What it is:
A handpicked collection of eyeshadows to create looks for the bedroom and beyond.
What it does:
This handpicked collection of eyeshadows offers boudoir-worthy colors including five new shades just for this palette for a total of nine soft and sexy colors. Created with high concentrations of color, what you see is what you get: pigment-rich shades with a brilliant finish. As with all Too Faced palettes, a show-and-tell centerfold Glamour Guide is included to give you instructions on creating three Boudoir Eyes looks.
Easy-to-follow, step-by-step Glamour Guides show you how to create three essential Boudoir Eye looks for the bedroom and beyond.
Those who’ve followed my blog know I’m not one to wear dark colors often because of how small and dark it already makes my dark, brown eyes look, but I can’t help myself when it comes to Too Faced products. This was an impulse buy, partly from my previous experiences with how well I loved the Natural and Natural at Night palettes and partly because I couldn’t resist another amazing palette from TF with all the color combinations I can create with this palette. I think we’re all on the same boat when it comes to loving palettes because it gives us a variety of colors to have more freedom to create many different looks without having to buy each individual color, not the Too Faced offers individual eyeshadows (hint, hint, Too Faced!). That being said, this palette may have a sultry theme to it, but a over half of the colors are wearable during the day without looking too dramatic or overwhelming on my face.
How-To Guide: Day
Just like every other Too Faced palette I’ve tried before this, the colors are incredibly pigmented, and the powders are finely-milled making it gentle to blend and easy to wear on the eyes. Too Faced is always looking out for their customers whether you’re a Certified MUA or a beginner looking to broaden your creativity and includes a How-To guide for looks to create with the colors in the palette. Of course, you can toss that out and just go wild with your own ideas, but it’s always safe to keep it around for the days you’re in a hurry or you don’t have your creative juices flowing and just want to apply your makeup without having to put much thought into it.
How-To Guide: Classic
Personally, this is my go-to palette for date night because it can still provide me a light look, with a dash of smoky effect. I love the combination of mattes and shimmers provided in the set, which is a compromise for everyone from the people who prefer working with mattes and those who prefer working with shimmers, that way they can slowly start to work with the opposite formulas without being completely put-off. As always, Too Faced goes risqué with their shadow names and I have a few favorites, but there isn’t one in here that I don’t absolutely adore.
How-To Guide: Fashion
As I mentioned, this palette stayed true to TF’s track record of soft and smooth eyeshadows that provide gentle blend-ability with long-lasting wear-ability. The only color I have had an issue with was French Tickler because it has the tiniest fallout problem, but nothing that isn’t a quick fix since I do my eye makeup before my face makeup. Since the colors are pretty pigmented, I suggest starting out with the smallest amount of product and building up to your desired intensity. You can always add more color if you need it, but once it’s on there, you can only blend so much which will end up in you having to remove the makeup and start over. Oh yeah, this eyeshadow is easily buildable. You can mix and match, blend and build to your heart’s desire and this will look just as seamless. A few problems with competitor eyeshadow formulas is that they either turn muddy when you try to build or blend colors or they look choppy and you can blend until your hand cramps up and it won’t look any different. These shadows are not those, thankfully.
The How-To guide provides a few look options, but do not let the description deceive you. Unless you’ve been practicing makeup for some time, the looks will take longer than the promised 3 minutes. Technically, yes, you can apply the looks within 3 minutes as suggested, but the blending is what gets most people and since some people are better at blending than others, the time it takes you to finish will vary. Practice makes perfect, right? I tried using these eyeshadows over other eyeshadow primer formulas and although the difference was small, I could still see and feel a difference with the compatibility of products. For example, when I use this with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer, the shadows still show up fine, but they do take a little longer to blend in and they eye look tends to feel like this dry blanket over my eyes, instead of weightless comfort like it would if I used it with the TF primer. Now, that may all be a placebo effect, but that’s just my personal experience with testing it out with other primers.
Regardless, the colors don’t crease, whether you apply them wet or dry, and the colors last all day without fading or fallout. Since these colors don’t have a scent to them, this palette is a great alternate from the Chocolate or Peach palettes.
Here’s how the colors lay out:
Day: In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs, Voulez-Vous
Classic: Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls, Garter Belt
Fashion: Birthday Suit, Lap Dance, French Tickler
The packaging is small and sturdy, but I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the weak magnet. That feature alone makes it very easy for this palette to pop open in my bag risking product waste and a mess all over the rest of my stuff. Other than that, the packaging is perfect. I do with there was a mirror inside, but I won’t count that against them for it. The colors are laid out far enough from each other, so I don’t have to worry about product dusting into another pan, but close enough not to waste space and creating a bulkier size to the overall palette. The How-To guides are always a plus in my book because not many other companies throw that bone to their customers.
The bedroom design is a cute touch to the look of the palette and fine details like the protruding bumps that make up the border to the label wrap up into an elegant and classic vibe. The metal material used to hold everything together feels cheap but is surprisingly sturdy. I’ve dropped this palette numerous times and for that moment that we have all known where our heart sinks because we’re not sure, but we’re almost positive that that fall was the one to break the eyeshadows, and yet every time, it still keeps all the colors intact. Another thing I want to mention is that I love that the shadow names are inside and printed on the palette itself. The biggest pet peeve I have with the Chocolate Bar palette is that the colors are on the clear film that’s easily misplaced, but this presentation of colors is more sensible.
As far as palettes within the luxury brands go, this cost is pretty average, but jumping from drugstore to luxury, this might take a little convincing. I’ll be honest and admit it took me some convincing to justify spending so much when I made the transition, but believe me when I say, your skin will thank you, especially your eyes. Our eyes have some of the most delicate skin on our bodies, so it is imperative to take good care of it early on with preventative measures, so that way we’re not spending a fortune on reparative measures after the damage is already done. At that point, you end up spending way more on skincare than you thought you were saving on cost on makeup in the first place.
I get that there are people fortunate enough not to have sensitivity to drugstore makeup, but regardless, you still want to use the best possible quality of products to avoid early signs of aging in your eyes, even if your skin doesn’t show signs of yet. This palette gives me and my clients the piece of mind that they won’t have any negative reactions to their makeup that day and their makeup will feel lightweight and not drowsy like some weighty formulas can do.
I can go on with many reasons why it’s better to invest in products with great quality like this one, but it won’t really add up until you take that plunge yourself and since the colors are very pigmented, this palette will last you a lot longer than most drugstore ones will with the same quantity of product.
Texture: Pressed powders
Size: 3 x 0.07 oz.: In the Buff, Satin Sheets, Birthday Suit —– 6 x 0.03 oz.: Fuzzy Handcuffs, Voulez-Vous, Sugar Walls, Garter Belt, Lap Dance, French Tickler
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