August 22, 2008

Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette Review and Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss Review

One of my favorite Fall Collections this year is Too Faced Smoke & Mirrors. This ones deserves some of your time so head on over to the Too Faced website or visit your local Sephora and have a peek at the selection of goodies! They are great and come with the Muse’s highest approval and recommendation.

The collection consists of several items but two of my favorite products are the Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette and the Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss. I was super impressed with these and had so much fun creating three separate looks with the palette to share with you guys!

I’ll start my review with the palette. The palette is this super cute flip up box that features nine shades of shadow that are divided into three looks. Each look has an easy to follow, step by step instruction card for creating a different smoky eye look. The eye looks you can create are Day Smoke, Fashion Smoke, and Classic Smoke.

The palette has everything you need to create your look and carry it around with you if you so please. The cards slip into a pocket in the inner lid of the palette and a nifty little draw on the bottom of the palette pulls out to reveal two dual ended sponge tipped and brush tipped applicators. I actually had one minor rant concerning the applicators. I’d have liked three applicators for the three looks! That would have really made my day but aside from that everything else is cake and ice cream. The shadows are super pigmented, very silky, and easy to blend. Each look I created was simple, easy, and quite fun. You don’t have to be a makeup artist to understand how to complete each look and the cards give a brief little instruction that’s not difficult to understand. It’s as simple as highlight, lid, and crease…done…beautiful.

Day Smoke is a combination of softer brown shades that you can use to create this insanely beautiful natural, neutral look. Actually, believe it or not, I adored this look the most out of all the looks I created. You know how much your Muse loves loud, outrageous shades but in this case I was actually loving the softness of the Day Smoke look I created. It’s perfect office wear and flattering as all heck for the Fall.

Day Smoke Look:

Use the lightest cream shade as a wash of color all over your eye prepping it for the darker shades in the palette. Pay particular attention to your highbrow using the cream to highlight this area. Follow up by sweeping Fawn all over your lid and into your crease. Blend Bronze into your crease and use it to line your lower lash line!

I felt like Day Smoke was a very flattering look for both older and younger woman. I fancied how awake and fresh it made my eyes look. I think the cream shadow made my eyes look very bright.

Completed Day Smoke Look:

Fashion Smoke Look:

Fashion Smoke was a bit difficult to pull off since all the colors are so very pigmented I had a hard time creating my look. My blending was a bit off with this and I ended up with a very nice look but you couldn’t differentiate between the green and the blue do to my poor blending and how pigmented the shadows were. In the end I ended up with more of a green look. This one needs a bit more practice when applying but master it I shall!

To create Fashion Smoke you’ll be using Sugar Cookie as a wash all over your eye prepping it for the darker shades in the palette. Follow up with Wicked Green on the inner lid and blend Midnight into the crease and upper and lower lashes.

Sadly, Midnight just turned into one big blob of green! I’ll keep trying and re-post soon when I have the look down correctly.

Fashion Smoke is a bit more daring so you may or may not want to wear this to work. It’s a great combo for a night out or if you’re like the Muse you may just sport it on any day of the week and proudly display how much you adore bold and vibrant looks!

Completed Fashion Smoke Look:

Classic Smoke:

Finally, my 2nd favorite look is the Classic Smoke. Classic Smoke is the classic smoky eye look that we all love and know.

Creating it is a simple process and you can be as light or heavy as you want while applying. I choose to go crazy and create a very heavy, bold look with it. I was particularly impressed with the way the Silver shadow blended so wonderfully well with the other darker shades in the palette.

To create Classic Smoke you’ll start by blending silver into your crease and slowly pulling upwards and fading it into your brow. Follow up with Black Spark on the lid and outer v and finish with Black Suede on the outer crease and lower lashes.

This look, in my opinion, is great for day or evening.

Completed Classic Smoke Look:

All the looks are extremely Fall friendly and I like that Too Faced didn’t go metallic the way many brands did this season. The colors are pigmented and rich, the looks you can create are simply endless, and the price is very nice at $32 USD.

If you grow tired of creating three looks using the palette no one is stopping you from using the shades individually or mixing them up for some other look you want to create!

I love the packaging, I love the ease of use, the quality is excellent on the shadows, it’s just a really great palette that I’m happy to have gotten the chance to test out.

I recommend grabbing this one. Muse Approval for it! The Muse loves it!

Also released with the Too Faced Smoke and Mirrors Collection are the Too Faced Mirror Mirror glosses. I was so silly and only used the gloss in one of my Face of the Day photos above. I’m wearing the shade “I Love Myself” in my Day Smoke look. I’ll create more looks with the glosses soon so you can see the amazing quality of these.

