I’m pretty sure that the very first products I tried from Too Faced were from their Christmas collections from way back when, and since then, I’ve loved how ‘all out’ the brand goes each year.
Obviously Too Faced is a brand which doesn’t do cute by halves, but their Christmas Star Palette might just be their most festive yet! Packaged in a cardboard package which transforms from a pentagon into a star, and secured with a gingerbread fairy, it’s pretty much Christmas personified.
As if the twenty shadows and five face powders (!) inside the palette wasn’t enough, it comes with a full-sized lip gloss in the exclusive shade Ginger Snap, and a mini Better than Sex Mascara. To say I’m obsessed with the gloss is an understatement. A warm-toned pink shot-through with blue glitter, it’s a stunning, surprisingly neutral gloss which is perfect for everyday use.
It’s one of those glosses which I just adore – it’s the right kind of sticky, and leaves lips looking juicy. I’m obsessed with the sugary scent, and it’s been in my everyday makeup bag since it arrived.
Better than Sex Mascara is one of those iconic formulas, and for good reason. It gives lashes serious volume and length, and leaves you with a real false lash effect. I love that it’s super black, and it stays put, all day long, so you don’t need to worry about smudging or flaking throughout the day.
The mini-sized is perfect, if like me, you struggle to finish a full-sized tube within the recommended three months, or if you travel a lot. I’ve popped this one straight into my travel makeup bag, so that I can enjoy it while I’m away from home.
The palette itself is a real show-stopper – once you open it out, you get the full star effect, and I love the glitzy golden interior. Once you’re inside, you’ll also notice the smell – rather delightfully, the whole palette is gingerbread scented!
The twenty eyeshadow shades all veer towards the warmer end of the spectrum, and there’s a great balance of finishes – with matte, satin and glitters all included. I also love the inclusion of the beautiful jewel shades for a pop of seasonal colour – for a neutrals-fiend like me, getting to play with a beautiful purple (Ornament to Be) or olive (Feliz Navidad) is a perfect way to update my regular look.
There are enough neutrals in there to be able to subtly mix up my eyeshadow for day too! I’ve been loving adding a little subtle shimmer in the form of Good Tidings, and Jingle Mingle too! Each and every one of the shadows blends beautifully, and they last all day long, even on days when I’ve not properly primed before applying.
The palette really is a full face in one box, as it also contains a bronzer, two highlighter shades and two blushes. I’ve been loving a light dust of bronzer to take the edge off my winter whiteness, then a touch of the blush keeps everything rosy.
What I love is how flattering to a range of skin tones this palette is – there’s even a choice of pink or icy shades of highlighter, and the shadows would look absolutely stunning on everyone.