It is time for one more Summer 2017 collection review and after the amazing Urban Decay Naked Heat Collection, the Too Faced summer collection is a fitting match. Please subscribe if you like my reviews and science infused articles, by following on WordPress or by entering an email at the bottom of the website’s front main page (here).
I’ve been thinking about the Too Faced Natural Love palette for months now (launched in March 2017) and I was constantly convincing myself that I don’t need it, especially since many reviews have stated the same: “it’s good but not a must have”. I ended up getting this on the basis that it is limited edition and if I don’t get it and try it now I won’t ever again get the chance to. Boy I am glad I did!
Like any beauty junkie, I looked for reviews, I watched videos, swatches, read about it and other than the few “it’s not good” reviews the consensus of the beauty bloggers seems to be that this is a good palette. And I agree. However, a lot of them concluded that it is not a must have palette and each had a different reason, some of them were: “the colours are too natural”, “some of the colours are repeats from other palettes”, “too faced eye shadows are not the best quality” etc.
Since other bloggers’ reviews affected me so much, I wanted to also give my opinion on this palette for those who are confused and unsure like I was, and are not sure whether to buy this or not. Long story short: Buy it. But here’s why.
Firstly, it is super cute. Like most of the Too Faced products, the packaging is to die for. This palette is easily one of the most cute, good looking palettes out there. It is made of strong, high quality cardboard and is primarily beige coloured. It has tree brunches with pink flowers on them. There are birds, a butterfly and a super cute bunny, all of which are elevated so you can feel the decoration on your fingers if you run them through. It is of course labelled with “Too Faced” in grey and “Natural Love” in pink and while the writing is also elevated it has a “cloth” feeling to it. So the writing is made of a different material and it just makes it look and feel expensive and taken cared off with a lot of attention to detail.
This beautiful tree with flowers design extends to the back as well where there is writing in English and French explaining a little bit about the palette. The eye shadow colour names are not shown at the back of the palette but rather at the back of the outer box packaging (see pictures above). But that’s ok because the colour names are present inside the palette underneath each colour. The outer box packaging is also designed in the same way but the decoration is obviously flat (as opposed to elevated like on the actual palette).
The palette closes magnetically and it has a giant mirror inside. The mirror folds all the way to the back, so that the cardboard with the eye shadows can sit on top of the cardboard with the mirror, meaning that if you don’t want the mirror in your way or you want to create some strange angle with the mirror, you can! The palette is large if you compare it to standard eye shadow palette sizes but you do get 30 colours for that! It is big but not huge, if you open your palm and extend your fingers open that’s pretty much how much space it takes. For another size reference, see the picture below with my hand next to the palette (I guess i should state I have normal sized hands!). However, it is quite slim so even though it is bigger than normal palettes it doesn’t feel huge, chunky or heavy. In fact, I think I would take it with me even if I travelled for a week, it’s not that much of a hassle.
The fact that it has 30 colours means that you can create so many unique looks whether its day or night or casual or an event. This palette has 3 colours you could use for an eye brow highlight (Heaven, Pink Cheeks, Poodle), it has a black (Stiletto) and a lot of other dark colours for smoking out looks, it has matts and glitter shadows. It has whites, a black, pinks, browns, purples, golds and even peach colours so you can make so many looks and combinations. Some of the colours are repeats from previous Too Faced Natural palettes but personally I don’t mind that at all. The combination and number of colours here make this palette complete, sets the “what look should i do today” imagination going and I wouldn’t want any less!
All colours in here are gorgeous, all are nicely pigmented and all blend really nicely and smoothly, while feeling quite buttery and smooth to the touch. There were only 3 colours that were a little worse in quality. Lace Teddy (pinky nude colour) had a bit of a chalky finish but not too bad (it’s actually quite obvious in the swatch picture below) and Undercover (purple black with glitter) and Stiletto (the black colour) were a little patchy (also obvious in the swatch picture below). However, I could still work with them by covering with a little more shadow and blending them a little more with a shimmer.
TIP: You can blend a matt patchy shadow easier if you put a shimmer shadow over it. Choose a colour that won’t change the look too much and go for it! The shimmer shadow will help blend the patchy one. Try it!
There were also 2 shadows that looked dual chrome, Satin Cheeks (mainly a pink but can shine as a gold/silver pink) and Kittens (a pinky purple that can look silvery pink). However, I don’t think these were meant to be dual chrome as they only appear that way if you swatched them thin, not layer them up or use too much. They hold their original colour well if you use a fair amount of the product, so I guess you could adjust the look you want by the amount you use!
And the time we are all waiting for. Swatches!
All swatch pictures are from dipping in the shadows with a finger once and then swatching! Imagine the colour/shine pay offs you would get if you layer them up or if you use a setting spray! And remember colours and make up always looks better in real life, so if you think they swatched and look nice then you definitely want this palette as it is even prettier in real life.
The arrangement of the colours in the palette is also great. The colours are nicely pigmented but at the same time they are not too intense so you can easily make day and casual looks as well as night or even professional work looks. Some bloggers complained that there aren’t too many matt shades in here, most of them are shimmer and that is true. Out of the 30 colours only 7 are matt, 2 of which you can use as highlights, 3 as crease transitions and 2 for that outer V smoky eye, so there are enough to do the job. I actually think that the matts vs shimmers is acceptable because let’s be honest those crease transition shadows or highlighter brow colours are usually always the same colours no matter what look you are creating, so you don’t need too many of them. Perhaps the only thing missing is a pink matt which could have helped transition the pink/purple looks.
