Setting Off The Too Faced Glitter Bomb!

Published on June 5, 2017 by   ·   1 Comment

Alright, you know a bitch is always like a day late to every-damn-thing.  So when I found out that the Sephora VIB Rouge Preview was actually going to be coming to the Sephora Inside JCP in Grand Forks, and that they would be featuring the new Too Faced Glitter Bomb palette, I sent in my RSVP and counted off the days on the calendar.  This product doesn’t launch until June 15, but I’ve got it for you today, and I’m going to be spilling ALL the tea!

(As you might notice, I’m trying something new with my photo backdrop – that pink fabric was cute but it always messed up the color balance on my pics, and it was getting dirty as fuck! Let me know what you think in the comments below – I like that the colors show up so much better, but I’m still not sure if I’m feeling it!)

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First of all, can we talk about this packaging?  Cute. As. Fuck.  I live for this cardboard palette, classic black with block letters filled with real glitter – that’s right y’all, the glitter is loose in there and moves around!  It’s simple and adorable, just enough sparkle without being tacky.  I wish the shade selection looked a little bit more like the cover of the palette, but we’ll get to that.  As usual, the palette comes with a small “look book” that gives you some sample looks (they are always pretty basic and I usually just throw mine away); this booklet also explains that you can wear these with glitter glue, over the white base to brighten, over the black base to intensify, or wet for a more metallic application.  I didn’t really need a booklet to give me basic instructions on how to put on eyeshadow – nothing in there was revolutionary or any different than any other metallic or shimmer shadow – but for a beginner these little guides are a nice entry into playing with the palette.  The cardboard is a little cheaper of an option than their usual metal palettes, but it lets the glitter illusion work and I don’t mind.  The price on this is $45, though you only get 8 glitter shades and 2 base shadows.  If you want a cost per gram analysis…then hopefully Stephanie Nicole or Jen Luvs Reviews will post a video – you know a bitch don’t have time to math!  But it definitely feels a bit pricier than their other large palettes likes the Chocolate Bar and Sweet palettes which feature 16-18 shades for $49.

Now for the shades…and throwing a little shade.

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Without flash

The first thing I noticed when I opened it up is that these shadows remind me a lot of the Moondust Palette from Urban Decay.  The shadows look to be the same sort of consistency, and a lot of the colors are very similar.  I would have liked a more colorful rainbow like the letters on the package, but you do get a nice assortment, especially if you like pinky-purples.  Across the top the shades are called Fairy Dust, Confetti, Hor Damn!, and Glitter Goals.  The second row features Rose’ All Day, Work It, Oh It’s On!, and Splash.  On the left is a matte white to brighten and on the right is a matte black to intensify.

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With Flash

Maybe they’re still trying to lay their claim to unicorn makeup as being “their thing,” but half of the shades are purple, pink, or a blend.  Fairy Dust is a nice silvery white.  Confetti is a pale pink with a little bit of purple shift.  Hot Damn! is a plum base with blue/purple shift, and Glitter Goals, one of my two favorites in the palette, is a navy base with light pink shimmer.  Rose’ All Day is a light baby pink while work it brings and interesting copper/brick red combo into the mix.  Oh It’s On! is a bright yellow gold that is nice and warm, maintaining a lot of the yellow and setting it apart from other more metallic golds.  My other favorite, Splash, is a bluish green base with yellow-gold sparkle – it reminds me a lot of Dream from tarte’s Make Believe In Yourself Palette.  Here are some swatches, with and without flash:

For each of the shades, I followed the same procedure: after laying down a generous layer of Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer and allowing it to dry, I created a line of the brightening shadow across the top, left a patch of bare skin, and then a line of the black intensifying base across the bottom.  I used finger application as that seems to work best with these kinds of shadows (if you use a brush, I’d recommend a synthetic as those seem to work better with shimmer/glitter shadows); for each shade I did the base skin section followed by the white and then the black.  I used a clean finger for each shade, and cleaned in between with a Tyra Beuaty Pop It Clean wipe.  Sorry the sizes aren’t consistent – I got real aggressive at first, and then realized I was running out of arm space!

First, for the base shadows.  They are both super matte, and both were a little bit patchy, and drier than most of the matte shadows I’ve tried from Too Faced.  The white went on really patchy, but I was able to finesse it to get a pretty consistent layer.  The black performed a little better, but it had a weird sort of charcoal look to it as it was applying that I wasn’t really enjoying.  As for the glitter shadows, they all went on pretty easily and had some good pigmentation, though Confetti, Hot Damn!, and Rose’ All Day seemed a little bit more sheer.  When using the black base, almost all of them had areas where the black showed through a little, but overall it worked to intensify them.  As for the white…meh.  I didn’t really notice much of a different for most of them and the pigment sort of overwhelmed the white.  If you’re using it for something like an inner corner highlight it might work better, but for a larger area I didn’t really see a lot of change.  Don’t waste the base on that unless you can get it to do what you want – and be prepared to pack it!  the base is super inconsistent!

