Long time no talk, right? My bad! The job I have working with kids just wears the living daylights out of me. I come home and morph into a Jay-sized vegetable; more than once this week I have instructed my hubs to “put me in the shower and wash me” because I didn’t want to get up (he has yet to comply, for the record). Then I work my beauty store gig on days off/some nights, which is equal parts fun, boring, and like being around the kids I see during the week. Things will become more regular here closer to summer, pinky swear!
Speaking of summer, I snagged myself Too Faced’s Summer Palette a few weeks ago (few weeks?! I know…again, my bad). I’ve been using it like crazy but only recently photographed it, so it doesn’t look fresh-outta-the-box new. But that’s okay in my book because it’s the sign of a good product!
This limited-edition Summer Palette is a “summer sexy shadow collection” (say that 5x fast) and is resort-inspired. This palette is comprised of “beachy bronzes” accented with “warm coral, pink and refreshing aqua.” It also comes with a little sample packet of Shadow Insurance, which I have yet to try.
As is the usual with Too Faced palettes, Summer Eyes features three larger shadow pans and six smaller ones, all arranged into “Day,” “Classic,” and “Fashion” looks. While the looks do run left to right across the palette, Too Faced also includes a “How-To Glamour Guide” with the exact application for each eye look. As a heads up, my camera had a lot of trouble catching the glitter in these shades; you may catch it here and there as glints, but that’s it.
Seashell (left) is a soft, peachy matte shade that is reminiscent of the inside of a shell. It was smooth and soft with nice payoff, but maybe a touch powdery. Plumeria (middle) is a bright, girly, slightly shimmery pink. I really love this shade; it has great color payoff, was a breeze to apply, and is a fun pop of color. Cocoa Beach (right) is a warm, mid-brown with fine gold glitter in it. As with Plumeria, the payoff is great and the formula is too. Another plus? I didn’t have any glitter fall-out. Woohoo! It’s hard to catch the glitter in my pictures, but it’s there!
Peach Fuzz (left) is a beige-ish peach with fine gold glitter in it. This color looks beautiful in the pan but the color payoff is “eh.” This shade doesn’t show up much against my skin, but I like it as an inner-eye highlighter because of the light color and fine glitter. Coral Crush (middle) is my runaway favorite of the palette; I wish it was in a bigger pan. Coral Crush is an orange-based coral with fine gold glitter in it. The formula is smooth, easy to blend, and has nice payoff. Chocolate Sun is a dark, warm brown with fine gold glitter – as with other shades, very appropriately named. Also as with other shades, easy to blend with nice pigmentation. This is a good crease or smoky liner shade.
Sunbeam (left) is a sheer, light yellow gold with more of that fine gold glitter. I really liked Sunbeam in the pan, before I realized how sheer it is. I’d say Sunbeam is more of a highlighter than an entire-lid shade, even more so than Peach Fuzz. Mermaid (middle) is a deep blue-green shimmer. It is a smooth shadow but doesn’t blend as well as the others and applies darker than I had anticipated. I wish Mermaid had been a little brighter and less smoky, especially because the formula wasn’t as blendable in my book as the rest of the pans. The “Fashion” eye that Too Faced devised with Mermaid can go on a tad dark as a result, especially if you’re a little heavy handed (like me!). Toasted Coconut (right) is a bronzy brown with a little shimmer. This is the kind of easy, blendable, versatile brown that I love and end up reaching for quite often.
Below is all of the shades swatched together. They go in order of my post descriptions, which is good because the font I labeled each one with ended up so itty-bitty!
Overall, I’m really pleased with Summer Eyes. This is my first Too Faced purchase (!) and I am happy that I snagged a palette while they were still in store – there was only like 2 on the display when I picked mine up! I will certainly be using this even more frequently than I do now in the summer, after I get my tan on. It is currently out of stock but, if Too Faced restocks, you can purchase Summer Eyes on the company site for $36.00, as well as at major beauty retailers like Sephora and Ulta. I have also spotted them cropping up for sale through Amazon and Ebay, although at a higher price point.
What do you think of Summer Eyes? Any looks catch your eye? Ready for summer like I am? Leave some love in the comments!