First off, I think the packaging is absolutely adorable. I guess Too Faced's new thing is all fairy and pixie related. Which is fine, because that means everything becomes dazzled with glitter detailing. It's adorable! Not only is the packaging adorable, but it's convenient:
It's set up like an Urban Decay Book of Shadows, where the top lifts open and you get the products within the actual fold out. Too Faced's is different though. The photos above show how the products come inside the "booklet". The top part opens up and you get some eye shadow looks in the cards, tucked away into the left side (seen in the left photo where it says "Enchanted Glamourland"). You get a nice forest pixie scene, and on the right hand side are the face products. Then underneath that the eyeshadows and the gloss and Shadow Insurance completely pull out of the palette. They don't just live in a drawer like the UD Book of Shadows, but it's a completely separate part that pulls out. It's convenient when using and it makes for less clutter.
Then I guess with all Too Faced palettes or box sets, this one comes with some "look cards" that have little written out tutorials based around the palette. I think it's a good idea, especially if you were buying this as a starter palette for somebody.
It makes learning where to put things simple and the looks themselves are harmless. Not necessarily what I'd do with the colors but it's a good place to start learning how to put makeup on.
The face products that come with this palette are "La Vie en Rose" blush and "Snow Bunny" bronzer. Personally, both are far too shimmery for me. I don't think I'd ever get that shiny with my face products, just because for my everyday life it'd be a little much. I also like to concentrate on my eyes so it'd just be SO much shimmer on my face if I used them. They're both very pigmented and soft though. Depending on how you look at it, that's great because you don't have to use as much, but it makes it very easy to use too much because so much can be collected onto the brush.
La Vie en Rose blush
Warm pink with gold shimmer in it. It's clearly frosty, so again, I don't know if I'd want that much shimmer on my face, especially because I have an oilier skin. Since I normally highlight only the back of my cheekbones, and minimally at that, I wouldn't use this blush on a daily basis because of the shimmer that's packed into it. It seems to be a universally flattering shade though because even though it's a warm pink with a warm shimmer, I think it doesn't stray too warm so that cooler skin tones couldn't wear it. I think it'd look gorgeous on a darker skin tone as well because the golden shimmer would come through more and it'd make you look very healthy, especially if you have a drier skin.
Snow Bunny bronzer
This one is also very frosty. I actually considered using it as an all over lid color because it's actually a nice shade of bronze for the eyes. Considering that the only time I ever use bronzer is to contour, this would just not work for me as a bronzer. The swatch is of all four colors blended together. I guess you could use each color individually, especially the lighter one to highlight because of the shimmery properties it has. The two pinks on the side could also be used as a highlight or as a blush depending on how light your skin is.
I guess in the summer when my skin gets darker, I could use this more and combine it into my highlight, but for now I'm sticking with my non-shimmery or minimally shimmery bronzers. The Mineralize Skin Finishes by Mac are by far not as metallic as this one is. I think it's because the particles in the MSFs are much finer than this one. This one really does come out looking like a frost finish eye shadow.
This is what the pull out drawer comes with. The gloss and the Shadow Insurance are at the top, and then the 15 eye shadows are underneath it.
The palette comes with a full sized Glamour Gloss and a full sized Too Faced Shadow Insurance. That alone makes it worth getting this palette in my opinion. I've been wanting to try Shadow Insurance for a while, and getting that color gloss is always good because it's such a wearable color.
Pillow Talk Glamour Gloss
Pillow Talk is a pinky nude with a slight gold shimmer in it. The gloss isn't too sticky and doesn't have a scent. The brush it came with it was all messed up, but it seems like mine wasn't the only one that came like that. To be honest I feel like when the brush gets messed up, it's not that big of a deal because you press it onto your lips anyways, and since I have full lips, precision isn't that necessary. It doesn't come with a strong scent, and it's fairly pigmented. I've used it a couple of times, on it's own and over a lipstick and it's got a pretty good staying time and looks very wearable.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
The famous Shadow Insurance. And famous for a spectacular reason. You all know I love my Primer Potion, but recently I've been reaching for my Shadow Insurance much more. It's because it's so much easier to use. I also feel like it works better. Unfortunately, UDPP has failed me before. I mean, it was REALLY hot that day and I was at work at the indoor pool, but still UDPP failed. Shadow Insurance however, hasn't failed on me. We've had one pretty hot day, but I was running around a lot because I was at daycare, and then afterwards I went to the pool and my shadow stayed all day. The thing I like most about Shadow Insurance is that it is so much easier to control how much product you use compared to UDPP. I think the main upside to UDPP is that there are different colors you can get for it. If Shadow Insurance did that it'd probably win overall in my opinion. I am so far very happy with Shadow Insurance as just a transparent eye shadow base.
There are 15 eye shadows that come in the palette. I believe most of them are permanent, and then there are some that are labelled "Exclusive" which are all secret limited edition shades. None of them are particularly unique, since there are brands that make colors very similar to the ones in the palette. They've all got a very soft, very pigmented formula though that make them very easy and pleasing to work with.
Third row has the smokier colors. All darks, or frosts made for the perfect smokey eye. These were all pretty fantastic and it was easy to find a way to use them.
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