October 31, 2017

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette ($49) is a new 18 pan eyeshadow palette inspired by Jerrod Blandino’s chihuahua, Clover. This is one of Too Faced’s cutest launches to date not to mention it supports a very good cause with Too Faced donating $250,000 of the sales of the palettes to the Best Friends Animal Society.

I personally purchased it for a few reasons one of which is I have and had chihuahuas in my life. It’s sort of my dog of choice ;-D Some people think of them as ankle biters but they are actually quite lovable animals with unique personalities. You probably already met my girl Kia if you follow me on Instagram. She’s a sweetheart! Not like any chihuahua I’ve met or owned in the past. She has an incredibly loving personality to everyone she meets.

Anyway, it’s one of the reasons I purchased the Clover Eyeshadow Palette. Secondly, I purchased it because it supports an excellent cause. And lastly, this packaging. Who’s the artist? The kawaii art work is very Japanese in style and awfully sweet. Oddly enough, I felt like the Totally Cute Palette was quite juvenile and I guess Clover’s Palette might fall into the same realms for some people. But I love it! I think it’s adorable. Clover’s anime is quite cute and his cast of friends remind me of something straight out of Sanrio!

Sadly, the packaging is sort of the only thing I loved about this palette.

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette holds 18 shades of eyeshadow all of which are the same size and weight in at 0.03 oz each. I’m happy that each shade is consistent in size as I’m really not a fond fan of how Too Faced occasionally throws in random larger base shades. It just throws the look of the palette off for me.

The tin compact has a generously sized mirror located inside and the artwork on the outer box has a raised design on the actual palette with some of the graphics also appearing around the mirror located inside. It took me way back to third or fourth grade when I used to have a Hello Kitty Pencil Box with all the cool bells and whistles like a drawer that held paper clips (why I’d need paper clips in third grade is beyond me but it was cool!) and a sharpener that popped in and out with the press of a button. My curiosity got the better of me so I took a smallish knife and wriggled it under the shadow tray and low and behold it can be easily popped out should you like to use this to store gel pens (because I’m over the age of collecting gel pens but I still do! Sorry not sorry!) or little dodads once you use up all the shadows inside.

I don’t love the palette for a few reasons one of the main ones being the formula is hit or miss. I felt like the shades were quite dry and didn’t adhere well to my lid. For example, I did a look using TF Mascot. I gently patted it on my lid with my shadow brush and I went back in to blend another shade but it kept dusting away to reveal the skin of my lid during the blending process. They also swatched patchy, dry, and easily dusted away if I blow on them. A few of the mattes stood up well like Fur Baby and Cuddle Buddy but others were drier and patchier like Daddies Heart Me. Pigmentation was hit or miss here with some colors having decent buildable pay off and others being quite sheer. The quality and performance was sketchy over all in this palette and not near what I’ve become accustomed to from Too Faced in the past. It is made in the USA for those curious.

The second thing I disliked about the palette was the shade assortment but first a word on the finishes in here! Mattes appear to dominate the palette but actually there is an even amount of mattes vs shimmer/satin shades with a total of nine mattes and nine shimmers/satins. There’s axctually one duochrome as well if you want to be technical.

There’s really no rhythm or reason here. It’s not a cohesive selection of shades and you might struggle a little bit pairing up looks. I mean you have a strip of warmer browns and suddenly there’s a light, pale green in the mix along with an aqua. It’s a lot of mismatched shades that looked nice together in the palette but try applying them together into a look and you might struggle. I know I did. I was cool with some of the nudes but when it came to injecting Good Boy (mustard yellow) into my look I was like, “Wait, what would this pair up well with!?” There are a few stand out shades that look great in theory but performed badly like Daddies Love Me is such a great cranberry but the shade applies sheerer and has a very dry, chalky formula that blends away during application. #SaveThemAll is a deep, warm gorgeous bark brown but again it was dry and blended away.

There are also a host of shades I hated like Puppy Eyes (I can never use white anything in my look! It doesn’t even really work as a high brow highlighter for me), Lucky Clover which is just a gross light green that looks chalky (a deeper forest green would have been easier to pair up with some of the darker browns), and yes, I’ll go there to say there’s another solid matte black here that I’ll likely never use.

