Impulse buys for the win again! I got this compact quad of eyeshadows in a makeup set by Too Faced that included a blush, mascara, lipstick, this, and an eyeshadow primer; all of which I absolutely adore! I have a bad habit of boredom/impulse shopping that I like to think has gotten more under control over the years, but every now and then, I can’t help myself when I see great deals like when I saw the set this came in.
This compact of colors are perfectly compatible to create both natural, daily looks, and darker, smokier looks; it all just depends how you arrange the colors and how much you use of each. Personally, I used this palette nonstop for a few months as my daily look for work because the small color selection made it easy to create a light look that was appropriate and presentable for work. I know it sounds a bit old school to say that certain makeup looks aren’t appropriate for work because we shouldn’t base how someone is presented to us on how well they can do their job, but unfortunately, most jobs still take that into consideration and even put special dress-codes specifically addressing makeup in their handbooks.
This works for both those scenarios and taking your look from day to night. My main issue with this palette wasn’t with the eyeshadows themselves, but with the fact that the company STILL doesn’t sell individual eyeshadows that consumers can purchase when we’ve run out of a color and don’t want to buy an entirely new palette yet. This quad is a perfect example of that because it’s limited edition, yet, once the colors are gone, they’re gone. Luckily, a couple of the colors have appeared in other palettes, one by another name of the shadow, but it doesn’t solve the issue of replacing the colors because they’ never run out at the same time.
That being the only concern I have with this palette, I’ll be listing dupes from Urban Decay, Sephora, and Make Up For Ever if applicable to the colors that way if you like one, you can buy one similar to it to try. I do think it was a bit odd that even though this was as limited-edition collection, they still didn’t name the palette for these shadows. Too Faced managed to find the time to name the colors in the quad, but not the quad itself for some reason. Since it was limited edition and Too Faced doesn’t sell individual shadows, I guess it doesn’t really matter that they never named the palette, since there’s no way to replenish the colors once they’re gone anyways.
The compact feels light for having a mirror and 4 decently-sized eyeshadow pans inside, but that don’t let that fool you into thinking the packaging isn’t durable. I’m not proud to admit that I’ve dropped this a few times and yet, neither the mirror nor the eyeshadows have broken from it. The sticker on the top feels a bit lazy and cheap for design attempts in comparison to how much detail the company puts in pretty much any of their other products, but the set itself was such a steal that I don’t mind.
Oh, yeah, there’s a mirror in here; I love that! I love when companies put mirrors in palettes or compacts because it makes it more of an ideal choice to travel with when I know I have a reliable mirror to use in case I need to do my makeup in the car or the bathroom is occupied, and I don’t have time to wait for it to be empty. The clamp is reliable by keeping the compact closed, secure, and not easy to open accidentally in my bag, but I also don’t have to fuss with it trying to get it open, either.
What’s cool about this compact is that once all the pans are empty, I can pop them out and reuse this compact for tissues or blotting papers instead to provide touchups with a small, handy compact. The size is about the same as any other powder compact which makes it great for travel, whether it be in a suitcase or in your gym bag.
I have yet to have an issue with the quality of products made by Too Faced and this is no different. All the eyeshadows blend so easily and gently on my eyes, and it feels so soft and lightweight when they’re worn. With primer, the colors hold their true pigment for hours without creasing or fading. A couple of the colors can double as other face products, but for the most part, I just stick to using them as eyeshadows. There is no scent to any of the eyeshadows which is great for me because a few beauty products I’ve used in the past have triggered throbbing headaches that wouldn’t subside even after removing the product.
I can mix and match between applying colors wet or dry and they’ll still have the same great results, only more intense when applied wet. For example, I can apply a transition and crease color dry, then apply the lid color wet and the wet color won’t affect the dry colors. I generally stick to using brushes to apply product, but every now and then, I’ll use my finger to press product on to try to get it to stick better, but no matter the tool you use, the colors look and wear well.
Another huge plus is that there’s no kickback when picking up product nor is there any fallout when applying it. A lot of pressed powder products that are finely-milled, like this one, tend to have a fallout issue, however minor, but this doesn’t seem to have that issue at all.
The color lineup is as follows: Mother’s Love (Top Left), Satin Sheets (Top Right), Unbreakable (Bottom Left), Ever After (Bottom Right)
Since I don’t believe this quad was ever sold individually, I can’t confirm or deny if the price seemed worth it, but I can say that for the entire cost of the set and everything included in it, THAT price was a steal. I made the purchase having only ever tried the eyeshadows before and took a gamble on the rest of the products because I knew if the eyeshadows had the same formula as the ones I’ve tried before, they set would be worth it, and it was!
I have had this quad for some time and I have still yet to hit pan even after using this product daily for a few months straight. Hypothetically guessing the price of an individual eyeshadow, had Too Faced ever decide to release them, would probably be around $20 because that’s what their competitors price theirs at, this quad would still be quite worthwhile.
Texture: Pressed powders
Size: 0.25 oz.
I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