At the Sephora sale back in November, I had a couple of eyeshadow palettes on my list – Huda Beauty’s the New Nude palette, the Anastasia Beverley Hills Soft Glam palette and the one I ended up with – Too Faced’s Gingerbread Spice palette. Going into it, I was leaning heavily towards the Too Faced palette because a) I love gingerbread and b) It looked a little different from everything else.
When I was in-store a Sephora employee walked by, raved about the palette, reminded me that it was limited edition and basically solidified my decision. I’d say I’m easily swayed but given that I was leaning in that direction anyway, she just gave me that extra push towards it. Ironically that same employee raved about a Too Faced setting powder than I never use and am not really a fan of – foreshadowing perhaps? Read on to find out! 😉
From the Too Faced website:
“Add a little spice to your life with this deliciously sweet gingerbread palette of 18 multi-finish warm and toasty shadows that glide on with buttery smoothness for playful pops of colour that smell like fresh-baked gingerbread.
- Sheer to highly-pigmented shades for a variety of gorgeous looks
- Highly pigmented for one-swipe payoff
- Creamy texture applies and wears like a dream
- Smells like yummy gingerbread
$59 CAD / $49 USD for 18 shadows (0.024 oz each) 0.43 oz
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette (18 shadows x 0.03 oz) 0.54 oz – $59 CAD
- Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow palette (0.03 oz x 14 shadows + 0.01 oz x 2 shadows) 0.44 oz – $59 CAD
- Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow palette (0.03 oz X 14 shadows + 0.07 oz X 2 shadows) 0.56 oz – $59 CAD
- Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow palette (0.03 oz x 16 shadows + 0.06 oz x 2 shadows) 0.60 oz – $59 CAD
This is standard packaging for many of Too Faced’s palettes; it’s made of a thick tin/metal and has a magnetic closure with a mirror inside. While these aren’t the sleekest palettes, I do like them for travel as I find them to be sturdy and secure.
The design is pretty cute, which is also (mostly) in-line with Too Faced’s brand. There is a gingerbread man both on the front and on the inside with the caption “Bite Me” which kind of made me laugh.
Okay, this is one of the things I was looking to most about this palette (in hindsight, probably not a good reason to buy it) – the scent. It claims it smells like “fresh-baked gingerbread” but in my opinion, this just smells like straight-up vanilla, which is disappointing. If I really stick my face in it, I can pick up a hint of spice but it’s barely there.
I’m not usually a big fan of scents in makeup but I’m also a bit of a hypocrite because I love the scents of Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette, Peachy Mattes palette and Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I suspect they probably toned down the scent on this one to appeal to a wider majority but I would have preferred it to be a little more accurate.
FORMULAS & PERFORMANCE
This palette contains a mix of matte, metallic and glitter shadows. I find these to perform on-par with my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette – there are some that are great, some that are good and some that are just okay. The metallic shades are the standouts – particularly Spiced Egg Nog (a lovely metallic white gold) and Hot Toddy (a beautiful red/pink/orange duo-chrome). They are super soft, smooth and pigmented and very easy to work with, although I do find using a light hand with the darker metallics works best to avoid muddiness.
The matte shades are quite soft and buttery and as a result can sometimes be a little crumbly but again, are easy to blend and work with and are not lacking pigmentation.
The misses in this palette for me are Sugar Daddy and Spiced Rum – they are very crumbly and soft. Frostbite Me is more of a glitter topper so it kind of lacks any real pigmentation whereas Spiced Rum is pigmented but I find I need to be very careful with it
There is quite a bit of fall out with every one of these shadows, which is true to form for almost any Too Faced shadow I’ve tried. I don’t always find that it brushes away with ease so I must admit this does annoy me quite a bit.
I said above that one of the things that drew me to this palette was the fact that it was different; upon using it, I’ve determined that’s not really true. There are a couple of shades in this palette that I didn’t have in my collection (Gumdrop, Spice is Nice, Hot Toddy) but these are shadows I could have easily picked up as singles. The rest of the palette is easily duped in other palettes in my collection. Ultimately, this is just another warm palette with a few pops of colour so it’s really not that unique.
In addition, I’m not sure if my interest in warm palettes has expired or if I just don’t like the tones in this specific palette. Many of these these shadows aren’t flattering with my skin tone – I’m very cool-toned so I find many of the super warm, vibrant shades make me look washed out or sick.
Overall, I’m having a bit of buyers remorse with this palette. I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for it but even then, this just wasn’t something that I needed in my collection nor do I expect to reach for it on an on-going basis.
Note that this palette is limited edition and is currently sold out everywhere it’s sold. Personally, I don’t think that’s a bad thing because I don’t recommend it but if you’re so inclined, it sounds like it might be restocked on Two Faced’s website so that will probably be your best bet.
Have you picked up anything lately that you regret?