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.
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.
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