Too Faced Clueless & Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, cotton candy pink with a ton of gold glitter and finer lavender pearl. It really doesn’t feel or look much like the La Creme formula has; it is sheerer in its base, but it is still emollient, slippery, and thick enough that for all the glitter there is, it doesn’t feel particularly gritty. It doesn’t apply evenly, unfortunately, but it had a lot of dimension and reflectiveness that I didn’t feel it looked quite as splotchy in person as it does appear in swatches. The glitter tends to bunch up a bit, which gives the lips a more textured look. It wore for three hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. It does tint the lips pink as well. Though it is going to rate abysmally, I quite enjoyed it as a total glitter-packed product, but it falls short of the La Creme promises of pigmentation, application, and hydration. It takes several removals to get all of the glitter off, even though the majority of the color/effect is removed the first time you remove it–the glitter just clings. I had a few stray glitters after wearing it. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Love Long Distance (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Popcorn (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Strawberry Mousse (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Malik (DC, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lovecraft (DC, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Ciate Candy (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Ametista (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Diva (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, cool-toned lavender with iridescent blue shimmer and glitter. It does tint the lips pink within five minutes of wear, and it leaves behind a soft stain after a few hours overall. It glides on without feeling gritty, but it doesn’t apply particularly evenly and the sheerer, very slippery base color gathers in lip lines. I think the shade is cool in theory if it was marketed as a sheer, layering product (but it is lumped into the La Creme formula with no distinctions made on their website), though it would still be a fussier product. Again, I think it holds up and looks better in-person than in a close-up, as it reflects more light, which helps to camouflage some of those imperfections. We actually see this hue in eyeshadow form more often, so if you happen to own one of those iterations, you might try patting that over your favorite lipstick to see if you like the effect enough to buy a tube of it in lipstick form. The color lasted for three hours and was lightly hydrating. There were a few glitter particles that were outside of the lips after wear. A lot of the sparkle remains even after removal of the color; it is hard to fully remove all the glittery bits. Too Faced Unicorn Tears (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Sugar Cookies (LE, $17.50) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Cold Front (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Blush Pearl (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Sephora Werk It (69) (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Dior Diorstellaire (595) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Bite Beauty Violet Icing (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Pick Me, Pick Me (P, $19.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Revlon Cupcake (DC, $7.49) is less shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Supanova (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Revlon Strawberry Shortcake (DC, $7.49) is less shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Opal (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cultive (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bolt (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I really think Too Faced did a major disservice to the launch of the new spring shades, both to themselves to sell their own product but to make sure customers’ expectations were met. These are over-the-top glittery and really feel like “Sparkle La Creme” rather than “La Creme,” and I think differentiating or at least describing their new shades (of which many are quite glittery) would have gone a long way. There are some who will love the addition of glitter to the La Creme family, but I imagine others will be quite surprised at the amount of glitter in some of the shades as well. (Photos on Too Faced’s website indicate pearl but certainly not glitter!) They did a great job when they launched the Metallic versions of the Melted formula, and I feel like they could have done the same with several of the new La Creme shades.

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Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Clueless La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme Lipstick

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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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Unicorn Tears sounds so fun even just by the name! I laughed so hard when I was reading your sneak peak yesterday! And it looked fun as well. But I do prefer Bite Beauty Opal personally, which barely has any base color so it doesn’t alter the color of other lip colors while instead, it adds opalescent color.

I love the shimmer in these! I just wish they performed better. The aqua blue sheen of Unicorn Tears is so unique! I have Strawberry Shortcake…maybe I’ll try the eyeshadow trick with that!

I actually love both of these, but not for a strong application alone. As you said, I think these would be a lot of fun for layering! And the name “Unicorn Tears” makes me giggle.

It is too bad these weren’t described appropriately. Something like “sparkle” and “sheer” or “transforming” would have done these more justice.

Exactly!! I had NO idea they were going to be super glittery (same with the other shades in the range – I think it’s only 2-3 that are true to the La Creme formula!).

