So Christmas will very soon be upon us and it can be hard to know what to buy for the beauty lovers in our lives at times. Those friends, sisters, Mums, Aunts, colleagues can all be hard to buy for but a make up set is always a success. So when there are so many products out there offering similar things it can be hard to know where to start.
I'm going to compare a couple of similar products, which retail at the same price (£30) and help you decide where your money would be better spent.
Two products I chose look completely different but both offer similar things, a selection of cheek and eye colours and a mascara.
Behold the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty and the Stila Snow Angel Palette.
I'll talk about both sets separately before doing a comparison at the end. Starting with the Stila Snow Angel Palette.
Undoubtedly a VERY pretty looking palette This contains 12 cheek colours, 18 eye shadows, a black mascara and a handy little booklet with some suggested ways of using the product.
Swatches of the cheek shades:
I didn't enjoy the mascara, for me it did very little to my lashes. As for the eyeshadows, I found the majority of the shades to be very pale or sheer, with just a few deeper shades to add contrast BUT, all the shadows can be used wet or dry for maximum impact which is a plus. The black eyeshadow is worthy of a special mention for just being so fabulously black. The cheek colours are lovely and there is something there for everyone from baby pink to bright red. All in all I'd recommend this set for someone who like neutral shades and a less dramatic eye look. There are so many shadows and blushers and I think nearly all would suit most people.
Then we have a closer look at the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty:
In this palette we have less shades to choose from. There are two blushers, a highlighter, a pale bronzer, twelve eyeshadows, a mascara and the addition of a mirror under which you can find a pale neutral pinky lip gloss.
Swatches of the cheek shades and lip gloss:
The quality of the products in this set are very high. The mascara is fabulous, the cheek colours are pigmented but highly blendable and the eyeshadow shades all pack a punch. The three palest shades don't show up so well in swatches as the are close to the colour of my skin, but regardless they are apparent in the flesh and of course, useful. The eyeshadow shades are really beautiful also, with a couple of really stand out shades (the right two on the middle row). They also wear exceptionally well. They are however not especially subtle, and most of the shades create quite a striking look.
So there we have it, so to compare. I think I've been unable to hide the fact that I've a clear favourite. The Too Faced one offers, in my opinion so much more, despite having far less colours to choose from. The quality seems so much better, in that what you see in the pan, is what you get on your eyelid. I found the black eyeshadow a little disappointing in this one, whereas in the Stila Snow Angel set the black is outstanding.
What this really boils down to for me is quality over quantity and even the case for the Too Faced set is much sturdier than than the Stila one, which does seem a little flimsy. So if you're looking to spend £30 on a cosmetic gift for a loved one this Christmas, the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty definitely gets my vote, and is the one I'd be the most happy to receive.
There is a caveat though and that at the end of the day this does come down to taste and if the person you are buying for favours a more natural or subtle look then the Stila is a very beautiful gift indeed, the quality isn't bad, it's just not in the same league as the Too Faced palette.
So there we have it.
If you are looking for quality and deep colours then go for the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty.
If you are looking for lots of choice, with a good range of sheers, neutrals and blushers then go for the Stila Snow Angel Palette.
I purchased both of these from http://www.beautybay.com/. The Stila Palette was £29.50 and the Too Faced Set was £30.
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