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Puppy Eyes, Lucky Clover, Chihuahua, #SaveThemAll)

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Spoiled, I Ruff You, Paw Print, Ruh Roh, Love is Love)

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Cuddy Buddies, Daddies Love Me, TF Mascot, Good Boy)

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Wet Kisses, Woof, Cuteness Overload, Best Friends)

You could say I’m not creative enough to create a look using these shades and you’d be right. But I do believe the average makeup user might find the shades challenging in this palette.

I am very, very curious how others will feel about this palette once it becomes available in a more mainstream market. The reviews haven’t quite hit the blog world yet but I’m mostly curious what all of you think if you tried this yet. And I’m highly curious what the rest of the makeup world will feel about it.

For me it was a fail. The quality isn’t really here and cute packaging can’t make up for that.

The Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette available now at ulta.com.

Did you haul it?

Do share your thoughts if you did!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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 or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Susan

    That bright yellow looks like a re-promote from the terrible Peanut Butter & Honey palette, and I agree that overall it looks like a random bunch of shades thrown together. Ugh.

    • Isabella Muse

      sometimes I think I’m nuts because I look at this and scratch my head. Sure, certain shades go together but it’s so mismatched and a little challenging for me to pair up shades. I must be an idiot.

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    Hi, Miss Muse! I’ve just risen from the grave (just in time for Halloween). Hahaha!

    The packaging is sooooo cute, especially the anime! And you mentioned about collecting gel pens, and I’m with you there, but more of hoarding than collecting. And not for artistic purpose or whatnot, I actually hoard for office use because I enjoy writing. It helps me remember things.

    Going back to the palette, it was a sad thing that it did not perform well. Colors were okay though, except for the mustard. It could’ve been better if there’s a balance between warm and cool tones in the palette, then the mustard color can now fit into the selection.

    • Isabella Muse

      hey Christine! Like a zombie?! πŸ˜€ hehe! Happy Halloween! I hoard office supplies too! Pens, pencils, stationary, especially cute stuff. I tend to buy a lot of Japanese stationary and pens which is a nasty rabbit hole to fall down. I don’t use them, just collect them. Insert massive eye roll here ;-D I agree. Maybe if they arranged them differently I could envision what she could where. But the way it is now, it’s like, “Wait, what the hell am I suppose to do here!?” Quality was meh for me though! Not a great palette!

      • Christine Joy Luikuo

        Well, more of vampire. I have fangs. Hahaha! Apart from pens, I love collecting notebooks. With pens, I can guarantee anyone I’ll use them but with notebooks, it’s just more of collecting and keeping until I can finally find a purpose for it.
        Since you don’t like the shadows, just proceed on turning the packaging into pencil/pen case instead. πŸ˜‰

        • Isabella Muse

          ha ;-D works for me! ;-D And me too on notebooks (and planners and diaires) haha! I’ll prob just keep it as a collector’s piece of sorts!

          • Christine Joy Luikuo

            Ironically, I’m not into planners because I’m lazy updating my plans. Also, I don’t go out a lot so I don’t see the need of having one. A friend gave me a Hello Kitty planner and encourages me to use it. And up to this day, I still keep a diary, although I only write there monthly, instead of daily.

          • Isabella Muse

            girl, I use my iphone for planning but I still BUY planners like some lunatic lol! πŸ˜€

  • Kish

    So glad I waited on this. I went back and forth, but really couldn’t justify $49 for cute packaging.

  • Kimmyyy

    I think they just randomly picked 18 colors from a huge pool of shades and threw them all together! πŸ˜› As for the packaging, it is a bit weird, but I will say I love the narwhal and the kitty! I don’t think it’s cute enough to temp me to purchase. Oh well! I don’t own a single TF palette and I guess that still isn’t changing.

  • Maria

    Glad. I did not buy this one. I had a funny feeling that the quality is not the same. Too faced seems more interested in quantity vs. quality these past 2 years and cute packaging.

  • Brian

    The packaging is still tempting me lol If this does makes its way to Ulta, i hope it is during a time when there is a 20% prestige coupon or it goes on sale. As pretty as the color selection is, I don’t get “inspired” to make a look just by looking at the color selection, which is how I usually gauge how much I will like/use a palette.

