I picked up this palette before I got ill, but I’ve held off from reviewing it as not only did I want to have a chance to properly use it a few times, but I wanted to shift my bad mood to see if the timing of getting the palette had anything to do with my overall feelings towards it (which spoiler alert: weren’t great).
I actually intended to get Chocolate Bar which was a lot more neutral but somehow ended up with Bon Bon -I think my inner child was distracted by all the pink- which as the name suggests is kind of sweet shop themed with of pink and purples tones. I’m just not a pink kind of girl when it comes to makeup and much like the Naked 3 palette, even if this were the best formula on the planet I probably wouldn’t reach for it frequently.
Colour preferences and kidney stones aside, I’ve now worn this palette on three occasions, giving all shadows a good go so I can review it fairly. One thing that’s undeniable, the packaging is insanely cute.
The outer packaging is cardboard and features a pretty design, which unlike the palette itself is brown.
The inner packaging is strong and metal which is a plus, velvet packaging looks nice for the first few minutes of opening but then gets covered in product, thumb smears and anything which comes into contact with it.
As I think I’ve mentioned before (ok I rant about it all the time) I’m not a fan of scented makeup, especially not sickly sweet scents which seem to be popular at the moment. This palette smells of sugar and vanilla which whilst realistic I find pretty off putting.
Each shadow is set in a cute heart shaped pan, with the exception of the two highlight shades which are larger. There are 14 shadows and 2 highlights included.
There are five matte shades: Almond truffle, Cashew Chew, Pecan Praline, Bordeaux and Mocha. The rest are shimmers, with varying degrees of glitter; Dark Truffle, Cafe Au Lait, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey, Molasses Chip and Black Current being the most glittery.
Of the highlight shades, Divinity is matte and Satin Sheets is a shimmer.
I love it when a palette tells a story, it’s inspirational and essentially why we buy them in the first place. I have pretty much every eyeshadow colour in my collection, but a palette containing shades which compliment each other perfectly will likely be better for creating looks, unless of course you have literally every eyeshadow shade in which case you’re a beauty counter, not a person.
This palette does that really well, it reminds me of Paris, the little cafes and neatly arranged rows of colourful macarons. The names they’ve chosen for the shades are perfect and despite not being the biggest wearer of pinky toned eyeshadows, I was ready to dive in and start creating some Parisian sweet shop realness.
Annoyingly though, that’s where this palette really falls down for me.
Too Faced brand themselves almost like kids makeup, the packaging is always really cute and they put a huge amount of emphasis on the creativity in terms of colour combinations, themes and names. Having seen so many bloggers and YouTubers rave about Too Faced, I felt pretty confident that this was just branding and that the products would be of a high quality (as at £35 it’s certainly not priced like kids makeup), but was sorely disappointed by the formula I found here.
The majority of shades are really chalky and dry, giving very little colour payoff. This is especially noticeable in the first half of the palette in the lightest shades.
The darker mattes like Mocha which do deposit a fair amount of pigment are very muddy and difficult to blend, something you can see in my swatches but that is very noticeable when working with the palette on the eye.
The glitters are chunky and impossible to work with and due to the lack of colour payoff the shadows don’t work well together at all. I’ve tried several different looks and found the same pitfalls each time, despite using a good primer and even using some of Too Faced’s own Shadow Insurance glitter primer over my transition shade to get any noticeable colour payoff from the shimmers.
I do appreciate that light colours are often chalky, as are neons, but I personally wouldn’t put out a palette which wasn’t up to par just to fit a sweet shop theme. I know their other palettes get tons of love so I’m really hoping this is just down to the light colours and a bad egg … I know I have plenty of Too Faced lip and face products in my collection which I love.
For each swatch I had to repeatedly apply to get any colour payoff and some of these are barely noticeable.
Top row, from right to left: Almond Truffle, Cashew Cream, Dark Truffle, Satin Sheets, Cotten Candy.
Bottom row, from right to left: Cafe Au Lait, Totally Fetch (+1 for Mean Girls reference), Earl Grey, Bourdeux, Sprinkles.
Left, from top to bottom: Molasses Chip, Mocha.
Right: Malted, Black Current, Divinity.
It sucks that this palette was a let down for me. Even though a lot of the colours aren’t ones I would wear a lot, there were some really great shades included and I was up for going over to the dark side and wearing some pink eye looks after feeling inspired by my new purchase.
Packaging and creativity wise, there’s nothing not to like about the palette. Despite this being a pretty negative review it’s an aesthetically pleasing one because the product itself is adorable, I just wish the formula lived up to the expectation the packaging creates.
I’d love to know if you’ve used this palette and what your thoughts were on it?