Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette ($36.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains three “lightweight, finishing face powders” designed to act like photo filters in real life. The powders have a dryness to them (even though they feel soft to the touch) that make them harder to really dust on evenly as all-over finishing powders. On my skin tone, only the bronzing powder worked well; the brightening one made my complexion look yellower, but in a jaundiced kind of way, while the illuminating powder smoothed out pores, it didn’t actually add radiance–quite the opposite, as it made my skin look very, very flat and matte.

I think these are a poor imitation of some of the more cult classic finishing powders on the market. I ended up removing all of my base products and redoing it to finish out the rest of the photos I was taking for the day (for lip products and the like), since they really made me look worse rather than better and saved testing for another day entirely. (My husband actually asked, “Are you feeling okay?” when I popped into his office with the yellow powder on.)

Sunrise is described as a “brightening diffused warmth.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a satin finish. It is semi-sheer, but it’s actually more pigmented than merely translucent, and as a result, it actually turns my skin yellow. It’s not really warming on my skin tone, more sickly and either like I’m getting jaundiced or my foundation is a poor match for me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Totally Toasted is described as a “bronzed smoothing glow.” It’s a muted, medium gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a soft sheen. The top layer of the product was really soft and yielded more pigmentation than anticipated (what you’d expect from a bronzer, not a finishing powder), but after initially swatching it, the pan was firmer and harder, and then it had sheer color coverage. For those who like their bronzers more matte, once that top layer disappears, it applies with such translucent coverage that there’s almost no visible shimmer on the skin. The effect is subtle and does warm my skin up slightly, but if you are much darker than me, I don’t think it will do anything for your skin tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moon River is described as a “cool ethereal light.” It’s a sheer, lavender-leaning white with a very subtle satin shimmer. It is translucent like you’d expect from a finishing powder, but it doesn’t provide an “ethereal glow” to my skin at all. It makes the skin appear smoother (but all of the powders did that to the same level) without adding any luminosity or glow–I actually felt like it flattened the skin to the point where you lost the natural radiance that helps done-up skin still look like skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Maybelline Petunia Punk
  • Rose Riot
  • Hibiscus Heartbreak
  • Black Orchid
  • Hydrangea Hype Color Tattoo Eyeshadows; Gucci Forest Green Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Maybelline Citrus Evolution

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rashmi Avatar

My head is spinning reading the review … glad i skipped this yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I’m out of words to tell you how well you write reviews πŸ™‚
and love Shaun for always noticing you no matter how busy you both are πŸ™‚

Natalie Avatar

Urgh thanks so much for the review. I was hoping this would be like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (which I can’t get in Singapore) so was pretty sure I was going to buy this. You’ve just saved me lots of money.

Natalie Avatar

I at least have Diffused and Mood Light, which I got when I was in the US a couple of years ago! Die a little every time I see the palettes on Instagram though, these are so worth the money.

Grace Avatar

When I saw this online the first thing I thought … gimmicky!
I can totally see what you were saying about the yellow powder making you look jaundice πŸ™

Sunny Avatar

Hey Christine, I think you might have forgot to upload some photos here but I can definitely see your point. I was curious about how this would turn out, although it never looked that promising. Sunrise kinda reminds me of the Dior highlighter from last year’s holiday collection. Why would anyone think it’s a good idea to make a powder of that color???

Katherine T. Avatar

So this makes your face look jaundiced, sick, and dull? Sounds like a total disaster. If I wore this, I would need Photoshop + Vaseline on camera lenses +optical filters to look good in a selfie, which defeats the whole purpose of this product!!!

A Avatar

The grades on these leave something to be desired, but the yellowness of the top one kind of intrigues me – I find a that powders with any peachy tones, even if it’s super subtle turn too noticeably pink on my very yellow toned skin. Are there any in particular you’d recommend that have no red or pink tones whatsoever?

A Avatar

I’m kind of interested in a lot of different types really? Probably something more for everyday use than something super shiny. Thanks for replying!

Hannah Avatar

I haven’t tried many of these products, but if you are looking for a yellow powder, these are some that exist and are popular for more color correction/brightening purposes. Ben Nye Banana Powder is a classic. Bobbi Brown has yellow powders in both loose and pressed format, if I remember correctly. I recently noticed that Besame (available at Sephora now) has two yellow powders. I have tried the Clinique “redness correction” yellow toned powder because I received a delux sample of it, but it didn’t work for me because it irritated my skin.

