June 20, 2017

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette ($45) is a new Fall 2017 launch that includes a gorgeous selection of glittery, shimmery eyeshadow shades. I wasn’t really feeling the Fall vibe from this one but I think Urban Decay Naked Heat has us covered right now for both Summer and Fall looks so the Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette might be the more fun option for your Summer looks. I’ll be the first one to say I had my doubts about this palette and after reading through several reviews I was dreading drying it. Talks about a chunky formula, fall out, and the fact the shadows didn’t adhere well to lids had me worried about what a nightmare this would be.

Turns out, I actually liked it.

Here’s my thoughts, review, and swatches and they all might just surprise you.

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette comes housed in a slim rectangle cardboard compact with the words “Glitter” smelled out in sparkly letters across the front. Sadly, the colors of the words are a like more bold and vibrant compared to more subtle shades located inside. There’s a long slim mirror inside the palette and eight shades of glittery eyeshadow as well as two matte shades that help to either lighten or darken the glitter ones making for a total of ten colors. The two larger matte shades are 0.07 oz in size and the glitter ones are 0.04 oz each. Too Faced also includes a get the look guide that includes instructions to create a few different looks using the shades in the palette.

My initial impression of the palette was that the colors were subtle and not quite as vibrant or bold and glittery as I expected. I wouldn’t call these glitter shades but more sparkly ones. There is no chunky glitter involved but there is a good deal of sparkly shimmer. If you’re looking for glitter I think that the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette is a better representation of that finish. My second impression came after swatching the palette. It swatches messy and poorly. I had a hard time building the color up on my arm and it kept coming away flaky and sheer during the swatching processes. A word to the wise, if you’re swatching this at your local store you’ll never understanding the formula at all and you’ll make the snap decision to not purchase it based on this. It’s a very poor experience when swatching and I was about ready to toss in the hat. It’s only after I used it that I understood how lovely it was.

First of all, don’t expect to use brushes or even sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicators to apply this formula. It’s all about the finger application. You’ll have more control and ease of blending when using your fingers to apply the colors. I knew almost instantly that a brush would be useless picking up color so, I resorted to my trusty sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicators. These work a lot better at application but I felt I had much better control when using my fingers as the color looked a lot smoother and less cakey. I also experienced very, very little fall out when I used my fingers.

The eyeshadows have a slurry-like texture that’s soft and almost creamy in consistency. They are most like Japanese eyeshadows in my opinion or a softer version of Maybelline Eye Studio Plush Silk Eyeshadow. They aren’t for everyone that’s for sure. If you hate sparkle, this isn’t for you but if you love it I think you’ll be delighted at how pretty these are. They aren’t over the top crazy sparkle. I feel like the sparkle is quite refined. They also have a nice pop of pigment even though they swatch sheerer. I started using them in conjunction with a matte color wash on my lid or over other eyeshadows to add a bit of sparkle. I would recommend glitter glue primer or a nice creamy base (such as a MAC Paint Pot) to allow the color to adhere better on lids. It’s actually not necessary as on my drier eyes the color applied fine without the need for primer and I didn’t have an issues with the color creasing but if you have oily lids you’ll want to prep very well prior to application.

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette Swathes (Brightening Base, Fairy Dust, Confetti, Hot Damn!, Glitter Goals)

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Intensifying Base, Rose All Day, Work It, Oh, It’s On, Splash)

As I mentioned the palette also includes two matte shades one of which is a pure white shade that helps brighten shades and the other is black to intensify colors. I disliked the white! The formula on both shades is soft, silky, and easy to apply but the white shade is too chalky and unnatural looking when applied as a base for the glitter shades. It doesn’t really brightening them up at all but looks very uneven and patchy when applied under them. The good news is that applies to only the lighter glitter shades as if you applied the white base under some of the darker shades of glitter eyeshadow it actually didn’t successfully brighten them but the under the lighter ones it ended up looking chalky and uneven. The black is quite nice. It’s a color that does have a good deal of fall out since the formula is softer and powdery but it does add nice dimension and intensity to the glitter shades.

Work It over Intensifying Base, Work It Swatched by itself, Work It over Brightening Base)

Splash over Intensifying Base, Splash Swatched by itself, Splash over Brightening Base)

The Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette turned into a rather delightful surprise for me. I expected to hate this after my initial swatch-fest with the palette but after using it I ended up really loving it. As a sparkle eyeshadow fan I was impressed with how easy it was to swipe and blend these shades with my fingers. Granted, not everyone, myself included, is going to be thrilled with finger application but if you can get passed that this palette is filled with a fun sparkly selection of shades that will create some very pretty eye looks for Summer.

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette is available now at sephora.com.


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • Jules

    Uuuggghhh… I’m such a fool for SPARKLE. Is 42 too old for this nonsense? Probably. Am I going to cave at some point anyway? Probably. I had assumed that the base colors were creams, to help the sparkle adhere, but at least the black color looks good!

