“ Brand: Too Faced / Type: Blusher, bronzer and brightener set / Suitable for: Face „
I have been meaning to try out Too Faced makeup for a while now. Their products are so colourful and fun, and I had heard that they are pretty good quality. When they appeared on the same 3 for 2 offer as two things I was already planning to buy, I had no reason not to pick out something from the brand for my freebie. I ended up choosing this little palette as I was on a bit of a blush/highlighter kick at the time and didn't really have any bronzers whatsoever (I haven't been Tangoed, thankyouverymuch) so it ticked all the boxes. The palette normally retails at £24.50, and I wasn't about to pay that just to give the brand a try, but as a freebie who's complaining?! The Leopard Love kit contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter/illuminator all within a little pink palette with magnetic clasp and a decent-sized mirror in the lid. There isn't a brush of any kind, which would be nice in order to make it even more of an on-the-go product. Each pan of product is roughly the size of a 50 pence piece, which I think is decent although obviously a bit smaller than you would expect when buying the product separately. On the back is a little chart to show you where exactly to use each product, so it's perfect for make-up newbies. The overall look is quite pink and girly, although that's everything I'm not and I still find it cute, so take that as you will. Each pan is leopard print, with three different shades in each that can be swirled together to create a natural-looking colour. You can also buy a full-sized Pink Leopard bronzer from Too Faced, but be careful it's the product you're actually looking for if you decide to upgrade as in this kit, the Pink Leopard is actually the brightener and not the bronzer, which is called Peach Leopard. Just to be confusing! My first impression upon using these products is that they are all very sheer and very shimmery. As a rule I'm not crazy about shimmer in facial products as I don't tend to start glittering when I blush naturally, so I don't see why I would use a product that does the same! The bronzer (Peach Leopard) is a pale sandy peach, like I said very shimmery, and I can't say it did much for me. I have pale skin, but I find this much too pale to do any real bronzing even on me. The blush (Candy Leopard) is again a sheer, light pink and while Too Faced claim these products are buildable, I'm not sure I could live with the shimmer overload that would cause! It would be most suitable for someone quite pale with cool-toned skin. The brightener (in this palette called Pink Leopard) is by far my favourite and in reality is the only product from this I really use to be honest. After applying a tinted moisturiser or foundation I tend to find my skin looks a bit too matte or 2-D so I like to swipe a bit of this over my nose, chin and forehead to brighten up my skin. It really does nicely and I do find that in this case it is not overly shimmery in use. Although I do like to use it if I'm in a hurry, I much prefer to use Benefit's High Beam if I have a little more time to work with a liquid highlighter. I did find that whilst using these products my normal blush brushes with soft bristles were not really able to pick up much powder, and I had to resort to using a mini-kabuki which I felt gave me much less control than I'd like. These really are very tightly pressed. One thing I do like about the formula, however, is that despite the sheer amount of shimmer, it doesn't cause fall-out all over the face where you don't want it. Clearly this was a bit of an impulse and as it didn't cost me anything I won't grumble too much, although I do regret slightly choosing this. I will continue to use the brightener, but the rest of the palette is a bit wasted on me really. I'd only suggest using this if you really like shimmery face products, and have the skin tone (pale) that would actually allow you to see the product to its full potential. You can find this palette for £24.50 from Boots or department stores that sell Too Faced. I would recommend testing before you buy, however it would be more cost effective (and you would get better make-up) if you bought all three items separately better suited to your own skin tone, from different brands.