Friday, December 2, 2016

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection: Review and Swatches

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Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Review Swatches
If you visit my blog often, then you probably know that I am a big fan of both Too Faced and Kat Von D. So imagine my surprise and glee when I heard about the Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection ($79 CAD)! I read beauty gossip news every now and again so I know that things aren't always pretty. So the fact that two big competitor brands in the industry put out a collaboration in celebration of their friendship is pretty refreshing! This collab is no doubt a marketing win for both brands but the idea behind it is still very commendable and sweet. Today I have a review and swatches of the palettes, to read on, click.......
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Review Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection
Packaging:
The Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection includes four items: the Kat Von D palette (six shadows at 1.3g each), the Too Faced palette (six shadows at 1g each), a full-sized Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (8ml), and a full-sized Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in "Trooper" (0.55ml).
The two palettes are half heart-shaped and they have a magnetic spine that allows them to come together and form a full heart. The palettes are made of cardboard and they have very pretty embossings on the lid. Neither has a mirror inside but what you do have are two lovely letters that Too Faced co-creator Jerrod Blandino and Kat Von D wrote for each other (check them out in the pictures below, they are actually super sweet and heartfelt).
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Review Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection
Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette:
All six shadows in this and the Kat Von D palette are brand new and exclusive to this collection. Formulation-wise these Too Faced shades are just okay in my opinion. They aren't chalky or extremely sheer by any means but none of them are super pigmented and rich. Read on below for a breakdown of all the shades.
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Review Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection
BFF: Matte creamy white that's slightly sheer but easy-to-blend.
Lovely: Light baby pink matte; similar to BFF, this shade is pretty sheer but it makes for a nice blending shade.
Friendspiration: A rich and warm gold shimmer, Friendspiration is very smooth and buttery. The pigmentation is good but not as rich as I would have expected.
Heart of Gold: This is a green-gold shimmer that's semi-sheer with a nice and smooth texture.
Power Couple: A medium brown with a sprinkle of gold sparkles, Power Couple is a bit patchy and sheer.
Better Together: This is a dark mauve-gray with silver sparkles. The formulation is nicely pigmented and rich.
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Review Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette:
With a much edgier selection of colors, the Kat Von D side is super rich and pigmented.  The overall formulation is superior compared to the Too Faced side, which is excellent but it does make me wish that the two brands went for a more consistent texture and performance for this collaboration. Read on below for a breakdown of the six shades.
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Review Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection
Por Vida: Simple matte white that's both silky and pigmented.
Yours: Beautiful medium matte gray with a very pigmented and silky formulation.
Devotion: This is a matte black. The formulation is not completely opaque but it's pretty nice for a shade that's notorious for being chalky and patchy.
Lovestruck: A soft champagne cream shimmer, Lovestruck is slightly sheer but the texture is very smooth and creamy.
Darling: This is a dove-gray silver shimmer with a nice and pigmented formulation. The formulation is a little fallout-prone but it's not a dealbreaker for me.
Swoon: Hands down the most stunning shade out of both palettes, Swoon is a rich and vibrant satin red that's just drenched with pigments and butteriness.

Availability:
The Too Faced x Kat Von D collaboration will be available Dec. 26th at Sephora and www.toofaced.com.
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