Monday, September 20, 2010
Too Faced Naked Eye Palette
The Naked palette from Urban Decay came out and everyone ran around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to get their little hands on it. Once I got a good look that the UD Naked Palette I realized that there were far too many warm toned colors in the palette for me. I wanted a naked palette but the Urban Decay one wasn't going to be it.
My attention turned toward palettes from Lorac (Bleh. I have already had issues with their palettes in the past) and then to Too Faced. Well. I have only had one too faced shadow. (Mommie Dearest) and while it was kind of sheer I did enjoy it...from what I can remember. Soo many eye shadows have come and gone since then it's hard to keep track. I tested the palette in store, on the back of my hand...Mistake #1. It looked well pigmented and pretty. I scooped it up for a mere $35 (Hey 9 shadows for $35 isn't a bad deal, I justified to myself...Mistake # 2)
Upon getting it home I quickly realized that the sad little brush included with the palette was useless and just left it in the paper drawer. The palette itself was about the size of a CD and had nine lovely shadows in it. Three large base shadows and 6 fairly small contour/crease shadows. Humm. These are tiny shadows. The are slightly wider than my MAC 214 brush. That's kinda small. Oh well. It's still a nice selection. Especially for cooler toned people, I thought to myself.
Upon application is when my dreams of having the idea cool/neutral "Naked" eye palette were shattered. I started with the "Fashion" look. You see the palette has three looks to it, whoever one can mix and match how they see fit. The palette has "Day", "Classic" and "Fashion" looks. Clever, especially for eyeshadow novices. I apply "Pink Cheeks" a light pink shadow from the "Fashion" look and I am really disappointed to see that it is almost invisible on my eyelid. The color is INCREDIBLY sheer and almost matches my natural skin tone. I shrug off the first blunder and move on to the TAUPE shade.
Yes. The Too Faced Naked eye palette has a loverly taupe shade called "Lap Dance" and while the name of the shadow may be a bit on the vulgar side, it really is a pretty taupe! The shimmery taupe applies like a dream. It makes a lovely crease color and blends well. Then I apply the matte black shade "Stiletto" to the outer V and use it to line my eye. Mistake #4. Stiletto is powdery, chalky and has a ton of fall out. The matte back shade ends up giving me raccoon eyes! DO NOT WANT! I clean up what I can, apply concealer and go about my normal day. By noon (about 6 hours after application) the remaining black shadow has migrated into all my fine lines and underneath my eye. I look like a heroin addict.
I convinced myself that it was probably poor application that cause my makeup disaster yesterday and set out to give it a second try the next day. I want to repeat the same look but I apply the back shadow wet. Mistake #5 Umm yeah. Don't try this at home. I end up with a muddy grey bleh look that turns ashy once it dries and causes a lot of fall out.
The next day I decided to try a different look. I go with the "Classic" look using "Birthday Suit" a skin tone matching tan that melts into my skin looking like I have nothing on. Ha Ha. I get the joke Too Faced. I use "Satin Sheets" in the corner of my eye. I like this pink with gold duo chrome shadow. it is well pigmented and brightens up my eye. I use "Unmentionables" as a crease and liner color. The formula is identical to "Satin Sheets" so it blends well and looks half way decent. No powder fall out. I'm happy. It's a nice look. It wears well. It's not as pigmented as I would like but it's not subtle by any means. Maybe this is a win after all!
Mistake #6. Counting my chickens before they hatch. I use the "Day" look on casual Friday. The shadows are sheer and non-pigmented. The matte shadow "Like A Virgin" (Really Too Faced? These shadow names are getting really cliche) is hard to blend and looks like a smudge against the shimmery "Pillow Talk". The result? A lot of "Are you tired?" And "Not getting enough sleep?" comments all day from my COW-workers. This "Naked" look is too naked. Not to mention the "In the Buff" shade was practically invisible on me. In the swatch photo I had to go over it 6 or 7 times just to get it to show up!
I tried a few different combinations the next few days but decided that having a 9 pan palette with 3 great shades, 2 so-so shades and 4 Bleh! shades was sooo not worth it! Not to mention that the 3 great shades were the small size. Nothing make me more sad than seeing pan on a taupe shadow. I don't want to put myself through that sort of agony. I decided to return the palette to Sephora. I haven't "replaced" it with anything...yet.
Do you NEED this? No. You know it pains me when I have to return an eyeshadow palette that contains a bunch of pretty taupe colors. But after using the Too Faced Naked Eye Palette for a week I just couldn't get it to work for me. Now I already know that a bunch of people have purchased and used this palette with a lot of success. I think that is great. I personally did not find the quality of the shadows to be up to my standards. Perhaps I have unrealistic standards, but I just couldn't get this sucker to work for me. So not worth $35, so not worth the time and effort to "make it work". I just didn't have it in me to labor to making something look good when I have a train case full of shadows that look good from first application.