The 9 shades are grouped into trios with corresponding "looks" on an included card. Each trio contains one highlight, one lid, and one definer shade. I'm not a huge fan of the theme of the palette (the idea that I'm wearing eyeshadow to appeal to someone in the bedroom makes me feel a bit squicky), but the shades themselves are quite nice. (All swatches are two finger swipes on primed skin.)
The Day trio consists of In the Buff, an ivory matte, which works fantastically as a lid-evening shade on my Casper skin but could look ashy on darker tones; Fuzzy Handcuffs, a light peach matte; and Voulez-Vous, a dark purple satin.
|left to right: In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs, Voulez-Vous|
The recommended application for these is Fuzzy Handcuffs on the lid, Voulez-Vous in the crease, and In the Buff on the browbone. I did not adequately blend this look, but it gives you an idea how it looks applied:
|I SEE YOU|
|also wearing Clinique High Impact mascara, Prestige Powerful Purple|
Total Intensity eyeliner
|from a normal-person distance|
|left to right: Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls, Garter Belt|
|no mascara or eyeliner this time|
|now, with mascara! (Maybelline Volum' Express |
One by One, to be precise)
|left to right: Birthday Suit, Lap Dance, French Tickler|
|Clinique High Impact mascara, no eyeliner|
|whole shebang, with Clinique Mightiest Maraschino on lips|
|here's the whole line-up for reference|
|left to right, one swipe on moisturized skin: Urban Decay Underground, L'Oreal Bronzed Taupe, LMdB Corinthian,|
Too Faced Lap Dance, Guerlain Les Fumés right, Tarina Tarantino Fantastical top, theBalm Selfish
I'm not crazy about the juvenility (holy shit, that's a word?!) of the outer package design, but the packaging besides that is pretty ideal––it's tin, and therefore durable, and is thin, lightweight, and compact. Definitely better than the old TF palettes! A mirror would be a nice addition, but I guess we can't have everything.
Overall, I'm really pleased with this palette. It has a lot of choices that combine well, and the range of shades means it could suffice perfectly well all on its own (say, for a trip, because I'm not about to imagine getting rid of all my eyeshadows...). If you're in the market for a cool-toned alternative to the glut of warm-leaning neutral palettes, it's definitely worth a look!
$36 for 0.39 oz (3 x 0.07 oz, 6 x 0.03 oz), available from Sephora, Too Faced, Ulta, among others
Effectiveness: 4.5 (thus far, these shadows have not made my eyes "so sweet and seductive that when someone looks into them, they get lost inside" [also, HAHAHAHA])
Ease of Use: 4.75
Packaging: +0.25 (it's really, really great for travel)
What do you think of Boudoir Eyes? Which look is your favorite?