Overall Grade: B
So I've been wanting the Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection (what's with the long name??) since it came out. The reason why I didn't get it right away was because I wanted to see reviews first but I haven't been able to locate reviews or swatches anywhere. I decided to just take the plunge and get it -I do wish I'd waited for some reviews. The palette is designed like the other Too Faced palettes (the Natural Eye and Smoky Eye Palettes.) Just a little complaint but the other 2 palettes are only $34. Why did this one get jacked up to $35?
The Packaging: I assumed the palette would be much bigger -like he size of an Urban Decay Book of Shadows palette but it's actually a small, convenient size. I also like that the palette contains little "tutorial cards" to show you 3 different ways to apply the shades. My only gripe about the size is that it's a bit bulky when it doesn't need to be. There's this waste of space "half drawer" under the eyeshadows and all it contains is a dinky little "brush" -the kind that comes with drugstore palettes.
Another thing that I really didn't like is when I opened up the palette for the first time, some of the eyeshadow trays stuck out. I had to push them back down so that they'd lay correctly and "flat." This really hasn't ever happened to me before so I was surprised by this. Also, because the palette is made of a non-shiny cardboard material, it dents easily (if you pushed your nail into it) and stains. I noticed some very minor eyeshadow stains which will likely worsen over time.
My worse complaint is that while the eyeshadows on the left column were fairly large, the middle and right column contained tiny eyeshadow pans. The width of my entire brush head was almost as big as the entire pan.
Other than that, I think the size of the palette is overall convenient and the design is very girly and cute. The tutorial cards add a nice touch too and will be helpful to a beginner and maybe give a pro some fresh ideas.
Here's the palette compared to a MAC eyeshadow single.
Drawer that holds the brush.
The brush has a sponge applicator on one size and a slanted brush on the other.
Here's how some of the eyeshadow pans stuck out.
The product: The palette contains matte and shimmery shades which is nice because we usually see palettes that contain all shimmery eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are good quality -they're smooth and pigmented (even the mattes have good color payoff.) I would say they're better quality than most eyeshadows but aren't as good as say Urban Decay or LORAC. I have no problem applying and blending most of the shades. I also had some fun with the tutorial cards and tried out 2 of the looks last night. Here's what the cards look like..
The Color: I was surprised to see that the palette contained many taupes and greyish shades. When I think "naked", I think more nude-like colors like tan and beige. As I said before, the colors are nice and pigmented. However, there are a few shades that have trouble showing up on my skin -not because they're not pigmented but because they're just so light. In The Buff, Birthday Suit, Pink Cheeks, and Pillow Talk have the most trouble showing up on my medium skin. I was really surprised because I'm not even that dark! I had to really pack on these particular shades because they would just blend in with my skin tone.
1. In The Buff (matte)- Ivory
2. Birthday Suit (shimmer)- Medium beige tan
3. Pink Cheeks (shimmer)- Very pale pink
4. Pillow Talk (shimmer)- Light-medium taupe
5. Satin Sheets (shimmer)- Golden champagne -almost has a rose gold because there's a hint of pink look but way lighter.
6. Lap Dance (shimmer)- Silvery taupe
7. Like A Virgin (matte)- Medium taupe
8. Unmentionables (shimmer)- Greyish taupe
9. Stiletto (matte)- Black
Too Faced "Naked Palette" (no flash) from left: In The Buff, Birthday Suit, Pink Cheeks, Pillow Talk, Satin Sheets.
Too Faced "Naked Palette" (no flash) from left: Satin Sheets, Lap Dance, Like A Virgin, Unmentionables, Stiletto.