The Rock N Roll Palette by Too Faced Cosmetics: These Tough and Tender Jewel Tones Rock

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Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

Wearing the new Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette while doing my best impression of a vixen in an ’80s Billy Idol video

I’m about as rock ‘n’ roll as a porcelain cat figurine sitting on a lace doily, but I’m not gonna let that stop me from releasing my inner headbanger!

Rock, rock, rock, ROCK!

No, really. ’80s Billy Idol would totally hate me. He’d, like, sneer at me because I’d want to go home early because “I have to be in bed by 10.”

Actually 9:30. OK, 9.

But maybe he’d hate me less if I were wearing the new Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette ($36)…

Rock N Roll: what’s it all about?

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

The new Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette, $36

One of three palettes in the Too Faced Smitten Kitten collection for fall 2014 (the others are Country and Cat Eyes), Rock N Roll has a couple things in common with its siblings. Like the others, it houses nine eyeshadows in three rows, with each of the rows corresponding to a different makeup look — day, classic and fashion.

With a focus on jewel tones, Rock N Roll’s shadows are richer and more intense than the others, so if you like the way you look in jewels, and particularly if you have a medium or darker skin tone and don’t want to spend eternity packing on shadows to get them to show up on you, this one is definitely swatch worthy.

Someone’s been channeling Urban Decay

I’m thinking it. You’re thinking it. We’re all thinking it. So let’s just come out and say it. :)

These are some very UD-like colors — a deep green, a dark blue, an intense purple, and glitter for days.

That said, there are far worse things in life than channeling Urban Decay.

So, does it rock?

Rock N Roll’s colors have a harder edge to ‘em, but at the same time, I think they’re still very girly. It’s glam meets pretty — something I think Too Faced does exceptionally well. Perfect for a Too Faced Cosmetics girl going to a Metallica concert with her metalhead boyfriend, ya feel me?

[INSERT SIGN OF THE BEAST HERE, AND TRY NOT TO CONFUSE IT WITH "I LOVE YOU" WHEN YOU'RE IN HEAD-BANGING MODE.]

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

Rock on!

Think tough with a little tenderness to it. Even with the more intense shades, the darkest you get is navy blue Heavy Metal, deep green Punk and dark brown Ska, which, by the way, is like a shimmery version of MAC Brun (LOVE!). I’m wearing it in the crease in these pics.

Even then, the colors aren’t too harsh or dark.

What about wear time?

Let me put it this way: these shadows easily last through the encore. Same goes for the other fall palettes. With Rock N Roll, I get 8-10 hours with just a bit of fading starting around hour 8.

The right tools for the job

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

That’s Rockabilly along my brow bones, Ska in the crease, New Romantic on the inner half of my lids, Punk on my upper lash lines, Heavy Metal on my lower lash lines, and Rap in the inner corners

Here’s the deal: there’s a lot of shimmer in this palette and only one matte, Rockabilly, the sheer beige in the day look row, so when I wear these shadows, I reach for a tapered blending brush and a domed blending brush to buff the shimmers on my lids, as opposed to patting them on with a flat eyeshadow brush, and I glide the brush head across the skin using little circles and broad sweeps back and forth, back and forth.

I do it because with shimmery or glittery shadows like these, I think I’m able to work the shadows into the skin better, and get that shiny finish and intense color, when I use a looser brush head. The results are a little more forgiving, I think, especially if you have fine lines.

But if you crave drama…

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette Swatches from the left: Rockabilly (a sheer matte beige), Rap (a metallic golden bronze) and Ska (a shimmery dark brown)

Swatches from the left: Rockabilly (a sheer matte beige), Rap (a metallic golden bronze) and Ska (a shimmery dark brown)

By all means, go for it. :) If you feel like going disco crazy (hey, there’s time and place for it), pack that ish on with a flat eyeshadow brush. You may even want to wet it first to intensify the shadows and the metallic effect.

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette Swatches from the left: New Wave (a satiny, peachy pink with silver glitter), Pop (a shimmery deep purple with hot pink glitter) and Heavy Metal (a shimmery navy blue with purple glitter)

New Wave (a satiny, peachy pink with silver glitter), Pop (a shimmery deep purple with hot pink glitter) and Heavy Metal (a shimmery navy blue with purple glitter)

Several of these shadows do that really well. Like Rap.

Oh, my gosh! — it’s the warm golden bronze in the Day look row. It has a bit of chunkiness to it, but that’s not a bad thing. If you use a wet flat eyeshadow brush to apply it, you can make it look really foiled and rad to where the shine just POPS off the lids.

