Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes Review, Photos, Swatches

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes
Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

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.

Peppermint Cream is a bright white with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a light, dusty texture (though smooth) that lasted for six hours before fading. MAC Gesso (P, $17.00)(100% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (PiP, )(100% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC White (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). KVD Beauty Skull (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (DC, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (DC, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Hey-o (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia C1 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $13.00)(100% similar). Coloured Raine Coconut Water (LE, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Glitch (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Snow Queen (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Blend is a medium-dark peach with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling finish. It had sheer coverage with a dry, dusty, and chunky texture that was a total pain to use as it did not apply to bare skin (or even over regular primer). It lasted for four hours–if that–on me. Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Mirage (PiP, ) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Melody (98) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Catnap (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Sweeter End (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Soleil (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Supersonic Girl #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Earthshine (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Parallel Universe (Left) (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peppermint Mocha is a dark brown with warm,r ed undertones and a mostly matte finish, though there were visible sparkles that sat on top and blended away. The texture was incredibly dusty and dry, which resulted in sheer coverage that turned patchy when blended. It lasted for six hours before fading. YSL Rosy Glow #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Peach Pit (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (PiP, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Camelflauge (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Volcanic #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Entrapment (PiP, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Coral Canvas #3 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Rockin' Robin (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Back Rolls (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sydney Grace Peach Fuzz (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Mea Culpa (PiP, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Beach Days (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sous Le Sable #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candy Cane is a light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, powdery texture that tended to sheer out and fade within six hours. Too Faced Raspberry Rose (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Tomillo (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). ColourPop Butterscotch (LE, $4.50) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). KVD Beauty Baptism (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). KVD Beauty Plum (Highlight) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Flounce (PiP, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Celeb (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Uncuffed (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NYX Birthday Suit (P, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Light Pink (PiP, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 13 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Vintage (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sprinkles is medium-dark berry with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, drier texture that still managed to blend out without too much work. It wore for seven hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat Fight (LE, )(100% similar). KVD Beauty Rosary (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Raspberry Rave (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). ColourPop Lover (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Pink Diamonds (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Persona Empowered (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Ruby #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Role Model (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Celebutante (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Enigmatic (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Viseart Chant (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #13 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). UOMA Beauty Mardi Gras (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Rapture (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coffee Chip is a blackened brown with hints of warmer, olive undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, just a touch dusty, but one of the easiest shades to work with in the palette. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Dark Roast (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Never Never (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Bedazzled Spruce (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Darkhorse (DC, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Blurry Green #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #10 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel (2020) #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Green Lights #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa Baby is a bright pop of medium pink with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It was very chalky, powdery in the pan, and tended to clump on the brush. The color was difficult to blend out on the skin, as it would stick strongly to some places and not at all on other areas. It lasted for six hours on me. Wayne Goss Sweetened (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva PK020 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $24.00) is better quality (95% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Pink Sand #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Secret Crush (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Breathtaking (LE, $29.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lovecloud (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Exposed (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $29.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Kingpin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Mojave Mauve (Left) (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Jouer Kiss Me (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosty Nog is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dusty. It lasted for six hours on me before fading. NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00)(100% similar). KVD Beauty Smoke (Highlight) (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). KVD Beauty Bone (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (PiP, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Hot Spot (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eggnog Latte is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a firmer texture–it felt almost wet in the pan–and a smoother finish on the skin. The color lasted for seven hours but had some fall out. Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Famous (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (DC, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dust (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Elegance (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Coffee is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearl sheen. It had decent color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that lasted for seven hours on me. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Wings (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC She-nanigans (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (DC, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Peace (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Mocha (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #28E (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skinny Latte is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a very powdery, clumpy texture that was hard to work with, as it would result in fall out on the lid and sheer, uneven coverage when applied. The color started to fade after six hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Ultimate Taupe (PiP, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Sante (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Love Hue (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Kid (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Bad Habit Vision (PiP, ) is brighter (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 (PiP, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Levitation (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Less is More (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Statuesque (DC, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Frameworthy (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cold Brew is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and multi-colored sparkle. The texture was denser and felt wet to the touch, and it had a lot more sparkle, but the sparkle binded better with the base than usual. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly well to the lid. The color wore for seven hours with a touch of fall out. Viseart Grand-Palais (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Far Side (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Plum Brown (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Stila Wanderlust (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Showstopper Copper (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Jupiter Sand (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Epsilon (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Smoky Storm (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Starlight #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Chronosphere (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Macchiato Madness (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Central Perk is a rich, dark emerald green with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, creamy, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Vivid Jade (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Graffiti (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Coloured Raine Grandeur (LE, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Morphe Diva (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). KVD Beauty Scarab (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) (DC, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Ciate Twisted (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #414 (P, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox STFU (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Verderame (824) (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Lagoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Dose of Colors Palma (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Donna (LE, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild House of Thorns #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Evergreen (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Supernova (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Indo (DC, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach Cobbler is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, though it kicked up excess in the pan. It lasted for seven hours. Chanel Rose Petillant (330) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (DC, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Summer (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheer Up (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Blush Camelia Peche (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Pink Dahlia (Left) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Patrick Ta She's Passionate (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #7 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). ColourPop Interstellar (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $40.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Count Me In (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Persona Carmel (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ginger Cream is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a firmer texture that was very unlike Too Faced for their mattes. The color lasted for five hours on me. Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #2 (P, )(100% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). ColourPop Fire Fly (DC, $4.50) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). ColourPop Hear Me Out (P, $4.50) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte French Manicure (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Waterlilies (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Drawing a Blanc (LE, $17.00)(100% similar). Sephora Linen (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blanc Type (DC, $17.00)(100% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maple Syrup is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty texture that was prone to sheering out and looking patchy when blended. The color lasted for six and a half hours on me. MAC Lofty (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Style (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE, ) is warmer, better quality (90% similar). MAC Cool Complement (PiP, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Sequoia (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Java (PiP, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). KVD Beauty Renholder (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Terra Moons Decadent (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (DC, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia B5 (Norvina Vol. 4) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Brownie Points (DC, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Jingle All the Grey (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (DC, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingersnap is a bright, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and copper sparkle. The texture was almost wet to the touch with a smoother, more cream-like feel but was thinner overall (not really dense). It applied decently to bare skin, and it wore for seven hours with some fall out. Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Tea Time (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Meet Ya (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Old Money (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Level Up (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Copperized (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Magnolia (143K) (DC, ) is lighter (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Coral Amber (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Heat Ray (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS On Fire (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Ignite (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Burnish (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubade (126K) (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Famous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Bohemian (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Winter Dream is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with warmer undertones and pink and white sparkle. The consistency was fairly smooth, almost wet to the touch, and blended out decently. It was sheerer, though, and it had some fall out after seven hours of wear. Sephora Free Hug (DC, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Makeup Junkie (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Tinsel (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Prickly Pear (PiP, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Exhibition (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sydney Grace Spring Fling (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Performance Art (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pretty Baby #1 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Orchid #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Glasswork (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Organza (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Mystic (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Kari (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ultraviolet (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cup of Joe is a deep, blackened brown with warm undertones and fine gold pearl scattered over a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that was fairly blendable. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Everywhere (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). YSL Fetiche #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (812) (P, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Tempting (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty As Well (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). KVD Beauty Ankh (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Infusion (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mekong (DC, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Truffle (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Smut (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Rising Passions (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Dior Grand Bal #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Coffee is a dark black with neutral-t-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a dustier, thinner texture that was prone to sheering out. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Hourglass Black (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Les (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #1 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). KVD Beauty Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). KVD Beauty Black Metal (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Obsidian (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingerbread is a medium-dark brown with warmer, slightly rosy, undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was clumpy, chalky, and a disaster on the cheeks, as it looked uneven and dry. It had semi-sheer coverage at best. It started to fade after six hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop In It to Win It (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Afternoon Delight (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Deep (03) (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crown (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, $49.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set

