I hope your week is going well! I know not everyone gets an early jump on holiday shopping, or maybe you're just looking for a way to treat yourself, so I'm continuing to review several of the holiday sets that I have! :) This one from Too Faced is called "All I Want for Christmas", and it's $36 at Ulta. I noticed that lots of these were still in stock at my local Ulta store. While it's a small-ish kit, it still contains some full-size products, plus a fun cylinder-shaped chevron makeup bag. I think this kit is really nice for several reasons... I enjoy most of the products, it's a good value for what you're getting, and the selection of colors in this kit will work for so many ages.
There's a mirrored compact in this kit that's about the size of a typical pressed powder compact. It includes a fabulous shade of blush in a satin finish. It's a deep peach color, and the concentrated swatch (and the camera flash) are making it appear lighter than it really is. (You can get a more true look at the way this color comes off in my pictures below). But I think it's a great, healthy color that's pigmented and will show up... yet it's easy to wear and you don't have to be too careful with application. This compact also includes two eyeshadows... a matte cream and a shimmery rose gold/taupe-ish color. It's kind of hard to describe, but it has an unexpected warmth on the lids. These two shadows can easily create a natural look without anything else added. Both the matte and the shimmery shade are equally pigmented. There's also a full-size Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer in this kit, which is one of my favorites for improving a shadow's longevity on the lids.
Other items in the kit include a mini Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black. This is a really creamy eyeliner and applies with ease, although I don't feel like it's totally waterproof. It's decently long-wearing, but can lose a little intensity by the end of the day (at least that's what I've noticed on my eyes). I'm not a fan of the mini Lash Injection Mascara. The brush is quite large, and I don't feel like it does a great job with separation. It's really rich and black in color, but doesn't give me super bold lashes. I much prefer Too Faced's new Better Than Sex mascara, but who knows, everyone's lashes are different so others may enjoy this one! I love the La Creme lipstick formula, so I think it's awesome that you get a full-size in this kit, and I'm pretty sure it's a limited edition shade called Believe. I'm so sorry that the picture above is making it look like such a bubblegum pink color (it's a gray afternoon and I've been struggling with the lighting)... it's actually a deeper rose shade and shows up more true-to-color in the picture below. These lipsticks are super rich with color and so shiny! Reminds me a little bit of the Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheers! :)
Here I'm sporting my hot rollers, as well as the products in this kit! The little compact with the blush and eyeshadows is one of my favorite things about this kit- I love how those shadows create such a quick, easy look... which we all need from time to time! I patted the rose gold color on my lids, and then used a fluffy brush to blend it up into my crease. As you can see, it doesn't look quite so metallic when you sheer it out. I'm wearing the matte cream shadow under my brows, and I didn't add any other eyeshadows. The blush gives an effortlessly radiant look to the cheeks, and that lip color is glam without being too dark and intense. To me, the high points of this kit outweigh my dislike for the Lash Injection mascara :) So if you need a last minute gift, this might be a good thing to check out!
- This day has flown by!!
- A purring cat is sitting behind me in my seat.
- Had a fun time on Beauty Broadcast Live this morning! :) Thanks to all who were able to join in, and if you couldn't make it, you can catch up here.
- I think I'm going to start wrapping some presents now. seeya!