Too Faced La Belle Carousel Review, Photos, Swatches

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel ($49.00 for 1.45 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, and a travel-sized Better than Sex Mascara. What’s neat about this particular set is that the container holds five separate palettes and then the mascara in its own box. It’s perfect for giving and getting–a little for you, a little for a friend–or easily broken up and given as stocking stuffers. The back of each of the palettes actually have “to” and “from” lines, so they’re ready to gift. The set is a great value, and overall, it’s nice–not A+ territory, but it’s decent to good. The majority of the eyeshadows were nicely pigmented, wore for eight hours, and were easy to apply–there were a few (noted below) that had fall out due to more glittery textures or were lacking in pigmentation. The cheek products, except the matte bronzer, were rather frosted, so there was some emphasis of pores and skin imperfections.

Luminous Peach is a softened, medium orange with a golden orange frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the frost slightly emphasized pores. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, yellowed brown with a frosted finish. It emphasized pores somewhat, but it had good color payoff and a blendable texture. It is the darker half of the Sun Bunny bronzer duo, which is part of Too Faced’s permanent range. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Who’s Your Poppy is a medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was noticeably powdery. It didn’t emphasize pores too much, which was a surprise. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutcracker is a bright, cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Beach is a golden peach with a metallic finish and large, gold glitter. The underlying color applied fairly well, but the glitter gets everywhere. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boxes & Bows is a brightened, warm pink with a gold, metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Plum Fairy is a deepened, eggplant purple with subtle, cool undertones and bluish-silver sparkle. The sparkle tended to fall out over time, though the base color was nicely pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frost is a medium, cool-toned white with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was dryer and more crumbly, and there was fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tin Soldier is a dark, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had a fairly soft, buttery consistency with nice pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Tree is a cool-toned, emerald green with a subtle olive undertone and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nice, but the texture, while smooth, had a drier consistency that made it a little harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa’s Boots is a neutral-toned black with subtle silver sparkle. The sparkle isn’t noticeable on the lid, because most of it never arrives, so the result is really a matte black. It’s semi-opaque but dusty to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tufted Suede is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Angel Hair is a muted, golden brown with a hint of copper and a soft, frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery, but it applied better on the eye than it swatched. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Chocolate is a rich, deepened bronze with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was really soft and buttery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a dark, chocolate brown with copper flecks of sparkle over a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Too Faced Luminous Peach Blush
Too Faced Luminous Peach Blush

Too Faced Luminous Peach Blush
Too Faced Luminous Peach Blush

Too Faced Luminous Peach Blush
Too Faced Luminous Peach Blush

Too Faced Sun Bunny Dark Bronzer
Too Faced Sun Bunny Dark Bronzer

Too Faced Sun Bunny Dark Bronzer
Too Faced Sun Bunny Dark Bronzer

Too Faced Sun Bunny Dark Bronzer
Too Faced Sun Bunny Dark Bronzer

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced Who's Your Poppy Blush
Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy Blush

Too Faced Who's Your Poppy Blush
Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy Blush

Too Faced Who's Your Poppy Blush
Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy Blush

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced Nutcracker Eyeshadow
Too Faced Nutcracker Eyeshadow

Too Faced Nutcracker Eyeshadow
Too Faced Nutcracker Eyeshadow

Too Faced Nude Beach Eyeshadow
Too Faced Nude Beach Eyeshadow

Too Faced Nude Beach Eyeshadow
Too Faced Nude Beach Eyeshadow

Too Faced Boxes & Bows Eyeshadow
Too Faced Boxes & Bows Eyeshadow

Too Faced Boxes & Bows Eyeshadow
Too Faced Boxes & Bows Eyeshadow

Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy Eyeshadow
Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy Eyeshadow

Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy Eyeshadow
Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy Eyeshadow

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced Frost Eyeshadow
Too Faced Frost Eyeshadow

Too Faced Frost Eyeshadow
Too Faced Frost Eyeshadow

Too Faced Tin Soldier Eyeshadow
Too Faced Tin Soldier Eyeshadow

Too Faced Tin Soldier Eyeshadow
Too Faced Tin Soldier Eyeshadow

Too Faced Christmas Tree Eyeshadow
Too Faced Christmas Tree Eyeshadow

Too Faced Christmas Tree Eyeshadow
Too Faced Christmas Tree Eyeshadow

Too Faced Santa's Boots Eyeshadow
Too Faced Santa’s Boots Eyeshadow

Too Faced Santa's Boots Eyeshadow
Too Faced Santa’s Boots Eyeshadow

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced Tufted Suede Eyeshadow
Too Faced Tufted Suede Eyeshadow

