Too Faced “Natural Matte” Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced recently launched two new eyeshadow palettes called “Sugar Pop” and “Natural Matte.” At first glance, they did not look like anything special, but once I saw photos of the palettes I knew that I had to get the “Natural Matte” palette. Fun Fact: The Too Faced “Naked eye” palette was my first ever eyeshadow palette. My mom bought it for me when I was a sophomore in high school and I absolutely love that palette, and it is the only one I owned up until now. I was considering buying the “Chocolate Bar” or the “Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar” palettes, but I could not get myself to purchase either one. I personally love the idea of a shimmery or satin eyeshadow, but I have been wearing matte shadows on a daily basis for the past few months, so I could not see myself using most of the shadows in the Chocolate bar palettes. When I saw that Too Faced launched an all matte palette with colors that to me mostly look like different shades of brown I was very excited! I saw a couple of pictures and decided that this palette would be worth the investment given that I could see myself wearing 7 out of the 9 shades on a daily basis. Since this is a fairly new product only available at Ulta and on the Too Faced website (for some sad reason Sephora will not carry this palette) I had to take a leap faith and order the palette without swatching it. My palette arrived around two weeks ago and I have been wearing it every single day! I have not been wearing these eyeshadows long enough to do an in-depth review on them, but I will try my best to provide as much information on this product.

Review:

  • Packaging:
    • The palette comes in a light tan colored box with a dark brown lace print and the name on the front.                                               NMatteBox
      • The actual palette is a small, sleek, thin rectangle made out of a tin-like material with a magnetic closing.                              NMatteOpen
    • There is a nicely sized mirror on the inside of the lid and a small booklet with suggested eyeshadow looks.
  • Application/longevity:
    • The shadows are silky, smooth, pigmented and easily blend-able.  I was afraid that the lighter colors would be too chalky or simply would not show up on my skin tone, but all of the shadows are definitely build-able and highly pigmented.

      L to R: Lace-Teddy, Strapless, Risque, Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Nudie, Honey butter, Chocolate Cookie

      L to R: Lace-Teddy, Strapless, Risque, Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Nudie, Honey butter, Chocolate Cookie

    • The only problem with these shadows is that they can be a little messy. Whenever I swirl a brush in a shade, there is a bit of powder that spreads outside of the pan. I think that this type of result occurs because of how buttery and smooth the shadows are therefore it does not bother me too much.
    • As for the longevity of these shadows, I usually wear an eyeshadow primer underneath and therefore cannot comment on how long they last on their own. I did however wear the eyeshadows on their own one last week as I was running late and I found that it lasted 8 or so hours, but it was a little more difficult to build the color.
  • Color range and texture:
    • I love the colors in this palette! First of all, they are all matte which is awesome! Secondly, a large portion of them is a different shade of brown (who doesn’t love brown eyeshadows?).                                       NMattePans
    • Overall, this palette has some amazing everyday colors. There are both cool tone and warm tone colors to choose from. I love all of the shades and I find that although they are grouped in a certain way, they all go very well together. All of the shades in this palette are wearable on a daily basis, but you can also create dramatic looks using the darker shades.
      L to R: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso

      L to R: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso

      L to R: Lace-Teddy, Strapless, Risque

      L to R: Lace-Teddy, Strapless, Risque

      L to R: Nudie, Honey Butter, Chocolate Cookie

      L to R: Nudie, Honey Butter, Chocolate Cookie

  • Comparison to the Sonia Kashuk “Eye on Neutral Matte” palette:
    • Both palettes are matte and have everyday/natural shades.
    • In terms of price, the Sonia Kashuk palette costs $19.99 at Target and it comes with 12 eye shadow colors. The Too Faced palette only has 9 colors and it retails for $36.                                                             SoniaKMatte SoniaKMatteBack
    • I do have to say that the “Natural Eyes” palette seems to have a bit more variety and quality in the shadows. The Too Faced shadows are smoother and more pigmented than the Sonia Kashuk shadows.    SK Eye on neutral
    • The color range in the Sonia Kashuk palette may be considered a bit broader because it has a black, bluish grey, a pink and two different yellowish cream shades, but I find that overall the Too Faced palette has a better repertoire of colors. There are a couple of shades in the “Eye on Neutral Matte” palette that show up very similar on my skin whereas every color in the “Natural Matte” palette is different when applied.
    • The “Eye on Neutral Matte” palette is a great alternative to the Too Faced “Natural Matte” because it can probably be found on sale at Target and the quality of the shadows is great for the price.
  • Final thoughts:
    • The overall price for the quality and size of the shadows is, in my opinion, an amazing deal! Each eyeshadow color comes out to $4, which is amazing for the quality.
    • I do like the range and the fact that they are all matte although I wish that the larger pans had other colors, not just the lightest ones, but I can understand that these are intended to be used as transitions or highlights.

