August 5, 2016

Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NikkieTutorials Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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Too Faced has teamed up youTube sensation NikkieTutorials to create the Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NikkieTutorials Palette ($56) which pays home to nine Too Faced Eyeshadows, highlighter, bronzer, and two shades of Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush as well as other goodies like a limited edition purple shade of Better Than Sex Mascara.

Fans of both Nikkie and Too Faced are likely going to want to get their hands on this limited edition palette, that’s a given right? And we all know that Too Faced has successfully created such mass social media hysteria around their collections lately that it’s bound to sell out before we apply our mascara in the morning! Will you be indulging?

I’m happy to say I got an early sneak peek of the palette to try out and I like the positive message behind it or as Nikkie puts it, “When life gives you lemons, punch it in the face and ask for GLITTER.” -Nikkie. Indeed, because as far as I’m concern glitter solves all of life’s problems.

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Here’s a review, swatches, and thoughts on the palette!

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The Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NikkieTutorials Palette includes:

  • Eyeshadows in Ivy, Sugar Coated, Frosted Yum, Irrestible, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill, Mystic Hour, Wham Bam, and Wanted
  • Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush in I Will Always Want You and Justify My Love
  • Highlighter in Champagne Truffle
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner in Deep Black
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Purple (LE) (0.17 oz)
  • Too Faced Glamour Dust in Blue Angel (0.035 oz)
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer (0.17 oz)

The palette comes housed in a sturdy flip to open pink leopard print cardboard compact, it does not have a mirror. You also get a little matching ziploc bag which contains the eyeshadow primer, Glamour Dust, and mascara.

As with many Too Faced Palettes this includes a three page how-to-get the look guide that includes step-by-step instructions to get the look as well as images of Nikki with the completed look. I always appreciate these guides because sometimes pairing up shades and shade placement can be a little daunting. The palette is arranged in three different eyeshadow trios. I think one would automatically assume these shades would go into one look but some of the shades aren’t even used in the get the look guide. For example, only one shade, Mystic Hour, from last trio which also included Wham Bam and Wanted was used as a liner only. The other two shades were never addressed in completed look. That’s not a big issue as these three shades will work well together. I just thought it was odd to include such vibrant shades and not address them in one bold look. However, since posting this Nikkie did do a tutorial featuring Wham Bam in a complete look all over her lid. It might not appear in the how to get the look guide but you can look up her video for step by step instructions for using that bright purple in an eye look! As I mentioned above the eyeshadows are arranged in a way that you can create a look using three of the shades across and in some cases up and down as well! For example Ivy, Irrepressible, and Mystic Hour work fabulously together or you can use Irresistible, Painkiller, and Makeup & Chill in a single as I did below. This palette has both cooler and warmer shades from eyeshadow to blush which gives you plenty of options for a variety of looks. Although I admit I struggled a little with some of the colors and working them into daily looks. I also struggled a little with the eyeshadow formula which I’ll address more below.

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The palette contains a variety of shadow finishes including satin, shimmer, and mattes. The mattes were dense but blended well enough but I do wish they were a bit more silkier. The shimmers were fairly soft but did suffer from some fall out. Many shades weren’t as pigmented or as velvety as Too Faced Eyeshadows normally are. I can’t pinpoint it exactly but something was different and the texture felt a little thinner. I will say both Mystic Hour and Wham Bam as well as Wanted delivered excellent pigmentation and all three had a beautiful soft, texture that was easy to apply and blend out. I just wish more of the shades were like these. For those interested, this palette is made within the USA.

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Too Faced The Power of Makeup By Nikkie Tutorials Swatches (Mystic Hour, Wham Bam, Wanted)

Too Faced The Power of Makeup By Nikkie Tutorials Swatches (Mystic Hour, Wham Bam, Wanted)

Too Faced The Power of Makeup NikkieTutorials Swatches (Irresistible, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill)

Too Faced The Power of Makeup NikkieTutorials Swatches (Irresistible, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill)

Too Faced The Power of Makeup By Nikkie Tutorials Swatches (Ivy, Sugar Coated, Frosted Yum)

Too Faced The Power of Makeup By Nikkie Tutorials Swatches (Ivy, Sugar Coated, Frosted Yum)

I’m not a huge fan of Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush but I won’t address that here, you can read my review for more details about the formula and why I’m not a big fan of it by clicking here. One thing I will address is the packaging of the blush! The little heart shaped pans are darling but wriggling a blush brush into them can be a little impractical. At one point I got Mystic Hour on the side of blush brush without knowing and applied it as well as I Will Always Love You Blush on my cheeks. So, there I sat with a big stripe of green on my face! I wish the pans were a little larger. Aside from that the shadow and the bronzer/highlighter pans were fine.

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Too Faced The Power of Makeup By Nikkie Tutorials Swatches (Champagne Truffle, I Will Always Love You, Justify My Love, Chocolate Soleil)

Too Faced The Power of Makeup By Nikkie Tutorials Swatches (Champagne Truffle, I Will Always Love You, Justify My Love, Chocolate Soleil)

Both Chocolate Soleil and Champagne Truffle had excellent formulas. Chocolate Soleil has the typical dense yet easy to blend formula as the original and Champagne Truffle was very smooth and added a nice lit glow on cheeks and face. It was also easy to blend and apply and didn’t adhere to drier areas on my cheeks or face.

Apologies, I’ll be updating the post shortly with a photo of the purple mascara. This might be a key selling point of the set as if you love Better Than Sex Mascara and love purple or colored mascaras it could tip you into the “I need this!” zone. I wonder if Better Than Sex will launch in more shades, I suspect it will come Spring 2017! We shall see if I’m right!

