In mid March, one of my very favorite YouTubers, Emily Eddington, reviewed various palettes including this one: the new matte Natural Eyes palette by Too Faced. During her review she compared it to the original Natural Eyes palette (same colors, but with shimmery finishes rather than matte), and it caught my attention, so I picked it up at Ulta over the weekend. I’m a sucker for high-end eye shadow palettes, but I never noticed this one before – mainly, I think, because it’s all neutrals. (A girl can only have so much brown in her collection, right?) Anyway, I’m loving it, and here’s how it stacks up with my other favorite palettes.
General description: Too Faced Natural Eyes contains 9 shadows, all neutral, with a mix of matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes, and with shades ranging from a very light vanilla highlighter to very dark, cocoa-colored shadows. The overall palette is small, just a bit bigger and boxier than my smartphone.
Packaging: The packaging here, as with the rest of the Too Faced line, is gorgeous. It has that very feminine, vintage look that they do so well, and the outer case is made of metal with a magnetic closure. The only thing I’d change here is that the magnet could be just a tad stronger to help keep the palette tightly closed during travel.
Shades: As mentioned above, the entire palette is neutral, so I had overlooked it in the past. But now that I’m using it, I think the range of shades and finishes in this palette really knocks it out of the park! Too Faced Natural Eyes is designed to provide three looks – a conservative day look, a classic neutral look, and a more dramatic “fashion” look. But all of the colors interplay well, and with the range of colors and finishes included, you really have everything you need to create any look you want, from a very natural face to a dark, moody smoky eye. The palette contains a matte vanilla highlighter shade (Heaven) which is terrific under the eyebrow, plus two matte neutrals that make great transition shades on the brow bone (Cashmere Bunny and Nudie). Three shimmery mid-tone shades (Honey Pot, Silk Teddy, and Push-Up) work great on the lid and the inner corner, and then you have three deep shades with varying degrees of shimmer (Sexpresso, Erotica, and Chocolate Martini) for the outer corner and the crease.
The more I use this palette, the more versatile I’m discovering it to be. The shades are reminiscent of Urban Decay’s original Naked palette – but, they’re so well coordinated in terms of the shade range and the varying finishes that you can create an equally wide variety of looks with Too Faced Natural Eyes. (Note: as noted above, Too Faced has recently released a very similar palette in an all-matte version; so, if you prefer matte shadows due to fine lines, wrinkles, or a more conservative look, check that one out!)
Quality: Again, it doesn’t get much better than this. The shadows are very finely milled and highly pigmented, with very little fall-out – comparable to Urban Decay’s shadows and Smashbox’s Photo Op formula. They last all day without creasing and still look terrific. (Disclaimer: I wear these and all shadows with a primer, and right now I’m using Urban Decay’s Anti-Again Shadow Primer.) Top notch quality here.
Overall impression: I think I’m in love. The Too Faced Natural Eyes palette is a great little palette and a steal at $36. Great packaging, awesome shadows, and exactly the right range of shades and finishes to make it super versatile. It would be a great little palette for traveling since you can get so much wear and so many looks out of such a small, durable package. This palette’s a must-have for my collection!