Do you own any of these palettes? Thank you for reading and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Too Faced “HangoveR Replenishing Face Primer”

Labeling this winter in Cambridge as “rough” would be an understatement! My skin definitely noticed the change in temperature after the first two storms. When I moved to Cambridge, I knew that the further north you go, the colder winters become, but no one warned me about the awful weather we experienced this winter.  I have had dry skin, but this past winter my skin went from dry to parched and flaky. Cold weather and dry skin were not going to stop me from wearing makeup, so I decided to invest in an improved skin care routine and products targeted for dehydrated skin. I came across the Too Faced “HangoverR Replenishing Face Primer” towards the beginning of the fall, but it looked gimmicky to me and  therefore I never even bothered to test it out. Once the winter reached its full intensity and my skin started to look dry and flaky, I started realizing that applying my daily face moisturizer before my foundation would not be enough. I read and heard some great reviews on this primer and decided to give it a try once and for all. I have to admit that I have never regretted not trying a product early enough as much as I did with this one because without it I am not exactly how my skin would have survived this endless winter (I sound dramatic, but that is honestly how I feel about this product) and I cannot wait to see if I can finally wear powder foundation this summer.

This product has the following claims “boosts skin’s radiance, promotes elasticity, hydrates while locking down makeup for fresher, longer and more flawless wear.” Keep reading to find out if it lives up to its claims:

 Hangoverclaims

Review:

  • Packaging:
    • The box that the product comes in is as cute as any Too Faced product. It has a pink and white outside with the name and some information printed on the front.Hangoverfront
    • The actual product comes in a very unique tube with a pump attached to it. I think that the design for this package was very well thought out because first of all it had a pump (why can’t makeup companies just include a pump with everything?) and secondly the way that it is stored allows the product to flow with gravity. The fact that the pump is at the bottom of the product allows for an easier flow of the primer and it is more likely that you will be able to get a majority of the product out when it starts running low.                                                              TooFcedPump
  • Consistency and scent:
    • The product is a white relatively watery substance that can be considered a little runny.                                                                                  TooFacedswatch
    • It has a mild and refreshing scent that reminds me of coconut water (makes sense given that it contains coconut water)!                              TooFacedIngredients
  • Application, performance and longevity:
    • It applies soft, evenly and it absorbs quickly into the skin. Once it absorbs, it makes your skin feel smooth and plump.
    • I do not personally think that it fills in my pores or color corrects (not listed in claims), but I do feel like it replenishes my skin and this in turn improves my makeup application
    • I do feel like this primer helps my makeup stay on longer, but I think that it is most likely because it increases elasticity through hydration. My skin is at its best when this primer is added to my routine and this provides a good base by  for the rest of the layers that go on top, but not necessarily because it has ingredients that increase the lasting power
  • Final thoughts/opinion:
    • This primer is a little expensive ( you get 1.35 oz for $32) but I bought mine over two months ago, have used it every single day makeup or no makeup and I have over half of the tube left.
    • I think that this product is amazing! I do think that this product would work on people with all skin types, but I cannot speak for someone with oily skin because, as I previously mentioned, I have dry skin.
    • I do owe the ability to wear foundation throughout the winter to this primer and for that maybe I am a little biased, but the results I have seen are still amazing.
    • As for actually calling this product a primer I think that many people may argue that it does not function the way most primers are currently designed (meaning to fill in pores, make your skin more matte, and make makeup last longer). I do however think that this primer addresses an issue that is more important than filling in your pores, it helps with the overall hydration and therefore health of your skin. For that, this product is innovative and unique! I think that it does deserve the label of a primer (although in my opinion that label undersells the potential of this product) because it helps your skin be at its prime and this in turn results in having an amazing base for your foundation. So, isn’t that what a primer is intended to do?

Have you tried the HangoveR Replenishing primer?