    • Isabella Muse

      I am too haha! I expected some chunky glitter but the sparkle is actually refined and pretty. They are a pain to apply if you aren’t into applying with fingers but I thought they looked brilliant 😀

      • Jules

        I almost always apply my eyeshadow with my fingers…regardless of formula, am I a weirdo? So that’s not a deal breaker. Also– I meant to say I love the pretty in Pink look you did! Those are the colors I really want, to use with the tarte make believe in yourself palette. Wonder how the formulas would work together?

        • Isabella Muse

          Not at all 🙂 Do what works best for you!!!!!!!!!!!! Aw thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good question, they might just look pretty darn amazing together 😀

    • Agona

      A lot of Asian Beauty YouTubers use their fingers, I’ve noticed.

    • Kristina

      #1 42 is NOT old. 2 I believe that there are ways to enjoy sparkley eyeshadow at any age without looking like your makeup was done by a 5 year old in the dark. 3 NEVER apply anything without using primer first. It doesn’t matter what kind of eyeshadow you’re using, the end result will not POP the way it was intended to without it.

  • Jennifer

    Do you swatch on your arm? If so we have the same skin tone. I am totally loving the glitter bomb palette. I’m just afraid of the fall out and colors being too dark for me.

    • Isabella Muse

      Yup, that’s my arm in the photo below! Hope this helps!

  • Crystal

    I wasn’t interested at all. Now, I can’t decide if I want this or not. I have been thoroughy enjoying the new Stila glitters, maybe I would this as well. Thanks for the info and the swatches with different bases. That’s helpful to see how these perform in a variety of situations.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! Those Stila glitters are amazing, I really liked the ones I got 😀

  • Mo

    Wow its actually a lot better than I thought it’d be! I already have the UD moondust palette though so I probably won’t pick this one up.

  • Kelli Rae

    I wasn’t interested until I saw your review Muse. Beautiful and I have to agree, the pretty in pink look is amazing on you and that beautiful top ♥️ an excellent combo!!
    I will most definitely be checking this out when it hits the stores. I’m at the point myself where I wonder if I will ever get sick of glitter and shimmer. Heck it’s makeup and it’s fun. We have to enjoy being a “girl” for as long as possible and there is nothing wrong with it!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw shucks thanks Kelli! 😀 hell yes! Likewise here. I tell myself I’m over it but I always come back to it, love my shimmer 😀

  • kjh

    Better than expected, by far. Too bad you have to bring your Milk pencil to the party, right? Agree with Kristina. Age does not matter…it all depends on the choice of app. Personally, just rule ‘me out, when they’re too frosty…like the top row of Viseart bridal satin is a bit OTT for me. I’ve got 25 on you, and still s.t. incorporate a tad of way sparkle. Not so much without my glasses, though. You look tan. Maybe you should do a post about what you do, being a skincare maven and all.

  • Leslie

    hmmm…tough decision. I’m all about subtle shimmer and finger application but I can’t help but think about fallout…I don’t do Sparkle Cheeks! 🙂 Looks great on you Musie <3

  • kel h.

    i ordered this and am looking forward to playing. i’m not happy with my ud moondust shadows but still need to buy some sponge eyeshadow applicators to make that work better. i am loving the stila glitters. hoping i love the glitter bomb palette!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hope you like Kel! Update me and let me know whatcha think!

  • Deanna

    You’re right, I’m surprised. And also now excited! And hey, I’m 48. Girls, when we can make it work, let’s work it!

    I noticed the swatches and how the colors changed depending on the bases. I was already almost sold by the more subdued glitter colors and the method of application, and those swatches closed the sale.
    I had no intention of buying this because I thought it was completely different. Now, I’m just waiting for my current earnings to hit my account. So far, this palette and LORAC’s BatB cheek palette will be two immediate purchases.

    • Isabella Muse

      Absolutely you can! 😀 Yay 😀 Let me know what you think when you try! I was surprised how much I liked it!

  • Danielle

    I bought and used this for the NKOTB concert I went to last weekend (I’m 39 and still think glitter has it’s purpose!!). I used the Too Faced glitter glue primer and the intensifying base with the purple shade over it and I created a really awesome smoky/glittery night time concert eye that lasted the whole night. We started our experience at 3:00 pm since we did VIP this time and crawled back to our room at about 1 am and my eyeshadow was still going strong! I love love love this pallet!

    • Isabella Muse

      shut up! You went to see new kids? Ahhh Jordan. I used to have his poster on my door and dreamed about how we’d get married and have beautiful babies together 😀 Yay! Glad the palette was such a success!

      • Danielle

        Oh yeah last sunday my 12 year old dreams came true lol. We met and hugged all of them, I got to stand next to Joey in the picture and then we sat on barstool right off the stage and had the best seats ever it was amazing!

        • Isabella Muse

          lol you’re adorable 😀 How come I was the only one that loved Jordan? Everyone adored Joey! ;-D Haha! That sounds so cooooool!