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Jan 14, 2009

Too Faced Smurfette Collection Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

The Muse is still musing over whether she loves Too Faced Smurfette Collection or if she isn't quite feeling it.

She's had her stash of the Too Faced Smurfette Collection since it's release a few weeks ago and has been busily playing around with it, testing it, swatching it, and musing over it for the better part of a week and a half. I didn't want to post my first impressions before actually using the items so today I'm doing a full review of the entire collection.

Sit back, grab a cuppa tea, and read on.....

To begin I will say I simply adore the packaging. I'm a child of the 80's so I can completely appreciate "smurf" themed makeup. Call it childish, immature, whatever you will but the fact of the matter is that I simply adore kawaii cosmetics and Too Faced Smurfette Collection brings cuteness to the table.

The collection consists of an eye quad, glitter liners, a highlighter powder, and a new lipgloss. I indulged in everything aside from the glitter liners as I have a ton already which I hardly make use of as is.

The Too Faced So Smurfy Eye Shadow Palette is probably my least favorite item in the collection because it was simply too difficult to work with in terms of formula, texture, and colors. I guess I shouldn't expect too much from a "smurfy" eye palette right? This was a strange cocktail that the Muse had a hard time trying to figure out what goes where and what sort of look would come out of it. In the end I created a "smurfy" look and a more natural, shimmering look by using separate color combos (I actually liked the shimmering look the best!). I'm not sure what they were thinking exactly but it was seriously brain surgery for me to think up some way to use the shades in the palette. The colors included were a bright matte pink, a bold navy blue, a shimmering, glittery gold, and a glittery deeper pink almost brown shade. After much thought I decided to wear the pink on my lid and the navy blue as a liner for the bottom lash line...I honestly wasn't sure how else to pair the two up? Was I supposed to wear the blue on my lid? Should I have applied the blue in my crease and the pink on my lid? I haven't a clue but after much playing around the best possible look (which isn't even that fab anyway) was applying the blue as a liner on my bottom lash line.


The full Smurf look using the palette, lipgloss, and highlighter!

A partial smurfy look using the gold glitter shadow and highlighter!

The pink and blue shades were difficult to blend for me but this probably isn't at any fault of the formula, the Muse just happens to be a retard when it comes to blending matte shades.

My second look was FAR from "smurfy"! I ended up simply applying the gold shade to my lid for a little bit of a sparkling, gold look. I loved the two shimmering shadows best however they are extremely gritty and fall out is of epic proportions which makes them an epic fail for application. After applying concealer on top, wiping with a tissue, using shadow shields, and just generally doing alot of clean up I still ended up having glitter just about everywhere on my face. Sad sigh.

Now the packaging of the palette is super! It's pink and black with a rather cute Smurfette image on it! It's a flip top palette with a nice size mirror. I generally like this style of palette because it cleans up fairly well and stores quite nicely. However, packaging aside, I felt like the quad just wasn't exactly what I expected.

A difficult time applying the shadows due to formula and problems with a mix match of strange colors left the Muse feeling a little less love for the Too Faced So Smurfy Eyeshadow Palette.

After all the woe of the shadow palette at least I can happily say that the Too Faced So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder was quite lovely! This palette contains soft pastel blues, yellow, white, and pink which created a soft focused look when applied on the face. The palette is embedded with Smurfette's smiling mug and is just too sweet! I'm positive the first thing you'll be wondering about is Smurfette's smiling little answer to your concerns about whether or not the emblem wipes away with one brush, it does not. You'll be happy to know that I've used it a total of 7 times and Smurfette is still smiling happily away inside although please do take into consideration that I was quite careful when stroking my brush across it plus given time she will wipe away completely considering that the emblem is very lightly sketched into the palette and not fully embedded in so to speak.

The palette is a strange mix match of pastel shades and when swatched almost appears white...however don't let that sway you. The finished result is quite lovely. I didn't feel like it was shimmer overload and thought it gave more of a soft focused look that was metallic like and frosty. Quite pretty really. Again, the packaging is a flip top mimicking that of the quad which makes both a nice little set.

Finally I picked up the Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lipgloss which I really liked alot. I'm not a huge fan of Smashbox O-Gloss so I was slightly wary of picking up another "color changing gloss". The gloss is supposed to change to a suitable smurfy shade for your lips! Gotta love it. It starts out a shimmering blue shade but on my lips it ended up turning a super bright pink! Likey! The formula isn't nearly as nice as my beloved Too Faced Mirror Mirror gloss but it has plenty of shine and lovely glossy finish! I simply adored the novelty of it starting out blue and later changing pink. So cutes! Works quite well at giving a deeper shade of pink when compared to Smashbox O-Gloss and also lasts a good deal longer with a glossier finish. The gloss has a nice, fresh berry flavor! Yummy!

Overall, I think the collection is a great little collector's item but I did find the palette lacking a tad bit although it is unquestionably pigmented, I just ended up having a hard time using it, blending with it, and having other general woes. Aside from that I absolutely loved the highlighter and the new gloss and think they are well worth picking up!

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Anonymous Laura R said...

now there's a variation- a bit blue to start, then pink.

when in doubt, Smurf it out! i'd say you did just that. i don't know how often you indulge in matte colours but i LOVE the pink'n'blue eye look you did! so cute and different!