So dramatic and super cool.

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette Swatches from the left: New Romantic (a shimmery golden peachy taupe), Glam Rock (a satiny medium gray with silver glitter) and Punk (a shimmery blackened forest green)

New Romantic (a shimmery, golden peachy taupe), Glam Rock (a satiny medium gray with silver glitter) and Punk (a shimmery blackened forest green)

Here’s a tip: do your eyes first

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette

I’m also wearing Chanel Malice on my cheeks and Too Faced Country Star on my lips

With this palette, I think it helps to do your eyes first. Do your eyes first. Do your eyes first.

Let me say it again: do your eyes first.

Because there’s glitter in them thar hills, and the shadows will drop down on your cheeks. But if you do your eyes first, you can clean up any fallout, and then go back in with your foundation, concealer — that kind of thing.

Perfect for…

Too Faced Rock N Roll Rock Candy Eye Shadow Collection on the left and Country Nashville Nudes Eye Shadow Collection on the right ($36 each)

Too Faced Rock N Roll Rock Candy Eye Shadow Collection on the left and Country Nashville Nudes Eye Shadow Collection on the right ($36 each)

Medium-toned makeup mavens and darker divas. Or anyone who wants a more dramatic look (but one that isn’t stark).

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! — is what have to say about these tough jewel tones with their tender touch. :)

You can find it now exclusively at Ulta stores and online at toofaced.com.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. cassie says:

    Very pretty look, I love the Too faced eye shadows! Can’t wait to get my hands on the Country Nashville Nudes Eye Shadow Collection. :)

  2. fancie says:

    Love the look you created! It’s soft yet sexy! The shadows looked pretty in the pan but they’re so beautiful swatched. I really like them! Especially that blue and green!
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  3. crystaldawn says:

    This one really intrests me as apposed to the others..deep jewel tones are my weakness in a palette. .but I got UD smoked palette a few months ago so im ggod till I get the chocolate bar but this def makes my yop 5 list..I dont like the gold (rap)tho

  4. Jess says:

    Are these palettes not coming to Sephora? Us Canadians are just outta luck here? *sniffle*

  5. crystaldawn says:

    Can I type today?

  6. Amanda Val says:

    KAREN THAT TANK TOP IS SO GORGEOUS! GAH :) I love the way smokey eyes look on you! I love how Too Faced came out with both a Rock and a Country palette. Hopefully they’re expand on this theme and create something based on Hip Hop or Rap?
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    • Karen says:

      Thanks babe! ALL CAPS THANKS!!! Believe it or not it was a rand-o purchase from Marshalls for like $15!

      Oh, and if they had a Hip Hop palette there better be a shade called Biggie. ;)

  7. You are a rockstar Karen.. stunning pictures!! I am in love with this rock n roll palette.. basically everything from Too faced recent launches.. :D :D

    I gotta save some to add these in my Makeup Bag!
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  8. Alison M says:

    I get a bit sick of eyeshadows not working on my skin tone so I can’t imagine what it’s like having less options for darker skin. Huzzah for Too Faced creating a palette that packs a punch across the board! The shades in this palette are totally UD-esque, but I’m digging it!
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  9. Vanessa says:

    Whyyyyyyyyy is that a Chanel blush?! It looks AMAZING on you!!!! Noooo I need

  10. Kwmechelle says:

    First off, BIG ups for saying a hip hop palette better include an eyeshadow called Biggie. The more I get to “know” you the more I think we’d be great friends. Makeup + hip hop + dancing = nothing better!

    I’m totally digging this palette. Nothing jewel-toned in my stash & I think jewel tones are uber flattering on this NC50, dark skin diva. Glad you swatched & reviewed these. One more thing for me to save for. Haha.

  11. Agata says:

    This palette really suits you. Surprisingly, I am more drawn to the Country palette though.
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  12. I “need” another palette like I need a hole in the head. But I really *neeeeeed* this!!

    It looks so pretty and bold. Great post, as usual! Always so creative!

  13. Kim says:

    Smitten Kitten is such an awesome name. Also awesome? My mental image of the sneering 80s Billy Idol, doing the twisty-fist. HAHA! Thanks for that way-back, play-back moment. :)

  14. Erin says:

    It reminds me of UD Smoked.
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  15. Majick says:

    I have a ton of jewel tones but this looks really great. Love the look you created. I think I can pass on this and the country but I’m gonna be hard pressed to leave the Cat Eye one on the shelf.

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