I’m back today with one of my favourite types of posts- a palette review! I love palettes. I really am attracted to them over single eyeshadows and they are my high-end weakness. Most of my collection is drugstore, except for my eyeshadows. After seeing the quality differences between some (not all) drugstore and higher-end eyeshadows I was hooked. I likely will never be addicted to a high end foundation for example because I can get a similar look from the drugstore, but I do see the differences in high-end eyeshadows. Now of course there are exceptions to this, not all high-end eyeshadows are better and there are some gems in the drugstore for sure, but with a little research I have had great luck with my high-end eyeshadow purchases. Okay that’s enough rambling, onto the review!
About the Palette
This palette features 16 eyeshadows, 11 that are shimmery/glittery and 5 matte shades. Most of the shades fit into the brown range, but there are a few colours included. 14 of the eyeshadows are 0.03 oz and 2 are 0.10 oz. The 2 bigger shadows are the highlight shades. The shadows are made with real cocoa powder so when you open the lid, you are immediately hit with a warm chocolate smell. It is way more enticing than I imagined it to be. I find myself sniffing this as I use it, it’s just a perfectly sweet scent. Yum.
From the second this palette came out, the buzz was all about the packaging and how cute it was. I’ll admit that I find the packaging a bit cutesy for my taste. I think the outer box (first picture) is timeless and sort of classy looking, but the actually palette packaging is just a bit cutesy for me. I think my taste leans a bit more to the sleek side, like the Urban Decay Naked 2 and 3 Palettes, but this packaging is functional nonetheless. I do commend Too Faced for uniqueness though. It’s a metal tin with a magnetic closure, which I do like a lot better than a snap closure because I think it’s more foolproof and less likely to falter over time. The actual tin is pretty thick, which I think is a bit unnecessary, since I know the shadows aren’t using all that space*. The shadows are placed pretty close together and because of that, the names of the shadows are not printed on the actual palette itself, but on a plastic over sheet instead. I think the names of the shadows are so awesome, so I would have liked them personally displayed on the tin. The sheet is a bit irritating, as it constantly needs to be moved out of the way, but I want to keep it so I remember the shade names for future reference. Of course none of these things are deal breakers by any means. The shadows are the most important part!
As I said before there are 16 eyeshadows in this palette, most of which are what I would consider ‘pumped up neutrals’. They’re neutral colours that are not your standard basic. Each has something special about it that I felt like added to my collection in it’s own way. Despite there being lots of browns in the palette, the looks I’ve created using this palette aren’t typical or boring. I appreciate that Too Faced included some colours in here as well because it really makes this an all in one palette. This has transition shades, lid colours, crease colours and some beautiful accent colours, all of which you need for most eye looks. As well I think the shades included are flattering for all eye colours, and skin tones so that’s a bonus as well.
Most of these shades are pretty pigmented and soft. Some of the more glittery shades are a bit more gritty in texture, but they still apply nicely and blend smoothly.
Gilded Ganache- This is a very sparkly dark brown shade with gold sparkles in it. It almost has a green undertone to me, like a dark dark khaki. Despite being sparkly, this is still a very buttery and blendable shade.
Salted Caramel- This shade is matte warm brown shade with an slight orange undertone. This is a perfect transition colour for my skin tone. It is very warm, so if you gravitate towards cool tone browns, you might not like this shade.
Hazelnut- This shade is a shimmery bronzey-brown shade that has almost a reddish undertone. It’s crazy pigmented and incredibly smooth. I think this would be an excellent addition to a bronze smoky eye.
White Chocolate- A matte light beige colour that has a very soft, light orange undertone. It’s very buttery and it’s pigmentation is moderate compared some of the shades in this palette. It’s pretty close to my skin tone, so this would make a better highlight shade for someone with darker skin than me. I have been using this as an all over lid base colour.
Marzipan- This is one of my favourite shades in the palette. It’s a frosted peachy type shade. I have been loving this shade. It’s the kind of shade that is perfect all over the lid, it’s really beautiful and super unique. I have nothing even close to this colour.
Creme Brulee- A gold shade that is both frosty and shimmery making it almost iridescent.
Semi-Sweet- A matte medium brown, a great neutral crease shade.
Haute Chocolate- A reddish dark brown with fine shimmer. One of the most pigmented shades in the palette.
Milk Chocolate- A light matte brown colour that is much less warm than Salted Caramel. This could be a really pretty lid colour or a transition colour.
Strawberry Bon Bon- A matte light pink. This shade is really buttery, but definitely not the most pigmented shade in the palette. For very fair skin this would make a beautiful soft lid colour.
Cherry Cordial- A burgundy-brown-plum with shimmer. The shimmer doesn’t transfer strongly. I have been loving this as a crease colour, it darkens up my look and the burgundy brings out the green in my eyes.
Black Forest Truffle- A dark brown and plum shade with lots of sparkle.
Candied Violet- A very glittery violet shade with pink shimmers in it. It’s not as soft (one of the gritty shades) and pigmented as I would have like it to be, but can be built up. I have been loving this really smoked out on the lower lashline.
Champagne Truffle- This shade is beautiful. Ever since I got this palette I have been reaching for this as the most beautiful inner corner highlight. I pick this shade up no matter what palette I’m using, it’s just so special. It’s a frosted champagne colour that almost has a light lavender undertone.
Triple Fudge- A very pigmented dark brown shade. I would consider this matte as well. It’s incredibly similar to the Dark Chocolate shade in the Too Faced A Few of my Favorite Things palette that was limited edition at Christmas. A staple colour for sure.
Amaretto- A frosty dark brown with a bronzey edge to it. The darker version of Hazelnut.
Who is this for?
If you’re a person who loves neutral eyeshadows like I do, but are tired of the same basics, then this is for you. It does have some basics included which is great for travel, but it also includes those unique shades that aren’t in every palette. I think a makeup novice could use this as it pretty much has every thing you need, so as long as you know where to put what you’d be fine. Also if you like chocolate, then this is a definite yes, since it smells like a warm, melted pool of chocolate goodness as soon as you pop open the lid.
Who isn’t this for?
If you mainly like matte eyeshadows this might not be your ideal palette since 11/16 are frosted or shimmery. Additionally, if you like super bright shades, this might not tick your boxes with its neutral focus.If you don’t mind using this with another palette, I think you could easily work in some of your brighter shades. The last person who I think wouldn’t like this is a person who mainly wears light eyes, as a significant majority of these shades are darker in tone.
Overall, I think this is a really unique palette. A great majority of the shades are buttery, pigmented and all are super blendable. I do wish that for the price Too Faced had included at least a sample of maybe their Shadow Insurance or an eyeliner or something. There is such a cult following for the Urban Decay eye primers and liners and I do think that is because they include them in some of their palettes so people who wouldn’t buy them individually can try them. I think Too Faced could have included that to spark some interest in their other products. I do think that these shadows are worth their price though as they do deliver on size, texture and pigmentation. The only thing I long for with this palette occasionally is a few lighter shades, more suited to day time. In all, I think this palette is beautifully unique and I’m pretty amazed by the richness that this palette has, it definitely suits it’s name.
If you have tried this palette, let me know what you think in the comments below! Or if there are any other palettes I should try, I’d love to know, like I said I’m a palette junkie, so any suggestions are much appreciated!
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Bye for now,
*UPDATE: Too Faced has now released this with slimmer packaging, taking care of one of my very few complaints!