    • Isabella Muse

      Who knows it might end up on sale somewhere at some point as well ;-D Me either! I just look at it and have to REALLY think what will go well together. I’m the same, if it jumps out at me and I can visual a look I’m good if I have to spend time thinking about it that’s too much work haha!

  • Mikki

    I’ll probably get it for collection reasons (and I’m a sucker for the Sanrio-esque packaging), but sucks to know the formula is hit and miss! To me the shade selection isn’t the most cohesive either, but I can still find quite a number of looks out of it. It probably serves better as a complementary palette to work with colors you already have. Wish Too Faced would be more consistent with their products :/

    • Isabella Muse

      It’s very sanrio-ish! Which is why I loved it haha. There are def shades here that work together but you really have to search a bit to see what will go well. And yes, you might need to bring in a few shades so it “works”.

  • Janessa

    I picked it up for the same reasons. I am a Chihuahua mom, too. My boy Junior is the sweetest little guy, once you know him πŸ˜‰ I love the cause behind this palette, but I wasn’t blown away when I opened the palette when it was delivered yesterday. I haven’t even swatched it yet. I think this is going to be one of those palettes I have in my collection for the sake of collecting.

    • Isabella Muse

      please send picks of junior!? ;-D I want to see! Likewise for Kia, she has a surprisingly beautiful personality for chihuahuas who are dubbed as one person dogs. She’s quite an extrovert and friendly with everyone she meets ;-D Likewise for me! Just because kind of palette but not something I’ll use a lot. After you try I’d love to hear what you think of the formula for me it was meh!

      • Janessa

        Ohh any chance to show off my little guy! I’ll DM you one on Insta πŸ˜€
        I’ll definitely try it out this week sometime, it’s just not getting my creative juices flowing. I’m not inspired by it at all

        • Isabella Muse

          I’m looking forward to it πŸ˜€ I’m curious what you think!!!!!!!!!

  • Z

    The shades dont make sense! TF formula used to be one of the best and now it’s just a hot mess πŸ™ for 50 bucks i’d rather get the visart golden hour palette!

    • Isabella Muse

      or one of those new huda $27 palettes coming out! I’m sure those will rock!

  • Cosmetopia Digest

    I avoid anything with yellow (I’m already yellow enough haha) so this palette never appealed to me. BUT I love your idea of prising out all the shadows with a knife and then using the cute packaging as a pencil case (still use one to keep all my pens in one place in my drawers) – GENIUS! But at $49 for a pencil case, I want 10 compartments, an eraser that pops out, and a little magnifying lens LOL.

    • Isabella Muse

      ;-D hey at least get a nice pencil case out of it lol! LOL too true though, I want the bells and whistles for $50 bucks hahaha!

  • Liz

    Muse! Your swatches look so nice though…despite the iffy quality.

    I’m also the one person who is super drawn to that yellow. Tempting.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Liz ;-D Don’t be fooled though, some of these weren’t great πŸ™

    • SarahS

      you aren’t the only one. I am always drawn to those yellow shades, but they never NEVER work out. : ( Obviously In the pan, gorgeous, though.

  • Christina

    The shades are okay to me since I’m used to colorful makeup, but it’s just not a palette (or brand) I feel compelled to buy. I like the packaging for the animation, and that’s about it! LOL!

    And yes, I used to collect those gel pens. I still buy some for cards and stuff, but I used to have tons! LOL!

    P.S. I private messaged you in instagram a pic of me in my Mulan costume since I promised you I’d share. LOL! Let me know if you want me to email instead–I never instagram and don’t even know if I did it right. Haha!

    • Isabella Muse

      I like color but I just wish the shades matched up a bit better ya know? OMG you look so cute! and pretty ;-D LOVE LOVE LOVE ;-D You did it perfect ;-D

        • Isabella Muse

          Truly you look lovely πŸ™‚ thanks that made my day! I love seeing people dressed up ;-D I’m not as photogenic as you but I’ll dm a pic of mine tonight hehe πŸ˜€

  • kjh

    I would def get the metal case only, as e/l storage…or gel pens. Yeah. Esp the pastel ones that are meant for black paper. The shadows, not so much. If an offbeat shade is in a duo (Nars does that a lot) or a trio, then you know to work on a look with those together, despite the colors may seem jarring. One stand alone, like the mustard here, is generally confusing, and gets neglected. If you have to ask yourself how/where to use it, thereÒ€ℒs a problem. Some days we need direction! Some days, obvi rules.

