Today I am super excited to share the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Palette with you! Now, I know that this palette was released this past summer (2014), and that you have probably seen it before in passing, but I wanted to offer a new perspective on this palette! That perspective? Autumn.
When I think Autumn, I think of cool weather and trying to keep warm. I think of the last bits of falling leaves as they make their final transition from orange to brown, and I think of rich pink-orange sunsets and deep blue skies earlier in the evening gratis of Daylight Savings. See where I’m going with this? Hello! This palette is Autumn in a tin, am I right!?
Inside the Palette
Day Time Look:
- St. Tropez – Beige shimmer with gold glitters.
- I don’t like this shade. The glitter has some major fall out and the pigmentation is lacking.
- Cannes – Copper shimmer.
- I love this shade. It is quite pigmented and adds some flair to the deepness of the browns.
- Soleil – Chocolate shimmer.
- This shade is more of a satin than a shimmer, but either way I love the warmth. There is also a lot of pigment which is always a must 🙂
- Riviera – Peach shimmer.
- Once you wipe off the top layer of shimmer, this is a really nice satin shade. I don’t find it useful as a highlight, but I do think it’s very pretty on the lid.
- Jardin – Coral shimmer.
- Sooooo pretty. This is that shade that makes this palette good for fall or summer. It’s so lively and really adds character and dimension to your look.
- Cote D’Azur – Pewter shimmer.
- For some reason I was under the impression that pewter was a gunmetal type color…. this shade is totally a cool toned brown satin. And it’s hands down my favorite out of every shade.
- La Croisette – Satin Ivory.
- Although I would have preferred a matte highlight, this is a true satin ivory and does provide a pretty sheen.
- Monaco – Fuchsia shimmer.
- Also known as Totally Fetch from the Pretty Rebel palette (PS, this shade is in the Too Faced Everything Nice 2014 Holiday palette as well), this is a nice, pigmented, satin shade.
- De La Mer – Navy shimmer.
- This was the only shade that gave me a chalky vibe, but with patience you can even it out. I really only use this one wet for a liner, though, so it’s no biggie.
Swatches (No Primer)
This palette mostly consists of hits. The only shades that I had issues with were St. Tropez (which is essentially invisible but for the massive amounts of glitter fall out) and De La Mer (which was just a bit chalky for my taste).
While I’ve heard some people complain about their being two browns in this palette, I personally like that because one is warm and the other is cool so you do get totally different effects with these.
Concerning the versatility of the palette, it’s quite refreshing to come across a palette that is both neutral and colorful and that can transcend the seasonal barriers.
If I had to complain though it would be two things: one, the misrepresentation of the product, and two, the limits you aquire because of that. This palette is advertised as a mix of matte and shimmer shades but if there was a matte in here I totally missed it. Furthermore, the “shimmers” err more on the side of satin (I prefer satin anyway so it doesn’t offend me personally) with the exception of St. Tropez which is basically just glitter (yuck). So this brings us to my second complaint: you can use this palette to create a full look, but it will only be a 1-3 shade deal. Otherwise, you may want to consider pulling in a matte palette to keep from looking like Tinkerbell has been dusting her a$$ on your eyelids.
Take it or Leave it
I say, if you’re in the market for a palette that is appropriate for all seasons, and that has both neutrals and fun colors, and if you are someone who really enjoys working with satiny-shimmery type shades (and you want to stay under $40), then take it because there are a lot of really good shades in here.
On the other-hand, if you are a no fuss kind of girl and want everything that you need to complete a full look in one palette, then you may want to steer clear.
But when all is said and done, the quality is there.