My Too Faced journey started way back in 2005 when I was living in Mallorca. I’d been doing some shopping and came across the now legendary Too Faced Lip Injection. I remember that sharp cinnamon burn and having the fattest pillowy looking lips I’ve ever seen. Too Faced was really difficult to get hold of back in the UK, and I went for years without getting any Too Faced loving until it was sold in Boots, before moving to Debenhams and now Selfridges are an official stockist. Luckily, I’ve also had numerous opportunities to head to the States to cure my addiction and I’m doing quite well in my quest to collect it all. After picking up the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette in Ulta last year, I’ve since managed to get hold of the Sugar Pop and Cat Eyes palette, which are perfect for taking away. The Too Faced Natural Eyes palette was on my list but I couldn’t justify yet another palette of neutrals in a mix of shimmer and matte until I saw the Too Faced Natural Matte palette. Nine shadows of matte neutrals? How could I not need this!
The Too Faced small palettes come in so handy. A look in a box, in a sturdy tin with a decent sized mirror and nine shades, the Too Faced Natural Matte palette is ticking every box for me. Aside from being matte, the shades are exactly what I would pick when it comes to making a personalised palette; warm toned peaches, oranges and browns. Although I do love to experiment with colours but I always fall back to those neutral hues that are so easy to wear. As Too Faced think of everything, they have split the palette up into three sections of easy to wear looks; Day, Classic and Fashion as well as adding in the iconic How To Glamour guide for those who need some inspiration or step by step help to creating pretty eye looks.
Starting with the Day shades, I did find the colour Heaven a little bit chalky on my skin tone. This does often happen with lighter colours on my skin which is why I don’t use very light and white shades very often but it makes a great base or highlight colour. It’s a slightly yellow toned beige so it’s great for giving an even base to work on. Cashmere Bunny is a beautiful warm toned taupe, which I believe is a staple in an eyeshadow collection. It can be used for a transition shade or of you don’t want the dramatic look, a crease colour. Sexspresso is a warm toned dark brown and will be ideal for deepening the outer V or adding intensity to a smoky eye.
In the Classic shades, the colours are just what I want in a palette. These are actually the shades that attracted me to the palette in the first place and together they make such a pretty look. Lace Teddy is a warm peachy shade which doesn’t run as chalky on my skin as Heaven. Strapless is a rosy, warm toned medium brown and can we just take a minute to bask in it’s beauty. It’s amazing! Risqué is a dark brown that runs slightly cooler toned than the other browns and is a great shade for defining the eyes.
Fashion also has some beautiful shades; Nudie is a yellow toned light taupe, whilst Honey Butter is a medium orange-brown and Chocolate Cookie is a medium dark warm toned brown. The shades in this line do remind me of the Peanut Butter shade in Peanut Butter and Jelly but they’re not even close when side by side.
As with all Too Faced shadows, there are some colours that perform better than others, and some of the shades did take a bit of work to get an even swatch. The bottom row was the best out of the three rows, with the lighter colours coming across as chalky however I’ve still been able to work with this palette with ease and minimal fallout. It’s just one of those palettes that you need for a matte neutral eye, and I adore it.
*Contains PR Samples