Thursday, 27 November 2014

Too Faced's Romantic Eye Palette - Review & Swatches

Too Faced Romantic Eye palette open on fake fur

Today's post is a review of the Romantic Eye Palette by Too Faced Cosmetics. I lusted after this little beauty for an age before finally caving and picking it up on sale at beautybay.com :) - keep reading for more photos and swatches! 

As with all of Too Faced's products, the packaging is adorable with just a pinch of delightful smuttiness. While the palette is of cardboard construction, the overall feel and finish or the palette is of a high quality. On the Too Faced site the RRP is $36USD - I got mine on sale from beautybay.com for $35AUD. 


Romantic Eye palette cover shot and opened

Nine romantic shades that will win your heart (and his, or hers). They’re just the thing for a brunch with friends or the bride’s big day. Warning: has been known to induce spontaneous Vegas nuptials.
And here is the list of ingredients:
Soulmates: Talc, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Tin Oxide, Propylparaben, Methicone, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470). I Do, Un-veil, Kiss the Bride, First Dance, Bouquet Toss, Ever After, Honeymoon: Talc, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Tin Oxide, Propylparaben, Methicone, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470). Cut the Cake: Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

*Too Faced is listed on the PETA Cruelty Free list of beauty brands 

The palette comes inside a box with the same print on the front as the palette itself

front and back photos of romantic eye palette box

Here you can see the back of the palette has different information/layout to the box in the above photo - the adorable rose motif is carried onto the back as well. 

image of the text shown on the back of the romantic eye palette

Housed inside are 3 x 2g highlighter shadows and 6 x 0.9g eyeshadows, a mirror and 3 mini tutorial cards to help you create different looks using the palette; these are stored in a slip pocket behind the mirror. 

romantic eye palette opened with all 3 tutorial cards shown

The size is great too; it feels good in the hand and is compact enough to travel well and live in your handbag. The magnetic closure is nice and sturdy with an over lip that sits flush to the edge with a green pull tab ribbon to open it up. 

This palette features a good balance of textures/finishes - there's five matte shades (I Do, Un-Veil, Kiss the Bride, First Dance and Bouquet Toss) and the others are a mix of pearl (Soulmates and Cut the Cake) and metallic shimmers (Honeymoon and Ever After).  

Performance wise I found these lasted a full 8hrs over a primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my fave) and the mattes blended nicely with the shimmers. Are the mattes the best formula out there? No, but I still rate them as decent. For me the metallic shades are the stand outs for formula, application and colour payoff. 

One surprise I found was Soulmates being a gorgeous duchrome - it didn't show up as well in the photos but it has this lovely pink pearlised shift to it in the right light. I also found that mixing I do and Un-Veil made a great brow colour and lasted all day. 

Soulmates, I do & Un-Veil swatched under natural light
Soulmates, I Do & Un-Veil swatched under natural light 

Kiss the Bride, Cut the Cake & First Dance swatched under natural light
Kiss the Bride, Cut the Cake & First Dance swatched under natural light 

Bouquet Toss, Honeymoon & Ever After  swatched under natural light
Bouquet Toss, Honeymoon & Ever After  swatched under natural light 

Overall for the $35AUD price tag I paid, I'm really happy with this palette. I love the combination of colours, I feel they're versatile enough that I could easily travel with this palette alone. 

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