Even before The Power of Makeup set was released I knew I wanted it. In part because Too Faced is one of my favorite makeup brands, maybe even my favorite considering if I were to do the Ride or Die tag right now a good handful of the products would be from Too Faced, and partly because I like Nikkietutorials. I think she is funny, does great makeup, and her makeup is fun. I tend to gravitate towards bright makeup and she does that with finesse. Also it has a purple Better Than Sex mascara, and purple mascara and Better Than Sex mascara are my favorite kinds of mascaras and now they’re combined!
I will say before hand I have some gripes with the palette. I still like it, I am not at all disappointed that I have it in my collection, and I reach for it on a fairly regular basis, however there are a few things I think could have been done better, or weren’t up to Too Faced standards. This is just my personal opinion though. I know lots of people LOVE the palette, there were just some things that didn’t work as well for me. Overall though the palette and the other products are definitely worth the $56 price tag. I bought mine on Sephora so I could get the point perks but it is still available on TooFaced.com.
Before I get into the palette I want to talk about the other items that come in this set. First up is the Better Than Sex mascara in the limited edition purple shade. This set is the only place you can get this mascara in, though I have a feeling that colored mascaras from Too Faced may be just around the corner. I love the shade! It isn’t a purple so dark that it just looks black on your lashes, but it isn’t so bright that people will be looking at your lashes wondering what the hell is going on. I don’t feel like it adds volume as well as the original Better Than Sex but I’ve also only used it a few times and I don’t ever really like Better Than Sex until I’ve used it a handful of times and the product as dried down and thickened up a bit. Overall I quite like this addition (hopefully in more than just a limited edition role one day anyway) to the Better Than Sex mascara family.
The set also contains one of the fairly newly released Sketch Markers in standard black. I love this eyeliner! It instantly became a new favorite for me. I haven’t used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner so I can’t compare it (a liner I often hear the Sketch Markers compared to) but I did swatch it at Sephora and was shocked at how much it feathered on the back of my hand. The Sketch Marker doesn’t feather on my hand and didn’t on my eyes either. Once on it didn’t budge either. I’ve worn it almost every day since receiving it and it doesn’t smudge or rub off, and it lasts through sweat (gross). I haven’t truly tested it to see if it is waterproof but it isn’t marketed that way so I wouldn’t be disappointed if it weren’t. I’m just happy it has made it though some of these overly hot, humid days. I also like the tip. Some felt tipped liners are too soft and some are too stiff but this is perfect. It allows for great precision. I feel like even someone who hasn’t done winged liner much and is just learning would be able to use this product almost flawlessly. I actually would recommend it to someone who was new to trying to create wings because it is so easy to use.
Next up we have a deluxe travel sized Shadow Insurance 24-Hour Eye Primer. I’ve heard some rave reviews about this eye primer but I wasn’t impressed. It isn’t that it wasn’t good, it is fine, I just feel like you can find better eye primers at the drugstore (can we talk Wet ‘N’ Wild or ELF??) that won’t cost as much. This did hold my shadow on all day, which is one of my big needs in an eye primer. It also didn’t crease. So those are two out of three wins, however it did nothing to enhance color. I actually think it caused my shadow to wash out. They advertise that this primer enhances colors but I call shenanigans. It’s also a bit oily on applying it, which I thought would make my eye shadow crease, but luckily it didn’t. Overall is this primer good, yeah. Is it as rave worthy as I think everyone make it out to be? Not at all.
The last item before we get to the palette is a loose glitter in the shade Glitterally (or according to their sight Blue Angel). I don’t recall Too Faced having done a glitter before but I could be completely wrong. It does make me wonder if they will be rolling glitter out as well as the colored mascaras that I swear are going to happen. Don’t quote me on that because I have no proof what-so-ever but why wouldn’t you use a set like this to test people’s reaction to it? I would but alas I’m not in business so what do I know. I digress though. This is a silvery, holographic loose glitter. Be careful when you open it because there is no sifter! It is messy, but what loose glitter isn’t? I think the color is gorgeous. I do wear glitter but not a ton, so I don’t find myself reaching for this that often. I have worn it over my liner and it looked great though so I have a feeling as the holiday’s come I will be reaching for it more often.
Now the item we’ve all been waiting for (most likely) is the palette. There are nine eye shadows, two blushes, a bronzer/contour shade, and a highlight. Lets begin with the eye shadows. I love the colors in this palette. Yes some are your standard Too Faced type shades (a complaint I heard from people) but many of them are very Nikkie. Especially that purple shade, Wham Bam. These all blend out very well and most of them are buildable, but some are more so than others. There are a variety of shadows in here, and while most of them are going to lean towards more bold looks (again very Nikkie) you can still create everyday looks, especially once you realize that the bold colors aren’t necessarily aren’t as bold on the eye as they appear in the pan or as a finger swatch. Actually I was disappointed in how much some of these lose pigmentation when they’re brushed onto the eye but we will get into that as we go through them individually. You will see I do mention a lot that the brush swatches really wash out compared to the pan or finger swatches. I know this is relatively normal and expected it, but in my experience and opinion these washed out even more than most.
Ivy- I think Ivy is the perfect brow bone highlight, at least for someone with lighter skin like me. It is a bit powdery but overall it is soft and applies nicely. I really like how the mattes go on in this palette. I find myself grabbing this palette simply to add this color to my brow bone.
