collection ($36.00) (Ulta Exclusive)

Grab yourself a mason jar of sweet tea and fall hard for Music City glamour. We captured the Southern capital’s charm in our new Country Eye Shadow Collection featuring nine Nashville favorites with a sparkling pop of color for a look that goes with everything, just like your cowboy boots! Our signature Glamour Guide shows you three beauty looks to get you started so you can create looks you love and own it like a country star. Includes:

  • Cowboy Take Me Away
  • Y’all
  • Dolly
  • Famous in a Small Town
  • Paper Roses
  • Rhinestone
  • All American Girl
  • Nashville
  • Bluebird

Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick ($21.00) (New, Exclusive to TooFaced.com)

  • Melted Marshmallow
  • Melted Candy
  • Melted Berry
  • Melted Fig

Availability: New palettes available end of JuneULTA; new Melted Lipstick shades available exclusively at TooFaced.com.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Here are the other three shades of Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.). (If you missed part one, check out the review here.) It’s a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to have “intensely saturated lip color with a precise tip applicator.” Too Faced says it has “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” The consistency is light-medium–not too thick but not runny or watery–and is squeezed out of the tube through a flocked, angled applicator. These next three shades were similar in application and quality to the first three, too, which is always a good thing! The pigmentation was intense, opaque, and the colors applied evenly. These wear a really long time, but these lighter shades didn’t stain as much as the deeper shades in the range. They’re not moisturizing on me, but they’re not drying and pretty comfortable to wear, even towards the end of the wear. The finish is a satin, which turns to a matte after three to four hours of wear, but they never fully set, so these aren’t transfer-proof.

Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy coral.” It’s a light-medium orange with subtle reddish tones. It had a satin finish, fully opaque color, and lasted for six hours on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is more orange. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is lighter. theBalm First Officer (LE) is more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more orange. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Peony Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that yielded full color coverage, which wore well for five hours. MAC How Darling (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Nude Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral nude.” It’s a medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation that was opaque and smooth on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours, which is on the shorter end for this formula. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is slightly darker. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Melted Coral

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Melted Peony

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to have “intensely saturated lip color with a precise tip applicator.” Too Faced says it has “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” The consistency is light-medium–not too thick but not runny or watery–and is squeezed out of the tube through a flocked, angled applicator. All of the shades below were richly pigmented, and it seemed like a little went a long way, so don’t squeeze too much at once. The application of the colors was smooth, and each shade delivered even, opaque color that didn’t settle into lip lines or feather/bleed outside of the natural lip line. They wore for hours and hours (actual wear time noted below), and they were neither drying nor hydrating over time. The finish is a satin, which turns to a matte after three to four hours of wear, but they never fully set, so these aren’t transfer-proof. Here are the first three that I tested, with the next set to come soon–stay tuned!

Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet orchid.” It’s a medium, magenta purple with a satin finish. The color coverage was totally opaque, and it applied evenly. It lasted for six and a half hours and left behind a stain. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, more matte. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a blindingly bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without feathering outside the natural lip line. It lasted for eight hours and a stain lingered for hours after. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is slightly more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Ruby Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark cherry red with cool, pinky undertones and a satin finish. This shade was slightly glossier than the other two, but it still had the same rich, intense pigmentation. The consistency was a little thinner, so I felt like it wasn’t quite as easy to apply as the other two. It wore well for eight hours and again, a stain lingered for a few hours after. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is not quite as blue-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Melted Violet

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Melted Fuchsia

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe
Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe ($44.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a new, limited edition palatte that features three of Too Faced’s Bronzers. Each bronzer is “cocoa-infused” with textures that range from matte to shimmer. It’s housed in a metal tin that also includes a flat-topped kabuki brush that fits inside. If you have wanted to try Too Faced’s bronzers or often use bronzer in your routine, the palette is a great value, as you get three bronzers to try out, each a little less than half the size of a full-sized product. To put it in perspective, the size of these is more in line with a blush than a bronzer, but it’ll take quite awhile to get through any of these shades, even with daily use.

Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, so it the color appeared true-to-pan and could be used as a sheer, light layer or applied normally for more opaque color. The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to fade. It is also available permanently for $30.00/0.35 oz. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer #1 is described as a “rich satin bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with warm, gold frost. I reviewed this in one of last holiday’s palettes, and it was more shimmery in that palette; here it is a lot more subdued, and it was a bit less intense and appeared lighter. The texture was soft, blendable, and didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer #2 is described as a “satin suntan.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a soft, pearly sheen. I’ve reviewed this previously when it was released in a holiday palette, and I felt like this version was drier, a little stiff, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense or as rich. (It was also… reversed in terms of which shade was on top/bottom.) This shade lasted for seven and a half hours well. It is available permanently for $30.00/0.35 oz. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer is described as a “golden bronze, delicate pink, white, [and] fawn glimmer.” Swirled together, it’s a lightened, golden bronze with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, so it was easy to apply on the skin. It did emphasize pores somewhat, though, so that might be a deal-breaker for some. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. It is also available permanently for $30.00/0.28 oz. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Bonjour Soleil

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for eye products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Urban Naked Palettes (review) if you’re a big fan of various hues of neutrals that tend to lean more shimmery. I’ve enjoyed all three palettes enormously, and I usually take one along with me when I travel. (Pictured: Naked3)
  2. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette (review) is one of the best eyeshadow palettes ever–perfect if you love rich, pigmented eyeshadows with frosted finishes.
  3. bareMinerals Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (review) is a nice option for a neutral palette with a variety of finishes.
  4. Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Set (review) has ten shades of one of my favorite eyeliner formulas (Sephora’s Eye Contour Pencils) in several colorful hues. (Pictured: Romantic Comedy)
  5. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (review) is my very favorite eyeshadow primer–colorless, works well across brands and finishes, and keeps my eyeshadow on extra long.
  6. Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows (review) are my newest favorite for cream eyeshadows! So versatile, long-wearing, and sparkling. (Pictured: Hypnotique)
  7. Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) Highliner (review) is an eyeliner I get complimented on all the time–it’s a cooler-toned, brighter teal that is harder to dupe.
  8. Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 (review) is a set of eight full-sized eyeliners from black to teal–I’m constantly reaching for the shades in this one–and bonus, it comes with Grind House as well!
  9. Urban Decay Grind House (review) is my go-to for all my eyeliner sharpening needs!
  10. Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer (review) works nicely to keep brows in place without giving them a hard, crunchy feeling. I just picked up my second one this time around, actually!