The Muse is still musing over whether she loves Too Faced Smurfette Collection or if she isn’t quite feeling it.
She’s had her stash of the Too Faced Smurfette Collection since it’s release a few weeks ago and has been busily playing around with it, testing it, swatching it, and musing over it for the better part of a week and a half. I didn’t want to post my first impressions before actually using the items so today I’m doing a full review of the entire collection.
Sit back, grab a cuppa tea, and read on…..
To begin I will say I simply adore the packaging. I’m a child of the 80’s so I can completely appreciate “smurf” themed makeup. Call it childish, immature, whatever you will but the fact of the matter is that I simply adore kawaii cosmetics and Too Faced Smurfette Collection brings cuteness to the table.
The collection consists of an eye quad, glitter liners, a highlighter powder, and a new lipgloss. I indulged in everything aside from the glitter liners as I have a ton already which I hardly make use of as is.
The Too Faced So Smurfy Eye Shadow Palette is probably my least favorite item in the collection because it was simply too difficult to work with in terms of formula, texture, and colors. I guess I shouldn’t expect too much from a “smurfy” eye palette right? This was a strange cocktail that the Muse had a hard time trying to figure out what goes where and what sort of look would come out of it. In the end I created a “smurfy” look and a more natural, shimmering look by using separate color combos (I actually liked the shimmering look the best!). I’m not sure what they were thinking exactly but it was seriously brain surgery for me to think up some way to use the shades in the palette. The colors included were a bright matte pink, a bold navy blue, a shimmering, glittery gold, and a glittery deeper pink almost brown shade. After much thought I decided to wear the pink on my lid and the navy blue as a liner for the bottom lash line…I honestly wasn’t sure how else to pair the two up? Was I supposed to wear the blue on my lid? Should I have applied the blue in my crease and the pink on my lid? I haven’t a clue but after much playing around the best possible look (which isn’t even that fab anyway) was applying the blue as a liner on my bottom lash line.
The full Smurf look using the palette, lipgloss, and highlighter!
A partial smurfy look using the gold glitter shadow and highlighter!
The pink and blue shades were difficult to blend for me but this probably isn’t at any fault of the formula, the Muse just happens to be a retard when it comes to blending matte shades.
My second look was FAR from “smurfy”! I ended up simply applying the gold shade to my lid for a little bit of a sparkling, gold look. I loved the two shimmering shadows best however they are extremely gritty and fall out is of epic proportions which makes them an epic fail for application. After applying concealer on top, wiping with a tissue, using shadow shields, and just generally doing alot of clean up I still ended up having glitter just about everywhere on my face. Sad sigh.
Now the packaging of the palette is super! It’s pink and black with a rather cute Smurfette image on it! It’s a flip top palette with a nice size mirror. I generally like this style of palette because it cleans up fairly well and stores quite nicely. However, packaging aside, I felt like the quad just wasn’t exactly what I expected.
A difficult time applying the shadows due to formula and problems with a mix match of strange colors left the Muse feeling a little less love for the Too Faced So Smurfy Eyeshadow Palette.
After all the woe of the shadow palette at least I can happily say that the Too Faced So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder was quite lovely! This palette contains soft pastel blues, yellow, white, and pink which created a soft focused look when applied on the face. The palette is embedded with Smurfette’s smiling mug and is just too sweet! I’m positive the first thing you’ll be wondering about is Smurfette’s smiling little face….in answer to your concerns about whether or not the emblem wipes away with one brush stroke…no, it does not. You’ll be happy to know that I’ve used it a total of 7 times and Smurfette is still smiling happily away inside although please do take into consideration that I was quite careful when stroking my brush across it plus given time she will wipe away completely considering that the emblem is very lightly sketched into the palette and not fully embedded in so to speak.
The palette is a strange mix match of pastel shades and when swatched almost appears white…however don’t let that sway you. The finished result is quite lovely. I didn’t feel like it was shimmer overload and thought it gave more of a soft focused look that was metallic like and frosty. Quite pretty really. Again, the packaging is a flip top mimicking that of the quad which makes both a nice little set.
Finally I picked up the Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lipgloss which I really liked alot. I’m not a huge fan of Smashbox O-Gloss so I was slightly wary of picking up another “color changing gloss”. The gloss is supposed to change to a suitable smurfy shade for your lips! Gotta love it. It starts out a shimmering blue shade but on my lips it ended up turning a super bright pink! Likey! The formula isn’t nearly as nice as my beloved Too Faced Mirror Mirror gloss but it has plenty of shine and lovely glossy finish! I simply adored the novelty of it starting out blue and later changing pink. So cutes! Works quite well at giving a deeper shade of pink when compared to Smashbox O-Gloss and also lasts a good deal longer with a glossier finish. The gloss has a nice, fresh berry flavor! Yummy!
Overall, I think the collection is a great little collector’s item but I did find the palette lacking a tad bit although it is unquestionably pigmented, I just ended up having a hard time using it, blending with it, and having other general woes. Aside from that I absolutely loved the highlighter and the new gloss and think they are well worth picking up!
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The Muse thinks that the order of business this Spring appears to be cream shadows. They sure are popping up everywhere aren’t they?
Urban Decay has an extensive list of cream shadows to choose from with their Spring Collection and Lancome is also releasing a new cream shadow but today what has the Muse’s interest is Too Faced Lock Down Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow.
