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Too Faced White Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

01/14

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Over primer: Exotica, Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin, Chocolate Syrup, Cookie Dough, Glaze

Over primer: Exotica, Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin, Chocolate Syrup, Cookie Dough, Glaze

White Chocolate Bar

Too Faced White Chocolate Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that is available for Rouge/VIB members from 11/21 to 11/22 and then releases for everyone on at 11/23. It’s one of Too Faced’s worst palettes, and it’s still a mediocre, not-worth-$5 palette used over their own primer. The formula used in this palette is so dry that shades are often dusty, chalky, or powdery (or some mix) with many shades applying with little pigmentation, sheering out as soon as they’re touched, and have little wear time (even over primer!).

This palette was a head-scratcher: I have no idea why Too Faced would release this palette when their White Chocolate Chip Palette from last year was one of the brand’s worst palettes… ever (my review here). Even retailer reviews on it were pitiful, 37% of Sephora reviewers rated it 1-star with 64% rating it 3-stars or below; and it’s rare to see such low average ratings (2.7/5 for last year’s White Chocolate Chip) on any products on Sephora–the infamous Anastasia Subculture is rated 3.7/5.

The palette shares the bulk of its shades with last year’s palette, and there was little to no room for improvement from palette to palette, so this seemed like it was just a waste of time and money for all involved. It’s actually more frustrating to see a brand completely disregard customer feedback. It makes me feel like the brand doesn’t care, takes no pride in their products, and has no desire to improve their products.

4.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3
Application
59%
Total
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Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

01/06

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Smokey Eye Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two blushes, and a highlighter. For the right person, the color scheme and quality-level might work out, but I think the palette itself is a little disjointed–it’s warm-toned but then two of the eyeshadows are more muted and neutral. I also think the jump from the mid-tone brown to the black eyeshadow is quite a bit and felt like I desperately needed more shades in-between to make the palette work cohesively on my coloring (this did not impact the rating–just detailing my personal experience using the palette overall). I think going for light-medium and medium-to-dark neutrals and then having the black might have made it more versatile.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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ColourPop Semi Precious Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette

ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette | Look Details

ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette | Look Details

Semi Precious

Colour Pop Semi Precious 8-Pan Shadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.56 oz.) contains eight, metallic eyeshadows housed in a cardboard palette. They’re larger than the typical ColourPop eyeshadow, and they felt slightly creamier and smoother with moderate density but were never heavy or too thick. Only one of the eight shades could have been better, but even that, it was still a good eyeshadow. As long as you’re someone who adores shimmers or doesn’t mind pulling in other finishes to complement this palette, it’s well worth considering.

A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Huda Beauty Warm Browns Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

Huda Beauty Warm Browns Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Warm Browns Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Warm Browns Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Warm Browns Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Warm Browns Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Warm Browns | Look Details

Huda Beauty Warm Browns | Look Details

Warm Browns

Huda Beauty Warm Browns Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is–shockingly–a warm-toned neutral palette with eight matte shades and one shimmery shade. The eyeshadows were quite good, and my only “con” was that I felt the denser consistency of the lone shimmery shade didn’t work quite as well with all the mattes (not uncommon) and the darkest matte could have been more pigmented (but it was buildable and worked better in practice than swatched).

A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Givenchy Holiday 2017 Le Rouge Mini Duo

01/04

Givenchy Holiday 2017 Le Rouge Mini Duo

Givenchy Holiday 2017 Le Rouge Mini Duo

Givenchy Holiday 2017 Le Rouge Mini Duo

Givenchy Holiday 2017 Le Rouge Mini Duo

Holiday 2017

Givenchy Holiday 2017 Le Rouge Mini Duo ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) contains two, miniature-sized Le Rouge lipsticks in shades that can be purchased individually from the permanent line-up. It was available earlier this week, but the recent sale seems to have decimated stock on the lip sets this holiday season… I’m not sure if this particular set is available in stores or not, but both shades can be purchased on their own. As far as mini lipsticks go, these felt particularly cheap and lightweight with a very short bullet, and I felt like they had more slip and less pigmented compared to their full-sized versions.

Value

Le Rouge retails for $36.00 and contains 0.12 oz. or costs $300.00/oz. The set retails for $25.00 and contains 0.08 oz. It contains $24.00 worth of product.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Smokey Palette | Look Details

Huda Beauty Smokey Palette | Look Details

Smokey

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes nine shades of neutral, mostly warm-toned eyeshadows with a mix of matte and shimmer finishes. The majority of the shades were quite good, and I found the palette easy to use. The eyeshadows were semi-opaque to opaque, blendable, and long-wearing overall. It also leaned less warm-toned than most palettes these days, so that was nice to see, too!

Smokey
Smokey
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total