Jan 1, 2017

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette - Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette ($65) at Sephora

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection is a collaboration between Kat Von D and Jerrod Blandino (Too Faced Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer) and features a heart-shaped eye shadow palette, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, and a full size of Too Faced’s iconic Better Than Sex Mascara.  The heart-shaped palette consists of two halves that snap together magnetically.  The Kat Von D half of the palette is the darker black one while the Too Faced half is of course the peachy pink one, with each half containing 6 shadows each (brand new eye shadows created for their respective sides of the palette).  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette - Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette - Swatches - Por Vida Lovestruck Darling Swoon Yours Devotion
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette - Swatches
Por Vida - matte white | Lovestruck - iridescent peach | Darling - metallic pewter
Swoon - metallic scarlet | Yours - matte stone grey | Devotion - matte jet black

The Kat Von D side of the palette features 6 shadows, with a mix of matte and shimmer.  This is the bolder, edgy half of the palette.  The grey and the warm coppery-scarlet shadows would be my favorite eyeshadows in this palette, though all the colors can be mixed and matched to create a range of makeup looks, from the more vibrant rust-toned looks to softer neutrals.  The eyeshadows are quite pigmented (Lovestruck seemed a little sheer), smooth, easy to blend, and should perform well over a primer.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette - Swatches
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette 
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette - Swatches - BFF Lovely Friendspiration Heart of Gold Power Couple Better Together
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection Palette - Swatches
BFF - matte vanilla | Lovely - matte baby pink | Friendspiration - metallic bronze
Heart of Gold - metallic olive gold | Power Couple - dark warm-toned brown with gold shimmer | Better Together - Plum glitter

The Too Faced half of the Better Together palette features classic neutral shades.  There are warm browns, bronze and olive-toned eyeshadows along with matte shades.  I love neutrals and brown eyeshadows, so I really cannot find any faults in this palette.  The eyeshadows are smooth and pigmented and would work well for softer daytime looks and just as easily built up for darker smokey eye looks.

I haven't tried much from either of these brands so I cannot claim to be very familiar with their makeup philosophies, but I do think Kat Von D represents a bolder, edgier makeup style while Too Faced appeals to those who like softer neutrals and pinks.  A collaboration that brings together these two different makeup styles would be always interesting.  The Better Together collection works because the colors in the palette find the common area between the two - not too bright and not too pinky or shimmery.  Most of these eyeshadows are lovely neutrals that would suit a variety of skin tones.  The Kat Von D eyeshadows might seem a little too vibrant (especially Swoon ❤️), but I think they are easy to blend and incorporate with the other colors to create softer makeup looks.  The palette is convenient, especially because it can be separated into smaller halves - maybe share with a friend - and with the full-size mascara and the Tattoo Liner included in the palette, it seems like a good deal for the price.

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