TADA! I got both of the palettes which I compared in a previous post but I helped my friend order the Urban Decay Palette so I only got the Too Faced
Those are the three samples I received with my order and a little pamphlet with perfume peel-y samples :) I added these to my stash of samples and unopened products which I will probably do a post on sooner or later.
Isn't it GORGEOUS? I love this packaging so much more than Urban Decay's packaging (I have the Book of Shadows II). This Too Faced palette is sparkly and shimmery and the glitter is sealed in with glue so it does not transfer onto your hands when you play with your makeup!
When you flip open the magnetic closure you get a popup book :) To the left are some look cards and on the right you have your blush and bronzer!
The look cards are pretty useless to me but they're still an adorable touch and it follows suit with Too Faced palettes.
The blush and bronzer are a decent size and they're really wearable colors. The bronzer is more of a highlight I'd say and it's really shimmery so I don't think I'd be contouring with it.
The bronzer is really golden so I think I'd use this more in the summer months but who knows :). The pink is shimmery with a pinch of peach thrown in. I love blushes like this so I'm glad this was included!
Open the drawer on the side and TADA! You get a full sized lipgloss, shadow insurance, and 15 lovely eyeshadow shades that actually have more product per pan compared to the Urban Decay Book of Shadows.
The lipgloss is a really pretty neutral, pink color and the applicator is a brush but mine is a little scraggly and messy for some reason. I'm not using either of these products yet but adding it to my unopened stash as I have too many primers and lip products to go through and I don't want these to expire -_-
In the midst of my excitement I swatched the shadows out of order but I labeled them :) There are five matte shades and the rest are glittery or shimmery although they do not produce a lot of fallout. You get a good number of neutral shades to work with and a few more bright colors.
There are three shades which are just labeled "Exclusive" as they are exclusive only to this palette. A lot of the other shades have been released with the other palettes that Too Faced has come out with over the years.
Label Whore and Glamazon were two of the shades I was most interested in because Label Whore is a brown with red and green undertones (so unique!) and glamazon is a shimmery champagne, taupe color which I adore. Both did not disappoint! :D Both of these colors were also featured in last year's Holiday palette as well.
I think I may have swatched In The Buff twice and I labeled the left shade above as the exclusive color or maybe I swatched the exclusive color twice.... Anyways, they're almost the same but In The Buff is more pale and yellow whereas the exclusive shade tends to lean more to the pink side.
AHH! Look at my hands afterwards! Overall I think a majority of the shadows were smooth, soft, and pigmented. Ooh&Ahh was probably the most pigmented shadow and the least was the exclusive teal color. But I think you get a nice mix of finishes and shades to create a bunch of looks.I hope my swatches helped because I tried looking for swatches of this palette and couldn't find very many :/
Compared to Urban Decay shadows I think these are a tad less intense because they are softer and a little flakier. Urban Decay shadows feel almost like creams and seem to melt into the skin. But I think the value in this palette trumps that of the Book of Shadows (especially since I'm not feeling some of the colors in this year's palette). This retails for $49 and with the 20% off I snagged it for about $40. Still a hefty price but I'll probably never finish anything in the palette to be honest and I'll pay more for good quality, beautifully packaged makeup ^^
I hope to do some looks with this palette and post them up after I've had time to play with it so stay tuned for those!! :D