The Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Collection was originally released in 2009 with cardboard packaging. For Summer 2014, Too Faced have completely revamped the palette’s packaging by ditching the cardboard in favour of a sturdier, travel friendly tin and have introduced three new shades into the mix. I don’t own the original Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette but from photo’s I’ve seen online, the former cardboard packaging got very battered, very quickly so Too Faced fans will most definitely appreciate the sturdier packaging. The recently re-released Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection retails for £32*.
Whatsmore the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection recently won the Bride’s Magazine Beauty Award 2014 for the Best Eyeshadow Palette to wear on your big day.
When I received the palette, I was surprised by how compact it was.. it’s a lot smaller than I expected it to be but I like how there’s no unnecessary, bulky packaging. The tin packaging is really solid and protects the shadows inside perfectly. If I chose to travel with this palette, I’d be confident that even with a few knocks, the shadows would be fully protected and the tin wouldn’t burst open thanks to a strong magnetic closure.
Inside the lid of the palette there is a small mirror as well as a ‘How-to Glamour Guide’ with three looks you can create from the palette, with step-by-step instructions alongside a diagram to show the placement of the shadows.
The pans of eyeshadow are laid out in three rows to match the three looks within the Glamour Guide although in a neutral palette like this you know that all of the colours are going to compliment each other, no matter which of them you use. The three rows are; Day, Classic and Fashion.
The first shadow in each of the rows is double the size of the remaining two shades within the row as it contains 2g of shadow, whereas the smaller pans contain just 0.9g of shadow. I personally really do love that the shadows vary in size as the three larger shadows within the palette are shades that I’d typically use more often as all over the lid or base shades.. I think more brands should consider doing this.
The shadows within the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection are a combination of shimmer and matte finishes, which again I really like as you can use this one palette for your whole eyeshadow look without needing to use shadows from other palettes.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the revamped palette contains three brand new shades; Cashmere Bunny, Nudie and Chocolate Martini. Not only has the packaging seen an improvement, the eyeshadow formulation has also been improved….
The ‘Day’ Row/Look
Heaven: The palest shade within the palette, which I assumed would be quite insipid in terms of pigmentation.. boy was I wrong. Heaven is a matte pale ivory cream which is amazingly creamy and pigmented.. even with just swatching it, it can’t just be dusted away. This has to be the best pale matte shadow I’ve ever tried and is the biggest surprise for me, from the whole palette.
Cashmere Bunny: A matte warm chocolate brown shade which is so soft and creamy. The pigmentation and lasting power is so incredible, that I had to use makeup remover to remove the swatch of Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso from my hand as a makeup wipe just wouldn’t get them off. I absolutely love wearing Heaven all over my lid, then Cashmere Bunny blended through my crease for definition on the days where I want a matte shadow look. I think Cashmere Bunny is the perfect transition/crease shade for the whole palette.
Sexpresso: Another super pigmented matte shade, this time a deep, dark brown. Sexpresso has a slightly drier texture than Heaven and Cashmere and is less creamy. I find Sexpresso to be slightly difficult to blend, so I prefer to use it along my lashline as liner with a pencil brush or to smudge it along my lower lashes. It’s such a gorgeous, rich brown.. I just wish it was a little creamier, and easier to work with as the pigmentation is yet again, amazing.
The ‘Classic’ Row/Look
Silk Teddy: The first shimmery shade in the palette, in a soft pinky champagne shade. It looks quite golden in the pan, but once applied to the lid it has a very subtle rosy tint which is so pretty. Silk Teddy is slightly metallic due to its high sheen, but applies beautifully with very little fallout. It’s the perfect base lid shade for when I’m wanting a shimmery eye makeup look. Silk Teddy does look quite similar to Sin from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but a little more metallic.
Push-Up: Pretty, shimmery rose gold shade which can look a little bronze in some lights. Another shade with incredible pigmentation and texture.. super creamy and smooth, almost as if it was a cream eyeshadow. I expected there to be quite a lot of fallout from Push-Up seeing as it’s so soft, but there’s next to none.
Erotica: Is a matte, dark chocolate brown shadow which is packed with micro gold glitter particles. Erotica looks like a glittery version of Sexpresso. Due to how many glitter particles are contained within Erotica, it does feel quite gritty in texture but that doesn’t effect how smoothly Erotica applies. I’ve found that it’s best to apply Erotica over a primer or cream shadow as the glitter particles can drop a little but it’s such a gorgeous shade.
The ‘Fashion’ Row/Look
Nudie: Pale matte brown shade which is almost identical to Naked from the Naked Palette. It has a very soft, creamy texture with great pigmentation.
Honey Pot: The perfect warm-toned gold, with a shimmery metallic finish. Again Honey Pot reminds me of a shade from the original Urban Decay Naked Palette; Half Baked. I love wearing golden shadows as they really do make my green eyes pop. This is one of my favourite shades from the palette, it’s just so gorgeous and bold. Honey Pot is yet another shade with a soft, creamy texture which applies and blends beautifully.
Chocolate Martini: My favourite shade from the palette.. it’s absolutely stunning. A matte deep, warm chocolate brown shade containing gold glitter particles. Chocolate Martini is similar to Erotica, except Chocolate Martini is warmer in tone and contains slightly less glitter than Erotica.
I own a lot of neutral eyeshadow palettes, but I can honestly say that the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is my favourite neutral palette. All of the shadows are incredibly pigmented – there isn’t on shadow that is remotely disappointing in terms of pigmentation. Sexpresso is a little too dry for my liking, but that’s down to personal preference.
All of the shades are long lasting even without a primer, and never crease or fade either. I love every single shade within the palette and the mixture of warm and cool toned shades, and I think the quality of the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is much better than the Urban Decay Naked Palettes – bold statement I know. If you adore neutral shadows like I do, then you really need to add this palette to your collection – it’s beyond beautiful.