Monday, September 17, 2012

Too Faced: The Return of Sexy Palette



Hello my friends!
I must say, I've been a bit palette crazy lately. Every time I do my eyes, I just want to reach for a palette of some sort! I'm sure before long I'll go back into a phase with my single shadows and smaller quads & trios, but for now, I'm loving the ability to grab a palette and have an array of looks at my fingertips. That's where the Too Faced "The Return of Sexy" Palette comes in. If you keep up with my videos, you saw me use it for my Goin' Gold Makeup Tutorial for Childhood Cancer Awareness.


Since that video was simply a tutorial, showing about a third of this palette in action (the golden brown tones), I wanted to do a blog showing you more about it- since many people had questions! The palette costs $48 at sephora.com, and includes quite a few extras. Considering that you get 15 rather large shadows, a full sized eyeliner, a small Shadow Insurance primer (my favorite kind- but forgot to snap a pic of it!), cards with suggested ways to wear the shades, and a large mirror... I think it's a great value for the price.  


The size of the palette is nice- it's sturdy, without seeming over-sized. If you look closely, you can see the little slot behind the mirror where there are cards with different suggested looks... 



The cards not only point out "paint by number" style ways to apply the shades, but when you turn the cards over, you actually see a REAL eye. Which is nice, considering most brands only ever show you a face chart-type of diagram. 


Too Faced has a new line of eyeliners called Perfect Eyes, and a basic black comes with this palette. The liner is incredibly rich and long-wearing (even lasts most of the day in the waterline for me!) One downside for me is that this is the kind of liner you have to sharpen... you know I love my automatic liners! But on the upside, it does have a great smudge tip which comes in super handy! 


 I really like how the palette is constructed. It's clearly separated into three 5-color sections- The Ingenue, The Icon, and The Bombshell. The different shades are outlined on the back of the palette, as shown in this picture. Of course you can mix and match however you please, but it's definitely nice to know that you can get a total look just using one of the three sections. You get a full range of light to dark in each of the three sections... highlights, mid-tones, and dark liner-type colors. I hate when palettes skimp on one aspect or another- not giving you enough highlights or dark shades. This palette has a really well thought-out balance.


However, there is something missing from this palette... there are ZERO matte colors. Some shades are shimmery, some are glittery, some are metallic... but none are entirely matte. So if you're a matte girl, or like your palettes to include some matte options, this might not be for you. I also like having some matte color options, but I also love my shimmer. And as shiny as these shades may seem in the palette, I still think they come together to create some beautiful looks. I have a couple of palettes and numerous singles in my collection that are 100% matte, so if I want to supplement this palette with any of those, I know I can. But if the thought of a 100% shimmer palette concerns you- you've been warned.


The Ingenue
The brown collection contains a shimmery cream, an old gold, a warm brown, a champagne gold, and a deep brown. I created a somewhat soft look with these colors in my Goin' Gold tutorial- and as you can see, though all the shades contain at least some amount of shimmer- I don't feel like it's sparkle overload. It's just a glowy golden eye. One issue- it seems each set of 5 in this palette has an odd ball color with a ton of sparkle, and it's going to be fallout prone. In the case of this grouping- it's the light champagne gold called "New in Town". To get the most out of a shadow like that, I suggest applying it immediately after your primer- or use another colored base (paint pot, shadow stick, etc.) so the shadow can "stick" to the lid. Overall, I like this grouping of neutrals, and to make it more dramatic, throw the darker brown in your crease/outer V. 


The Icon
Surprisingly, I think the purple part of this kit is the one I've ended up wearing the most! If this pic looks familiar, you're not imagining things. It was in a recent blog, as well as Instagram and Twitter. I absolutely love the color called "Icon" in this section- it's a shimmery pinky-lilac & I'm wearing it on my lid in that pic. Consequently, it's the one with the highest fallout factor in the purple set. I still love it, and I also love the plum and brighter purple colors. Can you see how the plum even has pink sparkle?! This is why I love Too Faced- classic colors with a unique twist!

The Bombshell
Ahh! I forgot to snap a pic of myself wearing this part of the kit, but in the coming days I definitely will & I'll post it on Twitter and Instagram (I'm emilynoel83 on both!) The shade with the fallout in this part of the kit is the white highlight color. It just goes on super sheer and is kind of flakey. However I don't mind using either of the other highlights with this side of the kit. All of the other shades are solid and I LOVE that rose gold metallic color! :) And while the black has sparkle- it's not so obnoxious that the shade doesn't look good in your crease or as a liner. I'll also sometimes pull in that black with the brown or purple looks. 


BOTTOM LINE...
Do you like bling and shimmer and shine? I think you'll really enjoy the palette and all the extras that come with it. Are you annoyed by sparkle and require some matte shades in any palette you buy? This is not for you. I'm one who enjoys matte, but I also love shimmer. While there are a few shades in this kit that have too much fallout, I can't necessarily call them duds, because when applied in a slightly different way (carefully, packed directly on top of a primer or other base), they work well and look gorgeous! Without pulling in any other matte colors, I feel like I can still turn out great looks with this palette, and they don't look muddy, overdone, or any other criticism you want to give to shimmer eyeshadows. You can create a range of natural daytime looks, but easily transition them to something more dramatic. I also love the shade range, and just the way the palette as a whole is assembled. Thanks for taking the time to check out this post! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Tyler and I are loving Vitamin Water Zero in almost any flavor. Currently drinking Squeezed, the lemonade flavor.
  • My mom has had a cold lately- wish we lived closer so I could send her up some of my recently crock-potted meals and soups. And of course some Vitamin Water Zero.
  • If you like random hauls that could contain anything from scarves to cupcake papers- check out my TJ Maxx haul :)
  • It's been a dreary day outside, and I kind of like those every now and then. 

