Product turnover in the beauty industry is crazy. There’s always a brand new palette or makeup collection and as much as I would love to test and review every new release I don’t realistically have enough time or income to make it happen. I remember staring at photos of the Too Faced Natural Love palette when it first came out and sulking that I couldn’t afford it at the time.
With a stroke of luck this Summer I won the Too Faced Natural Love palette in an amazing giveaway from Linda over at Linda Talks Beauty. I was so thrilled, I screeched out loud when I found out! After a few months of playing around with it I’m swatching and reviewing it for you guys.
At A Glance
The Too Faced Natural Love Palette retails on the Too Faced website for $59USD (or $69CAD). The palette contains 30 x 0.8 gram eyeshadows, which works out to $1.97USD per pan, or $2.46 per gram. For reference the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette works out to $2.67 per gram, and the ABH Modern Renaissance works out to $5.29 per gram.
The Natural Love palette has a range of neutral shades and pops of pink & purple. There are 7 mattes and the rest a mix of shimmer, metallic and glitter finishes.
The Too Faced Natural Love Palette is contained in thin but sturdy cardboard packaging. The front of the palette is nature inspired with tree leaves, roses and a cute little bunny. The Too Faced and Natural Love script is written in pink velvet. I really like the packaging, it doesn’t feel flimsy to me and the design is adorable!
The top flips up to reveal a large mirror that can fold all the way around. It’s a good mirror, but I find it awkward to try and hold the palette in one hand with the mirror flipped up and my makeup brushes in the other.
There’s lot going on in the Natural Love palette. The palette progresses from light to dark tones and contains pinks, purples, oranges and browns. I would have liked to see a little bit more variety in the shades available. Quite a few shades are strikingly similar, especially within the brown tones. It would have also been nice to see a few more pops of colour. The most striking shades are the bright pink Bunny Nose & Hot and Bothered .
Pigmentation & Blend
I’m at a bit of a loss for this one. You’ll see in my swatches below that the pigment is all over the place. Certain shades absolutely need fix + or an alternative and some don’t apply well unless I use my fingers. On the other hand some shades are marvelously pigmented and apply incredibly well no matter how you use them.
Most shades do blend well, but there are a few that blend away into nothing and a couple that don’t blend well at all for me. The glitter shades have a bit of fallout. Honestly the palette was somewhat inconsistent in terms of quality. Some shades are absolutely a dream to work with while others make me throw up my hands in frustration for what they could have been.
First Row: Heaven is a highly pigmented beige matte that I like using to set my eye primer. Fairy Tale is a pale gold glitter shade. I apply this wet or with my finger to get the sparkle to show up.
Nudie is a buttery matte which is also in the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. I love this shade in the crease. Tickle Me is a pretty golden-tan shimmer, and Don’t Settle is a medium golden brown metallic. Both apply well with a dry brush. Fingers Crossed has a slight shimmer and a tendency to apply patchily. It’s saving grace is that it’s buildable.
*all shades swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion
Second Row: Lace Teddy is a matte baby pink. I had trouble getting it to show up against my skin so I stay away from this shade. Satin Sheets has a lovely pink sheen to it and appears in the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette. It swatches more pink in the Natural Love Palette. Push-Up is a gorgeous golden brown shimmer, but very similar to Tickle Me in the first row.
Honey Pot is a lovely gold shimmer. It applies well dry, but I use a wet brush to get the best colour payoff. Chocolate Martini swatched patchily (it took a few swipes). It still applies well on the eye and builds well. Undercover is a dark purply brown with tiny flecks of glitter. This shade is chalky and doesn’t build well for me.
Third Row: Pink Cheeks is almost matte, with a tiny bit of shimmer. It’s chalky and doesn’t show up well on my skin. Kittens is really pretty! It applied best with my fingers or else it got muddy when blending. Bunny Nose is a beautiful bright pink BUT it blends away to nothing. I can only apply it with my finger as the last eyeshadow I use or else it disappears.
Moonbeam is gorgeous! It applies well dry, but I like using a wet brush to intensify the silver. It’s a great cut crease lid shade. Love Bug didn’t translate as well on camera as it does in person. It’s a very pretty shimmery purple on the eye. Smokin’ is a shimmery grey. It applies well with a wet or dry brush.
Fourth Row: Poodle is one of the more pigmented matte shades. It actually shows up on my skin! Cutie Patootie is pigmented and applies well with a brush. My only problem with it is that it’s similar to Tickle Me from the first row and Push Up in the second. Dear Diary & Coffee Date both see a lot of love from me. Coffee Date is especially pretty with a coppery undertone.
Next is Spoiled, a purply brown with a gold sheen. This shade took several swipes of a brush to swatch properly. Night Fever is a beautiful deep mocha shimmer shade!
Fifth Row: Spotlight & Honey Butter are my favourite mattes in the palette. Both are incredibly pigmented, buttery and smooth. Spotlight didn’t show up well on camera but in person it’s beautiful. I love Honey Butter in the crease, it makes a great transition shade between all the browns, oranges, and golds in the palette.
My eye was drawn to Honeymoon immediately, but unfortunately it doesn’t apply to the eye very well. It’s so strange, in the swatch it looks so lovely! It doesn’t apply well on top of other eye shadows and disappears when blending.
Hot & Bothered is my NUMBER ONE. I have to stop myself for reaching for it because I always want to do the same look with it. I love it as a lid shade as well as an outer corner definer. Makeup & Chill is a lot prettier in the pan than it is on the eye. It’s buildable but not as smooth as some of the other shades in the palette. Stiletto is the same deal, extremely patchy.
Despite a lot of shades being similar or inconsistent there is still a lot that you can do with this palette. You can create soft & light to smokey & dark looks and everything in between. The vibrant shimmery shades can be used to create some drama. I use this palette for work often, but I find it’s hard to create a “no-makeup” look with it because of all the glitter shades.
Most shades apply well but it took some trial and error to learn which shades are best applied wet vs. dry or with my fingers.
What’s your favourite natural eye shadow palette?
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