Too Faced Tufted Suede Eyeshadow
Too Faced Tufted Suede Eyeshadow

Too Faced Angel Hair Eyeshadow
Too Faced Angel Hair Eyeshadow

Too Faced Angel Hair Eyeshadow
Too Faced Angel Hair Eyeshadow

Too Faced Haute Chocolate Eyeshadow
Too Faced Haute Chocolate Eyeshadow

Too Faced Haute Chocolate Eyeshadow
Too Faced Haute Chocolate Eyeshadow

Too Faced Yule Log Eyeshadow
Too Faced Yule Log Eyeshadow

Too Faced Yule Log Eyeshadow
Too Faced Yule Log Eyeshadow

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced: Angel Hair, Tin Soldier, Christmas Tree, Santa’s Boots, Marc Jacobs Ody(sea)

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced: Angel Hair, Tin Soldier, Christmas Tree, Santa’s Boots, Marc Jacobs Ody(sea)

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced: Nutcracker, Nude Beach, Boxes & Bows, Sugar Plum Fairy, MAC Evil Twin Eyeliner

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced: Nutcracker, Nude Beach, Boxes & Bows, Sugar Plum Fairy, MAC Evil Twin Eyeliner

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced: Angel Hair, Haute Chocolate, Yule Log, Tufted Suede, Sephora Snakeskin Dress Eyeliner

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced: Angel Hair, Haute Chocolate, Yule Log, Tufted Suede, Sephora Snakeskin Dress Eyeliner

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Too Faced Holiday 2014 Carousel Set $49.00/1.45 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
On lips:
  • Too Faced Shimmering Naked Dolly

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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THE MAKEUP LOOK
On face: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder. On lips: Too Faced Shimmering Naked Dolly.

Augh! I totally want those little eyeshadow quads!! The concept of this set is pretty great, actually – I would totally gift the blushes and bronzers (pretty but a little too shimmery/dark for me). I was interested to see the green shadow, and Christmas tree itself looks great! I also love that you did a look using exactly the combo I had my eye on, which was the Boxes and Bows/Sugar Plum Fairy one πŸ˜‰

THE MAKEUP LOOK
On face: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder. On lips: Too Faced Shimmering Naked Dolly.

Thank you so much for your brilliant job!
I just love this!!!!! Such an adorable packaging! Love Luminous Peach and Chocolate Soleil. The eye shadows which attracted me (especially Sugar Plum Fairy, Haute Chocolate and Christmas Tree) had great or decent color payoff. And all of this at an excellent price. Can’t wait to having it in my hands!

Sooooo, they took Nude Beach (or Nude B*tch, as I always called it because it IS such a b*tch to work with) out of the Natural Eye palette and are CURSING people with it as a Christmas gift? That’s NASTY. I love some of the eye shadows in this but there are just too many items that I already have or that are too warm for me so this would not be a good purchase.

I like this packaging idea a lot, because it comes in a showy, gifty arrangement, but when you’re done admiring the novelty of that, you can just store the booklets with your other palettes. The two blushes are the standouts for me.

I also think it’s just nice that if the blushes are too warm, or maybe you have similar neutrals, you can easily gift away pieces you don’t want!

This set is nice because it’s very wearable but still has some nice color pops in it. Probably the only holiday item I’d consider getting from them.

Such a cute set! I really like how Too Faced kept everything separate for gifting. Plus the colors are very pretty too!

I love the idea of the carousel and I really love the eyeshadows. That Christmas tree shadow is totally beautiful to me. Your eye looks are fabulous Christine.

This is such a cute gift to self and to share with others. I really like some of the eyeshadows. Not sure this will be available here, I guess a field trip to Sephora is in the near future. They do stock Too Faced now, but just had the Chocolate Box, Better than Sex and the eyelid primer, starting with the bestsellers the SA told me. πŸ™‚
Oh, love the looks you did, all very pretty.