These are excellent.

It’s been a long time since I’ve run across such a glossy, emollient, moisturizing lip gloss and again these come with my highest recommendation and seal of approval!

The gloss reminds me of Philosophy Kiss Me gloss. It glides on so beautifully and leaves behind a glassy, mirror like shine just as it’s advertised and named, Mirror Mirror.

The formula isn’t stick or tacky yet still manages to have good long wear. They happen to be delightfully fruity tasty as well! The Muse loves her gloss tasting good!

I got the chance to test drive two shades but I’m really eager to lay my hands on more. They have the potential for holy grail material because they have such a sincerely awesome finish. I love how glossy they leave my lips, very sexy plus the mirror shine goes so well with the looks I created with the Smoky Eye Palette!

[email protected]@K at that shine!

These I absolutely love, definately a staple product for me and I’ll be indulging in more shortly.

I have a few other items to review from the Too Faced Fall Collection that will be coming along shortly. The entire Too Faced Smoke and Mirror Collection is worth some of your time to look at and definately indulge in. Both the palette and the gloss stole the show for me!

I’m sticking my highest approval on these! The Muse loves ’em and recommends you nab both the palette and the gloss! You won’t be sorry if you do but you will if you don’t!

Check out more of the Too Faced Fall Collection by clicking here!

Tried these yet?

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Phyrra

    Day smoke looks gorgeous on you.

    I really like how the Fashion Smoke looks, especially with the color under your eye.

    And the Classic Smoke is my favorite of the 3 on you.


  • Nell

    You look very pretty with the first look!
    I totally understand your mini-rant about the applicators, there is even room for three, so why not????? But aside from that, it looks like a great palette.

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    Thanks honey!!!!!!!!
    I heart this palette so much! Colors are so pigmented and yummie!

  • the Muse

    hi nell!

    Thank you so much!

    I KNOW! Oh my gosh there is tons of room for another one plus they are cheap as day old chips. I’d have loved one more so I could have an applicator per a look. Would have been nice.

    Aside from that the palette is simply awesome!

  • Critty

    Love the drama Muse – esp the Fashion Smoke – sexxxxxxxy!!! You are rocking it!!!

    Big hugs,
    Critty ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephy

    Ooooooooo love the day look on you!!! it’s one of my favorite everyday look too! ๐Ÿ™‚
    u’re making me lemming the palette! why don’t we have a sephora here in vancouver? not fairrrrrrr!!

  • Anonymous

    I loved all the looks you created with the palette.
    Your reviews are really the best!
    Thank you

  • Autumn Masquerade

    Hello Muse!

    I really like the different looks from the Too Faced kit. It’s fun to see non-traditional smokey eyes. They looked rocking on you.

    Armani is great but it’s so expensive. Of course, I am fully hooked on Armani so I shall suffer through the massive price increases.

    Ooh! I will definitely have to look at the MUFE HD primers now. *squee!* I think I’ll start with blue since I don’t have any blue ones and then try some others. You do generate a lot of lemmings…

    Actually the Siberian animals should normally be quite comfortable here. We share the latitude with Siberia (we are the northernmost state other than Alaska). We’re just going through a nasty heat wave. They must have heat waves too in Siberia, below the permafrost line that is.

    The new exhibit is actually really neat. The sea otters are so cute! I could’ve stayed there for a long time.

    I think the product looking the same is both the economy and being bombarded with product. I can’t believe how many items are released each month. Eek!

    No offense was taken over the Awake. I don’t doubt that the palettes were rerunny but as it’s a brand I don’t have much of, they weren’t rerunny for my makeup box. I’d only previously bought a few of the LE value sets. But if I’d been an Awake fan previously, I like you, probably would’ve skipped them unless they changed texture or something making it worthy of purchasing.

    The CdP concealer can be a little interesting. It’s my HG concealer. A tube lasts quite a long time. It’s rather thick so I recommend warming it up and blending. It has coverage but some light bending pigments to illuminate the under eye area.

    I read on the Customs page that unless it’s a specifically listed item, they generally let it go unless they could get a high tariff. I.e. if it costs more to process paperwork than they’d collect, they’re not going to charge you anything. Hurrah! Kind of the same directive as given to the IRS.

    Look for a Primavista preliminary review on my blog tomorrow morning…it’s preliminary as the sample only lasts a few days instead of the week. The Primavista sample is a card.

    Let’s hope we’re within the top 100 on the Piha list! I hope so…I know what you mean about wasteful. I’ve cut back on items that are dupes or that I won’t use.

