September 19, 2017

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Review & Swatches

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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.

Here’s why.

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.

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Swatches (Spiked Cider, I Want It All, Love Actually, Faxu Fur Only)

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Swatches (Unwrap Me, Santa’s Helper, Christmas Carol, Black Tie)

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Swatches (Party Over Here!, Trimmed, Plum Pudding, Glittered)

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Swatches (Halo, Deck the Malls, Slay Bells, Fa La La La La)

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Swatches (Don’t Give A Fudge, Give Me S’More, Pinecone, Jolly)

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Swatches (Marshmallowed, Snow Day, Christmas Dream, Iced Out)

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda Swatches (#Blessed, Will You Merry Me?, Chocolate Soleil)

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.

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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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  • Mary

    I am not buying any holiday releases this year because every year they are total crap. I will be buying the limited edition Marc jacobs lipstick in the leopard case however because I love him and hello leopard case!

  • River

    Um… I normally really love your reviews, but this one is bothering me. Cute stickers are actually really, really popular in the planning community these days. Check “planner stickers” on Etsy and you’ll see all sorts of adorable things. Lists like “Girl’s Night Out Ideas” and such are called Collections in the planner world and are also very, very common and popular.

    I’m sorry but I don’t think my other hobby is immature. I don’t think keeping collections in my journal is immature, and while I don’t use stickers myself, I don’t think those that do are immature. I think if a person likes stickers, or likes planning in a certain way, they should be allowed to do so without judgement.

    • Isabella Muse

      hi River! Truly no judgement against anyone who enjoys stickers. I actually like stickers too. I just felt some of these were a little immature. I wasn’t passing judgement on anyone who enjoys the hobby of planning, scrapbooking, etc…just pointing out this felt more like it was for a younger girl and not necessarily an adult woman/man. I even mentioned several times that I was losing my sense of fun for not enjoying these. I wasn’t pointing fingers at any group that enjoyed the art of planning and agendas. I’m also not sure how comfortable someone would be carrying around a planner like this to a business environment, I guess that was mostly my point. Sorry if you were offended in anyway! πŸ™‚

      • Susan

        I vary widely on what I consider silly and juvenile. For example, I love lowbrow stupid movies and am a huge fan of MST3K, which I know many people think is the stupidest show ever. Fair enough. I still like them. But I am not a fan of stickers and consider them extremely childish **for me**. Do you love them? Great! The world would be a boring ol’ place if we all liked the same things.

        TF is getting further and further into “no buy EVER” territory for me. Too cutesy, crappy quality, too pink (and I actually like pink!). You said, ” Many shades were dry, chalky, and just plan patchy,” and that’s the story of TF lately IMO.

        • Isabella Muse

          I’m right there with you! I’m utterly immature and I like the weirdest things. FFS I collect action figures πŸ˜€ So yeah, it’s I’m lost somewhere in between being an adult and a total child! I do favor Japanese makeup and most of the brands I enjoy are quite cute and princess-y. But this, for me, I dunno, it’s just too kiddie. I have nothing against anyone who likes it for what it is. Or anyone who enjoys this sort of stuff. Because lord knows, I’m a complete child as I said, but it’s just not my deal but I’m not knocking anyone who adores it for that’s for sure ;-D Yeah, TF quality just isn’t there lately πŸ˜›

  • Caroline

    Sigh. Is it just me, or are all the Too Faced holiday palettes starting to look the same as ones from previous years? I already own a few from earlier holiday seasons, so no need to pick this one up. Bummer. πŸ™

  • Carolina

    Oh, I thought this one would be good! I saw some videos on YouTube and people were raving about this! The swatches they were doing were very good too! So bad it’s not good xx

  • Kimkats

    *iz confuzzled* It’s called “Boss Lady” but it’s filled with cartoon characters and cutesy stickers? Nothing wrong with either, but this is awfully juvenile for something called “Boss Lady” – plus the colors are totally Meh to me, so it’s an easy pass. (or a swing and a miss, given the season we’re in….)

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah, my thoughts exactly. I don’t know if you want to carry something like this around the office. Nothing against stickers and cute because no one loves cute makeup as much as I do but this just feels a bit for a teenager versus a grown adult lady/man.

  • Robin

    Thank you for the info and it will be a pass for me as well. I like planners, but I couldn’t carry that to work. Glad and happy there are people who love the concept, but it’s not for me or my job.

