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Shadow Showdown: MAC Club versus Too Faced Label Whore

I’ve been curious about MAC Club eyeshadow for a while because I’ve seen so many youtuber’s and bloggers rave about this colour. I finally purchased it a week ago and I was excited to try it out, especially after I saw Michelle’s post from Lipstick Rules. I was hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed but I kind of am to be honest.

I have Too Faced’s Label Whore eyeshadow (silly name but awesome colour) and I was expecting Club to have a similar level of pigmentation and intensity but it doesn’t. They’re both gorgeous duo chrome eye shadows that flash from brown to green except that Label Whore is like Club on steroids. Judging by swatches I’ve seen I think Label Whore may be more similar to MAC’s Blue Brown pigment.

Label Whore is on the left and Club is on the right.

As you can see, Club is a lot lighter and less intense than Label Whore. Club flashes from a taupe to dirty green whereas Label Whore flashes from a red toned brown which looks burgundy in some lights to a deep teal.

I tried out a quick look with both. I applied each to my lid as a quick wash of colour over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Here’s the Club eye:

And here’s the Label Whore eye:

You can see that Club just ends up looking really neutral on me and doesn’t have the same kick as Label Whore. I also had to keep swiping Club to get the colour to show up at all whereas I just had to tap Label whore slightly to get a decent amount of colour.

Here are some swatches to show you how both look over different bases (click to see them bigger). Label Whore is first and Club is swatched second in all of the pictures:

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

I know it sounds like I’m writing Club off but I can actually see myself using it because the fact that it isn’t very pigmented means that it’s actually more versatile than Label Whore. I wouldn’t use Club on its own but it works really well as a crease colour or to layer over other shadows to give them dimension without completely changing the colour of the underlying shadows.

I tried using Label Whore as a crease colour but it just ends up making my looks seem muddy at times. Even though I’ve had Label Whore for ages I can’t figure out how to use it in a look because its intensity means it doesn’t really play well with other shadows. That’s why I usually just end up using it on its own and it works great this way because the amount of dimension it has means it looks like I’ve used more than one shadow.

I’m glad to have Club in my collection but if you’re wanting to use this for a smokey eye look then I would definitely only recommend it to those with lighter skin tones. If you’re around my skin tone (NC42, NARS Syracuse) or darker than I would recommend Label Whore as the definite winner for a smokey eye look. Seeing as these colours aren’t dupes for each other, it’s worth having both in your collection if you’re so inclined.

If any of you have Club or Label Whore I’d love to hear how you use them and what you pair them with so please leave a comment below.

So enchanting! : Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland palette

I’ve been wanting to post on this palette ever since I received it because it is amazing! The packaging alone made me want to buy it so it works out well that the products themselves are actually useable and of great quality. The palette is called the Enchanted Glamourland palette by Too Faced and it’s part of their Holiday 2010 collection. I should warn you that this post is very long and picture heavy so you better get comfortable.

Here’s the front of the palette and it’s already so cute and very Too Faced like.

But open it up and here’s the best part….

It’s really worth clicking the picture to view it bigger because there’s so much attention to detail. I am in love with it! The little pop out scene that you can see is centered around what Too Faced calls their Pin Up Pixies and they are adorable! Each one has it’s own little colour scheme and personality. Here’s pictures of them close up:

This one is the Forest Nymph:

This is the Violet Femme:

And this is my favourite the Flirty Fairy

The palette has this little pocket that holds three cards which show you what colours to use to get the makeup look of each of the pixies.

They’re not the most helpful cards as they don’t really discuss colour placement or give you much direction but it’s a cute idea.

The palette has a little drawer on the right hand side which holds all the eyeshadows and the full sized (!) lip gloss and Shadow insurance. The blush and the bronzer are attached on the front where the little pixies are which actually seems a little messy to me but they provide you with a little plastic insert which covers them when you’re not using them.

Here are swatches of the blush and the bronzer. The blush is swatched on top and is in the colour La Vien en Rose which is a pretty rose colour. The bronzer is in the colour Snow Bunny and has four different strips of colour. I swatched all four colours swirled together first and underneath are the individual strips of colour. The colour is a very warm golden bronze.

I haven’t really been using the blush or the bronzer from this palette partly because I forget they’re there and partly because I don’t want to destroy the look of the palette. From the one time I did try it I thought that the blush was pretty but perhaps a little too muted for my liking on my skin tone and I thought the bronzer was good as a highlighter.

The included lipgloss is one of Too Faced’s Glamour Glosses and is in the colour Pillow Talk. It’s a pinky beige nude colour and the formula is a lip plumping one. This means that it feels very tingly on the lips but it’s not an unbearable type of tingling like some other lip plumping glosses.

The gloss tube has rhinestone on the top which I thought was so cute and tacky but in a good way!

Here’s a picture of my bare lips and then a picture with me wearing the gloss.

