Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette- Review, Swatches and FOTD

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.

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2017 packaging
Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette, limited Edition for Summer 2017

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!

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette Velvet Cover close up
Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette Velvet Cover

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.

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette - the shades
Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette – the shades
A look inside the Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Palette
A look inside the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette

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!

The booklet that comes with the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
The booklet that comes with the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
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:

Top two rows of the Too Faced Natural Love Palette for Summer 2017
Top two rows of the Natural Love Palette

First Row Swatches:

First Row of swatches of the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
First Row of swatches of the Too Faced Natural Love Palette

Second Row of Swatches:

Second Row of swatches of the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
Second Row of swatches
Bottom three rows of the Too Faced Natural Love palette
Last three rows of the palette

Here go the swatches of row 3:

Swatches of Row 3 of the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
Row 3 of the Natural Love Palette

Row 4:

Swatches of shades in row 4 in the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
Swatches of shades in row 4 in the Too Faced Natural Love Palette

And that’s the last row in the palette:

Swatches of the last row in the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
Last row of the Natural Love Palette

Here’s another look at all shades:

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette - a closer look at the neutrals
Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette – a closer look at the neutrals

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:

Eye Look using the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette for summer 2017
First eye look using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
Eye Look using the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette for summer 2017
And with the eyes closed

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:

Look 2 using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette close up on eyes
Look 2 using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette
Look 2 using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette close up on eyes
And with the eyes closed

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:

With the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze as a base and the Too Faced Natural Love Palette on my eye lids
With the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze as a base and the Too Faced Natural Love Palette on my eye lids
With the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze as a base and the Too Faced Natural Love Palette on my eye lids
And that’s with the eyes closed

And, finally, with the Make Up For Ever I-36 Iridescent Khaki as a base, I got the intensity I wanted:

Wearing the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2017
Wearing the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2017
Wearing the Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2017
With the eyes closed

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.

conclusion
Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Natural Love Palette

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,

Eleni

 

23 thoughts on “Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette- Review, Swatches and FOTD

  1. Eleni your reviews are so informative, thanks for this one. I bought this palette and couldn’t create a strong eye look either but I like how soft the shades are for every day. I will try it with the darker base and let you know how it works for me this way!

  2. The shades are so pretty and perfect for every day use when you want a natural looking eye makeup, however, you need more pigmentation to create a night or ‘strong’ look! I love the looks you created, the last one is my favourite. And how pretty is the packaging, so romantic.

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    1. Only your conclusion is more positive than mine :). Oh, I’ve gone a bit over with shopping the last two months, so would be good to balance things a bit and use the stuff I have 🙂 xx

  3. Thank you for the honest review, Eleni and this palette just didn’t do it for me. I find the shades to be pretty boring and I am a neutral lover. The packaging also didn’t do it for me as I prefer sleek and chic instead of cute and girly. And it’s way overpriced for what you get too. 🙁

      1. The reason why I am not huge into Too Faced is they are churning out way too collabs and collections and I think their quality is beginning to suffer. And yes, the packaging is also not my cup of tea.

  4. I was really looking forward to reading your thoughts on this! I have a real love hate relationship with Too Faced. I think a lot of their products are over hyped by influencers and I’ve been disappointed with the quality on an number of occasions. My biggest bug bear however is that they’re so inconsistent! This palette looks like a completely different formula from say the Bon Bon palette which I really didn’t get on with. I can see they’re buttery and have good colour payoff. I love the looks you created with this but agree it’s a bit on the subtle side for my tastes. As usual though they have created a visually stunning palette and I always find their creative inspiring.

    Amy – http://amyevans.blog
    Amy recently posted…Eyes On Spectrum

  5. I absolutely love how well you reviewed this eyeshadow palette! It definitely looks like something for those who prefer a natural look, and I love the idea of an instruction booklet. At the same time, you did a lovely job of creating stronger looks with these colors.
    xo, janea
    http://www.theSTYLEtti.com

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