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review: too faced the little black book of bronzers

August 15, 2015

I tend to associate Too Faced with bronzers, mostly because their range notably extends well beyond the generic fair/medium/dark options most other brands limit themselves to. To be fair, Guerlain, Makeup Forever and Physician’s Formula have excellent varieties of bronzers as well. What sets Too Faced apart however is The Little Black Book of Bronzers (SGD $70), which the brand’s full range of 8 bronzers at your disposal in one neat package.

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Clockwise from the top shade: Milk Chocolate Soleil, Chocolate Soleil, Snow Bunny, Dark Chocolate Soleil, Pink Leopard, Beach Bunny, Endless Summer, Sun Bunny.

Here’s the question I know you’re about to ask: do I really NEED 8 different bronzers? Well, “need” is kind of a relative term when it comes to makeup, but I found them all different enough to not see any true overlaps when I swatched them. If I were building my own palette, I’d still have chosen at least 6 out of these 8….but having all 8 allows me to not second guess those choices! Sometimes you just have to try everything so you know, ya know?

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For the less obsessive, a calendar/chart to the left of the palette is there to give you ideas on how to use each one. I’m sure you’d eventually identify your favourites, but till you get to that level of familiarity this is a very comprehensive introduction to bronzers.

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The book is split between 1 satin, 3 matte and 4 shimmery shades, all in manageably-sized minis. In my opinion, this a huge improvement in practicality over last year’s book which was more pricey and featured full sized pans.

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Endless Summer – Somewhere in between Dark Chocolate and Chooclate, with a light luminous sheen. Long wearing (purportedly up to 16 hours) which makes it good for oily skin like mine.

Milk Chocolate – Matte and very light. Would be great for ultra-fair skin peeps, for light “everyday” contouring or to blend out a darker contour shade like Chocolate Soleil.

Chocolate Soleil – Like Milk Chocolate, this is one of the few bronzers I’d ever consider contouring with. Neutral-leaning-cool medium brown and matte.

Dark Chocolate Soleil – The darkest matte shade. Good for a natural overall darkening of your complexion, but the warm red tones make it less ideal as a contour (at least on my skin tone).

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Pink Leopard – A shimmery, rosy-bronze that’s meant to give you a healthy blushed look. Funnily enough, I think this is going to be reappropriated as my new favourite eyeshadow colour!

Snow Bunny – Shimmery rose gold. To me this is more of a highlighter than a bronzer, but I think that adds a nice diversity to the palette.

Beach Bunny – The darkest of the shimmery highlighters, with warm golden undertones. The warm orange hue would look amazing on deeper complexions, or on fair people with a light hand.

Sun Bunny – A medium shimmery bronze with neutral-leaning-cool undertones. It’s naturally a little lighter than Beach Bunny, although I know it looks quite dark here.

FYI: the Chocolate Soleil range is chocolate scented. I don’t usually like artificial food scents, but perhaps because of the book’s non-airtight packaging the scent was quite subtle. Also, Snow Bunny and Beach Bunny and Sun Bunny are technically customisable depending on which colour stripes you hit, but in miniature format you’ll either need a very small brush to accomplish this or will just have to accept that you’ll be wearing all the shades together (which is how I swatched them).

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This product was provided as press sample, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

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