Although the sexy name Boudoir suggests sexy, bedroom eye looks, the color combination in this palette will make your eyes look just as gorgeous outside the private room, too!
Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection is a sultry neutral eyeshadow palette that comes in a sturdy compact metal tin (can I say I like this much better than their usual bulky cardboard material?). The palette is small, portable, and closes securely with a magnetic closure.
Upon opening of the palette, there is a pull-out, step-by-step How-To Glamour Guide inserted in the lid which I appreciate the nice gesture but here's my little disappointment – there is no mirror inside, which isn't really a deal-breaker but there is this picture of one slightly eerie eye instead. I'm not sure what to think of it because it's supposed to be sexy but every time I open to use this palette, I have to try to block the one eye with the included How-To guide so I don't feel like I'm being watched! Silly, I know…
On the How-To guide it says “3 steps ♥ 3 looks ♥ 3 minutes” upon which I smiled since it's rare for me to complete any “proper” eye look in under 10 minutes, let alone 3, but I guess if you are super skilled, it could be possible!
There are 9 sultry neutral eyeshadows in this palette. They are organized in 3 rows of Too Faced's signature categories: Day, Classic, and Fashion. Each row starts with a lighter shade in a bigger pan, followed by a medium shade, and a deeper shade in a smaller pan. The colors do have a good balance of varying finishes including matte, satin, and shimmer. Even though the How-To guide suggest 3 looks, you can actually do so many more as the colors here seem to be in the same spectrum of neutrals. I like to mix and match my own and often than not, I don't really plan too much on what colors to use, I usually just wing it as I can never seem to have more than 20 minutes to do my makeup in the morning!
While the colors are true-to-pan, soft, and very smooth, the pigmentation seems to vary between shades. I find Birthday Suit shade to be the least pigmented and really close to Satin Sheets when on the lid. Fuzzy Handcuffs is a lovely pinkish beige color but I wish it were a tiny bit more pigmented. Voulez-Vous, Garter Belt, and Lap Dance are my most favorites – they are exactly my kind of neutrals – soft purple-y/taupe-y! They aren't too crazy pigmented but they are buildable. I especially love the matte texture of Garter Belt – smooth, not chalky or powdery at all (something most mattes are). Sugar Walls is really sparkly and has to be applied carefully or you will end up having chunks of glitter all over your face. French Tickler is an insane black shade! It's super intense and has obvious gold micro-glitter in it but it surprisingly blends really well. I haven't experienced any fallout or creasing with any of the colors provided that I always use a good eyeshadow primer underneath and tap the excess off the eye shader brush before application.
The look that I do most often includes Lap Dance on the inner half of my lid, Garter Belt the outer and French Tickler for the outer corner. Then I finish off with In the Buff under the brow, Satin Sheets or Birthday Suit in the inner corner and finally I use Fuzzy Handcuffs to blend out hard edges and soften the crease. Basically every single shade in this palette is usable and wearable which I really like. I also like the fact that the color options are not too overwhelming since it can get really frustrating when there are too many to choose from! :)
Day (top row): In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs, and Voulez-Vous
Classic (middle row): Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls, and Garter Belt
Fashion (bottom row): Birthday Suit, Lap Dance, and French Tickler
Too Faced Boudoir Eyes is, in short, a sultry neutral eyeshadow palette with a twist! Wear it subtly for office-appropriate makeup or go all out for a full-on smokey – the possibilities are at your fingertips! It is by far one of my most used palettes especially on days when I need to create a smokey eye in a flash! :)