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Christmas has come early for the makeup community! It’s almost impossible to keep up with the numerous holiday sets launching daily.
For their Best Year Ever Holiday 2017 Campaign, Too Faced Cosmetics released the limited edition Boss Lady Beauty Agenda ($59) which is a Sephora Exclusive. The brand also launched the Pretty Little Planner ($42) and Best Year Ever ($49) sets available exclusively on Ulta and TooFaced.com.
The general consensus speaks disappointment for Too Faced’s last two holiday collections. As a result of these negative reviews, Too Faced has increased their efforts in delivering quality and creativity in their products in a big way. These formula changes were obvious in the I Want Kandee Collection which I previously reviewed. I’m also psyched to try the Peaches and Cream Collection. (I swatched the palette at Sephora yesterday and the pigmentation is insane!)
I have decided to pass on the two Ulta Exclusive Sets because they seem kind of redundant and fails to inspire me.
The Boss Lady Beauty Agenda includes the following:
- 24 x 0.03 oz Eyeshadows
- 0.08 oz Luminizer in #Blessed
- 0.08 oz Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil
- 0.08 oz Blush in Will You Merry Me?
- 0.1 oz Deluxe Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Sell Out
- 0.17 oz Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara
- Pink leatherette mini zip-around agenda cover with built-in mirror
- Two sheets of reminder stickers
- Matching pink paper-bound agenda featuring “12 exclusive step-by-step tutorials (one for each month) plus exclusive fun facts and beauty tips from Too Faced Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jerrod Blandino, to get you started.”
The Agenda: The included agenda is what initially attracted me to this set. It’s incredibly cute and girly. The agenda has a pink leatherette zip-around cover with gold embossed lettering that reads: “Don’t let today be a waste of makeup.” Inside, there is a mirror and a matching pink paper-bound agenda for 2018. (There’s even space to hold a lipstick!) The eyeshadow palette fits inside the agenda, but it’s removable.
Additionally, inside the agenda there are spaces to notate “reasons to party,” birthdays, goals and monthly to-do lists. (I love making lists!) Too Faced deserves a standing ovation for this set’s packaging.
The Eyeshadow Palette: The Boss Lady Agenda Palette includes a mix of warm and cool toned neutrals as well as bold jewel toned pops of color that will make you the star of all your holiday soirées. The packaging matches the agenda book.
Out of the 24 brand new eyeshadows, the palette features 8 mattes, 4 sparkly, 7 metallics, 2 satins and 3 frost finishes. Overall, the shadows are silky smooth, richly pigmented, long-lasting and blendable. The metallics are especially creamy in texture. Too Faced has done a complete 180 from last year’s holiday eyeshadows which were a bit patchy and inconsistent in terms of performance.
Some of my favorite shades include Love Actually (a warm matte pink), Trimmed (a warm metallic forest green), Plum Pudding (a warm metallic plum) Unwrap Me (a bright, warm fuchsia with a frost finish), Glittered (a cool pewter frost) and Party Over Here! (a warm metallic copper.) The palette includes a variety of transition, crease, lid and highlight shades to create many different looks. Black Tie (a neutral black with a satin finish) works well as a liner shade.
The palette also features #Blessed (a warm gold highlighter), Will You Merry Me? (a warm coral blush with a frost finish) and the classic Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Although I own both shades, I prefer the Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer on my fair complexion. Chocolate Soleil would be best suited for light to medium skin tones. Tip: If a bronzer is too dark for you skin tone, use it as a crease shadow instead. #Blessed and Will You Merry Me? are pretty but nothing we haven’t seen before.
Extras: The Boss Lady Beauty Agenda includes a deluxe sized Better Than Sex Mascara and deluxe Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Sell Out which is a warm coral that’s universally flattering. I could’ve done without yet another deluxe sample of Better Than Sex, but the lippie is definitely a welcome addition to the set. I will probably buy the full size of Sell Out after finishing the sample.
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Sell Out
Too Faced Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara
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For those who are curious, this palette was manufactured in the United States of America. It’s rumored that the Ulta Exclusive Sets were made in China which could explain why their quality isn’t quite on par with the Boss Lady Beauty Agenda. However, I have not tested either of these sets so I can’t confirm or deny such rumors.
See swatches below. I didn’t use a primer:
(From left to right: Jolly, Pinecone, Give Me S’More, Don’t Give A Fudge, Faux Fur, Love Actually, I Want It All, Spiked Cider, Iced Out, Christmas Dream, Snow Day and Marshmallow)
Note: Please excuse the somewhat messy swatches of the darker colors. They translate much better on to the eye.
(From left to right: Black Tie, Christmas Carol, Santa’s Helper, Unwrap Me, Glittered, Plum Pudding, Trimmed, Party Over Here!, Fa La La La La, Slay Bells, Deck The Malls and Halo)
(From left to right: Milk Chocolate Soleil, Chocolate Soleil, Will You Merry Me? and #Blessed)
Note: Milk Chocolate Soleil is NOT included in this set. It is swatched for comparison purposes only.
Final Thoughts: Would I recommend the Boss Lady Beauty Agenda? Absolutely! This set would appeal to anyone from teenagers to young women like myself in their 20s and early 30s.
I think that $59 is a terrific value for everything that you receive in this set. I love the versatility of this palette. I’m also really excited for the pastel-hued White Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette that’s due to hit shelves sometime this holiday season. I grade the Boss Lady Agenda a solid A+. Here’s to a more organized 2018!