Palettes -Too Faced - The Return of Sexy Eye Shadow Palette
YourMomsWoodenSpoon 11/13/2012 6:21:00 PM
BACKSTORY: I had been palette shopping for over a week and had my choices narrowed down to: said palette, LORAC Pro Palette, Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette, or the Too Faced Bon Bons Palette. I spent many hours reading reviews, beauty blogs, and watching youtube videos to determine which two of these palettes was going to be best for me. My most important “desires” for these palettes would be the color range, the texture (buttery), and easy portability (that does rule lots of great palettes out). I finally decided on the LORAC PRO palette and the LM Artist’s palette, only after reading many a review about the “Bringing Sexy Back” palette and deciding that the texture would NOT be my cup of tea. I read that many of them were hard to apply, chalky, and even required using a sponge tip applicator. The horror! I was so disappointed! I loved the colors but I needed the color payoff on my lids. Sadly, I really made the wrong choice getting the LM palette instead of this. (See my review for the LM Artist’s Palette – I am now definitely returning it.) PALETTE: I just purchased this palette today. I saw this beautiful palette in person at Sephora and saw the HUGE dips in the shadows of the palette they had on display. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I tested them, and lo-and-behold most of them were just as soft and buttery as I hoped! I haven’t had a chance to try each and every one, but I think I will definitely be happy to spend the rest of the week doing just that. The shadows are shimmery, and that is ok with me. I like shimmer, don’t like glitter (there is a small amount of micro-glitter in a few shades, but I don’t see it being a huge fall-out problem). I think when used in conjunction with a matte shadow or two (like half the shadows in my LORAC PRO palette), shimmer is beautiful and can be work appropriate. Shimmers are also nice to dress up very matte looks with just a bit in the inner corner or outer V of your eye. Anyway, I’m no MUA, so I’ll stop with the makeup tips. LINER: I also initially purchased the Too Faced Perfect Eyes liner in black along with the two palettes I had decided on, which I should have just taken as my clue to save myself some money and just get this palette which includes that liner. The liner is $18 by itself! But, since I now have another one of these which is un-opened, I shall return that as well. I am really loving the liner; I purchased the Storm color along with the “Sexy” palette today, and I’m planning to put other colors on my x-mas list. It’s great for tight-lining, but I have heard it doesn’t work for people who wear contacts. Beware, Contact Wearers! PACKAGING: Packaging on this palette is very sturdy – but I wouldn’t throw it against a wall. It’s thick, hard plastic -- not cheap cardboard or cardboard covered fabric. Also has a large mirror and eye look cards that come with it. The cards stow away in a little compartment behind the mirror, for easy access and storage. The tray for the eyeliner could easily be converted to store a brush for more portability. Overall: I think I am really going to love this palette. I have heard that many people don’t like the newer Too Faced shadow formulas, but I think that I am becoming a Too Faced fan. I think I may just add the Bon Bons palette to my x-mas list as well….
Palettes -Laura Mercier - Artist's Palette For Eyes
YourMomsWoodenSpoon 11/13/2012 11:40:00 AM
I recently purchased this palette along with the LORAC PRO Palette. I think that if I had purchased it on it’s own, I would given a higher rating. But after working with the PRO Palette, this palette really underwhelmed me. PROS: the colors of the shadows when viewed in the palette are beautiful, the size of the palette is perfect to fit in my “travel makeup bag” & the mirror is rather large, the size of the shadows appear rather large as well. I guess when compared with the size of the shadows in the PRO palette, there is definitely more product per pan, with .03 oz, vs. the PRO Palette at .02 oz. However, there are only 12 shadows (6 matte and 6 shimmer – and only one matte that seems like a good light base color. There are 8 matte and 8 shimmer in the PRO Palette, and there are 4-5 shadows that would be a good base color.) vs. the 16 in the PRO Palette. I think I kind of digressed into the CON side there for a moment. Whoops. CONS: Texture of the shadows seems a bit chalky and they don’t blend easily on me. It could be the primer I am using (MAC Painterly paint pot – maybe it hadn’t dried fully before I applied my shadow?) But even when I am picking the shadow up with my brush, it seems like I really have to press hard on shadow for the product to actually pick up. Then when I apply it, there is barely any payoff, or if there is, it all clumped into one area of my eye. Also, the packaging of the palette seems a little…cheap? I don’t know if that’s the word I am looking for. Maybe dated? And it seems like the “snakeskin” is easily scratched off to reveal light colored areas, which ends up making the whole thing look cheap! I really wanted to love this. I am still having a hard time returning it, just because every time I open the palette I am surprised by how lovely these shades are. I thought I would *meh* the PRO palette and love this one, but sadly it’s the other way around.