Hello there! How has your week been so far? I’m enjoying a few more days back home before I go back to London, via Edinburgh! But I will tell you more about my Edinburgh trip later. For now, let’s dive into the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette review! I’ve been lusting over this palette for sometime now but held off because 1) I’m on a spending ban for the foreseeable future and 2) I’ve read mixed reviews about it. You can imagine how excited I was when mum got it for me as a name day present (Ευχαριστώ μανούλα!). I’ve played with it a lot and here are my thoughts.
packaging and shades
To start with, this palette is a sight for sore eyes. It’s beautiful to look at! The front cover resembles a romantic frame of some sort with branches and trees, flowers and birds. There’s a cute bunny there too! The embossed patterns are velvet to the touch, as is the “Natural Love” writing on it. Irresistibly beautiful, I will say no more about that!
Inside the palette you will find 30 neutral/natural shades. 13 of these are re-promotes but all other shades are new and limited edition. There is a sizeable mirror too. This isn’t a tiny palette and not one you can have in your everyday beauty case, but a good one for trips/long holidays etc, as you won’t need more eyeshadows, with this one with you.
To add to that, the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette comes with a little booklet which can get you started, if you’re a beginner in make-up, or inspire you to start using it. I tried creating a look using this booklet and thought it was fun!
swatches and eyeshadow quality
I loved swatching this palette. I really did! As you will see, it’s a mix of mattes, satins and glitter shades; they all felt buttery soft. Especially the lighter toned mattes… I was absolutely amazed at how they were melting into my skin! Lets have a look at the shades and swatches row by row:
First Row Swatches:
Second Row of Swatches:
Here go the swatches of row 3:
And that’s the last row in the palette:
Here’s another look at all shades:
What do you think? This palette includes neutrals with an emphasis on beiges and pinks. Initially, I thought there were more pinks than needed, but this didn’t bother me much when I started using the palette. As mentioned, all shades swatched fine, except from Fairy Tale (a glitter). It, however, applies wonderfully on the eyes.
Quality-wise this palette is good: all eyeshadows are soft, blend as easy as anything and they almost melt into the skin. I experienced no fall out, even when I had to build it up a lot. I know other bloggers talk about fall out, but, I experienced none at all. Thumbs up for how brightening the shades are too. I can use this palette for a lot of day to day looks and ones for when I wear my glasses too!
first impressions and review
Looks? Tick! Shade selection? Tick! Pigmentation? Mmm… I have to admit I had a bit of a hard time getting this eyeshadow palette to work for me. When Too Faced says “Natural”, they mean it. Unless you only use the darker shades, expect the look you create to be super natural! I’m a Nars eyeshadow fan, so that tells you I like pigmentation with minimal effort. My first two eye looks, using the Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette, were ok but nothing more than just ok. Have a look:
For this eye look, I followed the steps in the booklet that comes with the palette. I used Smokin’ in the outer corner for intensity and Moonbeam in the centre of the lid. Nudie is my crease transition shade. As you can see, the effect is *super* soft. I took the photo in day light, outdoors and this softens the intensity a bit, but only a bit. I then tried a look of my own, with pinks and browns:
Better? I have Push Up and Coffee Date on my lids and Undercover on my crease. This looked rather nice, as a soft eye look to compliment a lashy look with eyeliner. But I couldn’t tell I had four different shades on my lid at all…
Please, don’t get me wrong, I like these soft, romantic looks. But I’ve seen better (for less). Using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette, I can definitely get a “barely there” eye look that’s however perfecting and brightening. I LOVE brightening eyeshadows and these are very much that! So, I will definitely use this palette on a day to day basis with liner and expect to achieve up to medium intensity. But is that all?
This palette costs around 59 Euros/ USD and £46.80 in the UK, so it doesn’t come cheap. If I invest that much, I inevitably want more. So, I kept on trying!
and it finally worked…
If you decide to go for the Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette, bear in mind that, used on its own, it’s not gonna give you more than that medium intensity (you’ll need to build the shades up). Maybe, it can work better if you are fair, but if you’re darker than me in skin tone (NC35 currently), this is not a product for you.
Did you pick up on the “used on its own” above? I eventually got this palette to work for me, but to make the most of it, I have to use it with a darker eye base (not a powder, ideally a pencil). I tried the first look again (with Smokin’ in the outer corner) with the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze as a base (to be checked out here) and got better results:
And, finally, with the Make Up For Ever I-36 Iridescent Khaki as a base, I got the intensity I wanted:
For this eye look, I used the MUFE khaki base mentioned above (peaking through) and the Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette shades Hot and Bothered and Dear Diary over my lid and Chocolate Martini in my crease. As for the rest of my make-up, I’m wearing a brown mascara from MAC (reviewed here) and on my cheeks I have Baina Bronzer from the Mac Fruity Juicy Collection (reviewed here). My lipstick is Sandwash Pink from Bobbi Brown, an old favourite of mine.
As mentioned earlier, I like this palette for every day looks because the lighter shades are so brightening. I’m glad I made it work for “stronger” looks too, but I wish I didn’t need to use a darker base to do so. I’d say if you’re fair, you will enjoy that one. If you’re not into pigmented eyeshadows, you’ll like it too. But if you’re after strong pigment, you’re unlikely to get it from this palette, unless you wet your brush and have the time/patience to build the shades up. Maybe try the Nars Loaded Palette instead or the Marc Jacobs About Last Night Palette.
You can check the Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette out online on their website. They include tutorials, which you might find helpful. I see it’s sold out online in many places but my mum found it at the Sephora store in Athens without difficulty, so check depending on your country of residence.
Thanks for bearing with me during this long post – I hope it was helpful!
Speak soon! Hugs,