Good lord, this palette has caused me quite some tension recently. I called into Selfridges at the Trafford Centre and was oohing and ahhing over the stunning shades and the fact that one of the most wanted palettes of the season actually had some stock on the stand. I walked off, I didn’t even think about purchasing it and went on to buy the Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes palette. Then it happened. The magazine article that mentioned it was the biggest seller for Too Faced and that stocks were depleted and it wouldn’t be restocked. It was like a switch in my head flicked and I suddenly needed this palette more than I need anything in my entire life. I called stores, I tried to arrange for a personal shopper to organise a mail out and I set up alerts on every single retailer to warn me when it was back in stock. A chance refresh of the Debenhams page showed less than 3 remaining and into my bag it dropped. It was mine. Hurrah. Next day delivery, and before I knew it, it was safe in my hands and on my dressing table, and you know what…I’ve worn it every single day since I got it. The Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette is literally my life and I have no plans to change this at any point soon.
I have quite the love for the Too Faced eyeshadow palettes as I think that they are not only great value for money at £39 for 18 shadows but the quality and formulation is top notch. Compared to the Christmas/Influencer exclusives, they seem to have a better formulation and have an edge over how they work on the eye. If I was to look at the past Christmas Too Faced collections and even the Nikki Tutorials collection, there’s a definite shift in formulation and the performance will be looked into closely with this years Too Faced Christmas collection – spoiler! It was quite apparent at just how buttery and easy to work with these shades are after I had been using my MAC palette which, dare I say it, felt slightly chalky in comparison.
Within the tin palette, just like Sweet Peach, the eighteen shades are all the same size and laid out in an nice order that doesn’t make it difficult to choose complementary shades. There’s a really nice mix of mattes, shimmers and metallic/glitter shades. To be honest, this palette was not bought for the matte shades as I do have shades such as Gingerbread and Gingerbread Latte in other palettes, and the shade Spice Is Nice is such a classic shade of mine that I could find it within several other palettes. The shades that I did buy this palette for are the metallics and shimmers. Toasty warm shades that are incredibly gorgeous on the eyes. Personal favourites at the moment include Hot Toddy, Spice of Life and Ooh Burn which have been brightening up an otherwise plain daytime eye.
I also really love Frostbite Me which is more of a topper of shadow than an actual shadow. It’s hard to pick up on a brush but if you use a finger and apply it over the top of existing shadow, it gives a lovely sparkly finish and a touch of glitter to make the eyes pop. The palette has been described as having a gingerbread scent however I will question anyone who thinks that it smells remotely like gingerbread. More of a warm vanilla scent, it’s not my favourite compared to palettes like Chocolate Bar and Sweet Peach, but the scent does disappear as soon as you pick product up on your brush.
Overall, the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette has been well worth the stress and tension that it caused when I made an error in judgement by not choosing it on the day that I saw it in stock in Selfridges. If you see any of the palettes in store, you must pick it up as the only place that is showing availability is the Too Faced site, which unfortunately is not good for UK customers due to the shipping and sales tax. Although that really does depend on how much you want this beautiful palette, which for me was a lot!This post may contain PR samples that have been sent to me for consideration for review however all my opinions will be my own. The links in the post my be affiliate links which will earn a small amount of commission should you shop my recommendations.