Too Faced – Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection
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When I first spotted this ‘Natural Eye’ Neutral Eye Shadow Collection from cult beauty brand Too Faced I was bowled over by how fab it looked. The lace patterned cardboard palette and the stunningly beautiful shimmery shadows won me over immediately! Too Faced are a US make-up brand founded in the late 90s by Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson (check out their photos on the Too Faced website, they are SO perfectly groomed!), but their products are available in the UK and are starting to make their way into some larger Boots stores.
The beautiful array of neutral coloured shadows all have naughty names, including Sexspresso and Nude Beach, and they sit beautifully in the pale pink palette (the cardboard palette reminds me a bit of Benefit’s palettes and sets). You can see from the image above that 3 of the paler shadows are larger in size, and the remaining 6 are slightly smaller, I like to use the larger ones as a colour wash all over the eye area and then use the smaller darker ones to add depth and tone.
I think the shadows look so pretty all together on the swatch image above. My favourite shades are the cream shimmery Silk Teddy and the golden Honey Pot. The glitteriest shade is Nude Beach, you can actually see the flakes of glitter in the swatch image, I do find that there is a lot of drop-off with this shade though and the glitter flakes end up all around the eyes.
The Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection palette comes with a few little cards suggesting how to use the various colours for different looks, which I really like. I would have loved it if the palette included a small applicator or brush though, as most of its rivals do.
This is the first eye look that I created using this Too Faced palette. I firstly applied the creamy shimmery Silk Teddy shade all over the eye area right up to the brown bone, then applied the glittery Nude Beach all over the eyelid (you can see a bit of the glitter drop off under the eye). Then using the soft dark matt brown shade Erotica I defined the outer corner of my eye and smudged a little into the crease too. This creates a lovely neutral daytime look with a bit of shimmer, and looks great paired with a neutral but glossy lip and a dab of pink blusher.
This is the second look that I created using the Too Faced palette, and it looks even darker in real life so it’s perfect for an evening look. Again I started off using Silk Teddy all over the eye area, right up to the brown bone, and then used the shimmery copper shade Push Up all over the eyelid and blended it right into the crease. Using a very fine brush I then added the dark matt brown Erotica shade to the outer half of my eyelid and blended the edge well so that it merged nicely with the copper shade underneath. I finished it off with a smudge of black eyeliner on my outer eye and lots of black mascara. This eye look goes well with both a neutral or pink lip, but the lips should be kept understated.
Overall I love this palette – the only downsides are the lack of applicator and the drop off from the glittery shade. The shadows do crease a little after a few hours, but I can highly recommend Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance product, an eye shadow primer, which helps the shadow grip to the skin and prevents it drifting into the creases (I will be reviewing Shadow Insurance soon).
Too Faced’s ‘Natural Eye’ Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is currently on offer at BeautyBay for just £22.10 including free delivery so what are you waiting for?!
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