As you are aware from my numerous posts, I class Too Faced as one of my all time favourite brands. Aside from the cute, whimsical packaging, the gorgeous holiday sets and stand out products, I feel that the pigmentation and quality of the products is second to none. When I heard that Too Faced’s creator Jerrod Blandino was to launch a collaboration with You Tube megastar Nikkie Tutorials, the Queen of Highlighter, I was so excited. The speculation of what the collaboration would hold was exciting and then the press releases came out for the Too Faced The Power of Makeup by Nikki Tutorials. I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t as excited as I thought I was going to be. Casting the collab to the back of my mind, I totally forgot all about it. Whilst in Boston, I was having a mooch around Macy’s and picking up some items that were on my shopping list. As I went to leave the store, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw a bright pink, leopard printed box out of the corner of my eye. Whether it was because there was only two left on the shelf, I took it straight to the counter. I’m a sucker for hype after all.
Sat in my hotel room, I snapchatted my purchases and as I was going through the Too Faced The Power of Makeup by Nikki Tutorials, I realised just how gorgeous the whole thing was. I’m so glad I bought it, because it really is beautiful. The box holds the limited edition slim palette and a bag that contains a deluxe sample of the Better Than Sex mascara in a limited edition violet shade, a deluxe Shadow Insurance, a pot of loose glitter in Glitterati and a black Sketch Marker.
The slim palette is an ideal size to slip into my makeup bag for travelling, and it contains nine eye shadow shades, two Love Flush blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. The only downside to the palette is that it doesn’t contain a mirror, but it’s not a huge deal, as long as I remember to pack one. The eye shadow shades are all brand new colours however I feel that I have seen one or two of them before in limited edition sets from Too Faced. From mattes to shimmers and glittery shadows, there are more than enough colour combinations to create some seriously show stopping eye make up looks. Reading previous reviews on the Too Faced The Power of Makeup by Nikki Tutorials set, it seems like people have had issues with pigmentation however I don’t feel that this is the case when the shadows are placed over the top of the Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Owning several of the Love Flush blushes, I was pleased to see my favourite I Will Always Love You in the set, as it’s such a pretty peachy coral with golden shimmer. Justify My Love is a cool toned pale pink shade which does look slightly chalky on my warm skin tone, but with Champagne Truffle highligher and Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, it can be lifted and warmed up slightly. The Champagne Truffle highlighter, which is Nikkies favourite shade from the Chocolate Bar palette has been supersized for a gorgeous glow. I do prefer to wear this as an inner corner highlight and brow bone highlighter rather than a cheekbone highlighter unless I’ve warmed my skin up with Chocolate Soleil.
For my first impressions of the Sketch Marker, I was incredibly pleased with the deep pigmentation as well as how easy the marker glided onto my eye. It does take some time to dry, and it did transfer when it was still wet so care did need to be taken when applying it. It lasted a long time, and didn’t budge once dry so I will definitely look into picking up a few more in different colours, as I’m loving the coloured liner trend that is really in right now.
The Glittering Glamour Dust in Glitterati needs to be made into a full size product. It’s insanely sparkly and the silver glitter with gold reflects looks amazing packed onto the lid with some of MACs Mixing Medium, or for a pop of sparkle over the top of your preferred eye makeup look.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Better Than Sex mascara as I prefer to have long, thick lashes rather than the fluttery lashes that the mascara creates but I do think the limited edition violet shade is gorgeous. I have been using Benefit Roller Lash to get the most out of my lashes, then coating the ends of my lashes with the violet for a subtle coloured look.
At $56/£48 it’s not the cheapest but when compared to the Chocolate Bar palettes which retail at $39, it do find it to be good value for money. Aside from having nine new eye shadow shades, it’s been great to have a limited edition coloured mascara, to try out the Sketch Marker which is a brand new launch and to discover the glitter dust. It’s everything that I expected from Nikkie and she really has put her stamp on the collaboration. If you’re worried that you’ll not be able to get hold of it before it sells out, it is available on the Too Faced website and I believe that Debenhams are a stockist of the limited edition set. Let’s just hope that they get some more in stock soon.
What are your thoughts on the Too Faced The Power of Makeup by Nikki Tutorials? Is it yay or nay?