Ha, Unicorn Tears looks extra Patnone-y when it’s paired with the pale pink one.

That second pic is the stuff my mid-’90s tween dreams were made of. You’re just missing the teddy bear backpack and a picture of Jordan Catalano pressed over your heart.

Unicorn Tears is SO cool! If it was only smoother then people could probably get away with wearing it on its own without looking it cheap or tacky. I really like the sheen it gives off too.

I love that shimmer and frost finishes are making a comeback, but these fall into that OTT outside of my personal range of tastes.. and they look rather patchy too, huh? Definitely better viewed from a distance.

I agree – so glad shimmer and frost are coming back. Interesting to me is that matte is so popular but when I see pics of celebrities and models in magazines, there seems to almost always be a sheen or shine, etc. on their lips.

Unicorn Tears is pretty dang cool… but I haven’t a clue where I’d want to wear that, or even what to layer it with.

Thank you for the upfrontness regarding the formula. I’m more than a little disappointed because I love the La Creme line and always relied on it for true colour. Seeing sheer stuff with glitter in it is a bit… uncomfortable. Wham! kind of started to take us in that direction with the holiday launch, but I wasn’t expecting them to keep going with the glitter aspect of it. I look forward to seeing the rest of your swatches so I can determine which ones don’t have glitter – those will be the ones I’ll be picking amongst to buy!

I want to say there are only two or three – but I put up sneak peek swatches yesterday, and they’re all in the Swatch Gallery as well, so you can browse now if you’d like. I don’t really know why Too Faced didn’t call these out as one-offs or assign finishes (and finish descriptions!) to them. I’ve always associated the La Creme line as a pretty cream finish range, maybe a fine pearl but nothing glittery, and I love glitter, but it was unexpected. I could definitely see someone being disappointed instead!

I like the Clueless reference because I totally rocked pink frosted lips back in the day. I’m not so certain that I particularly love that look on myself now at this age. These are both something I would certainly try on before buying.
What’s up with the Paradis Christine? I noticed you are wearing it a lot. A new fave? It looks really nice. I don’t know much about Lancome liners is why I ask. šŸ™‚

Would love to know if you love the Paradis liner. I’m debating between that one and your fave: spark of envy.
Do you mind letting me know which you prefer and how they differ, please? Thanks so much!

Sorry. I had to repost because I forgot to change the replies back section. I always forget!
I would love to know if you love the Paradis liner. Iā€™m debating between that one and your fave: spark of envy.
Do you mind letting me know which you prefer and how they differ, please? Thanks so much!

Call me crazy, but I really do STILL love Unicorn Tears for use as a topper! But ONLY as a topper, though. Because as a full strength lipstick it falls short big-time. I do also like that these are moister than traditional frosts, which as we know, can be absolutely brutal!

I agree! Horrible marketing, because these definitely are NOT the same as the TRUE La Creme Lipsticks at all. Names I can come up with for these: La Glitter Creme, Sparkle La Creme, Sparkle Kitty Lipstick!

They are! They’re fun. I think as long as you’d enjoy them as they are, then it’s all good. They’re just… quite different from the La Creme formula/description/marketing!

I think they’re both neat shades – if TF had made sure to describe them as sheer or layering products, they would have scored a little better.

Clueless kind of reminds me of “let them eat cake” by lipstick queen. It’s one of those lipsticks where I’m oddly draw to it by the amount of sparkle, but simultaneously disturbed by the thought of wearing that much glitter on my lips.

I really want these for layering. Too Faced is going to get all my money for Spring, I guess. At least till ColourPop comes out with their Spring line… šŸ˜‰

Very hard pass on both of these. Which is a shame because Unicorn Tears is a fantastic name. I would put it over Jeffree Star’s Unicorn Blood. Now all we need is someone to come out with a product named Unicorn Sweat and we’d be all set.

I was excited to see Unicorn Tears in the launch until you showed us the preview swatch….. I’m super bummed because I recognized that glitter shimmer finish of the previous shimmer La Creme lipsticks. It makes me wonder what Too Faced was thinking with these. Just as toppers I guess but the base formula of thses lipsticks do not play well with shimmer/glitter.

