With the popularity of YouTube’s ‘Beauty Gurus’ over the past few years having a huge makeup collection seems like something everybody has. Now – disclaimer time – comparatively my makeup collection is pretty small, BUT for the average woman I have more than I can wear. Eye shadow palettes are my weakness and I am more than happy to spend some of my hard earned cash on creating my collection. I have built up quite a collection of Too Faced Palettes as I generally really like their cute, fun branding as well as the quality and wear-ability of the shadows. I thought I’d share my collection with you and discuss which palettes are worth buying and which are a case of style over substance.
The first palette I bought was the classic Chocolate Bar. This palette lives up to its hype and has served me well. It’s great for simple and easy everyday looks but also has a couple of really nice purple and berry tones on the right hand side of the palette. As you can probably tell, Marzipan and Crème Brulee are my absolute favourite shades in the Chocolate Bar palette and either of these over Salted Caramel in the crease is a super easy but effective warm toned eye look.
Next up I purchased two of the small sized palettes with the intention of wanting a compact palette to take with me when I’m away for work. I got the Peanut Butter and Jelly and the Natural Eyes Palettes. The Peanut butter and Jelly palette is really fun but to be honest I’ve never used the purple shades. I love purple eyeshadow, it’s my favourite colour but I struggle to create a nice look with only the colours here. The shimmer shade Peanut Brittle is really nice, but ultimately I tend not to reach for this palette on a regular basis or to take away with me. I do love the Natural Eyes palette though and have often took this with me if I’m away for a night or two. I really like the three larger pans on the left of the palette. You can probably tell by how dirty my one is how much I like this one!
*Spoilers* My next purchase was a bit of a disappointment. I bought the Too Faced and Kat Von D palette collaboration. The packaging is great, with one side for Too Faced and the other for Kat Von D, both sides attach with magnets. The packaging is cardboard, but really high quality and with lovely designs on both halves. The colour selection in this really lets it down though and I have only used it a handful of times. The quality of the Too Faced shades just doesn’t seem the same as the three previous palettes I had gotten used to and enjoyed. I really love the feel of the Kat Von D shadows though, but the colours just don’t appeal to me, and definitely not on an everyday basis. I would like to try another Kat Von D eye shadow palette though as they blend extremely well and I’m sure there’s some great options out there. I think this collaboration was limited edition anyway but I would not recommend this if you ever come across it, even if you are a fan of both brands.
The next palette I had to order specifically from the Too Faced website and have it shipped to the UK. But oh was it worth it! If you are into YouTube and make up you’ve probably heard of Beauty Guru Kandee Johnson. (If not check out her channel here). She is an extremely talented makeup artist and has an infectious bubbly personality. She collaborated on the I Want Kandee Collection with Too Faced and created this gorgeous palette pictured below, as well a number of liquid lipsticks and other products. This palette is great! The quality is excellent and the colours are right up my street. There’s a great mix of mattes and shimmers to create a number of different looks of varying intensity, the highlight shades at the bottom of the pan are also all really nice. My only slight complaint would be the packaging. Don’t get me wrong it’s cute, but quite bulky when it really doesn’t need to be. I also struggle to open it a bit too, although that might just be me! I thought this palette was definitely worth the money, even the shipping and customs fee I had to pay! My absolute favourite shades are Raspberry Cocoa, Sugar Plum, Taupe Berry, Sparkling Cider and Hot Chocolate. I love Kandee and I’m so pleased I got to support her by getting my hands on this great collaboration.
My final eyeshadow palette I got at the last December at the Too Faced store on Carnaby Street. I was so excited to go in and surprised I was so restrained to only buy one item! I got the super adorable Clover Palette. This was back to the original style metal tin packaging containing 18 vibrant and fun shades. The palette is really wearable though, but also gives the opportunity to do some really creative looks as well. Again the quality is great and although I don’t reach for it that frequently I really love this palette. I want to try and use it more as it does have some really pretty everyday kind of colours mixed up in there, like Chihuahua, Paw Print, Cuddle Bunny and Cuteness Overload.
Although not eyeshadow I may as well include the Natural Face palette in this post. I actually ordered this off Cult Beauty as they recently started stocking Too Faced (yay). I had seen a few reviews on this palette, as well as other things in the Natural Collection. The new packaging is really beautiful and feels very high quality, but I must admit it’s quite heavy and bulky so not the best for travelling. I absolutely love the blushes and bronzers in this 6 pan palette, a little goes a long way though and it’s easy to overdo it. Remember to use a light hand! The highlighters are good and really pigmented but I don’t find either shade that flattering on my skin tone, again it’s really easy to overdo it.