    The New Year’s Yves collection must’ve been 2001 or 2002. Well before Sweetie Cakes. MAC was my first non-kewpie makeup brand. I’ll feature Tux de Luxe in a blog post next week and then you can decide. It’s a neat lipglass. Hence why I still have the tube how many years later.

    I am definitely going to get the Shadowy Lady COC quad. Not sure if I’ll get anything else. I am waiting for the Ungaro collection next month. I’ll definitely be picking up quite a few items then.

    Which series is SH? My brain is a bit fried. It was a difficult couple of days at work. Lots of drama. Sometimes working at a big company isn’t worth it. Anyway, I am sure I know the series but brain is pulling a blank.

    Manga is fun. I like it because it’s text and pictures. But I am picky about what drawing styles I like I’ve noticed.

    Sometimes you just need the simple books to read. Trying to read Paradise Lost isn’t exactly a destressing activity.

    The JS nailpolish is pretty good. I’ve been pleased with what I have. I like Essie the best as far as value is concerned, but the JS bottle is so cute!

    Take care! Have a good weekend! Hugs!

  • Askmewhats

    OH MY GOODNESS Musey!!! Your day look is fab but your night look! OH MY!!!! If I’m a dude, i’ll be hitting on you when you’re off the streets ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Beauty Addict

    Hey Izzy, the Day Smoke Look is lovely on u! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The “I Love Myself” lipgloss on your Day Smoke FOTD is very glossy! Aptly mirror-ed ๐Ÿ˜‰ Btw, are u using any lipstick/stain under the gloss? The gloss looks rather sheer but looks quite pigmented on u. Or perhaps u have very rosy lips! :p

    Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • dawn.

    Hey muse! ^^
    I saw one of your tutorials on purchasing at JPMON? Do you still purchase items from them?
    Well, I was wondering if you know if they accept Paypal? Or is it only credit card they accept?

    ^^ Any other asian beauty online shops to recommend?
    I'm located in Melbourne, Australia..&there's literally nothing here [0.o]'''

    Thanks in advance!~

  • nikkiz.

    You look great in all the different looks (Fashion Smoke looks the best on you). This seems like a very good palette to have (and to learn) for a smokey eye look. I hope I could get my hands on this one of these days.

  • Paopao

    Wow! The first looks is great for you! I like the three of them!

    Have a nice weekend!

  • oldergirlbeauty

    I love how all of us think you look fab in each of these. I personally think you *do* look great in all of them but you ROCK the Fashion Smoke. I think that just looked so good it made me hope you were going to get fixed up and head out dancing for the night!

  • Dao

    Wow, the lipgloss is shiny! The day smoke look is so lovely and chic. You look so cute!

  • MandyPandy

    Me likey! Love the looks, especialy the last two.

    Not that this is related, but, WTH: Neil Nitin Mukesh: Total Freakin’ Hotty or Hardcore Closet-Case? I’m going for a ‘little of A, a little of B’. Either way, he’s my future Baby-daddy.

  • the Muse

    hi there Anonymous!

    Thanks so very much ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed the looks and review. You’re most welcome!

    Looking forward to speaking to you again soon!

  • the Muse

    Hey Betsy!

    Thanks honey! I really enjoy non traditional smoky as well. They are always interesting.

    I’ve never really boarded the Armani Express. It’s never appealed to me. Could be the simple packaging.

    LOL I try I try with the lems ๐Ÿ™‚ I have the yellow and it’s quite awesome. I want a few more for sure!

    I’m shocked the weather is comparable to Siberia lol! No comment there. I had no idea!

    I heart sea otters! How cute are they when they lay on their back munching starfish!?

    I agree. both the economy and the over saturation of product is a bit nutty. Especially considering many of them release the same type of thing just in different formats.

    I totally can relate to the lack of awake and finding something interesting in it. I’m like that with certain brands myself. I find lately though, I become more and more choosy about my purchases.

    I’m very interested in trying to CdP and my ears perked upon hearing it’s your HG!

    Does it crease under the eyes?! Do you have any fine lines?

    Curious minds!

    Off topic slightly but did you read my rec of SM for your next YA read? You had said you miss HP so I thought this might be something you’d enjoy as a replacement although it lacks the supernatural wizardry and concentrates more on romance with the supernatural element. it’s particularly nice as the movie will be out shortly starring the same guy that played CD in HP GoF!

    Interesting! I’ve never had a prob with customs thankfully even when receiving a large $500 from lush Phew!

    Yay heading over in a sec to read the Primavista review!

    I’m a hoping too as it popped up on some major blogs so I worry others called in first damn!

