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 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.
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!
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.
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! :)
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