A makeup review from me two days in a row? Get out! But it’s true, and today I’ve got something so new it’s not even on the manufacturer’s web site or Facebook page yet.
It’s a holiday/Christmas set from Too Faced called La Belle Carousel, and when I read on some other blogs/news sites last week that Macy’s had this and other Too Faced gift sets, I pounced. I had some mad money, and yes, it’s frivolous, but no more so than a pair of shoes I’d rarely wear.
La Belle Carousel (LBC) retails for $49 which might seem like a lot. Too Faced is a higher-end cosmetics company but it’s all relative — higher than Maybelline, lower than Chanel. LBC contains twelve eye shadows in three four-shadow palettes, two blushes, two bronzers, and a mascara. It’s brightly packaged for gift-giving and you can break up the set for stocking stuffers or party favors if you so choose.
Let’s look at the packaging. The outer container is thin cardboard and clear plastic and looks very festive. (Click on this or any of my photos for a larger view.)
The back shows pictures of all the shades included.
The inner packaging is bright, too. Glittery, even!
This inner package is about six inches high and you could, I suppose, hang it like an ornament but I wouldn’t recommend it without some tape or other reinforcement, as the top could easily pop off from the weight of the products.
LBC has six narrow cardboard pieces with a booklet in the center with suggested looks and application diagrams.
The eye shadow and blush/bronzer palettes close magnetically but not super-securely, but as you can see you could slip one or two into a stocking, and they have “To/From” spaces on the back to write names.
The shadows are mostly shimmery/glittery with two mattes. The first palette is silver/green/black, the second is brown/neutral, and the third is mostly pink/purple. Two views without the flash:
With the flash:
And now, quick swatches. These are on my bare skin, no primer.
First row, left to right: Frost, Tin Soldier, Christmas Tree, Santa’s Boots
Second row, left to right: Tufted Suede, Angel Hair, Haute Chocolate (a re-promote shade from Too Faced’s very popular Chocolate Bar palette), Yule Log
Third row, left to right: Nutcracker, Nude Beach, Boxes & Bows, Sugar Plum Fairy (Nude Beach doesn’t seem to belong as a holiday name, but maybe their holidays are a lot more exciting than mine)
Under indirect outdoor light and then under indoor light:
Now the bronzers and blushes, under same two lighting conditions.
First row, left to right: Chocolate Soleil (which really does smell like chocolate), Who’s Your Poppy?
Second row, left to right: Sun Bunny Dark, Luminous Peach
What do you think of the shades? Here are my impressions.
Of the eye shadows, I think some of them could be more pigmented but am impressed with others. Plus I suspect that if I used eye primer the colors might be more intense. I was really disappointed in Christmas Tree which I expected to be a dark forest green. The three lightest shades, the top one in each palette, didn’t show up well on my skin although Frost is very, um, frosty. I love the purple Sugar Plum Fairy, the pink Boxes & Bows, and the browns. Santa’s Boots is quite the sooty color and could be used as a liner. On younger, non-crinkly skin, go hog wild with the colors!
I like the blushes and bronzers more than I expected and the sizes are generous. The two blushes have a little shimmer but are not overpowering, and of the bronzers, one is matte and one is slightly shimmery. I honestly don’t know much about using bronzer but plan to learn — goodness knows my dull skin could use a slight pick-me-up yet I don’t want to look overdone.
Also included in La Belle Carousel is a 0.17 oz/4.8 g travel or sample size of Too Faced’s “Better Than Sex” mascara. [Insert joke about the mascara’s name and my post-menopausal state.] I haven’t tried the mascara yet but have read a lot of positive things about it.
Is this a silly set for a 55-year-old woman to buy for herself? Yes. No. Maybe. Who cares? I think I’ll have fun with it. I know that if I was decades younger and interested in makeup this would be a fantastic holiday gift. Do be aware of the mascara’s name if the gift is for a younger girl, if you care about things like that.