I know the Too Faced Romantic Eye palette isn’t exactly new, but I have been reaching for it a lot lately and realized that I never reviewed it!
Better late than never, right?
I got this palette not long after it was first released, and at the time Too Faced decided to do a redesign on the packaging of their Eye Shadow Collection palettes. Before the release of this palette they were thicker due to a drawer that housed a brush (that people don’t really use anyway). Not only was that extra drawer a waste, but it seems important/popular to have a full arsenal of items in a palette that doesn’t take up a lot of room.
This is a small tangent here, briefly off the subject (kinda)… I laugh almost every time I read or watch an eyeshadow palette review because most of the time the reviewer is saying that it is “good for travel” etc… When I first started hearing this a bit I was thinking, “Wow, these people travel a lot, that is nice…” and then after going into a YouTube binge one night and watching about 15 palette reviews in a row I started getting down on myself. I was thinking, “I must be some sort of loser… I almost never travel.” Once I realized that they probably don’t travel as much as it seems I was fine again, but really… It is highly important to tell you if something is good for travel. Typically I do mention if a palette is travel friendly, but I question if I would even think about adding that to my review if I didn’t hear it over and over. I digress, back to the matter at hand.
The packaging is a nice cardboard material that has a hidden magnetic closure. Though the package may seem like it would pop open all the time, the magnet that holds it shut is strong and it is perfectly secure. I have never had one of these palettes open up unless I actually opened it myself.
One of the design features of these types of palettes from Too Faced is that they are set up in trios and come with an instructional card to use in conjunction with each trio, or row. This may not seem necessary to those who frequently use single eyeshadows and have a natural knack for putting a look together, but this type of system reminds me of when I was a young teen and had no idea what I was doing. I loved seeing a drugstore palette that had a diagram or had instruction words engraved on them such as “Lid”, “Crease”, or “Brow”. It was a way to teach yourself something and not having that shameful feeling in front of friends because you didn’t ALREADY know those things.
The instructional cards are clear and simple to decipher: not only is there text to walk you through it, but they include a picture that is numbered in correlation to the written step.
Here are all of the eyeshadows swatched (in their proper trios).
L to R:
Soulmates, I Do, Un-Veil, Kiss The Bride, Cut the Cake, First Dance, Bouquet Toss, Honeymoon, Ever After
The first trio is a nice basic everyday set.
Soulmates is a pretty shimmery cream. I Do is a nice matte lavender gray. Un-Veil is a matte sooty brown-charcoal.
|L to R: Soulmates, I Do, Un-Veil|
This set is more purple toned but still very nice a wearable for daytime. Can be easily transitioned into a fun nighttime look as well.
Kiss the Bride is a matte baby pink. Cut the Cake is a gorgeous shimmery lavender-purple. First Dance is a matte eggplant purple.
|L to R: Kiss the Bride, Cut the Cake, First Dance|
Bouquet Toss is a silky matte cream. Honeymoon is a shimmery gold with a slight hint of green. Ever After is a shimmery bronzed brown.
|L to R: Bouquet Toss, Honeymoon, Ever After|
Overall I really enjoy this palette. I am a fan of neutral eyeshadows and there is just enough color in the palette to satiate the idea of branching out a little bit. I think that anyone would enjoy this palette no matter your preference on colors (neutral or colorful). The names are cute and playful, as usual. I would also like to mention that the palette leans cool-toned but there are hints of warmth in a few of the eyeshadows. I love the fact that there are equal amounts of shimmers and mattes.
Lastly I want to comment on the texture of these eyeshadows. The mattes are silky smooth and the shimmers are soft and velvety. They all blend together flawlessly. I have not a single complaint from any of shades in this palette. Great job Too Faced!
The palette retails for $36. You can purchase this palette at TooFaced.com and any other location that sells Too Faced Cosmetics.
Do you own any of the Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection palettes? If so, which one is your favorite?