Hourglass also has a pale yellow powder called Diffused Light. The TF set seems to be a play on the Hourglass ones, so that might be somewhere to start, although in my experience I did not find the Diffused Light to have any significant color correction effect on my pale complexion. If you are looking for a finishing powder that won’t give your complexion a pink cast, this might be worth a look.

Hope that helps!

A Avatar

Thanks! I’ll keep an eye out for those. I liked the look of hourglass one before, but thought it might turn ashy on my medium toned skin.

Carla Avatar

The only one in this palette that at all appeals to me is β€œMoon River,” primarily because I’m still on a seemingly hopeless quest for a dupe of MAC β€œUnbasic White.”
However, it sounds like Moon River isn’t it, and it seems pretty pointless to buy the entire palette just to get a single shade, anyhow.
Oh, well; that’s money saved for when a product I really love and can use comes along.
It could (and perhaps should) be simply β€œmoney saved,” but I know myself better than that. 

Sienna Avatar

If you are looking for a fairly sheer purple-tinted brightening powder I have the violet powder by besame. I got it for $26 CAD and it creates an almost ‘did you change something?’ in a good way reaction πŸ™‚ hope that helped!

Elizabeth Avatar

I have been waiting for your review of this since I first heard of it, and I am sorry to say that I am not surprised by the poor review AT ALL. Did TF not test this out in the real world before releasing it? How they ever thought powdering your face with yellow powder would translate into anything but a Marge Simpson doppelganger completely floors me!

Nicole Avatar

LOL..That is funny and cute at the same time. So sweet that your hubby asked if you were feeling ok. Aww..I bet you have a fantastic relationship,as you deserve.Geez,I am glad you are not jaundiced and a little disappointed these didn’t do well. I generally route for Too Faced. Looking at the starkness of the yellow and lavender powders, I was thinking they would have to be super fine to work. Oh well..guess they can’t win them all. I am so sorry for you though. That stinks when you have to totally redo your makeup!

Beka Avatar

completely agree with the review; and I thought you were being nice! When these powders are done right, they’re amazing, but this just seemed like Too Faced was desperate to get new product out.

El Avatar

Aw. I didn’t want this – finishing powder isn’t really my thing, and the two I have will probably do me for ages – but I like the idea and I was hoping the execution would be good. πŸ™

Vicki Avatar

I thought it actually looked quite nice on you, Christine! I think all three colours need to be used together to create a smoother complexion and add dimension to the face. Separately they’ll look awkward. I love how Too Faced is on top of their marketing game by being on trend and coming up with something we’re basically doing everyday!

xamyx Avatar

I knew even prior to seeing swatches the yellow & bronze would be major misses for me, but I would be willing to try Moon River, were it sold by itself. I het the psychology of selling 3 shades in one, but in the long run, I think they’d sell better as singles.

Sarah Avatar

Odd. I’m hearing way different reviews on this. Karen over at Makeup and Beauty Blog said it was so sheer she had to put 3 or 4 layers on…. I saw a YouTube video in which the girl did a first impressions demo and she was quite fair and it also looked pretty subtle (although the quality of the video wasn’t the best)…. On you it’s quite pigmented and well, not flattering. This may be one of those divisive products you either love or hate. I think there are better finishing powders out there. I’ll probably still give this a swatch in store, but I’d rather invest in something with a better quality evaluation across the board.

Ginny Avatar

I like the fact that there’a a lavender highloghter, which are really popular in Japan but never seen here. The other powders don’t seem worth it to splurge on all of them. I heard the Physician’s Formula glow pearls are dupes, in finish, for the ambient lighting powders.

fancie Avatar

Lmao @ the jaundice reference!! Karen said these were a little more on the sheer side so I wasn’t expecting that kind of result at all. I guess the yellow would be better suited for setting under eye concealer, maybe. I was thinking about getting this but I think I’m gonna wait to check it out in person

piggychai Avatar

I first read this post at work and couldn’t see what the fuss was about. I was using a company-assigned Lenovo laptop (ThinkPad series).

Now, lounging at home and looking at the screen through my 15″ MacBook Retina, I actually jumped back a little when I saw how horrible your cheek looks with Sunrise.

TF’s Quality Controller has some explaining to do =/

Sonboss Avatar

Hi!! Ive been looking for a finishing powder that would smooth out the appearance de of pores , wich one eould you recommend for that? A nice finish:) plz

SONBOSS Avatar

a compact one? i do a mess with loose powders LOL, i think one time you mentioned a guerlain one but i dont remember if it did this that i am looking for πŸ™‚ SOS

angie Avatar

can you do side-by-side pics of with and withOUT the powders?? i can’t tell properly if they make a difference if you side-by-sides with and with the product

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