Yeah, I think they can work as a layering product or really sheerly, perhaps, but better over a lip liner or something very matte (won’t move around as much – anything super creamy PLUS this on top will be like a slip ‘n slide!).

I think they should’ve made these lip glosses instead of lipsticks! love BITE Opal lipstick and was hoping these would be similar, but I think the BITE one applies more much smoothly and elegantly. Christine, how are these worn as toppers over say a lipstick or lipstain?

They’re best over a lip liner or more matte lipstick, because they are very emollient that they add a lot of slip, so something that is already thinner and more matte can take the creaminess without getting destroyed. If it is a creamier lipstick, I would pat it on with a fingertip or a lip brush to manage some of the slip (they get a little melty when applied directly from the tube, so it’s harder to prevent the effect of the slip).

ON FACE:

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Too Faced Warm Glow Candlelight
Too Faced Baby Love Love Flush Blush
ON EYES:

Too Faced Bon Bons Palette
Lancome Paradis Eyeliner

I may be in the minority, but I think these look horrific, especially Unicorn Tears. I can’t imagine how bad they will look on pigmented lips. I wish brands would do shades like these RIGHT when they decide to make them, instead of just putting out a sub-par product. I don’t go for frosty, metallic shades personally, but I wish people that do like them had some quality options.

Wow! Unicorn Tears almost looks like a dupe and/or a lipstick version of Makeup Geek’s Duochromed Eyeshadow in Blacklight. I like the shade, but I’m a little intimidated. It’s maybe because I can’t quite think of where I would wear this color, except to use in a creative lip look for personal photos. Hmm…I’m conflicted.

I would have wanted Unicorn Tears even if it had got an F-. I don’t have anything even remotely like it and I just need it.
I like Clueless as well, I think it looks good on the full face photo, and that is how we see others, and how you see yourself in a mirror.
I do like shimmers and glitte and sparkle in lip products, it makes a nice change to my usual opaque berries and reds.

I wasn’t really expecting that pink undertone in Unicorn Tears. If it weren’t for that, I know I would LOVE to layer it over some of my blue lipsticks! They’re all rather green-leaning, though, so I don’t think it would work so well. šŸ™ (If I had more money, that would be an excuse to pick it up along with a more purple-toned blue…)

Aw dang, I didn’t realize these had glitter. I’m really a fan of TF La Creme lipsticks when they are *creamy*, not shimmery or glittery. :\

These look perfect to me for lip art. I really love the glitter in them. You’re right, they should have been marketed as sheer or glitter topper or something.

I’m actually a bit interested in Unicorn Tears. It hits a good midpoint for me personally, with more pigmented lips I enjoy having semi-sheer lip products with more interesting finishes. The wear time sounds a bit short, though–I never touch up my lips. It still looks cool.

And I totally get your point about them being dissimilar to the regular La Creme line. It’s not my favorite formula to begin with, however.

Totally agree, these are not La Creme lipsticks! I think they would probably benefit from a clear gloss topper to even out the overall effect even more. I might get Unicorn Tears, as it’s so unique, but it’s definitely a different product to the standard La Creme.

Although I might just dig out my Illamasqua lipgloss from the autumn collection. Can’t recall the shade name – it was LE anyway – but it’s a sheer, sparkly light blue/white.

I love the name Unicorn Tears and it looks like a really pretty layering lipstick, but I don’t know about that performance! If only it was less fussy, I would wear it all the time to be honest. Maybe I’ll find a better-performing dupe from some indie brand out there…

“Though it is going to rate abysmally, I quite enjoyed it as a total glitter-packed product…” BAHAHA, you crack me up sometimes, Christine! šŸ˜€

I really don’t mind glittery products, and I think I’ll purchase these anyway, ESPECIALLY Unicorn Tears. It reminds me of a more intensely pigmented version of a weird Revlon Lip Butter that I own (the shade was called “Invite Only”), so I’m all over it! šŸ˜€

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