Last week I posted a Holiday Beauty Gift Guide with lots of recommendations and inspiration for gifting this Christmas. Today I will be doing an in dept review about one of my recommendations: the cute Too Faced Gingerbread Spice eye shadow palette!
The palette is made of the same tin like material as usual. The palette is designed like a big ginger bread cookie. The little gingerbread man makes me think of Shrek! 🙂
Also as usual: the palette comes with a booklet with a short pictorial for some looks to make with the palette.
The mirror inside the palette is, even with the cute gingerbread man decoration big enough to use while doing your make-up.
The palette comes with a variety of shimmer en matte shades. There’s also one duo chrome shade in the palette (hot toddy). The shades are mostly warm toned for spice and cacao themed looks (at least that’s what I’m thinking of with these shades).
The shadows smell like vanilla and ginger bread. Nothing too intense, I think it’s actually a sweet addition to the palette. And that is said by someone who often thinks scent to make-up is way to extreme (think Huda Beauty Easy Bake powder).
As you can see my palette is missing the spiced rum shade. My palette was hurt a little during shipment and so the spiced rum shade broke and went all over the palette. It took me a while to clean it up, but I’m just glad that this was the only casualty :).
For the most part, the shades are creamy and pigmented well. I’m especially impressed by how smooth gingerbread swatches. Not all matte shades are like that though. Actually, all the other mattes tend to be a bit patchy. I have to work a bit to blend them out well. But with some blending love, all the mattes looks equal and smooth so that’s a good thing.
All the shimmer shades except for frostbite me! are really creamy and pigmented so well. The shimmer is gorgeous and they are very promising for some nice shimmery eye looks. Hot toddy is the most gorgeous shade, it’s a duo chrome orange with pink. Warm & toasty is also a favorite of mine because of how unique the shade is.
Frostbite me! however has chunky glitters in it and therefore needs a bit more patience with applying the shade because the color really has to be build up.
This is the eye look I created with the Gingerbread Spice palette. I used powdered sugar all over the lid to set my eye primer, lookie at my cookie mixed with leftover on the brush of spice is nice (gorgeous combo) in the crease, gingerbread a little lower in the crease, figgy pudding in the outer corners, warm & toasty in the inner third of my eye lid, hot toddy on the other part of my eye lids and spiked eggnog in the inner corners of my eyes and on the brow bone.
Overall I love how the shimmers are and I’m neutral about the mattes. They work well if you take your time blending and if you’re okay with blowing away the kickback in the pan. There are definitely some palettes on the market that have better mattes but at the same time it’s also not poor quality or anything. It’s just that there are better matte eyeshadow out there because competition is real with all the launches and brands recently.
If you are looking for a cute Christmas themed palette and/or you love Too Faced then I would totally recommend this palette. If you are looking in a general palette to invest in and you are not one that owns or wants a billion palettes in the collection, then I think there are slightly better palettes out there.
That being said: I do adore this palette so much and I am glad to have bought this one! It’s such a collectors item and the theme is so much fun!