One of the reasons I was sort of thinking about this palette and not “for sure wanting” was that as much as I think Too Faced makes incredibly looking products of high quality, I still don’t think that their eye shadows are as high quality as those companies who are know for their shadows, like for example Urban Decay or Mac. However, this palette did not disappoint. The quality is great and it seems that they changed their natural shadow formula for the best. I absolutely love the Too Faced Peach and Chocolate bar palettes and I am glad that this one came through as well in quality.
Are the shadows in this palette or the Peach or Chocolate bar as good as the Urban Decay ones? I have to say no, but they are pretty damn good. Funnily enough, even though I am absolutely obsessed with the colours and the arrangement of the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette (review here), the Too Faced Natural Love, Peach and Chocolate Bar are the palettes I reach out for the most. The cute packaging does inspire you to want to use the products more and since the quality is usually high in all higher end brands, the cute packaging or arrangement of colours can sometimes be the deciding factor on “which palette do I feel inspired by today”.
I’ve also read that some people seem to have gotten a Natural Love Eye Shadow Palette that was not pigmented or super patchy and powdery. To me it sounds like they must have somehow gotten a dupe fake because this palette was none of that for me. There is a huge problem in the cosmetic industry with dupes so make sure to buy your palette from Too Faced or from a big known cosmetic retailer like Debenhams, Sephora, House of Fraser etc. I wouldn’t worry about getting a palette that is not of good quality. If you did buy yours from Too Faced or the big department stores and the quality did not meet your expectations I am sure you can contact them or even go to the shop and show the beauty girls there exactly what you are talking about and they would refund you or give you another ones. Sometimes manufacturer errors do occur and it happens to all companies, not just Too Faced or cosmetics, I mean…Samsung Galaxy Note 7 *cough cough* !
The Natural Love palette doesn’t smell of anything, unlike the Peach that smells of peaches and the Chocolate that smells of chocolate but that’s fine. I think it would have been an overkill if they had a scent because the packaging is so nice already they don’t need to put too much “girly” into this product.
This palette might first appear a little pricey at £52 but you do get 30 colours out of it so actually if you think about it is turns out quite cheap at £1.73 per colour. It just sounds expensive at first because we are used to the smaller palettes on the £40 mark.
Personally, I love this palette and I am so glad I got it. The colours are so gorgeous, even the shadow names are super cute and the quality is great. I am so sad that this is a Limited Edition palette and I think this is a palette you need in your collection.
PS. The eye shadow palette also came with a little booklet which had some “tutorials/how to do” looks inside. Great ideas to get you started. Here’s some pictures of the booklet and contents, click on them to see them bigger and therefore be able to read them.
The Too Faced summer 2017 collection also contained 3 highlighters. A white, pink and gold. I went for the white and gold ones as I didn’t think I would get as much usage out of the pink one.
Similarly to the eye shadow palettes, the highlighters were mostly rated highly by most beauty bloggers but surprisingly most of them said that “while they are good quality highlighters they would not use them”. Absolutely every single review I came across that ended with “they are great but I won’t use them” gave a reasoning of “they are not as blinding as I would like my highlighters to be” and that’s pretty much the only “negative” I’ve read or heard. I found that quite interesting actually because they all admitted that they are easily buildable and you can create a more blinding look if you wish after a few layers of application. So where’s the problem?
For me actually, this is the exact reason why I wanted them, you can use 1-2 layers for a natural, every day look and build up more layers if you are going for the blinding look. For me the fact that they are not immediately blinding but actually naturally looking and customisation is a huge selling point and if I want to create a more blinding look I don’t even need to change products as they can do that too. Isn’t that a great advantage? Even if you are a heavy make up wearer there will be sometimes when you do want a natural look and these could do both.
I use the white one “Blinded by the light” usually for casual day looks and the gold one “You light up my life” for more tanned, bronzed, darker or even more glammed up fancy looks.
The packaging is so cute, I love the hearts and how reflective the material they are made of is. They are compact, not too big and actually are lighter than I expected which is not necessarily bad. At least they won’t heavy down your handbag if you carry them with but I do think that if they were slightly heavier they would feel more expensive. Just a picky note.
The have a mirror inside which is amazing and the highlighter powder is pressed into the most gorgeous looking diamond design which makes you feel so sad for ruining it! I did feel that the highlighters came off better and more pigmented after I “broke into them”, after using the top layer a bit but that’s normal for a lot of pressed cosmetics. If you feel that you are not getting the highlighter you want, dust off the top a bit.
The pinky/rose highlighter did not have as much “shine” pay off as the other two and it looks fairly pink, so I personally wouldn’t use it as highlighter on my super white skin tone. It looks more like a shiny blush to me and so I didn’t want to buy it. But if you are darker skin toned then give it a try although the shine pay off is still not as great as the other two. In fact if you are darker skin toned, the golden one will look amazing on you!
I think these highlighters are great, I love that you can control whether they are blinding or natural and the packaging is as always Too Faced super cute. I also noticed that they don’t emphasise pores as much as other highlighters do which is an absolute amazing advantage for anyone who has oily skin and therefore massive pores like me. The highlighters are not Limited Edition so there is no need to panic about getting those right now if you are on a budget. They are a little pricey at £25 each but if you take into consideration that Too Faced is a higher end brand and the highlighters are of great quality and packaging then the price is totally worth it.
Too Faced, great job on the Summer 2017 collection, please reconsider the limited edition Natural Love palette and make it a stable Too Faced product! Pretty please?
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.