Glamour Dust is also included in this set and can be used to add a flash of refined shimmer to your lids. Just be careful when opening it as it doesn’t have a sifter. I mistakenly opened it carelessly and a majority of it spilled all over me. It was a very Andy Lincoln moment for a sec there. You also get a full size Sketch Marker with this set. These literally just launched for Fall 2016 so, I was delighted they included one with this set to try out!

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The Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NikkieTutorials had some shades I liked but overall, it wasn’t a palette I loved sadly. I felt the quality wasn’t exactly there and the shades aren’t ones I’d commonly reach for aside from the nudes. I wish the eyeshadows were formulated better because I know and love Too Faced eyeshadow and this isn’t quite on par with their normal offerings! But I can see it being wildly popular for Nikkie and Too Faced fans alike!

Wearing Irresistible, Painkiller, and Makeup & Chill on Eyes and I Will Always Love You on Cheeks

Wearing Irresistible, Painkiller, and Makeup & Chill on Eyes and I Will Always Love You on Cheeks

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The Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NikkieTutorials arrives at toofaced.com, Sephora.com, and Ulta.com on August 15th.

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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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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  • Christina D.

    Great and thorough review (as always). The swatches look nice but it’s a pass for me. Same old, same old. I think I am over Too Faced.

    Love the Andy Lincoln reference!

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks miss 🙂 Yeah, lots of repeated shades! I like some of the nudes but wish the quality was better! The mattes were very dense :-/ out of the entire palette three eyeshadows were nicely formulated, the rest were missing something. Haha, loved the glitter with him during CC! Was too funny!

      • Caitlyn

        I ordered mine from Ulta and received 2 primers and no glitter – . –
        Thankfully Ulta’s customer service is awesome and I received a $20.00 voucher.

  • Maria

    Thanks Muse. I think this is a pass for me. The only item of interest is the purple mascara, but it is not worth the price.

  • Tabitha

    Bummer! I have been eyeing this for a few weeks now–even though I’ve sworn off buying makeup & sticking with skin care purchases cuz I definetly have every shade of every little thing but old habits die hard! I just love a palette! I’m still struggling with the urge to buy Kat Von D’s Serpentine palette, I know it’s gotten mixed reviews but I feel I can work with them anyway. I mean I have the UD Alice palette & if I need bright -it’s all in there.. or in one of the 30 or so other palettes I have. I was hoping for some super groundbreaking shadow formulas in the new TF/Nikki palette to give me an excuse to forcefully stuff this in any crevice of free space my vanity might have. Ah well… Saved some dough. Thanks for the review Muse, very colorful pics & loved hearing your take on it, even if its not a superstar product!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw my pleasure Tabitha! maybe wait for the Sephora FF to haul that KVD palette 😀

  • Jennifer

    Sadly, a pass. Too much glitter. It’s a lovely palette, just not for 39 year old eyes. I would have loved this 10-15 years ago.

  • Jessi

    I’m often wary of collab with ‘beuaty gurus’ as often the quality is not as up to standard as the other products. Look at the recent Jaclyn and Becca hill ficaso. I do love too face but this product is a pass for me as I have palettes with similar shades 🙁

  • shan

    I really wanted to be excited about this palette because I think Nikki seems so sweet, however I have some similar too faced shades already with the OZ palettes. I am hoping to find a dupe for the mystic hour shadow and maybe wham bam since it seems a little brighter then some of the purples I have. I also really hope they come out with purple mascara as a permanent product. Thank you for the honest review.

    • shan

      correction, similar too faced colors and urban decay OZ palette. Thanks again for an honest review.

    • Isabella Muse

      She does indeed! But sadly the quality is quite what I expected from Too Faced :-/ My pleasure! I think they’ll like at the very least do an LE round of colored mascaras!

  • Aisha

    Such a detailed review. And as you said it’ll be a fan thing only!

  • Jay

    Hmmm so weird about the shades used in the look guide. This week I pulled out my criminally underused Vegas Nay palette from last year, and it was a mess. Super powdery and lacking enough shades for full looks. So this will be a skip for me. Thanks for the review!! Hopefully that mascara is released later 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      She’s been posting a couple of looks on youTube that aren’t in the how to get the look guide which are helpful! ;-D I didn’t try the Vegas Nay one to be honest, this one didn’t quite grab me sadly! Quality was a little lacking! I think it will! Likely Spring! or maybe Summer 2017!

  • Bethany

    Hello Muse! I have a question for you. What is your favorite eyeshadow palette? Mine is the Too Faced chocolate bar.

        • Isabella Muse

          that’s hard haha! I could happily live with the original Urban Decay Naked and nothing more! 🙂

  • Rachel R.

    I think it’s a really pretty set, but agree that it’s repetitive of other TF palettes. I’ll be skipping.

  • Janessa

    I only want this for the purple BTS mascara… It’s my HG mascara and I have hazel eyes so I’m always looking for a good purple or plum mascara. Nothing else about this palette gets my attention 🙁

  • Melissa

    I think I will go for the buy. I really want to try the sketch marker and mascara. Those two things alone are a $32 value. So what’s $24 more bucks to get the palette, shadow insurance, and glitter. See me making logic where there is none in regards to another palette I don’t need. Save me from myself.

  • Venissa

    Do u have the holiday palette from 2014? The sweet something? It has a similar purple green and black. Was wondering how similar. I already have it so why repurchase? I love Nikki and the liner and mascara and glitter almost do it for me. I wish too faced still sold those glitters

  • Serra

    Thank you for the review. Really nice pictures 🙂

    I like your reviews!