April 4, 2018

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette (2018) Review & Swatches

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

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.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Nude Goals, Cleavage, Risky Biz)

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Heaven, Less is More, Sexpert)

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Lace Teddy, Au Natural, Hookup)

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.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette is available now at sephora.com, macys.com, and ulta.com.

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

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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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  • Kimkats

    Hmmmm… maybe if it goes on sale, up think I’ll pass for full price. Thanks the the always honest and thorough review, muse!

  • Adrienne

    I know this may not be the best area to post but I just had to get your take on this. So I used the 25% on Too Faced website that you told us about 2 weeks ago. My package arrived today but it had an Ulta silver security tag on my peanut butter and jelly palette. What do you think that’s about? I tried to call them and was on hold for over 30 minutes so I hung up.

    • Isabella Muse

      that’s wildly interesting! I wonder if it is returned stock from Ulta that didn’t sell!? WEIRD! A lot of people are complaining about now getting in touch with them! Especially about ordered placed and not received after this collection launched! If you have time, call back, I’d be curious what excuse they give you about that tag!

      • Adrienne

        I will keep you posted because I don’t want them to think that I used it and now want to return it the bottom two colors were used and one of the wide colors almost as if someone was in the store swatched their base , crease and highlight. I know Ulta has been having issues about reselling used items but this came directly from Too Faced with the Ulta sticker on it, which oddly I never see when I shop there.

        I think I will hold off on this Natural Matte palette too, based on your swatches I have very similar. I’m thinking my Soire palette from Pur.

        • Isabella Muse

          wow that’s gross! I wonder if Ulta returned stock to TF because it wasn’t selling or the contract stated they had to send back any extra inventory and in doing so Ulta returned a used palette and TF sold it to you without realizing it was used. That’s disturbing! If you wear a lot of nudes I think the colors can be easily duped across what you might own.

  • Melissa Roshinsky

    What a beautiful pallet! I’m obsessed with ‘natural’ shadesign when it comes to makeup since I like my makeup light and natural it honestly you looks great on you!

  • McRachel

    I bought mine through Ipsy for 15% cash back. It shipped directly from TF. Kind of off topic, but my the package they sent it in was beautiful. Pink box, pink crinkly paper inside, very girly and cute. They threw in a trial size shadow insurance and a double ended brush too. So, the packaging was awesome, and the palette packaging is really beautiful too, very romantic. Most of the shades are different from the original and the eyeshadow is firmer. The shade Heaven isn’t really different in any way. Still a powdery basic white, and all of the original ones IMO were kind of powdery. I don’t mind powdery, I find it helps the eyelashes build up nicely under mascara. I actually prefer this shade selection over the original, but I *Loved* the original and hit pan on several of the colors, which is rare in a palette for me. I have only used the top row, and today was the first run, but at first use, and swatching I would say the midtone and darker shades will likely lend themselves to patting on vs. windshield wiper motions. I’m hopeful. I have generally enjoyed TF Mattes in the past, and hopefully this new formula will make a good thing even better. If so, I may give the shimmers a try too, because I really disliked the shimmery neutral original.

    • Isabella Muse

      Nice! Good deal! they always do really cute shipping packaging! I reuse the crinkly paper when gifting stuff! ;-D I’m glad you’re enjoying it!!!!!! thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!!!

  • Dee

    I am liking this palette but I haven’t done a lot of three color looks. I’m usually using two shades because its so fast and gets me out the door. It’s not an improvement on the original matte palette however. They are very different!