I purchased this during the Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda ($58) during the Sephora VIB Early Access Holiday 2017 Event which is a limited edition eyeshadow palette, deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara, Melted Matte long Wear Lipstick, and a year-round planner with stickers as well as faux leather agenda cover to hold everything in.
Too Faced Holiday releases haven’t been terribly great the last few year’s but I almost always pick up one or two sets to review on the blog. I’d probably forgo purchasing this for myself given the opportunity even though it has some raving reviews on Sephora’s site at the moment. Don’t be deceived though, because aside from the packaging this might be a safe skip.
The thing I noticed first about the Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda was the fact it reminded me so very much of the Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette packaging wise. It’s a very cutesy packaging that might lean towards being juvenile. I see it like this, I’m either getting too old for cute packaging or this is in fact marketed towards tweens and teens that are ages 12 to 16. The agenda cover is fantastic. It’s a faux pink leather that has a tassel zip around. Inside you’ll find two folds to hold a planner plus there’s a tiny heart-shaped mirror, little pocket to hold credit cards, ID, or business cards, as well as a spot to hold a pen. It comes with a hardback planner and stickers however, if you’re like me and find the planner a little childish you can go ahead and buy a planner of your choosing and ditch the Too Faced one. I love the “Don’t Let Today Be A Waste Of Makeup” quote on the agenda and planner cover. I don’t find the agenda cover childish at all, it was the planner that was a little silly to me.
The first two sheets include stickers but all of them had me mentally rolling my eyes. I know, I know, I somehow lost my “fun” side but these are just a bit silly to me. Some of the stickers read as follow: “Weekend with Bae, Give Peach a Chance, Wear a Tiara, Sleepover, So Extra”. I cringed a little at some of these. I’m obviously way too old to appreciate them. Moving forward the planner has full calendar pages, blank note pages, as well as several how-to-get the look guides. The planner is actually very cute but there are certain pages that again had me rolling my eyes like, “Totally Inspired By…”, “Girl’s Night Out Ideas”, etc…I dunno about you but I don’t make a Girl’s Night Out Idea list LOL! If they made this a touch more mature I’d probably have totally used it. I love a good planner but this is a little more for a teen than an adult woman. Off topic but with all the recent lawsuits going on I was surprised to see Jerrod looking quite like the Hermey the Elf from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special!
Anyway…that’s the accessory side of this set. Let’s get down to the makeup.
Along with the planner and about the same size is a slim-line eyeshadow palette that includes 24 (0.03 oz) eyeshadows as well as a Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Luminizer in #Blessed, and Blush in Will You Merry Me?. There aren’t any unique shades here unfortunately. It’s a rerun of eyeshadows from the past five or so year’s from past Too Faced Holiday 2017 Collections. There are so many shades like Unwrap Me, Trimmed, Plum Pudding, Christmas Carol, and many others that I already have at least three variations of in other palettes. I do wish this had somenew, unique shades.
On the upside you do get a wide range of shades and finishes. There are mattes, shimmers, and velvety satin finish eyeshadows here in nude, natural colors as well as many jewel tones. They are a tad mismatched in the palette and you might need a helping hand figuring out which shades go well together as they aren’t quite set up in a way that will inspire you.
Now for the really bad news….
These are horribly formulated. Many shades were dry, chalky, and just plan patchy. Shimmery shades like I Want It All applied sheer with large chunks of glitter where as others got swept away during the blending process as they seemed to not want to adhere properly to my lids. A good, solid cream base is a must have when applying these as they are dusty with a good deal of frosty fall out or too much glitter. There were very, very few shades I felt inclined to rave and about 95% of them were either too sheer, too dusky, or just too chalky and dry. I’m wearing Christmas Carol below along with Black Tie and Glittered and those were some of the few shades that were pigmented and applied well. But overall, this palette is filled with a ton of fails. There are workable shades BUT they need doctoring to get the best look. Primer, a MAC Paint Pot, and a little time and patience are needed to get a look together.
Now, this set was also supposed to include a Melted Matte long Wear Lipstick in Sell Out but it was missing from my box. If you’d like a review of this formula you can check out my recent Too Faced Freshly Baked Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick review.
The Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda is not worthy of an online purchase. I’d highly recommend checking this out in store before deciding if you need it. Swatch, play, flip through the planner pages in store and decide if it is something you might need. I see this as an excellent purchasing for a budding makeup artist. Someone that’s 14ish and just discovering the joys of makeup but as a grown adult woman or man, well, the quality isn’t here and the packaging might prove a little immature as well.
Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.
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