Over the last few months, having had the opportunity to try out a few Too Faced products, I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the variety and quality they have to offer. In particular, their eyeshadows are just beautiful and they really do stand up to the likes of Urban Decay – who are widely considered to be the palette aficionados. But with the popularity of the eyeshadow palette really rocketing over the last couple of years, other brands are beginning to nail it as well in terms of pigmentation, shade selection and all the little extras that come with a good palette.
I was recently sent the Too Faced The Return of Sexy Eyeshadow Palette (£38.50) and I have to say that’s I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. Let me tell you why…
“Celebrate the return of bold beauty with fifteen must-have shades inspired by our favorite timeless beauty looks from past to present: The Ingénue, The Icon and The Bombshell. From sexy neutrals to passionate purples and gorgeous grays, this palette provides timeless eye looks for both day and night. The Return of Sexy comes with a full size Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in Perfect Black and a deluxe size Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer.”
First of all, I couldn’t have chosen the three colour stories better if I’d made the palette myself. It has a nice mix of warm and cool tones, with some genius colour combinations. Note how each section has a coordinating nude shade to act as a base. Great for those of us who want to create a neutral eye transitioning into just a little bit of colour on the outer eye. The purple section especially gives you the full range from subtle to the more intense. The palette works for both day and night looks and although every shade but one is a shimmer, they’re so finely milled that they translate as a lovely sheen on the eyes without any annoying fallout. The only shade which has a more glittery look to it is the black and I only use that on my lash line so I don’t have a problem with it transferring to my cheeks.
The horizontal bars of highlight shades that top each section range from a subtle radiant ivory, to a silky matte nude, to an all out intense champagne shade which is perfect for the inner corner of the eyes. Pretty much everything you could ask for really. The pigmentation of all the eyeshadows is intense and they have a lovely smooth, blendable texture that makes them so easy to work with. It took so little effort to blend the shades into each other with a fluffy brush.
The palette comes with three makeup look tutorials displayed on cards which are hidden behind the mirror. These are great for when you are looking for some inspiration and want to try something new. It’s too easy to become stuck in a rut and just use the same techniques every time you apply your makeup so these can encourage you to create different shapes or effects.
You also get a full sized Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black which is great for tight-lining something which I hate doing personally because it just feels plain weird! But it does make your top lash line look fuller so needs must…
Once you apply this eyeliner, it doesn’t budge! It has a nice creamy texture and glides onto the lash line without any pulling or dragging. It lasted really well throughout the night and had a nice dense pigment to it. You also get a deluxe size Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer which is one of the original and best eyeshadow primers.
These warm brown, bronze and gold shades will look amazing in the summer set against golden skin!
The purple shades look great against any eye colour and can be a nice alternative to the usual grey or brown toned smokey eye looks.
The last colour story in the palette on the right hand side was the one that I chose to wear on a recent night out and I absolutely loved the result. The combination of the taupe neutral with the blue-toned greys was just stunning. I use the pale blue-silver as a base, blended in the taupe shade in the crease and outer half of the lid, added the darker grey to the very outer crease and on the outer lower lash line, softening my black eyeliner with the black shade and finished off by using the pale highlight on the inner corners. These eyeshadows created the most gorgeous sheen on my lids when the light hit them. Sometimes blue toned greys can look a bit off on blue eyes but the addition of the taupe slightly warms the look and it just works!
This palette isn’t ideal for anyone who is partial to their matte eyeshadows in the daytime but if you like a sheen and a bit of shimmer then this eyeshadow palette is just dreamy!