Product Review: Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection

SmokeyEye1There’s something about the cold weather and gloomy skies of winter that make me want to rock darker, bolder, smokier eye looks and the perfect palette for the job is the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette.

The Product

The Smokey Eye palette is part of the Too Faced permanent collection. It comes in a cardboard package with a magnetic closure and a lid that flips open to reveal a picture of a smoky eye look inside the lid where there’s a pocket housing three instructional cards with diagrams showing how to create three different looks: day, classic, and fashion. Inside the base of the palette are nine eyeshadow pans: three larger pan highlight shades and six smaller pan mid-tone and dark shades.

  • Firefly is a light taupey linen shade with a satin finish and a bit of shimmer.
  • Cloves is a medium-deep bronzey taupe shimmery shade.
  • Up in Smoke is a very deep, cool taupey brown shade with a matte base and just a very small amount of sparse micro-glitter.
  • White Lie is a bright white shimmery highlight shade.
  • Nice Ash is a medium-deep shimmer steel blue charcoal color.
  • Smokin Hot is a completely matte soft black shade.
  • In a Flash is a metallic silver highlight color with silver micro-glitter.
  • Smoking Jacket is a deep shimmery plum color.
  • Smolder is a completely matte, deep navy blue shade.

Ingredients:
Firefly, Cloves, Up in Smoke, White Lie, Nice Ash, Smokin Hot: Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Mica. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
In a Flash: Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Smoking Jacket: Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Smolder: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methicone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

The Review

SmokeyEye2Although cardboard packaging isn’t the most durable option, Too Faced has done a respectable job of making it as thick and sturdy as possible without adding a lot of extra bulk and I definitely prefer cardboard to plastic. I would prefer if there was a mirror, but also like that there isn’t really anything to break, which is great for travel.

Too Faced shadows have always been a favorite of mine. I don’t usually wear very dark, smoky eye looks, but sometimes I love to rock a smoldering eye and this is my go-to palette for just that. It works for everything from deep colorful smoky looks, using Cloves, Smoking Jacket, and Smolder, to neutral and classic smoky looks with Up in Smoke, Nice Ash, and Smokin Hot. The shadows are soft, creamy-feeling, smooth, and blend very easily, especially the three mid-tone shades Cloves, Nice Ash, and Smoking Jacket. The matte shades are a little harder and slightly more powdery, but still excellent in quality. I just tap off my brush before applying and use Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and don’t have any problems with fallout or the color looking patchy. Without a primer, as you can see in the swatches below, the matte shades can be a little difficult to blend, which is common with just about all matte shadows.

I like that Too Faced included three instructional cards showing some easy ways to use the palette, but I wish they had a picture of a real eye or at least a more realistic drawing. They only have diagrams pictured and while the diagrams are great for showing exactly where to place the shadows, they don’t really show you how the finished look should look, which is important when trying to recreate a look.

The Skinny

I love this palette. It’s entirely devoted to smoky eye looks and in that regard, has plenty of options. I love the range of smoky looks I can create with this palette. The quality of the shadows is excellent, they’re even more crease-proof and fade-proof when used with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. $36 is also a reasonable price for a 9-pan high-end palette.

What’s your favorite winter eye look? Do you prefer colorful or neutral smoky looks? Let me know in the comments below!

The Pictures

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~ Fairly Girly

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