Friday, September 30, 2011
Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette Swatches and Review
If I'd actually do a Monthly Favorites post or video (I am seriously contemplating it and will likely churn out these kinds of entries), the Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette will be hands-down my favorite palette of the month. This is becoming a staple in my everyday routine because not only can you create smokey looks with it, you can also create soft, neutral, everyday looks using the shades from this palette. Take a look at the colors of shadows. There is variety, ranging from ice-cool silver and soft ivory to deep, rich, saturated greys, purples, browns and charcoal blacks.
Firefly, White Lie, In a Flash
These highlighters and lid colors are amazing. I use Firefly most of the time as my inner to mid-lid wash. I love that it looks a little light but is actually some sort of beige-taupe. I love White Lie to highlight the browbone. It looks super light but it sheers itself out when applied. In a Flash is a nice silver that would work to highlight the tearduct area.
Cloves, Up In Smoke, Nice Ash, Smokin' Hot, Smoking Jacket
Cloves, Up In Smoke, Nice Ash, Smokin' Hot, Smoking Jacket, Smolder
Up In Smoke, Nice Ash, Smokin' Hot, Smoking Jacket, Smolder
Nice Ash, Smokin' Hot, Smoking Jacket, Smolder
Ahh, now the darker colors. As the swatches show, they are very rich, pigmented, saturated with color. They glide like a dream on the lids, very buttery and smooth. My favorite is Cloves, a bronze shade with gold shimmer. I use Firefly in the inner lid, then apply Cloves all over the lower lid and blend these two colors together using a blender/crease brush to create dimension on the lid area. Then I use Cloves on the crease, deepened with Smokin' Hot, a cool dark brown-grey, Nice Ash, a gorgeous charcoal grey with some silver shimmer, and Smolder, a rich brownish-black. If I want a pop of purple, I will use Smoking Jacket, a beautiful dark purple.
Texture is great, although be careful with some fall out. As with many pigmented shadows, these ones are a bit soft so there is fallout. Be sure to flick your brush to tap off excess product, and apply sparingly.
With a good base, these shadows will stay put crease-free on your lids the whole day. These are easy to apply and blend, and will work well with your other eye shadows from other brands. What made me fall in love with this palette is not only the convenience of having smokey and everyday colors in one palette, but I love the choice and combination of shades. The shades were obviously well-thought of and carefully chosen. Kudos to the Too Faced team that is behind the color concept of this palette. They could have chosen just the usual blacks and browns, but they thought of using darkened purple, shimmery charcoal and taupes and bronzes for a Smokey Eye palette. The result is that not only is this palette good for creating smokey eyes for special events and nights out, it is also great for soft everyday looks. Watch out for my own take on this palette. Tutorial and look coming up soon.
The Shades Of U Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the company for consideration. All opinions are completely mine.