Too Faced’s Summer Eye eyeshadow palette (Sephora, $36) is a colorful collection of nine eyeshadows in varying finishes. This palette strikes me as a departure from Too Faced’s other 9-pan palettes, because of the bright color. It also has a couple of shadows which are pretty unique in my experience.
The package is conveniently small and thin, with a strong magnetic closure that makes it safe for travel. There are no applicators to move around and mess up your shadows – it’s just nine shadows in a convenient box. There is also no mirror.
In the top flap, there’s a sort of built in envelope with some Get The Look cards tucked away. These show you three looks you can get from the palette, which are actually accomplished by using each row of three shadows, with the first color all over, the middle one on the lid, and the third for defining. These are great for beginners, and you could certainly enjoy the palette by doing nothing but those three looks (which are gorgeous), but half the fun is getting more creative than that.
Too Faced is capable of making great eyeshadow, and this palette hits it out of the ballpark. The colors are velvety and blendable, with great pigmentation, color payoff and wear time without fading or creasing. I just love that Too Faced can do glitter shades that stay in place with no special effort on my part – you don’t even need Too Faced Glitter Glue, which is designed more for actually applying straight up glitter than shades that just have some glitter in them. (Ahem: Glitter Glue is awesome for working with the glittery shades from a certain other high end brand that doesn’t know how to make glitter stay in place without loads of effort and extra products on the customer’s part.)
Why am I mentioning this? This palette contains glitter colors, shimmer colors and one matte. The glitter wins hands down, being in 5 of the nine shades. It’s gold rather than the typical silver, and is finely milled rather than chunky. As I said above, it performs beautifully, so if fallout is your only objection to glitter, this could be the palette of your dreams. But if you just don’t care to wear glitter, this may not be the palette for you.
Sugar Sand is a highly frosty light pink. It reflects a lot of light, making it look lighter in swatches and on lids than it does in the pan. It’s light enough to be used as a highlight shade or lid shade. Plumeria is a satiny medium blue-based pink that looks pink when used with the other colors in this palette, but can also blend beautifully with cool purple and lavender shades. Cocoa Beach is a warm, shimmery medium brown with a small amount of golden glitter flecks. Because the base is shimmery, the golden glitter is more subtle in this shade than it is in some of those I’ll be discussing next.
Peach Fuzz swatched very differently than I expected from the pan. I thought it would be more of a light peach, but it turns out the peachy base of the shadow is somewhat sheer. Don’t mistake this shade for lacking pigment, though – it applies very evenly. The semi-sheerness is intentional. The end result is a beautiful soft wash of fine golden glitter with a complementary sheer peach base. Coral Crush is a true coral matte with a liberal amount of gold glitter flecks. The glitter doesn’t show as well in the photograph as it should, except at the bottom of the swatch – sorry, I swatched and photographed it a dozen times, but I’m still learning. Ditto on Chocolate Sun, which is a deep chocolate brown with lots of golden glitter flecks.
Sunbeam is similar to Peach Fuzz, but much more golden yellow and a bit less sheer. Mermaid is a beautiful shimmery teal that leans green with definite blue undertones. Toasted Coconut is a warm medium matte brown – the one matte in this collection. One thing I found odd about this lineup is that Toasted Coconut is really no darker than Mermaid – they’re about the same depth, just different colors. For defining with Mermaid, I prefer Chocolate Sun. But Toasted Coconut is beautiful with either of the other lineups.
Things to try
This palette has great individual colors, but you can mix even more. For example, want a brown but sparkly look? Apply Peach Fuzz or Sunbeam from lash to brow. Apply Toasted Coconut lightly over that on the lid, and it will create a golden sparkly brown. Use Chocolate Sun for defining, and you’re all set. I have also mixed Plumeria and Coral Crush to make a pinkish coral that matched a particular shirt; Sugar Sand and Coral Crush make a light, frosty peach shade; and Coral Crush over Peach Fuzz or Sunbeam will create a sparkly peachy shade. Mermaid over Sunbeam becomes a more yellowish, soft green. And you can do a gorgeous smoky brown eye with the three brown shades and Sunbeam for highlighting.
This palette is definitely for those who like color and sparkle. The quality of the shadows is high, and I’m particularly impressed by how effortlessly the glittery shades apply and stay put without fallout. The palette is a lot more versatile than you might think at first glance, particularly if you play with mixing colors. I’ve really been enjoying this palette – it’s everything I hoped it would be.