Sugar Coated- This is a shadow that I think is prettier in the pan than on the face. It is a nice shimmery pink with silver undertone and silver glitters. I feel as though the pink washes out of this color just leaving a light silver behind. Overall the more metallic and glittery shadows just didn’t do it for me. However they are more true to pan with MAC Fix+, so it isn’t like they aren’t workable. This one also some silver glitter fallout.
Frosted Yum- This is clearly a metallic silver shadow. The finger swatch is really nice but again when you use the brush it looses some of that metallic sheen and becomes more of a shiny gray. It sheers out dramatically on the eye. You can see the lid through the shade. I found that if I wanted to apply this to my lid dry it went on best to pat it on with my finger, otherwise it is a Fix+ shadow.
Irresistible- I fell in love with this shadow before I even received the palette. I knew that it was one of two that I would be drawn to regularly and couldn’t wait to play with it. Its a gorgeous gold with gold glitter. It swatches just like it looks when you use the finger but just like Frosted Yum it sheers out so much with a brush and you can definitely see the lid through it. I either use my finger to apply this or my Fix+ (are you starting to see a theme here?). The Fix+ does give it more of a foiled look so it will depend on the look you’re going for as to which application you’ll want to use. Unlike the mattes I feel as though these more glitter shades do no buildup. The more you try to pack color on with a brush the more they mute out, hence why I found it easier to pack color on with my finger. Do watch for fallout with this one as well, as you will end up with gold glitters all around your under eye area.
Painkiller- This is a medium, warm toned, brown. I like using this in the crease. It is a matte shadow, and I’ve found the mattes in this palette are the easiest to work with and the most true to pan when it comes to color. It is really soft and buttery, not chalky, blends out well and layers well. I quite like this shade and it is very true to what I have expectation wise when it comes to Too Faced shadows.
Makeup & Chill- A dark, warm brown; I like to use this shade to deepen the crease or outer corner. This shadow is also matte and like Painkiller it is very easy to work with. It sheers out with one layer if that is what you are looking for, or builds up to a nice deep, dark brown.
Mystic Hour- While not the second of the two colors I mentioned as being my favorite shades (color wise) this is a color that definitely stood out to me. It is a very fun deep turquoise shade that works well (again color wise) with the glittery shades in this palette. However, like most of the fun colors it muted out immensely and was hard to buildup. This one is more buildable than Irresistible or Wham Bam, but not as much so as the matte shades. I prefer it with some Fix+ to really get the color on the lid (I’ve used it in the outer corner or on the lower lash line mostly) and then blend it into the other colors with a larger blending brush.
Wham Bam – This color is the second of the two shades that really stood out to me. I love purples. I love purples with my green eyes especially, which is funny because in general I think purple is an ugly color. There is just something about it in an eye shadow that really appeals to me. Like the other metallic/glittery/shimmery (so pretty much anything that isn’t matte) shades this washed out. Disappointingly so. It also isn’t great as far as building goes either. I found the more I tried to layer it and pack the color on the more it washed out. Like some of the others though I was able to pack it on with my finger or get good color with Fix+. Ha I’m starting to feel like this post could be a Fix+ advertisement and I’ve only just started using it!
Wanted- Wanted is a standard black matte that comes in most palettes. It is a nice flat black. It blends out easily and also builds up really well. I don’t tend to use my black shades as much, but I probably should go through all of my palettes and swatch the black mattes just to see which is best. I haven’t played with this color much just because I don’t tend to gravitate towards them.
I also took a photo with a few of the shades that are worse when it come to washing out and compared the finger swatch, a brush swatch, and a Fix+ swatch. You can see what a difference the Fix+ really does make.
Next are the blushes. There is an orange shade in I Will Always Love You and a pink in Justify My Love. They’re both gorgeous shades and they’re super pigmented! I have to be really careful when I use them that I don’t get too much product otherwise I would definitely end up with clown face. They do blend out pretty well though so if you do get too much on the brush and/or your face it is easy to fix. I found these to be an enjoyable addition to the palette and find myself reaching for Justify My Love fairly often as a blush and I Will Always Love You as a way to warm up my crease if I’m looking for a more orange shade.
Finally we have the bronzer and highlight. It came with the Chocolate Soleil bronzer and Champagne Truffle highlight. I was excited to try Chocolate Soleil because it is a Too Faced product I hear people rave about. I was fairly impressed. I like that it is a lighter bronzer so it wasn’t extremely intimidating to me. I use it to contour and it leaves a slightly warm, but nice touch. It blends out really well if you accidentally get a bit too much, it doesn’t look muddy on my face, and it doesn’t look too powdery. So overall I would say it is a good bronzer.
As for Champagne Truffle apparently it was one of the shadow shades in a Chocolate Bar palette and Nikkie uses it often as a highlight shade. I had heard lots of people talk about what an awesome shade this is but I thought it was just eh. Yes it is a pretty silvery, pink highlight but I thought it was weak. I expected a more blingy highlight considering that is something Nikkie loves, so perhaps it is my fault for having expectations. I found it goes on light and really needs a lot of work to build it up if you are looking for a more vibrant highlight. It’s also a bit chalky. It isn’t horrible but it isn’t the best highlight I’ve ever had either.
Overall I have some qualms with this set but I do think that for the price you get your moneys worth. I really love the blushes and eyeliner. I may be slightly disappointed with the shadows but overall they’re good, maybe not the best, and definitely workable. You may just need to put some more effort into the shadows if you’re looking for a more vibrant eye. If you prefer more everyday looks though this palette isn’t as scary as it may seem at first glance because they do wash out. Again, I am happy I purchased it and I do reach for it on a fairly regular basis so it wasn’t a waste for me, but it may not meet everyone’s expectations.