    I used to look forward to Too Faced Xmas stuff; sadly not anymore. The quality is just so bad right now.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure. Me too! this isn’t something I’d feel comfortable at work with either! Perhaps a high school/college student!? πŸ˜€

  • kjh

    Yes. On the one hand, puerile, and targeted at a very young market. On the other hand, it’s a(n albeit) simplistic planner. For those youngsters who have minimally developed executive functions, and cannot plan worth shit? I know. I taught them. Well, for some, maybe this actually could be a template for organization. As to stickers, like everything else, I like what I like. When MAc made the grave error of no packaging on that dogs collection, I HAD TO decorate the l/s with small fuzzy lion dog stickers. And it makes it real easy to find Nose for Style. At my night retail job, I cover my name either a dachshund sticker…and get away with it. Everyone decorates their tags with something, mostly stickers that resemble their pets. I put them on my iPad, refrigerators, computer….but would not use them in my professional job, though confess to sticking a dachshund on a computer..and they have to know it’s me. If anyone complained, I’d say ‘You’re using software that is 15 years out of date, and have the NERVE to complain about a sticker, when we cannot function technologically? Bissez moi.

  • Jessica Tyler

    The colors swatch beautiful. I just bought the Pretty Little Planner one that is an Ulta exclusive. So fingers crossed that one has a good formulation! And I already plan on giving the planner to my niece. She goes crazy for colorful stickers! Not really my style, but the shades look lovely.

    • Isabella Muse

      let me know? I didn’t get it! I think she’ll adore it. it’s cute for a teenager or a tween πŸ˜€

  • Jessica Tyler

    I definitely will! And shes only four. But any book that is colorful that contains stickers, she loves. I’m doing a youtube tutorial so ill send you the link when I get the palette.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh! How sweet πŸ™‚ But of course, what four year old doesn’t love stickers right? ;-D Hehe! Awesome looking forward to it!

  • Rose

    I agree the planner is not professional looking and doesn’t seem useful as something I’d carry to meetings. Not like it has to be, because this is probably targeted toward teens/tweens. But then again one of the pages says “I like to drink CHAMPAGNE” and there’s the whole Better Than Sex trope which is an odd fit for the middle school set. I know that Too Faced’s thing is “tweeny-cute” and also “SEX/ADULT” but the dissonance is always distracting to me.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol so true Rose. Champagne, better than sex, yeah def not middle school material BUT some of these kids nowadays know a hell of a lot more than I did at their age haha! It feels like TF passed the threshold of merely cute and just spiraled into more of an immature realm that I somehow find it hard to relate to at times. Now the Peaches and Cream stuff I thought was adorable. Cute, basic, nothing over the top. But this, this just seemed too kiddie to me!

      • Rose

        Yes, good point! I think we all have a different idea of what’s adorable and what’s “too much.” Regardless of our opinions, I bet these will sell well. πŸ™‚

  • Lori Flippin

    Too Faced has been so disappointing to me the past few releases as far as eye shadow quality is concerned. Plus, I love cutesy packaging, etc, but this is just way too over the top for me. When I saw the insides I also rolled my eyes. LOL Just not my style, but no judgement for those who dig this kinda thing. I’m sure it’s going to be really fun for planner hobbyists. Thanks for the review, Muse. I’m saving some $$$. πŸ˜€

    • Isabella Muse

      completely agreed, I did the same thing. Oh hell no judgement at all if this is your thing ;-D I have far worst, childish collections than this planner haha! But yeah, it was just a little too cutesy for me. My pleasure <3!

  • Sara

    You still rocked that chalky eye shadow! πŸ˜‰ It’s disappointing that the formula sucks, because those are beautiful colors. The stickers made me cringe, too, but like you, I think I’m just too old for them. Haha.

  • Jen Morissette

    I got this set today and while I have zero interest in the planner and will pass that along, I adore the palette. I spent a couple hours playing around with it and was very impressed. Reminds me to the Too Faced quality I used to adore going back 3 years or so. I haven’t loved a holiday release from them since the 2014 palette. But so far I’m delighted with this palette

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad you liked it Jen!!!!!!!!! I wasn’t quite pleased with the formula πŸ™

  • Suzanne

    I agree that some of the shadows were really powdery, so much kick up when I dip in my brush. I love planners, but this monthly planner is not something I will use. I ended up ripping out all the ‘tutorials’ (because they allow me to try different styles of eye looks). There were a number of typos in my planner, including on shade names. I think TF could have taken a bit more care.
    But overall I like it, I have never used TF products (other than the Shadow Insurance) so I don’t have deja vu from previous collections.
    Thank you for the review though, even if I am seeing it nearly 2 months after buying the palette.

  • Monica

    I’m 30 years old and I have and love and use this planner and don’t think of myself as childish or immature or tween-ish in any way. I just like cute, pink, over the top girly things. This review came across as very condescending as you repeatedly told the reader what an adult you are, how this is aimed towards 12-16 year olds, and how downright childish and therefore unusable the whole planner is. As for the eyeshadows; you sound like you’re extremely picky. I have a million palettes and I love this one that came with the agenda. I think they are rich, pigmented, and perform well. Excuse me if I’m an adult woman and this planner is right up my alley.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it Monica! I enjoy cute things as well but this was a little too childish for me. This review represents my opinion of the item and just as you are entitled to yours which I completely respect I hope you’ll also respect my opinion in not liking it or the formula.