Eeeee I’m so glad you finally reviewed this! :’) I have it and I am TOTALLY in love with it! I love the pale pink palette. All of the colors are beautiful, but Nude Beach is just amazing if you have the patience to work with it. I also am in love with Christmas Tree and Haute Chocolate. (Sorry for the rambling, this box set just makes me so happy!) c:

I always use a primer and then I use a base of a similar color. Lately I like E.L.F Shimmer Facial Whips. I then apply it with my finger, and sweep away fallout with a small fan brush. πŸ™‚ Or, I apply it with a mixing medium like E.L.F Makeup Lock and Seal.

Wow, love the shadows! And I love the adorable and and versatile packaging – I hope they bring it back next year, and maybe add some lipsticks instead of the blushes/bronzers, which are kind of warm.

Wow, I’m actually pretty impressed – I wasn’t necessarily expecting much from this set other than it being cute, but I have to say that both blushes look fantastic and so do a few of the eye shadows. I’m gonna have to put it on my list for Santa !!

Very well done review, Christine! I’m actually really liking this minus a few colors and that awful mascara! (IMO) I think if the carousel somehow stayed like a box fr nars holiday collection, that would be extra rad! The most of this is pretty nifty for the price and I’ve never tried too faced blush, and all face products look lovely and something I would easily wear. I’d hope not to be allergic! I actually am thinking, I know it’s rare, but I don’t think I’ve ever really given this brand much of a try at all! A few creamy lipsticks were fine but I fid not like the mascara at all. I’ve been tempted by collections but they seemed a mixed pot of things I have, but cat eyes.. I’m still lemming that.. So what do you think it is about this that’s so appealing to me? Could it be the almost unicorn horses? Is it a hormonal surge? Christine, do I need this? Can it benefit me? (I’m hardcore budgeting, waiting for F&F 20% and Black Friday… Thinking of trying more bite lipsticks… They have great gifts now! But I mean beyond that.. Choosing lipsticks for what I want confuses me. I’m Sure you’re keen on how I like my lips to look and the care is important so I vacillate between guerlain & dior & YSL’s soothing and beneficial lippies, but them second guess how true it would be to say they’re better when bite is all natural.. Any advice would be a grandly appreciated gesture! Do you have a gallery of the permanent and VIB rouge bite lipsticks? I know what I’m after, it’s all about selecting formulas and bring positive about my decision. I’ve sliced older killer lipsticks today and have a supply yet feel a neurotic need for new, as if they’ve improved… I’d love a make your own lippie basket thst can include up to so much, something like that would be lovely from great higher end brands! Like a mini collection of all YSL rouge volupte shines, very nourishing, so adorable, could even make them double ended, or the Rouge Dior Baumes!!! I’m dying to get to order what I have in my cart! Hope it stays there and I can narrow it down! Gorgeous eye combos, btw! You look healthy! <3 Thanks again!

You may like Bite’s Luminous range, as it is very creamy. A lot of their other formulas are more satin/matte, so they don’t feel as emollient on – and given your preference for Guerlain, Dior, etc. then I’d stick with Luminous Creme, if you wanted to try.

I’m also sure that as you’ve mentioned having such an enormous stash, that you surely have at least a dozen dupes for the shades in this set – as they’re all more dupable than not, so I’m sure you could easily skip this!

Thank you! I liked the deconstructed rose ones and felt like trying a few more with dior! I want a new lip toy! πŸ˜€ (Several, actually, but I have many, so this is probably a girl thing to “need” lippies!) Although this carousel could be fun for teens to take apart and play with, you are correct with my dozens of dupes for each! I have a qualm about this too, which is that they’re putting this stuff in paper now.. Why? Messes not all recylcle, and I don’t want to hold a bookmark! The becca nude ombre was seriously the best nude/brown range for me, plus UD Pulp Fiction.. There’s bulk there. We don’t need the mirror case for the G’s, though. That’s a packaging you are paying for! Ebay it! I love <3 Givenchy Interdit everything.. But the Ke rouge leather? Why? Fake it up! That blows my mind! But I'm definitely into Dior's new Baume Rouges! I hope you'll be reviewing some in time! πŸ™‚

I was looking at the dupes and saw Sugarpill Midori.. I just have to say what an impressively perfect spot on color! Are they expensive? I’ve not ventured there yet due to an ΓΌber massive colorful supply.. But that is a personal valued color! Other than that, I really want a new set of a great matte navy, dark olive, and that’s about it! Do you notice many differences in snakeskin and roof top party? (Sephora liners) and do you think their set is worth it? KVD is there, too.. Hit and miss with sephora.. This ends my lengthy commenting. I hope to here back from you! πŸ˜€

Sugarpill isn’t expensive – mid-end, I would say, but it isn’t something you can see in person as it is mostly carried through a few online retailers.

