The Too Faced Sweet Indulgence Palette ($52 USD / $62 CAD) recently launched as a part of the Too Faced Holiday 2012 Collection, and includes 16 eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, a highlighter, a full-size eye primer, double-ended brush and 3 how-to cards, all packaged in a cute double-decker tin palette. This palette is limited-edition and available now exclusively at Sephora.
The pink and gold packaging looks like a chocolate tin, fitting in with the collection’s candy-inspired theme! It’s cute and fun, but it’s not the most practical or efficient packaging ever… it does take up quite a bit of room (also- no mirror inside). I do like the double-decker concept, and when the top layer of eyeshadows is removed, it nestles nicely into the lid so all products can be seen at once.
The 16 eyeshadows contain mainly neutrals, but does have a few pops of color. The textures also vary between matte, satin, shimmer and glitter finishes. I’m actually very impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows, especially the mattes (we all know how hard it is to find a good matte, especially in palettes like these). The satin and shimmer shades were also stunning, pigmented and buttery smooth- but I did have a bit of trouble with Marshmallow and Satin Sheets because of their flaky glitter.
I’m really happy to see a few basic mattes, like a cream, mid-tone brown and black- just adding those three shades makes the palette so much more versatile and self-sufficient to me!
The shades include:
- In The Buff: A creamy, matte off-white
- Peach Fuzz: A satin, pale peach
- Marshmallow: A glittery, white gold
- Lovey Dovey: A deep, frosty golden brown
- Copper Peony: A warm, golden copper with shimmer
- Teddy Bear: A soft, mid-tone matte brown
- Gum Drop: A pale, frosty pink
- Malted Milk Ball: A shimmery taupe (my favorite shade in the palette!)
- Satin Sheets: A glittery, pale pink
- Nice Stems!: A mossy green with gold shimmer
- Nice Ash: Deep, blueish gunmetal shimmer
- Cherry Cola: A deep wine with golden sparkle
- Honeymoon: An antiqued gold shimmer (another favourite!)
- Pastille: A deep, forrest green shimmer
- Cop a Teal: An intense, greyish blue shimmer
- Black Sugar: A matte black
In the lower tray of the palette you’ll find more goodies, mainly for the complexion. The Candlelight Glow highlighter is a gorgeous champagne shade. A little really goes a long way with the highlighter- too much and it can start to look chalky!
Next you’ll also find two bronzers, each in half-moon shapes (which I find a little inconvenient to use, I’d prefer rectangles or full circles… I just find its not always easy to grab the product). The first bronzer is Exclusive to the palette, and is a very warm bronzer (a little too warm for my liking) and also Sun Bunny Light, one of their famous bronzers that gives a beautiful, natural- tan look. Both bronzers are nicely pigmented, but I definitely would have preferred just one large circle of Sun Bunny Light instead.
There are also two blushes, also in half-moon shades. The first is in La Vie en Rose, a super bright, pigmented baby pink and the other, Papa Don’t Peach, is a more natural-looking, warm peach. Both blushes are also extremely pigmented, and I do love the fact they included both a cool pink and a warm peach- usually the two colors to decide between when creating a look.
The palette also includes a full-size Shadow Insurance eye primer, which makes the palette completely worth it (the primer itself costs 1/3 of the price of the entire palette)! This primer is colourless and glides on nicely on the eyes, allowing eyeshadows to look more vibrant and stay put all day long. It’s one of the best investments you can make in makeup, hands down.
There is also a double-ended brush for applying eyeshadows, although I definitely would have preferred to see a full-size Perfect Eyes eyeliner instead. In such a big palette like this, a single brush (even double-ended) really isn’t going to be enough, so you’re going to need other brushes anyways. I only really like seeing brushes in palettes when it can be self-sufficient, but here I definitely would have preferred to see a classic black eyeliner.
Finally, it also includes 3 how-to cards featuring different looks you can create with the palette. The combinations and possibilities are limitless, but it is nice to have some starting points, especially for beginners and those who are intimidated by large palettes. Again, I find it’s using ‘valuable space’ in the palette, and I would love to see either a mirror, or some lipgloss in its place. How-to cards like these can be kept in the lid or just come with the box, I don’t feel like they need a permanent place in the palette.
- Price: $52 USD / $62 CAD
- Availability: Sephora
- Overall: This palette is definitely a winner in my books- the eyeshadows are all pigmented and I love the range of shades (the glitters are a bit harder to work with, but still usable) and I love the fact there are some gorgeous mattes too! The complexion products are also beautifully pigmented, but I would have preferred to see a black eyeliner and some lipgloss instead of the double-ended brush and how-to cards- that would have taken this palette to another level!
- Rating: A