Too Faced Peppermint Cream Eyeshadow

Too Faced Peppermint Cream Eyeshadow

Too Faced Christmas Blend Eyeshadow

Too Faced Christmas Blend Eyeshadow

Too Faced Peppermint Mocha Eyeshadow

Too Faced Peppermint Mocha Eyeshadow

Too Faced Candy Cane Eyeshadow

Too Faced Candy Cane Eyeshadow

Too Faced Coffee Chip Eyeshadow

Too Faced Coffee Chip Eyeshadow

Too Faced Santa Baby Blush

Too Faced Santa Baby Blush

Too Faced Frosty Nog Eyeshadow

Too Faced Frosty Nog Eyeshadow

Too Faced Eggnog Latte Eyeshadow

Too Faced Eggnog Latte Eyeshadow

Too Faced Iced Coffee Eyeshadow

Too Faced Iced Coffee Eyeshadow

Too Faced Skinny Latte Eyeshadow

Too Faced Skinny Latte Eyeshadow

Too Faced Cold Brew Eyeshadow

Too Faced Cold Brew Eyeshadow

Too Faced Central Perk Eyeshadow

Too Faced Central Perk Eyeshadow

Too Faced Peach Cobbler Blush

Too Faced Peach Cobbler Blush

Too Faced Ginger Cream Eyeshadow

Too Faced Ginger Cream Eyeshadow

Too Faced Maple Syrup Eyeshadow

Too Faced Maple Syrup Eyeshadow

Too Faced Gingersnap Eyeshadow

Too Faced Gingersnap Eyeshadow

Too Faced Winter Dream Eyeshadow

Too Faced Winter Dream Eyeshadow

Too Faced Cup of Joe Eyeshadow

Too Faced Cup of Joe Eyeshadow

Too Faced Black Coffee Eyeshadow

Too Faced Black Coffee Eyeshadow

Too Faced Gingerbread Bronzer

Too Faced Gingerbread Bronzer

Too Faced Gingerbread Bronzer

Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) Eyeshadow

Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) Eyeshadow

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes
Eggnog Latte, Christmas Blend, Cold Brew, Coffee Chip, Black Coffee, Skinny Latte, Maple Syrup, Ginger Cream, Frosty Nog, Marc Jacobs Taboo Eyeliner, Sephora Diamonds are Forever Eyeliner

