Product Type: Too Faced makeup
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Too Faced Natural Eye Kit
Member Name: Machair1
Too Faced Natural Eye Kit
Advantages: A beautiful choice of shades and delightful packaging.
Disadvantages: No mirror and too expensive.
My first experience with the Too Faced make up brand was my purchase of their Chocolate Soleil bronzer which is outstanding. When I saw their collection of natural eye shadows in one palette I was extremely interested as I love to use neutral eye shades. The problem was the price - Boots are currently charging £26- I would have to say this is a lot of money to spend on eye shadows, even though this palette offers something really different. I resigned myself to a watch and wait approach, and eventually I was rewarded by the sighting of the product on Ebay where it was retailing for £8. I had no hesitation in making my purchase and here follows my experience with this rather special palette.
The packaging is excellent. The palette is in a beautiful box which is opened by a short pink ribbon and a magnetic strip - it would grace any dressing table. Inside the box are 9 neutral shades, and inside the top of the lid are three special cards which contain instructions to guide you through the stages allowing you to create looks for different occasions. The box also has a small drawer which contains a dual ended applicator, (one is a sponge tip the other a liner brush) in case you do not wish to use your own brushes. My overall impression of this collection is that it is superb. I would say that as a gift it would be well received by anyone with an interest in make-up.
Natural eye shadows are in some ways the easiest to work with, as they are less daunting than heavier colours and shades, but it takes a lot of practise to create special looks - too light in application and it can almost be too neutral. These shadows are anything but that, they are heavily pigmented and so with careful application you can create definite looks, rather than those which are too subtle to be worth spending time doing.
Within the palette there are three shades which are 2g each and the remaining six are 0.9g -there is a reason for this. The three shades that are supplied in greater amounts are those that you use to cover the largest areas, and the remaining are contouring and blending shades. This is not just a collection of neutral browns, there are many more to choose from here - the colours are beautiful and I would say many of them are unique.
To give you an idea of the colours here is a brief guide to their shades and attributes as I see them. First I must point out that the cards provided guide you through three different looks- Day, Classic and Fashion and the shades are arranged in three rows horizontally across corresponding to each look. Of course you don't have to follow the cards at all, you can mix and match to create any look you want, but there is something I love about copying their instructions- it is similar to the way that NYX label their shadows in their palettes, and the other US company- Wet and Wild has a similar approach. It gives you a good idea of what to put where, which is ideal if you are new to using eye shadows.
The Top Row (All designed to create the "day eye")
Heaven- Velvet Revolver and Sexpresso- these are all matte shades which have a lovely pigmented look and are gorgeous. Heaven is a matte cream, Velvet Revolver is a matte grey/brown and Sexpresso is a rich dark brown. Together they are beautiful-Heaven you sweep from lashes to brow, Velvet Revolver you blend into the crease and Sexpresso is used to line the lower lash lines.
The Second Row- Classic Eye
The second row is for the Classic Eye. Here you have Silk Teddy which is a shimmery pale peach. This shade is designed to be blended from crease to brow. The next shade is Push-Up which is a shimmery copper which you place all over the lid, and then there is Erotica which you blend into the crease and lower lash line. This is a dark but shimmery cool brown. The combination of these three shimmering shades is simply stunning, and they are ideal if you want to dress up a daytime look or go for a more glamorous early evening slightly sparking eye.
The Bottom Row- Fashion- Let's Get Dramatic!
The final and most dramatic look is achieved by the three colours in the bottom row which make up the fashion look. These shades are all shimmery again and this time there is a glittery champagne shade- Nude Beach which you sweep from crease to brow. Then you apply Honey Pot which is one of my favourite shades - a shimmering gold onto the inner lid and tear duct area, and finally Cocoa Puff which is a warm rich shimmering brown is blended into the outer lid crease upper and lower lash line.
What I really love about these shades is that they blend together so easily and create a look which is so natural allowing shades to merge together without harsh lines. They also last well through the day especially if you prime your eye first. I will often use Mac Paintpots for this- the shade Painterly which is quite a nude shade or even Rubenesque which has a golden undertone make excellent bases.
My only criticism aside from the price is that the palette has no integral mirror. I would like to see this incorporated as customers spending this sort of money should be given a mirror as standard.
Check The Expert Review Site
One of my recommendations before purchasing any shade or make of product is always to visit the cosmetic review site over at www.makeupalley.com. This I have found to be a tremendous resource especially for higher end cosmetics, and it has saved me many times from making expensive purchase mistakes. This website has a combined review rating of 4.2 out of 5 for this product with 79% of all reviewers stating that they would re-purchase. This is an excellent testament to the product that I can endorse with my own positivity with a few reservations.
The question remains would I re-purchase? The answer is simple- yes but only for £10-£15 or less. The reason is that I can't justify this sort of expense at £26 for a few shadows however good they are. The point is that although they are beautiful shadows they are a high end purchase, and I have many shadows that are cheaper and which yield excellent results. I think you are paying for the packaging and the unique design, but it has to be said some of the shades are unique and don't have dupes you can purchase more cheaply. The smaller shades are only 0.9g and soon run out if you use them with frequency so you are not getting a lot of product for your money. This is in contrast to their Chocolate Soleil Bronzer which I absolutely adore and would re-purchase even with the high tag, as it simply has no competition that I have found that even comes close to it in terms of what it achieves. With shadows there are more alternatives and price does not always equate with quality. In this instance it does, but sometimes it is hard to justify spending this level of money, it isn't as good value as I would like to see.
I love this palette but it is too expensive at £26. The shades are beautiful and offer a unique look away from just brown tones. The packaging shows originality and the shadows last long and blend well together, it just comes down to price in the end.
Summary: I would re-purchase only if I would buy for less than £10-£15