September 12, 2017

Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette ($45) is a new, limited edition candy-scented palette created in collaboration with youTuber Kandee Johnson that includes 15 candy inspired eyeshadow shades.

Let’s take a look!

One of the more unique aspects of the Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette is the cutesy packaging. This palette comes housed in a pink tin that’s shaped like a box of chocolates. The back features a chocolate legend with the shade names under each little chocolate treat. It’s a cute presentation but there are some downsides to the packaging. There’s an adorable caricature of Kandee that acts as a closure but it’s a sticker and it has to be removed to open the palette. It left a bit of a sticky residue behind which is a total pet peeve of mine when it comes to price tags, stickers on products, etc…I also hate that the sticker is sort of rendered useless once you remove it. They should have printed it on the packaging versus making it a sticker. The palette itself is presented in a beautiful tin as I said but the inside has no mirror. The mirror addition of a mirror would have really took the compact to the next level. The tin is reusable as if you wriggle a butter knife or scissor under the eyeshadow tray it should pop out easily. I didn’t try it but I wriggled it a little with my nail and it seems like it’ll pop out easily once the eyeshadows are used up. There’s a “beauty recipe” book that includes a guide to get the look using the shadows included in this palette.

One of the most appealing aspects of the palette was the fact it was candy-scented or at least that was pretty appealing for me. The novelty of scented makeup anything hasn’t quite worn off yet and I really enjoyed all the latest Too Faced Peaches & Cream products due to their sweet peachy scent. Sadly, I smelled hardly anything with this palette. I stuck my nose right on top of the eyeshadows and I smelled a very, very, very, very, very faint vanilla scent but it was super subtle and barely there. This is good news for sensitive users who don’t appreciate scented makeup.

The palette is a fairly warm selection of shades with a few more neutral nudes thrown in and a cool shade or two (Frosted Pink and Sugared Strawberry). I was surprised how much I liked the shade assortment and really enjoyed how they looked together. They are grouped into quads in the palette which makes it easier to figure out which shades work together but of course, you can mix and match anyway you like. The eyeshadows are 0.04 oz each with three of the bases shades being a little large at 0.07 oz each. The eyeshadows are made in the US.

Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sparkling Cider, Pastry, Butterscotched, Sweet Toffee)

Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sugar Plum, Raspberry Cocoa, Taupe Berry, Licorice Rope)

Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sugared Strawberry, Cream Puff, Frosted Pink, Hot Chocolate)

Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Banana Cream Pie, Ice Cream, Whipped Cream)

You get both matte and shimmer finishes from these shades and there was zero amount of fall out for me. I was quite surprised how light, thin, and silky these were. Too Faced typically has a heavier eyeshadow formula that can look a little cakey on eyelids due the the sheer amount of shimmer which comes across very metallic-like. These shimmers were pretty refined, thinner, and blended easily. Certain shades were nice in color but poor in formula though. For example, Butterscotched was a really pretty shade but it sheered out considerably on my bare lid so a good creamy base was needed to keep it in place so it didn’t dust away as I blended (I’m wearing it below over Tarte Lid Lock Clay Eye Base). I would have liked a bit more variation from the larger base shades which all looked somewhat the same on my lid. But on a whole I was pretty pleased with the color variation and the performance of the eyeshadows so long as I wore a good base under them.

I went into the purchase of the Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette expecting to be disappointed but I actually liked this palette. It’s a nice range of easy to wear shades that didn’t have a ton of powdery fall out. Although, as I pointed on primer or a cream eyeshadow will help the texture of these go a longer way on your eye.

Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette is available now exclusively at ulta.com and toofaced.com.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Christina D.

    Much nicer than anticipated and I especially love the last quad. But there is still something off-putting about the packaging…maybe because it looks like every other TF holiday offering? Good to hear that it’s manufactured in the USA and opposed to TF’s normal practice of cheaping out during the holidays with made in PRC product. Perhaps that’s why it performed better than expected.

    • Isabella Muse

      their packaging all runs together at some point. The candy strips might remind you of last year’s xmas offerings! I was surprised how much I liked it. The shadows are thinner but they apply better for me as TF’s formula can be a bit heavy and cakey. But some sheers do sheer out so a cream base is important 😀 But overall, NOT too bad an offering!

  • Christina D.

    Maybe if it’s on sale at some point down the road, I’ll grab it. I’ve been indulging in more of the high-end stuff like Marc jacobs and Natasha Denona, so it’s a pass on this (for now).

  • Katie

    I actually loved this, especially the purpley quad on the right. The colors are very wearable, the quality is better than I expected, and I’m loving the violet and pink shades instead of more warm neutrals like we’ve been seeing everywhere for awhile. Honestly, my only reservation is that I don’t think I’ll get much use from the orange shades. Great swatches, btw. I always look forward to your reviews because they show such a clear idea of what you can expect from a palette.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Katie so glad you liked the review. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would! I was the opposite though, I actually liked the orange-y shades! ;-D

  • Dee

    I’m surprised at how much I want this. I think even more so than the new peach palette! These colors look more wearable to me, even the shimmery ones! There seems to be more shade selection. So in my cart it goes!

  • Cassie

    You had gotten the banana pudding powder, right? A review coming up–? I’m curious about your opinion! I bought/tried it–it doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped, it barely smells like banana, etc.–so, I don’t dislike it, and I’m still using it, but I wanted to like it more.

  • Shann

    I LOVE your reviews so much!! They are often the deciding factor for me when I am on the fence about a product. I actually went to ULTA when this came out to buy it and I backed out when I got there. I loved the colors but I thought the tin it came in was kind of cheap looking so I decided to wait on it. I was mainly there to get the Banana pudding powder bc like you…..obsessed with BANANAS!! lol.. But, after reading your review, I am definitely going to order the palette from TF. Thanks for the great review! =) I will now read your review about the Banana powder too. Was kinda disappointed in it as there was no banana smell at all. =(

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Shann! Very flattered! My pleasure! I really liked it. It surprised me as I expected to hate it but ended up enjoying it 😀 I didn’t like the Banana powder at all was so disappointed! I can’t believe it didn’t smell like bananas!

  • LPMarie13

    I love this palette! I had so many Ulta points I actually got this one free. That sticker on the front that closes the palette annoyed me, too. I carefully opened it with a box cutter and it still looks pretty nice.

    I keep my palettes in their original boxes when I can (like the LORAC palettes with the primer, no, doesn’t work well) and I have that same sticky residue pet peeve. My Tartelette in Bloom has sime sticker residue. I use my make up, but I’m also a palette collector (hoarder?) so I totally get the annoyance!

    • Isabella Muse

      Good idea! I wish I had thought to do that because the stick was so darn cute! OMG it drives me nuts when lipglosses or lipsticks have a sticker on them that leaves behind a gross residue 😀