24 comments:

  1. I am so obsessed with the beautiful rich colours in this palette! My birthday is coming up, and I have a feeling this is going to be a birthday present to me!
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  2. That looks like a fantastic palette! I don't have any Too Faced palette, and this may just be the one I finally buy. :)

    Great review, as always!

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  3. Emily i love your look as always. I am sure this wouldn't be your last eyeshadow palette in 2012, since the holiday season is coming up, more & more interesting palettes will be avilalbe soon in the mall and stores. Opps I can see my wallet crys.

    Do you know the Urban Decay just releases their new kind of Book of Shadow, it is called Vice Palette, a new 20 shades for $59. I ordered mine this weekend at the Urban Decay website for free shipping, can't wait to try it.

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  4. The palette looks lovely, but I prefer a mix between matte and shimmery shades in a palette. It just makes it a little bit more versatile, a look consisting of shimmer only have a tendency of easily look a little bit tacky for my taste.

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  5. Lovely colors!!! I would love to see some more looks!! =D

    xoRosie
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  6. It looks like a great palette! I love the purple look you did with it!

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  7. this looks amazingly good!
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  8. I saw this online and thought about picking it up, but wasn't 100% Thanks to your review, I think I will get this!!

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  9. I'm still debating whether or not I need this palette.

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  10. Hope your mum gets better soon! I love the colours of the pallette!

    Lauren,
    Laurensbeautydepartment.blogspot.com

    xx

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  11. I love the purple look, could you do a tutorial?
    Love you blog and videos!

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  12. this palette looks amazing!
    your blog is really lovely!
    enjoyed reading some posts.
    i now follow you, you might want to check out mine and follow if you like it?

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    xxx

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  13. I'm also currently obsessed with makeup palettes. There is just something about them that make creating looks easier and faster.

    My current favorite is the Hello Kitty mon amour palette. I love the pastel colors eventhough it's fall already =)

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  14. Thank you for this tutorial! I LOVE it! You rock, Emily!

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  15. you've just reminded me to go play with my makeup...gorgeous palette, and I love that they have those easy to follow charts; so helpful.

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  16. I tag you to do the Pretty in Pink tag (for Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Tag questions on my blog. Thanks! :)

    my blog: http://prettiesandpearls.blogspot.com/2012/10/tag-pretty-in-pink-for-breast-cancer.html

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  17. I want that palette now!I love the colors :)

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  18. Hey Emily, I was just thinking that nobody ever talks about Estee Lauder make up, and it is a pretty amazing brand! Maybe you should try it, it really is good :) I love your videos :)

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  19. I really liked the look of this palette in your tutorial, along with the UD Smoked and the Lorac Pro. I made a CD palette with eight or nine Cover Girl Mini Palettes. I wrote down the colors of the latter mentionec palettes, then fit twenty eight colors in there. I was happy you did a tutorial on the first one I bought called Sugar something. My high school students really complemented me when I wore those beautiful colors. That one and Tropical Fusion are my favorite. I have all the colors I need to recreate any look I see you do. I tried a combo of Cover Girl and Wet and Wild, but the WnW flaked off too much. I still have some maintenance and decoratinb to do to make it really pretty. It fits nicely into my purse or work bag. Wow, did I save a lot of cash!!!

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  20. I really liked the look of this palette in your tutorial, along with the UD Smoked and the Lorac Pro. I made a CD palette with eight or nine Cover Girl Mini Palettes. I wrote down the colors of the latter mentionec palettes, then fit twenty eight colors in there. I was happy you did a tutorial on the first one I bought called Sugar something. My high school students really complemented me when I wore those beautiful colors. That one and Tropical Fusion are my favorite. I have all the colors I need to recreate any look I see you do. I tried a combo of Cover Girl and Wet and Wild, but the WnW flaked off too much. I still have some maintenance and decoratinb to do to make it really pretty. It fits nicely into my purse or work bag. Wow, did I save a lot of cash!!!

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  21. I really liked the look of this palette in your tutorial, along with the UD Smoked and the Lorac Pro. I made a CD palette with eight or nine Cover Girl Mini Palettes. I wrote down the colors of the latter mentionec palettes, then fit twenty eight colors in there. I was happy you did a tutorial on the first one I bought called Sugar something. My high school students really complemented me when I wore those beautiful colors. That one and Tropical Fusion are my favorite. I have all the colors I need to recreate any look I see you do. I tried a combo of Cover Girl and Wet and Wild, but the WnW flaked off too much. I still have some maintenance and decoratinb to do to make it really pretty. It fits nicely into my purse or work bag. Wow, did I save a lot of cash!!!

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