It’s about sexy time. 😉
Kind of. If you look at the names of the colors in the new Too Faced Natural Matte Neutral Eye Shadow Collection/palette, there are some that I can’t even say without blushing a little, like Sexpresso…?
Oh, my gosh.
Nudie? Risqué? Strapless?
But then they throw in the food-related ones like Honey Butter and Chocolate Cookie. There’s probably some relationship…
No, I’m not even gonna go there.
Recently released for summer 2015, Natural Matte is based on the Natural Eyes palette they released last year, except that that one had shimmers. This time around, I don’t think Too Faced was seeking to revolutionize the world of eye palettes as we know it. I think this was just meant to give Too Faced fans more matte options.
The whole matte palette trend has been big over the past couple years, and there are lots of good ones out there. This one, which comes with nine powder eyeshadows in a mix of cool and warm tones and useful beiges and browns, has a pretty appealing price. It’s $36, which doesn’t make it the most affordable matte palette out there when you consider drugstore, but I think you get a lot.
Compared to the $40 BECCA Ombre Nudes Palette, it comes with almost twice as many shades (nine vs. five).
Both palettes are good in their own way, but I think Natural Matte is better for simple looks involving one or two shadows, like a simple lid color and maybe a liner, or a lid color and something in the outer v.
Here’s also a quick video about the palette…
Ultimately, whether this is right for you depends on what kind of matte eye palette you want/need. I think these mattes are probably better for standalone looks with one or two shades than complex looks with five or six, because on the scale of matte eyeshadow blend-ability, they aren’t as easy to blend as other mattes I’ve tried. When I wear mattes on my eyes, I usually use them to either support whatever else I’m wearing on my face, or incorporate them in smokey looks.
I really like the colors themselves and that I can see the definition between them on my lids. The shadows may not be as easy to blend as some high-end mattes (which are often more expensive, too), but depending on the kinds of eye looks you like to wear, that may not be an issue.
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