    • Isabella Muse

      yes on the black paper ;-D totally my fav past time gel pens+black paper ;-D Mustard prob pairs up ok with black or even purple and mustard but it’s not a look I’d embrace daily or even one I like ya know? It might also go with the coppery shade but again, not so much. You’re right sometimes NARS has an odd shade but at least they pair it up with something that makes sense.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t even think they realize it is a narwhal. I think they were trying to be “fun” with the unicorn them lol!

  • lizzie

    I had high hopes for this. The matte peach palette was a hit for me but sigh….I totally agree with you 100%. Cute packaging, but the shadows and shades didn’t rock my boat and the quality was very hit or miss. I too looked at this palette when I finally got it and thought “wait what?” Oh well its for a good cause and most of the matte shade were good enough for me. My fur baby is a 7 year old 90lb german shepherd who thinks she’s a 6 month old puppy. Think Marely and Me’s bad behavior only 90% of the time. I just love animals and I was glad to see that they were donating to a good cause at least.

    • Isabella Muse

      amen I thought I was being too harsh! Thanks for confirming I’m not crazy because the quality seemed rather meh here. It was a hit or miss selection! lol omg I love big dogs that think they are puppies hehe ;-D

  • Jen

    They would have done better to release this as a mini collection rather than another giant disaster of a palette, especially since it’s obviously very much inspired by Sanrio and even Tokidoki. They could have release a couple smaller (3-4 pan) palettes for Clover’s friends, or instead of just shadows, they could have done cute highlighters and blushes. I get packaging and marketing are another expense and collection releases are nothing to sniff at, but I might have felt more inclined if I didn’t have to buy every terrible color they decided to smash in there.

  • Yen

    I just stopped for a moment after reading that you still collect gel pens. Haha you’re the best! I love gel pens as a kid and still do as an adult. My spirit animal in not only food, but all things cute, tv dramas, and more.
    Ok, randomness aside, I can’t believe these swatched patchy. The only one that looks dry in your photos would be Daddies Heart Me. The colors do seem mismatched with no theme, but I can’t deny they’re pretty to look at. Although $50 might be steep for me to just stare at as a collectible haha.

    • Isabella Muse

      hehe! I’m crazy over pens and stationary! It’s obscene πŸ˜€ Likewise!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oddly enough I agree! They look very pretty in the pan but the formula isn’t great and when you have to actually visualize these colors one eyes it can get challenging πŸ˜€

  • Sara

    I feel like IÒ€ℒd only buy this as a collectible….I donÒ€ℒt find the colors wearable. Maybe a few. Hmmm have to pass on this one.

  • Jessie

    “The first ever TooFaced.com exclusive palette”

    It’s not going to be coming to ulta or sephora, unless toofaced backtracks and that wouldn’t be a good look

    • Isabella Muse

      I doubt it. I think they’ll do a more mainstream launch when it returns. Seems unlikely they’ll keep it to their site only but ya never know!

      • Jessie

        With all due respect, the word “exclusive” has a rather clear definition and it’s actually more likely that they’d honor their word.

        • Isabella Muse

          I’m not sure as there are many brands use “exclusive” and it ends up popping up elsewhere. Likewise for limited edition. They said the Peach Collection was exclusive to Sephora but it also became available on their website. If it is exclusive to their site awesome, if not even more awesome as it gives people more areas to purchase should they like. That’s why I said “hopefully” it’ll launch at Sephora and Ulta.

    • Isabella Muse

      Looks like it is now on Ulta so not exclusive πŸ™‚ Hopefully you have some points saved up if you wanted to haul it Jessica!

  • Elif

    I own the Chocolate Bon Bon palette and the Peach palette and they both came with a set of three “looks” to get you started (something I’m sure you’re aware of). Did this palette come with anything like that, and if it did, what did they look like???

    On a side note, thanks a million for being my go-to beauty blogger for the past few (2 or 3 I think??) years!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Yes it did. I normally take photos of the get the look guide but I somehow misplaced it. They had a green pastel look mixed with brown, a coppery brown look, and something else I can’t recall. If I find it I’ll post a pic πŸ™‚ Aw thank you Elif, that’s VERY flattering to hear πŸ™‚

  • Hannah

    If I could buy Best Friends as a single shadow, I would (it looks like a less emerald version of UD’s Lounge) but honestly, I’ve got palette exhaustion. I’m palette-ed out!

