Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Too Faced Haul and Review: Natural Eye Shadow Palette, Sun Bunny Bronzer, Powder Pouf Brush and 3 Way Lash Lining Eyeliner

This post is well overdue, bearing in mind I went to New York in October and it's now January (did you see my US Beauty Haul post?)  I hadn't actually come across the brand Too Faced before I went to Sephora for the first time (oh my gosh, what a shop - the UK needs Sephora.  My bank balance doesn't, but I do.)  I was after a bronzer, so the lovely shop assistant introduced me to the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer.  I liked what I saw of the range and I am a huge fan of both natural eyes and eyeshadow palettes so thought I'd also pick up the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette.  I couldn't just leave at it at that though, so I also got the Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Eyeliner and Too Faced Powder Pouf Brush (I didn't realise that Too Faced is available in the UK - I imagine (or at least I tell myself) that it is a bit cheaper in the US so I let myself off feeling too guilty).

Too Faced Make Up Haul

Too Faced Make Up Haul

I'll start with the Natural Eye Shadow Palette.  Firstly, the packaging is beautiful - the box is cardboard, but sturdy, and the lid edge snaps shut (I'm guessing it has a magnet in it).  It also has a sweet little bit of ribbon to pull it open.  Inside the palette, there are three rows/columns of shadows.  There are three categories - Day, Classic and Fashion and each one has a big and two small shadows.  The three day ones are matte, the classic and fashion ones are all shimmery (with Nude Beach being quite glittery).  I also love the fact that there are three little pull-out cards with different looks to create with the three categories.  I'm no make up expert so I've used these quite a bit and I think it's such a cute addition to the palette.

Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette

In terms of the colours, there's a nice range of lights and darks.  I actually tend to use shimmer eyeshadows more than matte normally so the fact there are six of these in here is great.  They have great pigmentation, wear really well and I haven't had any problems with creasing (and I'm not a primer wearer, I'm too lazy).  I've been using it as my 'take away' palette if I go away because it's more compact than my Urban Decay Nakeds.

So here are the swatches of all the shadows:

Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette

Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette

Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette

Onto the Sun Bunny Bronzer.  I'm a total bronzer newbie, let me just start by saying that.  So I was totally guided by the chap in Sephora.  I didn't want to look orange - and I probably wouldn't wear bronzer during the day at the moment to be honest, because I'm pretty pale and it's winter.  So this one was his suggestion - the box says it's their original bronzer and their 'answer to getting a natural glow without all that orange drama' - which is exactly what I was looking for.  I apply it with the Powder Pouf Brush which is literally the softest brush ever.  It's made of what they call Teddy Bear Hair fibres and it's just so lovely to use.  It has a light touch and blends the bronzer in with my foundation/tinted moisturiser well.  I think I'm still learning to use bronzer, but I like that it isn't too orange and gives me a natural glow.  I also like the fact that it has two sides - and the Sephora guy suggested that the lighter one can double up as an eye shadow which is a fun idea.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer and Powder Pouf Brush

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer

Finally the 3 Way Lash Lining Eyeliner - I don't have a close up photo of this (sorry), but it has a three-pronged end to it (imagine a miniature fork).  It's my go-to eyeliner now for when I want to do a fine black line on my top eyelid - the three prongs mean that it's great for dotting right between the eyelashes which gives the illusion of a fuller lash line.  You can also use it on one edge for drawing a thin line, or if you used all three together it would be much thicker (duh, obviously).

Too Faced isn't the most affordable brand on the market - it's certainly a luxury product, think somewhere along the lines of Urban Decay or Benefit for price points.  I do love everything I bought and I will certainly be looking to extend my Too Faced collection (I have my eyes on some of the other palettes and Candelight Glow highlighting powder), but they're things I need to save a few pennies for in the meantime.

The Natural Eye Shadow Palette is online at Boots for £29, the Sun Bunny Bronzer Beautybay for £25, Powder Pouf Brush on Beautybay for £26 and the 3 Way Lash Lining Eyeliner on Beautybay for £18.

Have you tried any Too Faced products?  What's your favourite if you have?  What would you like to try out if you haven't?

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