Thursday, July 13, 2017

TOO FACED Natural Love Palette

I have a real soft spot for Too Faced Cosmetics, in my opinion they are "The Most Adorable Makeup Brand" but they also have a lot of substance behind an adorable and fluffy packaging.  I have been reaching for and relying on my Too Faced eye shadows more and more (OK so the fact that the Chocolate Bar Palettes smell amazing is a contributing factor) so I was really intrigued my the Natural Love Palette*.  

Guess what I need more eye shadows like a hole in the head (or as I brilliantly heard described recently like I need another bum) but the Natural Love Palette has 30 natural toned eye shadows.  For many many years I have been a riot of colour with eye shadows... purple (hell yeah)  green (pile them on) blue (sure they will look great) chartreuse (sure why not) but as I am getting older I am thinking if I continue with the bold lip and the mental eye shadow people might begin to worry about me.  Also I have a toddler so I am tired about 90% of the time and the other 10% I am asleep so its probably best to start using flattering eye shadows so you might actually be able to make out my actual eye colour.
The Natural Love palette features 30 shades, some of these shades come from the best selling Natural palettes (including Natural Eyes, Natural Matte, Natural At Night) as well as a selection of new shades.  This might be a bit of a bummer for hard core Too Faced fans but in Ireland we didn't really have that much access to the brand so its a wonderful opportunity to delve into the wonderful world of Too Faced.   My first bits of makeup from Too Faced were bought in America a long time ago on a tiny counter in Macys which looked like a pink dressing table (as far as I can remember) 



The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a slim design and the design looks like a whimsical fairy tale book including peony roses and bunny rabbits (see most adorable makeup brand).  The 30 shades include a mix of matte shadows, satin, shimmer and glittery.
Shades included are:
Heaven, Fairy Tale, Nudie, Tickle Me, Dont Settle, Fingers Crossed
Lace Teddy, Satin Sheets, Push-up, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini, Undercover
Pink Cheeks, Kittens, Bunny Nose, Moonbeam, Love Bug,  Smokin
Poodle, Cutie Patootie, Dear Diary, Coffee Date, Spoiled, Night Fever
Spotlight, Honey Butter, Honeymoon, Hot & Bothered, Makeup & Chill, Stiletto
And now onto swatches.
Shades from Left to Right Top Row:
Heaven, Fairy Tale, Nudie, Tickle Me, Dont Settle, Fingers Crossed
Shades from Left to Right Second Row:
Lace Teddy, Satin Sheets, Push-up, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini, Undercover
Shades from Left to Right Third Row:
Pink Cheeks, Kittens, Bunny Nose, Moonbeam, Love Bug,  Smokin
Shades from Left to Right Fourth Row:
Poodle, Cutie Patootie, Dear Diary, Coffee Date, Spoiled, Night Fever
Shades from Left to Right Bottom Row:
Spotlight, Honey Butter, Honeymoon, Hot & Bothered, Makeup & Chill, Stiletto
There is a good mix of shades and shadow types in the palette - at first I thought there were not enough dark matte shades but there is a deep brown and a black - the shadows I used least are the dark glittery ones as I am not a huge fan of glittery fall out and if you want glitter there is no beating the Stila Magnificent Metals glittery eye shadow.  My absolute favourite eye shadows are the almost pearl duo chrome like the shade Satin Sheets (second row) which looks like a pale pearl but shifts to a beautiful champagne shade (bunny nose on the third row is another gentle stunner).  There are so many subtle but stunning shades its hard to pick a favourite. 

I love the formula and consistency of Too Faced eye shadows and for the last couple of months this has been my go to palette that I reach for every day.  To quote Hozier "I fall in love just a little more little bit everyday with someone new"  or with a different eye shadow from the palette.   Everyday I think "OOO what shall I try today" and fall in love with a new shade.  The eye shadows are buttery soft and pigmented.  I haven't been creating complicated eye looks using 20 shades as I find some of the shades are so pretty they are stunning worn by themselves with a bit of liner or tight lining.  
There is a look book which comes with the palette, the looks are pretty and look easy to recreate.  I haven't used it yet (which reminds me to do so immediately).
The Price:  now here is the bad news this beautiful palette is priced at €62.00.. Ouch.  My makeup maths breakdown is each shadow would work out at just over €2.00 each which isnt that scary.   I got sent this palette as a sample but I would purchase it myself (albeit a big treat for myself).  My only fear is that at €62.00 Too Faced are pricing themselves out of the market and out of the range of their target audience (mind you who is their target audience, who doesn't want a palette with bunnies and non hay fever inducing peony's on it) especially when you think you can get a Charlotte Tilbury palette (albeit a quad) for €50.00.

Too Faced eye shadow palettes are definitely something to look out for.  The range of Chocolate Bar palettes cost €47.00 (so change from a fifty for a cup of coffee).  You might decide to skip the Natural Love Palette but Too Faced are a brand that excites me and I get giddy to see what they come up with next (usually something adorable and fabulous).  

Too Faced are available from Debenhams and Debenhams.ie. Debenhams in Henry Street has a new fabulously kitted out counter which looks beautiful.  
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