When I first saw the Too Faced Pretty Mess Collection, it was like two of my favourite things had collided and had the most amazing love child you’ve ever seen.
I am a huge fan of the Real Housewives franchise, especially Beverly Hills, so to see a collaboration between one of my favourite makeup brands and a Real Housewife was more exciting than it probably should be for a 36 year old woman.
Erika Girardi is the wife of a hotshot lawyer and one of the ladies who grace our screens on RHOBH, but there’s more to her than lunches, cat fights and charity events. She also has an alter ego – Erika Jayne – and performs her, somewhat risqué, songs all over the globe. If you’ve never seen one of her videos then get yourself on YouTube … then realise that she is 47 and looks better now than I ever have. Erika is also BFFs with Too Faced’s Jerrod Blandino, so the Too Faced Pretty Mess Collection was always going to be amazing.
I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent most of the collection, although I am missing the eyeshadow palette which looks gorgeous. I did contemplate ordering it from America but the shipping was stupid, so I will be patient and wait for it to hit the UK. From the bright, fun packaging, to the names of the products, this collection is in your face, tongue in cheek and literally gives no f*cks – none, not one!
Kicking things off, we have How Many F*cks Do I Give? This is a high-impact highlighter (£25.00) and it is actually insane.
Trust me, use a small brush and a light hand or you may end up looking a little bit like a glitter ball – I learnt this the hard way. There’s a more golden bronzed tone and then the dollar sign is in a very light gold. You can use the shades alone or swipe your brush across the pan for a mix of the two.
I found the bronze shade to be quite natural and beautiful, but the gold is blinding and a little goes a very long way. The colour payoff is extremely intense and gives you a wet-look finish to the skin, so maybe use this for nights out, not for going to lunch with your in-laws. It’s beautifully soft and creamy and does not disappoint.
Next we have the Kissable Body Shimmer (£32.00), aptly named Pat The Puss (one of Erika’s signature dance moves … you literally pat the puss).
Now if I’m being honest, my days of body shimmers are probably behind me, but this is a bit of fun. First of all, it smells absolutely gorgeous and has a sugar cookie flavour, so if someone is kissing it off you, then that’s a little treat for their tastebuds.
You get a big pink fluffy puff so you can easily pat the feather-light loose powder over your puss and wherever else you want to shimmer and glow. The powder is a rose gold champagne shade and instantly adds shimmer to your body. Will I use it daily? No, but there’s something a bit frivolous about it that I love.
Too Faced’s Lip Injection Extreme is one of their iconic products with it’s tingling, lip plumping properties. Now, for the first time, they’ve added a tint to it with Erika’s Painkillr Pink (£22.00).
With a hot pink hue, I do like the shade even though I’m not normally one for pink lips, but this is quite subtle and works better over the top of a lipstick.
The Lip Injection has scientifically-proven advanced lip volumising technologies and you do normally get a tingly feeling in your lips that does make them feel like they are plumping up. However, I just didn’t get that with this and was left feeling a little disappointed. As a lip gloss, it’s nice, but as a plumper it missed the mark.
Finally, we have the two lip kits (£24.00), with Polite Lips and DSL. Each contains a mechanical lip liner and a lip gloss.
Polite Lips is the more wearable of the two, with the Housewife Pink liner, which is a nude pink and the Polite & Pretty gloss which is a lovely pearlescent peachy pink gloss. For me, this is the kit I’ll probably use the most but that’s purely because I’m more of a neutral girl.
DSL is slightly more out there in my opinion and I’m not sure that it really works, but some people may absolutely love it. The liner is Club Queen Fuchsia and it is bright! The gloss is Dramatic Prismatic and it is a copper, bronze prismatic effect that is actually very pretty, but it clashes with the liner.
I’ve seen some reviews for the Too Faced Pretty Mess Collection and they’ve been a bit negative.
These bloggers clearly don’t know who Erika is or what her stage persona is like. This collection is supposed to fun, a bit tacky, a bit rude. No-one is expecting it to be muted or even beautiful. It’s meant to be out there, like the Erika Jayne persona. That’s the beauty of makeup, it can be as fun as you want it to be and Too Faced get that. For the most part, I love the collection and that palette is calling my name.
*These products were gifted to me to review