Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes ($49.00 for 1.46 oz.) includes 18 eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and a deluxe sized mascara. While I don’t always have great luck with Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula (I have found it to be thinner and dustier, so it tends to require primer to perform well), I found this set of palettes to be particularly disheartening. I feel like this set is why people have dismissed holiday palettes more this year compared to previous years; it is everything wrong with holiday: an intense focus on packaging and presentation and seemingly little to no focus on actual product quality and consistency. There were many shades that were very sheer, dusty, or dry, and only a handful of shades were decent. Even two of the three cheek colors had a clumpy, powdery consistency that was just really surprising–in the worst of ways–and sealed the deal on this being a total disappointment.
Too Faced Merry Macarons Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows in a mix of warmer neutrals with a pop of purple and plum. The presentation is very gift-worthy, as it opens with a wintry scene that could definitely be displayed (assuming it was to your taste), though it obviously is a lot of excessive packaging if you only intend to keep the palette itself! Luckily, the bulk is separated, so the cardboard palette itself is slim and travel-friendly. There is no mirror on the interior, which is worth noting but may not be a deal-breaker. The palette also included a deluxe sized Better Than Sex Mascara. Like all of the brand’s palette offerings this year, it is scented, and this particular palette is vanilla-scented–noticeable when open but I could not detect the scent after applying. The palette was decent–pigmented, blendable, not too challenging to use–but it is going to be a better fit for someone who has not already indulged in past neutral palettes and likes more sparkly shades, as four of the shimmery shades have chunky sparkle in them.
Too Faced The Chocolate Shop Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 1.41 oz.) is a large palette with 21 eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and deluxe-sized Eyeshadow Insurance/Better Than Sex Mascara/Milkshake Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick. I think this is one of the last remaining sneak peeks I have, so expect more reviews next week 🙂
Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe ($49.00 for 1.46 oz.) includes three palettes, each containing six eyeshadows and a cheek color. It is housed in a “hotel” box, and as you might expect if you’re familiar with Too Faced, it has good presentation for gift giving. The interior, of course, well, we’ll have to wait and see how everything wears. For now, here are swatches of the shades:
Baby it’s cold outside! Transport yourself to Too Faced’s romantic New York ice-skating rink filled with the delightful vanilla scent of Merry Macarons. This limited edition set includes 12 gorgeous vanilla scented eye shadows in exclusive, party-ready shades plus a deluxe size of Too Faced’s bestselling Better Than Sex Mascara for everything you need to be festively fabulous all year long!
Coconut Warm beige
Dulce de Leche Matte caramel brown
Banan Cream Warm golden medium brown
Almond Mocha Cool dark taupe
Champagne Rose Golden pink
Mint Chocolate Matte warm dusty purple
Tiramisu Matte soft fawn
Chocoalte Raspberry Plum
Praline Warm gold shimmer
Honey Lavender Pale mauve
Violet Cassis Vibrant orchid
Cookies & Cream Matte black with silver sparkle
Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette Collector's Set | $49.00 | Limited Edition, Ulta Exclusive
Paint on perfection with Tarte’s exclusive Tarteist Paint Palette Collector’s Set featuring Tarteist tools for flawless, full face looks. The custom print, artistic paint box includes a built-in eyeshadow palette with 24 color-rich shades, including minimalist neutrals and deeper bolds with mixed matte and micro-metallic finishes. Blend each shade flawlessly using the new eyeshadow “paint brush” included in a pull-out drawer for easy storage. There’s also a deluxe Tarteist Takeaway Palette with all-new contouring bronzer and highlighting shades and two new, travel-friendly Tarteist faves so you can paint on sexy lashes and lips anywhere. The triple-black Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara delivers a 2700% increase in lash volume instantly, while the high-coverage, high-shine Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint pumps up the volume for a full, pouty look.
Take it Easel Caramel
Roygbiv Shimmering russet
Go for Baroque Chocolate
On Display Pink
Renaissance Woman Mauve
Metallic Masterpiece Metallic plum mauve
Contrast Deep plum
Muse Pinky mauve
Abstract Rose quartz
Be an Original Metallic aubergine
Make the Gradient Midnight aubergine
To the Pointillism Rose gold
Doodle Burnt sienna
Set the Tone Light peach
Gilded Gallery Antique gold
Landscape Shimmering pine
Have We Met Grey mauve
Kaleidoscope Shimmering plum
Double Tap Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint
Contour 1 Contour
Contour 2 Contour
Smashbox Light It Up L.A. Lights Palette | $39.00 | Limited Edition, Ulta Exclusive
Lighting is everything in Smashbox’s L.A. photo studio – it can bring out your cheekbones and add depth and dimension to your face. Smashbox pro artists packed this palette with 9 perfectly paired blush, highlight and bronzing shades to accentuate and light up your features with a rosy radiance.
Rich Coral Orange coral
True Coral Pink coral
Highlight Coral Shimmering peach
Rich Berry Deep pink
True Pink Berry Mid-tone pink
Highlight Berry Shimmering pink
Rich Bronze Brown
True Flush Orange
Highlight Gold Shimmering gold
Tarte Double Duty Beauty Don't Be Afraid to Dazzle Palette | $30.00 | TBA
Dazzle through the day with this clay-infused, vegan friendly face palette. With all-new, exclusive contouring and highlighting shades, the creamy powder formulas blend and build effortlessly for natural, radiant results across a variety of complexions. In this universal palette, you’ll get a full size matte contouring powder with cool undertones to sculpt cheekbones with a complementing, full size highlighter to illuminate and strobe on dimension. Powered by nutrient-rich Amazonian clay for a flake-free finish, this longwearing everyday contouring palette also features a sleek, portable design with mirror so you can get your contour and glow on anywhere.
Featuring a 12-shade limited-edition Buxom Eyeshadow Bar palette, including four new diamond-to-coal shades and sultry fan favorites, this collection will give you the must-have, need-now shivers. The primer-infused, powerfully pigmented eyeshadows and mascara for outrageous volume will deliver smoldering looks for eyes that’ll stop them in their snowy tracks.