  • genevieve

    I loved the cause and the artistic effect on the packaging.
    However, even judging by the random nature of the shades, I had a sinking feeling that this would be dud. I wasn’t sure who TF were talking to when they compiled these shadows. And the quality itself was pretty poor, from what I have heard on the internet.

  • Farrah

    That is the cutest packaging ever. <3!!! Super sad to hear that the quality of the product wasn't that great. :[ The shades definitely seem really random.

  • Alice

    I’m really surprised to say this, but the colour scheme looks great to me. I’m personally into bright makeup, so that yellow works with half the shades in the palette for me (especially as an inner corner highlight)! But the quality looks like it leaves a lot to be desired so it’s an easy pass. Haven’t been remotely tempted by anything since sweet peach after seeing reviews – in fact, I’m not even surprised that there are almost zero reviews available of this. I think even the die-hards have started giving up.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah the quality was mmm meh! Wish it was better! I think you’re right!

  • Katt

    I’m so tempted, but honestly Too Faced needs to slow down a bit with their palettes! I can’t keep up! It’s overkill and the quality is so hit and miss.

  • Danielle

    Just bought it today along with the chocolate gold and what i swatched so far i love ( have to see what happens when using a brush on my eyelid tough) especially the warm shimmery copper shade. I canÒ€ℒt wait to try it on my eyes and hope i donÒ€ℒt hate it πŸ™

  • Aria

    Hey Isabella πŸ™‚

    Thank you for this super helpful review!
    So, I think I am still debating weather I should pick up this palette or not now that it is at Ulta…
    I have red your comments and review but, do you think you could be a little more specific on how you think the shades perform and the over all quality of the shadows?

    Actually I have shades that are pretty similar from other palettes or other brands.
    I mostly want it because I like to collect makeup I guess lol but I am just concerned that it might not be worth it…
    For example, I have pink shades from a Morphe palette and these pinks really stain the skin.
    Did you notice anything similar happening from the pink that is in the Clover or any other shade?
    Thank you in advance for your time πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      I think I addressed it in the review I hope!? I thought they were hit and miss. The shades are quite dry, chalky, There are very few I liked it. I experienced no staining from the pink thankfully! I hope this helps!?

      • Aria

        Thank you for taking the time! Yes of course, I did not mean to have you repeat all you have said already but, because I was still hesitating I think I was seeking a sharper opinion such as, “the quality is not completely there but give it a whirl / or, it’s just not worth the price point to me so I suggest you would pass on it.” For example.
        I have watched few reviews on youtube and awkwardly enough people haven’t been very specific about their feelings, unlike for other products… Anyway, thank you again for your opinion πŸ˜‰
        Happy new year!

        • Isabella Muse

          No problem, no thanks needed! I actually made a pretty sharp opinion in the review that states, “For me it was a fail. The quality isnÒ€ℒt really here and cute packaging canÒ€ℒt make up for that.” That pretty much summed up how I felt about it. It was the last sentence I typed in the review. So, pretty much saying it wasn’t worth it to me. Hope this helps more? The palette is a dud. Let me know how it goes if you do buy it, maybe you’ll feel differently!!!!!! Happy New Year! Health and happiness to you in 2018 πŸ™‚

          • Aria

            Right!! I must have missed that last sentence lol
            Got it, plus there will be more releases soon so, saving some money for that I guess, like the white peach palette! Didn’t get the sweet peach because it was too similar to what I already had but can’t wait to see your review on the new one.
            Thank you, to you as well πŸ™‚

  • Chihiro

    Stationary hoarders unite <3 I actually love penpalling, and if you'd like to share thoughts on makeup or swap stationary, I'm a happy snail mailer!!

    The real reason I am writing today for the first time (tho I have lurked for quite a while – you're one of my fave makeup reviewers) is bc I'm wondering if you might want to swap or sell the palette. I have unused makeup that I got for the holidays and other occasions that perhaps you might be interested in… I see that you said you might keep this as a collector's item and I def understand that feeling πŸ™‚ That said, please let me know if you change your mind <3