Too Faced’s Natural at Night palette (Sephora, $36) features nine eyeshadows that are on the glam side of neutral. They’re all in the brown family, but unlike a lot of neutral palettes, these contain several glitter finishes, and overall they lean toward dark smoky looks. (See the video review here.)
The first row of colors are designated “Night”, the second row “Classic” and the third “Fashion”. In this palette, the Night shadows have a warm orange undertone tone, the Classic have a pink undertone, and the Fashion shades have a yellow-green undertone. This was part of the palette’s appeal to me, because even though all the shades are definitely neutral and brownish, there’s some variety to the tones they’ll pick up from your hair color of clothes, and what they’ll do to make various eye colors pop.
This was my first experience with Too Faced shadows, and I found that all but one of the shades in this set had terrific color payoff and pigmentation. Blending is effortless and easy to control. Even without primer, they wear a long time without fading or creasing. Most of these shades will flatter a big variety of skin tones. I’m impressed enough with the formula that I’ve already ordered more.
Full Moon and Night Light are glitter shades of the type that tend to fallout, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the glitter fallout with these is far more manageable than that of Urban Decay – even with UD’s recent reformulations, which are great overall, but a failure in the glitter department as far as my lids are concerned. Here’s an example of what I mean. With UD glitter shadows, I have to:
- Apply a sticky base like NYX jumbo eye pencils or Too Faced Glitter Glue (forget UDPP, it’s great for some things, but useless for holding glitter on)
- Tap off my brush, thereby losing a lot of the glitter
- Gently pat it onto my lid, and ONLY my lid. Do not apply a UD glitter shadow anywhere you might need to blend, because you can’t possibly blend them without knocking piece of glitter off and only your face or into your eyes
- Lock it in place with Elf’s locking sealer (good stuff, btw)
And I still get fallout – it’s minimized, but I do have to check my face throughout the day and knock off chunks of glitter. With Too Faced’s glitter shadows, I have to:
- Apply a sticky base like NYX jumbo eye pencil or Too Faced Glitter Glue
- Tap off my brush, but somehow this formula keeps a lot of the glitter in your brush, only tapping off the excess
- Gently pat it anywhere I want (blending does not
And I get almost no fallout. Like, 3 pieces through the day, maybe. Now that’s how glitter shadows should work.
Note that the closeups of the shadows aren’t all the same size. I did this deliberately, because they’re not the same size in the palette. Each picture was cut from a single photo, so their sizes do represent the size of each shade in relation to each other shade. I hope that’s helpful rather than confusing!
Full Moon is a subdued gold with a glitter finish. It’s not very yellow, which makes it friendly to more skin tones, but it’s not quite neutral enough that I would call it “champagne.” It’s definitely warm.
Nightcap is a warm shimmery tan. It reminds me of butterscotch, and I really love it. It’s great as the lighter color in a deeper look, or as the deeper color in a lighter look. It’s a very versatile color. It’s a touch more yellow than Buck by Urban Decay (and obviously not matte).
Cocoa Star is a deep warm brown matte shade. The pigmentation is great, making it work equally well in the outer corner, crease or as a liner color.
Night Light is a glittery champagne with slightly pink undertones. Without the glitter, it would be very similar to Stila’s Kitten.
After Hours is a shimmery light pinkish brown. If it looks like it’s just a shade or two darker than Night Light, well, it is. But they are far enough apart in color – especially with the glitter in Night Light making it seem even lighter – to be great together or to lend themselves to different looks when combined with other colors.
Eclipse is a shimmery warm deep bronze. It has subtle red undertones – enough to look warm, but not enough to make it unwearable for those who like to avoid any hint of red near their eyes. This is easily one of my favorite shades, and sometimes I have to force myself to leave it out when I’m putting together a look!
Spotlight is a matte tan or camel color with distinct yellow undertones. It’s the dud of the bunch, with poor pigmentation and a tendency to apply sheerly and unevenly. I’ve tried to dig past the first layer of product – sometimes the top layer is dry, but everything under it is fine – but I just can’t get this color to do anything worthwhile.
Moon Stone is a shimmery antique gold, with definite green undertones. This is the sort of color that looks more golden if you wear it with brown clothes, or more green if you wear it with olive.
Night Fever is a deep brown with flecks of gold – not a glitter finish, but rather a matte color with lots of very finely milled flecks embedded in it. You don’t need to take any special precautions against fallout with this finish. This is gorgeous as a brown-gold liner color, but it’s great as a defining color or deep color, too.
This isn’t just another neutral palette – there’s more color variation than most, and a nice range of finishes. I’m able to apply the glitter shades with near zero fallout, and on my lids, that’s quite a feat (one that’s still beyond Urban Decay’s new formulation). Spotlight is the only disappointment in this one – it’s chalky and lacking in pigmentation. But the other eight shades are excellent and easy to work with.