The Muse believes that her lovely friend, Pursebuzz, was the brains behind the concept of Too Faced Low Down Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow. A few months ago Pursebuzz was in her laboratory and came up with the idea to combine Too Faced Shadow Insurance with a bit of pigment to create a colored shadow base….
And whatta ya know..we now have Too Faced Low Down Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow which indeed has a base of Too Faced Eye Insurance Primer! This indeed looks promising however it’s only available in four shades so far which disappointed the Muse who really likes variety but hey it’s a start!
What do you think?
Which are you lemming more…Too Faced Lock Down or Urban Decay Cream Shadows?
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Lord it’s freezing outside and I’m talking Spring! Dontcha just hate getting into Spring Collections so early? It kinda rushes things along far too quickly for me and besides I’m still not done enjoying Winter yet!
Oh well…I guess I better dive right in and tell you about the new items popping up for Too Faced Spring Collection 2009 so far!
Too Faced Girls Dig Pearls Lipgloss $18 USD
Considering how absolutely in love I am with Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss I expect big things from the new Too Faced Gloss entitled Girls Dig Pearls. What a strange name!?
Available in three shade selections this gloss is supposely created using real sea pearls..forget all that crushed diamond stuff..this is pearls people!
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder $28 USD
I don’t personally use bronzer all that much and the ones I have come across I definately don’t use in the Spring but Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder is all about being brown in the Spring I guess!
We got pearls in the gloss and now we have REAL cocoa powder in the bronzing powder! W00t! This Spring Collection is getting interesting!
Too Faced Insurance Policy Eye Shadow Collection $35 USD
Snag six pigmented shadows and a Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer with this cute kit!
Like this collection?
Interested in any of it for yourself?
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Hmmmm the Muse came across some interesting sales on Sephora today! Seems Sephora is axing Pop Beauty and Vincent Longo from the line up and slashing prices on LE Holiday goodies across the line!
And here we are with another sale……
Nothing is sacred this year and virtually everything, including luxury gifts, are getting the axe and experiencing an abnormal price cut! A reader mentioned that MAC in the UK is even having a sale…makeup sale in Europe? Unheard of!
Sephora appears to be doing it’s normal house cleaning by placing Pop Beauty and Vincent Longo on sale however they are also slashing prices on many, many gift sets! This is highly unusual and leads me to believe that the items simply didn’t sell well this year and they have to get rid of them somehow. Right now it’s 7 pages give or take a few pages for items that were already on sale such as Bourjois Paris and Sugar Cosmetics however I’m seeing big name brands on the sale list such as Stila, Urban Decay, even Fresh!
I’m curious what will happen as Christmas comes nearer and in fact passes for that matter. I’m guessing we are in for some serious discounts after the Holiday. We’ve seen some great sales this season but I think we are in for some SERIOUS sales come the New Year! Who knows this year you may see them giving away items for free during the semi-annuals! At this rate we are all going to need extra storage to stash away our ridiculous hauls.
Here’s some items that Sephora has slashed and that the Muse suspects will be slashed even further after Christmas.
Stila Shine on Gift of Glaze Regularly $28 USD now on sale for $22 USD
Urban Decay Essentials Regularly $39 USD now on sale for $25 USD
Philosophy Under the Mistletoe Ornament Lip Shine Gift Set Regularly $28 USD now on sale for $25 USD
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad Regularly $40 USD now on sale for $28 USD
Pop Rose Bell Blush Palette Regularly $28 USD now on sale for $19.60 USD
Too Faced World Domination Tour All Access Backstage Beauty Collection Regularly $42 USD now on sale for $34 USD
Tawaka “The Ball” Regularly $65 USD now on sale for $35 USD
Clickie for more items that are on sale!
Obviously the recession is the root of all evil in the cosmetic world because it’s causing some serious temptation to splash out major bucks to haul all we can at these prices! Sheesh! The Muse is being good and not indulging but she can’t say these aren’t some nice steals and deals that are popping up lately!
What about you?
Saving your cash for a rainy day?
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The Muse reported earlier on the Too Faced Smurfette Collection and you’ll be happy to know it’s now making a starring appearance at Sephora!
If you’re wanting to re-live your youth and step back into the 80’s head on over to Sephora to nab any number of Too Faced Smurfette themed items!
The collection includes:
Too Faced Smurfette Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lipgloss $18.50 USD
If you’re wanting to get your smurfy seductions skillz on this is the gloss you’ll want to use! Tinted a blue shade (what other color would it be?) it blossoms into the perfect shade of pink to make your kisses extra smurfy special!
Too Faced Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner $17.50 USD
Available in two smurf approved shades this liquid liner adds a bit of smurfy sparkle to your lash line! Silver and of course Blue is available!
Too Faced So Smurfy Eye Shadow Collection $32.50 USD
This palette supposedly contains Smurfette’s favorite shades! The Muse is digging the shades whether or not Smurfette actually loves ‘em or not we’ll never really know!
Too Faced So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder $26 USD
A face powder that brightens and tones! Hmmm I don’t need much else other than the cuteness of Smurfette’s mug smiling at me from the powder! Loves it!
Whether you love it or think it’s ridiculous the Too Faced Smurfette Collection is, if anything, unique! The Muse thinks if you grew up in the 80’s you’ll simply adore it. Hey the Muse has taken beauty advice from far worst than a smurf! How bad can it be?
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