January 14, 2009 at 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohhhhh I need that gloss....... ganna hunt one down tomorrow me thinks!

January 14, 2009 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Anitacska said...

Oh I am wanting the e/s palette and the powder so much, but it's not available in the UK (yet?). :( If I could still take you on the cp offer I would hugely appreciate it.

January 14, 2009 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger The Mighty J said...

I love it all - ok, so I haven't used the Eye Palette (I do love the gold and blue the best when I swatched it) , but I have used the liners, lipgloss and face powder. I think part of the reason I love it because of its package, it just makes me happy looking at Smurfette so while the product may not be superfantastic I love using 'em anyway LOL You know I am kinda digging your 'smurfy" look with the pink and blue :-)

January 14, 2009 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey laura!

;) hehe...bit nutty combo eh! LOL!
why thank you missus ;) Appreciate it. I love bolds but mattes I'm rubbish with!

January 14, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi vicky!

It's so lovelyyyyyy :) nice bright pink!

January 14, 2009 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Anitacska!

I think it's exclusive to sephora :p Of course! Email me!


January 14, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi j!

I was kinda on the fence about using ANY of it..I was getting all obsessive about the collector's value but I honestly have so much makeup why not!?

hells yes on the packaging :) it's really rather kawaii! And yes even though the shadows aren't all that I'm still quite happy to own it hehe!

Aw thanks ;) I was really stumped trying to find out a good way to use the shades! my other glittery look isn't nearly as smurftastic!

January 14, 2009 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I have the eyeshadow palette and the highlighter too. The trick I have found for the two glittery eyeshadows is to flick your brush several times after you load it up and all of the glitter will fall off, leaving you with gorgeous taupe-y goodness and no glitter fall-out all over your face!

January 14, 2009 at 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! This collection looks awesome. I'm not trying to be rude, but your full face pics are really difficult to make out. All I can really see is the glitter. Is there any way to fix this? Love your blog!

January 14, 2009 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi kristin!

thanks for the tip! Will def try this ;) I love love these two shades but not loving the fall out :)

what do you think of the blue and pink? any good combos?

January 14, 2009 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous

thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Sorry you aren't loving the full face shots..I've been doing them like this since I started Musings because I'm not really good with close up shots of my eye and such....I think they show how they makeup looks on at the very least. Sorry you aren't finding them helpful. I wish I could take time out to do better photos, close ups, etc..but I'm only one girl running this blog so it does take up lots of time to just get done what I do have here.

I'm sorry for the problems with the pics.


January 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Paula said...

That lipgloss looks sooo pretty on you!
I have a sephora gift card and I'm not sure what to spend it on now.
You keep giving me lemmings, hah!

January 14, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Roxy said...

Oh no you didn't....

How do you ever find the time to try all the products, girl! Fantastic post and photos - thanks so much for the great detail. The face powder looks like something I'm just going to have to try.


January 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Emelie said...

Aw I really want the face powder and the lipgloss. The palette was pretty but I'm not a fan of big glitterpieces in the shadows. Too sad that this collection is exclusive for the US :/

January 14, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous xisa said...

Hi Muse!

So I am wondering, do you like the Too Faced lipgloss better or the Clarins Instant Gloss?

January 14, 2009 at 9:44 PM  
Anonymous LippyNBLush said...

They are sooo lovely! I exceptionally love the pink ES. It looks really pigmented. I hope they'll bring it to Spore. The Sephora here sux big time cos stocks were really limited. We have run out of TFSI for at least a mth & still no stock in sight! Oh well..

January 15, 2009 at 3:51 AM  
Blogger makeupmag said...

Oh Iz, I love the second look!! And the palette looks pretty but I totally get you when you said the texture was hard to work with - some of the shades seem patchy/chalky.

Otoh, the highlighter looks soft and shimmery...wearable!:)

This collection is cheerful like you. :)

PS: I linked to you in my Gransenbon post, hehe!

PPS: We don't receive notices any more now, when you reply us in the comments?

January 15, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Hi Paula!

Thanks hun. LOL ;) I give myself lemmings I fear :)

Happy Shopping whatever you get :)

and come back and tell me whatcha buy hehe!

January 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi roxy!

LOL i figure I have to roll out of bed and do my makeup in the morning anyway so might as well post about it!

My pleasure hun!

The highlighter is my favs :)


January 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Emelie

aww I heard that :( Sucks it's a US exclusive maybe you can find a friend on MUA to cp it?

The shadows were a little bit of a prob but I loved the gloss and highlighter :)

January 15, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi xisa!

It's really too different products so I can't really compare them :) I think they both perform different functions and are both worth picking up. if you want a natural bitten lip look you should snag the clarins and if you want a super pink pout you should get this one :)

hope that helps :)

January 15, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey lippy :)

The pink and blue are quite nicely pigmented :) but hard to blend..grrr mattes!

Sadly it looks like it's a US exclusive :(

whoa..that's insane...obviously sephora is super popular in 'pore :)

January 15, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

morning mags!

a bit matte...damn mattes :)
highlighter is brilliant really love it :)

aw thanks :)

Aw thanks for the link up!!!!!!! :)

if you look on the right side by the "preview button" on the bottom of this post you'll see a subscribe by email that'll help keep track of comments for ya :)

January 15, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

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