Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($38) makes a come back for Spring 2018 with a new selection of eyeshadows and new packaging. Many of you likely already own the original Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette that launched three or so years ago. Recently, Too Faced relaunched the palette with a few re-promoted shades as well as some new ones.
I think a lot of people, myself included, thought this palette was repackaged and rep-promoted with the existing shades the original had but that’s actually not the case. There are some new shades in here as well as a few that did appear in the original (such as Heaven). I will say though a lot of the shades do look a like a lot so, whether or not you wish to indulge or not is questionable. It might be something you wish to skip if you already own a lot of nudes or if you have the original palette.
One thing I have to express delight for that I also mentioned in my review of the Too Faced Natural Face Palette is the packaging. Too Faced seems to be moving away from tin packaging and replaced them with weight compact that had a slight raised and curved face plate with a lace floral design. Truly they did an outstanding and impressive job with this entire collection and after releases like the Life is a Festival Collection I think it is a refreshing change to see something so elegant and “grown up” from them. The does have a strong fresh coconut shea butter-like scent that I found very pleasant. It isn’t like the face palette though which had a lingering scent. Once applied it does disappear.
One thing to note is price versus weight. Too Faced may have revised the packaging which likely is costing them more but the price remains relatively the same as the original. The original palette was $36 and this version is a mere $2 more plus it contains more as well at 0.45 oz of product compared to the original at 0.39 oz. I think if you got this from another brand like say Urban Decay you’d likely be paying $48 for it or so. I think the $38 keeps it in a nice mid-range safe zone. I find the price very attractive and reasonable. Right now, Too Faced is experiencing a peak of popularity and they do have the opportunity to raise their prices without pissing off their rabid fan base (some of us might balk but some of their fans are hardcore and likely wouldn’t even notice the price raise if they did do one). But they made a smart choice to keep things pretty much the same and I appreciate that.
This palette seems like my dream palette. It literally contains all the elements I love in a nude palette. Dune shades, gorgeous creamy beiges, sultry browns, there are just so many shades I adore here. Obviously all the shades are matte and as a shimmer lover I was quite alright with that as I tend to wear mattes a lot lately (I’d have NEVER SAID that 5 years ago).
Sadly, I struggled with the shades a little. First off, many of them look muddy on my eye and I had a hard time creating contrast since they blended all together. I also experienced a weird issue with colors changing once I applied them on my lid. For example, Hook Up applied a lot darker on my lid than it appeared in the pan and turned into a bark brown versus the medium brown that appeared in the pan. There was fall out as well which drove me nuts. The texture of the shades are quite silky but I had a little patchiness during the blending process but nothing that a little primer didn’t help.
I think the thing that disappointed me most was the fact that the shades looked muddy on me no matter which combinations I used. I kept ending up with this dark sultry bark brown look. It wasn’t a bad thing by any means I just wish there was so distinction between the shades when I blended.
All in all, if you have the original the concept is the same here although, you do have a new round up of shades but you might want to test in store prior to purchasing since I felt the colors just didn’t work together well and blended muddy on me. I think I might get better use using them individually than I will together.