I like Sephora’s eyeliners, so I find their sets a good value. I haven’t tried Kat Von D’s set and only a couple of her eyeliners, I think, so hard to say if that set will be good or not.

I’ve just never needed anymore brights to purchase Sugarpill, but I’m amused with how close their color is to the beautiful Midori green of Midori melon liquor! Mindoro bottles make you happy! I swear! But I don’t drink! (Anymore) So if you aren’t familiar with Midori sours, they taste wonderful! This color is perfect! (Dupes, I have as well) Thank you for the information! πŸ™‚ I like Sephora’s liners well, but only the ones that aren’t failing as soon as I use them, thus a hit and miss.. From my research, the KVDs are pretty great, even with sensitive eyes, and the value is a good deal, I’m liking the colors, why not! I do hope following eyeliner bunches hold a new variety of colors, khakis, olives, golds, platinums, greens, navy, and not 4 black variations and radiant orchid with a turquoise. Companies that left have changed Sephora around, I’m never certain what will happen, but it would be nice if everything good was sold their agsin sd they sent catalogues like they used to. They were so fun! Again, thanks for the recs! I’ll be going with that! πŸ˜€

My dear niece’s name is all over this one. Her eyes will just pop out of her head! But am I alone in grinding my teeth when cosmetics companies attach a French-sounding name to something and screw it up? The French word for carousel is “le carrousel” with a double “r.” “La belle” is wrong as the noun is masculine, so it’s “le beau carrousel.” I can’t be the only French-speaking reader of your incredible blog, Christine. As cute and gift-worthy as this item is, to me the name grates like nails on a blackboard.

You’re definitely not the only French-speaking reader around here πŸ™‚ I think theBalm has some of the worst offenses, though it is usually for their fine print/labeling.

Too cute! This may be the first ever product where the packaging has made me want to get it! (I’ll admit the packaging was an additional draw to me for the UD 15th Anniversary palette and the one Meteorites Voyage compact I have, but I’d’ve wanted those anyway for the product. This? The product is nice, thankfully, but honestly if it had come in a more usual palette format I could easily have passed!) Of course, actually getting hold of this in the UK will be more of a challenge – Boots carries Too Faced but we never seem to get the pretty holiday gift sets or anything exciting πŸ™

I do wish they’d put a highlighter instead of one of the bronzers (even chosen the light side of Sun Bunny instead of the dark) though I do see that a blush/bronzer combo makes for a better gifting option, so I guess that’s why.

I hope you manage to find a way to find it in the UK, Polly! I know that Too Faced is a harder-to-find brand outside of the U.S. (and even Canada, at times). I think a highlighter would have been a great idea!

I’m a little annoyed that they’ve got repeats in here that really could have been replaced by much better products. I too have Nude Beach (Oh my gosh, the comment about calling it by a less flattering name… I actually did spit out my coffee a little bit, it was a mess), and despise it, I believe Tufted Suede is in the matte eye palette, I know I’ve got it already, and as a super fair girl, it does nothing for me as a highlight. I wish brands would do a little less repeating shades and a little more rolling out of crazy fun colors. I’d rather pay a little more for the Vice 3 and get crazy and awesome colors as opposed to getting this and getting a mix of repeats and not unique new colors. But I suppose it might suit some who want just a few pops of color.

And, like some have already said, the face products just aren’t doing it for me. I need to HIDE these giant pores, not emphasize them!

Nude Beach certainly isn’t one that seems necessary to repeat – Tufted Suede, at least, may be a staple for some (depending on skin tone, of course). Have you tried using it to tamp down shimmer in other shades?

OH MY GOSH I want this now. I plan on getting it this weekend, and I cannot wait to try these out, especially the blushes. They look so nice on you! But the Christmas Tree eye shadow, ah! I am so excited about this.

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