Splash and Glitter goals were my two favorites, partially because they are both super pretty colors and partially because they are the most consistent.  Oh It’s On and Work It also were pretty consistent, and even Fairy Dust had a nice overall application.  The other three, the primarily pink and purple shades, were the least consistent, but I don’t think they were terrible.  Confetti was probably the worst, and even that wasn’t too bad – spend a little time and you can make it work.

Now let’s talk about this palette versus the Moondust palette.

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Too Faced has been in the “beauty community” news lately, and not just for new product launches.  Recently there was some drama with Jeffree Star and Too Faced that we won’t rehash here (it’s a simple google search to find it, or get a brief rundown in THIS POST about the tarte Make Believe In Yourself collection), and Too Faced as a brand has been getting more mixed reviews since being sold to Estee Lauder at the end of last year.  In an InstaGram post promoting this palette, co-founder Jarrod Blandino talks about how Too Faced was “the first” brand to do glitter makeup (video linked at the bottom of the page).  I’m not exactly sure what he meant by that as I remember glitter eyeshadows being around for as long as I’ve been looking at makeup (granted the quality was not always great!), and that was long before that queen made it on the scene!  I think it’s a serious misstep for him to once again be trying to claim ownership over a trend or a look; this could have been an opportunity to distance Too Faced from the whole tarte controversy, but instead he reminds us of it by doubling down and claiming to have invented glitter or whatever.  Trick, please!

It’s an especially bad tactic considering that Urban Decay put out their Moondust palette a full year ago (and augmented the launch with a collection of liquid shadows in November), and there seems to be more than a little Moondust “inspiration” in the new Glitter Bomb Palette.  I decided to put some finger swatches of the Moondust shadows up against the swatches from Glitter Bomb:

I didn’t go in order of the palette rows; instead I tried to match up shadows that looked similar (or, if there was no dupe, then I just paired it with what was left over).  Across the top, we have Granite (this palette’s verion of silver, though it’s a gunmetal as opposed to GB’s silver white), Vega (royal blue – there was no blue in GB, and MD doesn’t have a purple/pink combo like Confetti so they ended up together), Magnetic (the same plum base, but with more of a green/blue sort of shift), Galaxy (again, pretty similar in terms of the base – though this may be black instead of navy – and the shift is green/blue instead of pink/purple), Specter (this one is such a close dupe for Rose’ All Day you almost can’t see where the swatches begin and end!), Element (again a pretty close match, though I think the MD shadow has a little bit more pink tone to it), Lithium (the closest thing to gold, this one is a slightly warmed brown base with silvertone glitter), and Lightyear (a similar feel, though much more green).

GBomb 01These shadows feel like the same kind of formula, but I feel like the UD shadows have a deeper pigmentation and better payoff, while the TF shadows have more pronounced glitter.  If you don’t like the Moondust Palette, I don’t imagine you’ll like the Glitter Bomb palette either.  If you’re a fan of Moondust and you just can’t wait to get some more, then you’d better set an alarm for the 15th because this will be right up your alley.  If you have Moondust and you like it but it isn’t really your go to…well, then I guess it just depends on how bougie you’re feeling.  There are definitely a few color differences, but not enough to justify it if you aren’t a regular, diehard glitter shadow user.  If you were thinking about Moondust but never pulled the trigger, then you might want to go for the Glitter Bom instead – not only do you get 8 shadows, you also get the two base shadows and the price is $4 cheaper.  If it comes down to color selection, Moondust is definitely cooler toned and has more of a focus on greens and blues, while Glitter Bomb has more pinks and purples and tends a little bit more to the warm side (though it’s a good mix).

Overall I would say that the Glitter Bomb palette is good, but not great.  I love the shades, but this formula is a little tricky to work with, and the base shades are pretty much throwaways – if you don’t have a decent matte white and matte black shadow in your kit, what are you doing with your life?!  The packaging is cute, though a little cheaper than their usual; they also went cardboard with the recent Natural Love palette, so it could be that Estee Lauder is starting to cut some corners to get more of that coin in the coffers.  It’s cute and there’s nothing wrong with cardboard palettes, but you can’t help but notice the difference.

So let me know below if you’re be purchasing this palette or not – and why!  It’s pretty rare that I get to review something before it comes out, so make me feel special!

Now Go Forth & Get Painted!


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