Now the part that I’m sure you’re all most interested in… the eyeshadows! You get 15 shadows in this palette and there’s a mixture of matt and shimmery finishes and a mixture of bright and neutral colours. The pallette includes 11 permanent shades and 4 shades which are just named ‘Exclusive’ and which are made for this palette.

I swatched the shadows row by row but unfortunately blogger keeps rotating my pictures the wrong way so I apologise but I’ll write on top what each colour is.

This is the first row and it’s a very neutral type row. The colours from top to bottom are Honey Pot, Velvet Revolver, George & Weezie, The first exclusive shade which is a matt pastel type pink and In the Buff

The second row consists more of the brighter type shades. The colours are from top to bottom another exclusive shade which is a teal green shimmer, Peach Fuzz, Boy Toy, another exclusive shade which is a bright violet and Teddy Bear

This last row consists of mainly the darker shades and they are from top to bottom Stiletto, Ooh & Aah, The last exclusive shade which is a dark brown with blue glitter, Glamazon and Label Whore.

All of the eyeshadows have very good pigmentation and the variety of colours are quite good. I would have liked a few more of the neutral shades to be a little bit darker so they would actually show up on darker skin tones but it is what it is.

The included Shadow Insurance is a full sized one which is awesome but so far I haven’t really used it. I honestly prefer the Urban Decay Primer Potion more than the Shadow Insurance because I find that the Shadow Insurance creases alot more on me. I also find that the oils in the product tend to seperate so when you squeeze the tube you usually get quite a bit of an oily type substance coming out when you first use it.

All in all I think this is a great palette and even though I may not use it that much, I’m glad to have it. I purchased it online from ASOS for $65 US but I know that Kit Cosmetics in Australia are selling it for $85AUD. When I went by last week the lady at Kit told me they had sold out but were re-stocking this week so go grab one quick if you’re interested. I think this is an awesome gift idea as well so if you’re stuck on what to get someone for Christmas then this could be a great option.

Fabulosity galore: Too Faced French and Fabulous Palette

I’ve been eyeing the Too Faced French and Fabulous palette for a while so I jumped at the first chance I had to purchase it. It’s a very pretty palette that includes 6 eyeshadows and 2 mini bronzers. Word of warning: this palette is super frosty! I mean we’re not talking about subtle shimmer here but full on glitz. Only two of the eyeshadows are minus this frost finish and that’s the black colour and the hot pink.

The palette comes in this really fabulously tacky packaging that is very reminiscent of Marie Antoinette and the decadence and excess that era signifies. It’s made of a sturdy cardboard and has a magnetic closure. The camera didn’t catch it very well but the front of the palette is accented with gold glitter which I love!

Here’s what it looks like inside.

And here are the swatches of the colours:

The main reason this palette has been calling my name is because of the hot pink shade which I really wanted to try in a look. I tried so hard to use only the shadows in the palette but I had to branch out. I used Mess in a Dress on the lid and Poodle Puff pink eyeshadow around the tear duct but I also added All that Glitters by MAC inbetween both these shades on the lid. I also used MAC Sketch eyeshadow in the crease and outer V and MAC Bamboo to blend out the edges and into the brow bone. I decided to stick with the bright theme so I also used my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in rockstar (purple) along the bottom lashline and lined the top with my Shiseido The Makeup Fine eyeliner.

The included hot pink colour is really strange because it looks matte when I swatch it but when I use it on my lid it seems to have a bit of a blue/purple irridesence to it. This could be a consequence of the base I’m using but this shadow seems to turn on my skin and become a little bit unflattering and a bit too 80’s for my liking. I tried using the included black shade instead of Sketch in the crease but the pink and black mixed to make an unflattering plum shade so I went with Sketch instead. Just a word on the black, this isn’t a pure matte shade and has some glitter particles through it like MAC Black Tied eyeshadow.

The other included colours are ok but I find that the Totally Toasted Beige and Poodle Puff Pink are too light on my skin tone to use as anything other than inner corner highlight shades. I really like the Totally Toasted Brown colour though and like it as an all over wash of colour on my lid. Poodle Puff Raisin and me are just meh at the moment. I know lots of other reviewers loved this colour but so far I haven’t found the appeal.

As for the included bronzers, they’re pretty colours but to be honest I find them to be a little too shimmery so I’ve been using them as shadows more than anything else. The Sun Bunny Bronzer in particular is great as a lid colour. I tried using Mess in a Dress as a cheek colour too but the purple/blue irridesence that I talked about made it look unflattering on my cheeks.

All in all I do like this palette but I just wasn’t prepared for the abundance of shimmer shadows. I was hoping it could be a palette that I could use on its own to create an eye look but I’ve found that I really need to add other shadows. This might not be the case for you but I really don’t like using too many shimmer/frost finish shadows together and like to mix them with matte finishes aswell.