    I try to cut on dupes but it’s hard so now I just look at it, ask myself do I need it, and proceed as that. Plus I’ve been overloaded with PR stuff lately so it’s easier to say no sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think MAC might be considered by first non-kewpie makeup brand as well. Somewhat.

    I was actually quite shocked I LIKED it. As it’s very different for me to go from frills to black.

    I’ll look forward to the gloos review ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m shocked as I thought you were adoring the red ๐Ÿ™‚ Ungaro looks great and I’m definately loving it!

    Oh duh! I’m so sorry SH was a typo SM I meant. I was just talking about this earlier duh. LOL SM=Stephenie Meyer. The Twilight Series.

    Don’t worry I’m completely brain dead this morning lol!

    I’m picking when it comes to drawing styles myself so you aren’t the only one and I hate repetitive manga with a passion so I’m careful what I am reading ๐Ÿ˜›

    I agree. I love YA novels for this reason. Brain candy pure and simple. Although I simply adore good fiction sometimes I need a break ๐Ÿ˜›

    hehe who doesn’t love the JS packaging right?!

    Hope you had a fab weekend!

    Big Hugs!


  • the Muse

    hey nicki ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks honey ๐Ÿ™‚ LOLLLLLLL thanks! MWAH! You’re a doll!

  • the Muse

    hiya gracie!

    Thanks honey!

    Isn’t it? I love the mirror shine!

    Yes I was using a peachy stain from BP ๐Ÿ™‚

    My lips are normally quite pink but the peach is gorgeous with the gloss so I used BP lip stain pen ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you had a fab weekend love!

  • the Muse

    hello dawn!

    I don’t sadly. It’s been a while ๐Ÿ™‚ I do try occasionally though to order here and there but my mate gets me what I need from Japan so it’s easier that way!

    No paypal just credit card ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have you seen my Japanese Shopping Guide? It has a ton of great shops to purchase from ๐Ÿ™‚

    This will def help if you didn’t see it yet. let me know and I’ll send a link over!

  • the Muse

    hi there nikkiz

    Thanks honey! It’s definately worth checking out. Lots of selections for the price and tons of look you can create ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • the Muse

    hi oldergirlbeauty!

    Thanks honey! Aw shucks thanks!

    Hehe wish it was dancing but damn it all it was to go to work lol!

  • the Muse

    hey dao!

    I love the gloss the best! you need to try it out so awesome!

    Aw thanks *hugs*

  • the Muse

    MANDY! I misses you!


    Thanks honey!

    Neil Nitin Mukesh mmmm..hardcore closet case and hot? LOL

    He’s not my fav BW star.

    You mean he’s our future baby’s daddy dontcha mean? He’s going to be a surrogate for us right?!


    August 25, 2008 8:45

  • MandyPandy

    Not your fav BW star?!? Dear God, please don’t tell me it’s Hrithik Roshan or Vivek Oberoi! Promise me it’s not that #@%$ Shah Rukh Khan! Promise me!!!

    It’s the dark skin isn’t it?!? I bust my hump all day over a Mystic Tanning Booth so I can look Bollywood enough for you, but it’s never enough, is it? Is it?!?

  • the Muse

    EEP! mandy! Sorry for the delay! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hehe I’m partial to Hrithik but my very favorite is Arjun Rampal!

    What a god!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’d lick him up and down if he wanted ๐Ÿ˜‰


    LOL LMAO! No…actually..I love your milky skin ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Connie

    i’m way late to this party, but i found your site doing a search for how to use the smoky eye palette and i have to say, i think your second look, fashion smoke, looks fantastic! not sure why you didnt think you had done a good job, you have some mad makeup skillz there lady!

    • the Muse

      hi connie

      well thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re lovely to say so thank you very much *hugs* that’s a great comment, totally made my day! I try but I’m no expert ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christina

    the third of the smokey looks (the black one – classic smoke?) is the best on you. just awesome.

  • Munira

    I love how thorough you are with your makeup review. I’m trying to decide between getting Christian Dior 5 colour pallete or this. Normally, I’d go for CD but after going through your review, I’m quite tempted to pick this up as well. Drugstore makeup always have a strange effect on my skin, but looking at your photos, I’m really hardpressed for decision now lol!

    Love your blog, btw. Gonna pass it on to my sister. She’s appreciate your site! xxx

    • the Muse

      aw thanks munira appreciate that kind comment hugs! this isn’t drugstore makeup hun ;-D def mid range cosmetic line! Can’t be purchased at walgreens or cvs ;-D It’s not Dior but it’s not cheaper drugstore quality either ;-D

      They may have 20% off somewhere try and you can shop from their site to save a little if you do want it ;-D

      Aw thanks! I appreciate the recommendation to your sis!