Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette & Glitter Glue Primer: Review and Swatches

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Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette & Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer: Review and Swatches
For Fall 2017, Too Faced has released yet another palette and this time the name of the game is glitter! Featuring eight gorgeous full-on glitter eyeshadows and two base colors, the Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette ($54 CAD) promises a "multidimensional prismatic" shine. To see some swatches and read my review of this palette plus the new Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer ($24 CAD), click.....
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette ($54 CAD):
This is a 10-shade glitter eyeshadow palette that's housed in a simple black cardboard compact. Each letter of the word "glitter" on the lid is filled with different shades of colored glitter. They actually move around when the palette is shaken, which adds a little dash of fun and glam to the otherwise plain packaging.
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
Inside you will find two "base" colors (2g each) and eight glittery shades (1g each). I want to preface my review by saying that the Glitter Bomb is not one of those palettes that you would use on its own. Although a few shades can be paired together, the palette is not intended to create a complete makeup look. For me, this is a palette you would get if you already have a large collection but want that extra punch of glitter and color on top of a mostly completely eye look. In fact, I find that when the deeper shades in Glitter Bomb are blended together, the colors actually get a bit muddy and they lose some of their shine. Therefore, it's probably best to use these shades individually on top of a non-glittery base.
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
The Brightening Base and the Intensifying Base are a matte white and matte black eyeshadow, respectively. These are intended to be used under the glitters to help the colors show up more. Unfortunately, the formulation is quite sheer and patchy. Additionally, I find that the glittery shades adhered much better to bare skin than to these base shades, which creates a powdery and overly smooth base that almost deterred the glitter particles.
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
Now onto the glitter shades. On the top row, you get Fairy Dust (pale pink champagne), Confetti (pale orchid pink), Hot Damn! (medium violet pink), and Glitter Goals (blue-gray with a subtle purple shift). The formulation takes on a cream, almost wet texture and it's just packed with glitters. Fallouts are inevitable but these adhere and build very well. They are of course on the chunkier side, but they definitely give a glittery finish that won't be mistaken for a shimmer or satin.
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
On the bottom row, there is Rosé All Day (a warm iridescent light pink), Work It (orange-red with a golden shift), Oh, It's On! (bright gold), and Splash (bright aqua with green sparkles). Rosé All Day lacks a pigmented base so it's mostly a sheer glitter while both Work It and Oh, It's On! appear more metallic than glittery. They are also the most pigmented out of the bunch and they are the only two shades I would consider using on their own. Lastly, Splash is similar to the four shades in the first row; it's a little sheer but very fun and glittery.
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
Overall this a nice palette. The majority of the glitter shades are very well pigmented but the two matte bases seem a little extraneous. Again, this palette is made for a pretty specific audience. If you are a makeup artist or a glitter lover, then definitely check this out. However, if you are a relative novice when it comes to makeup and are looking for a fool-proof palette that includes all the shades you'll need to achieve the perfect eye look, then the Glitter Bomb is not suitable for you.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer: Review and Swatches
Too Faced Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer ($24 CAD):
As mentioned above, the shadows in the Glitter Bomb palette adhered just fine to bare skin given its creamy and smooth formulation but Too Faced has actually made a special primer that's formulated specifically to lock down glittery eyeshadows. With a soft ivory tint that blends to a translucent finish, the Glitter Glue has a thick, silicone-y texture. I found the finish weirdly non-sticky and quick-drying, making it rather ineffective at locking down glitter shades. Interestingly, although it's not very tacky, the primer did affect blending. In fact, I thought the glitter shadows applied a little patchy, which was definitely not the case when they were worn directly over other powder shadows or bare lids.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer: Review and Swatches
Overall, I really enjoyed the Glitter Bomb Palette although it's definitely not everybody's cup of tea. A few of the shades (ex. Splash, Work It, and Oh, It's On!) are truly stunning and capable of elevating your makeup for those glamorous special occasions. The Glitter Glue, on the other hand, is a bit of a miss for me. Given that the Glitter Bomb shadows adhere nicely on bare skin, the non-tacky and silicone-y formulation of the primer actually made the application more patchy and difficult.
So what are your thoughts on the Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette? Are you a glitter fan? Share with me in the comments below!

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Too Faced is available at Sephora and Too Faced.
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