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes
Eggnog Latte, Christmas Blend, Cold Brew, Coffee Chip, Black Coffee, Skinny Latte, Maple Syrup, Ginger Cream, Frosty Nog, Marc Jacobs Taboo Eyeliner, Sephora Diamonds are Forever Eyeliner

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Giorgio Armani #9 Eye Tint
  • Giorgio Armani #10 Eye Tint
  • Urban Decay Chem Trail Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil

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kjh Avatar

This embodies what is off about so many holiday releases. Despite that, you managed, as always, to create a beautiful look. You might wish to check your look description for eyes. This is so sad, that I’m not even going to read the individual descriptions, which is a daily pleasure.

Robin Avatar

Hi Christine,
I think you need to change the info under Makeup Look to Too Faced instead of Bare Minerals. 🙂

I totally agree with you about the holiday palettes!!!! I don’t care how cute it looks if the products are subpar! I haven’t purchased any holiday products from Too Faced or Tarte because the reviews have been so bad. I wish they would wow us with quality instead of packaging. I keep thinking about the Beckham eyeshadow palette. It’s pricey (and I want it), but the quality was spot on. Ever since that release, I’ve really started to judge what a purchase in a different light. I’m not falling for the pretty packaging. I’m putting my money into products that are going to perform. end of rant. 🙂

Robin Avatar

okay now it says this? I’m on a desktop. Maybe I have computer gremlins.

ON EYES:

Giorgio Armani #9 Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani #10 Eye Tint
Urban Decay Chem Trail Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Sephora Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil

Cj Avatar

What always turns me off from these (aside from lack of quality) is that they are SO holiday-themed. They are cute and great gift ideas but I feel like I’m going to be turned off from using colors named egg nog and candy cane later in the spring. If the christmas sets are going to be themed every year, why don’t they do a theme we can relate to until summer at least?

Ginny Avatar

This would be a great value at that price if it performed well. It seems exactly like you said, they put the effort into the packaging and in order to sell it cheap(ish) they cut corners on quality control. I wonder why some brands use this strategy… Pump out a bunch of glittery looking things but the quality isn’t really there. Maybe it makes a bigger impact on the sales floor? I figure that’s why MAC does it–so when you go to their store/counter it just *looks* like something special is going on.

Susan Avatar

Shame on me. I didn’t wait for your review. I wanted to like this set so much that I bought it right away. 🙁 Listen to Christine, everybody; she’s absolutely right. Almost all the colors are crappy. I will say I’ve had better luck with the blushes than she did but don’t know why. Most of the eye shadows are horrible.

I could overlook some of the failings if it all smelled as advertised but it DOESN’T. I don’t smell peppermint, eggnog, gingerbread, or any kind of coffee. Each palette has a stinky burned plastic smell to me. GROSS.

This isn’t a general Too Faced hate, as I liked their Sweet Peach palette very much earlier in the year, and the PB&J one. But I think I’m done with holiday palettes for a loooooong time.

Lea Avatar

This is just flat out distressing. I think it’s things like this that put me off a brand in general and avoid their other products. I see a lot of comments and flak for high-end and luxury products, but I’m still happier paying for better quality and (theoretically!) having fewer products than laying out money for junk like this. I could almost forgive the cutesy packaging if the product was good, but no. Your eye looks are pretty, but I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to get it to a decent point.

marmars Avatar

the same usual kind of unoriginal, poor pigmentation shades packaged in cheap cardboard but just holiday themed?
I own a couple of their blushes and eyeshadow palettes which I think are all pretty decent
but this holiday collection seems a bit insulting.

Fran Avatar

This is a sad mess! I feel like someone would be much better off buying a decent-quality drugstore or ULTA megapalette, especially as a gift for the teens this seems aimed at. And Too Faced can do better than this — or at least they used to be able to!

I think brands make a big mistake when they skimp on their holiday sets, because a lot of people try them as an introduction to the brand. It seems like they’d want to put on their best efforts, but you see this mistake sadly too often.

Ironically, the one shade I really like in the whole palette (Central Perk) is the lone good performer! No way I’d get the whole set for one shade, though!

I haven’t used my Too Faced palettes in a couple of years… time to let them move on, I think. Hate to just toss them, but… if I’m not using them — and I won’t, anymore…

Deborah S. Avatar

Oh dear, this is just sad. Luckily I learned my lesson last year. I can buy a cardboard house at Michaels for under $5.00 and paint it myself.

Joaliz Avatar

I was SOOOO disappointed when I swatched this at Ulta. I was so excited when I saw them, because they have really pretty colors! And, obviously, the smell is amazing! But, oh. my. God. The quality of these is horrible! Patchy, dry, a lot of fallout. Not good at all.

Claire L Avatar

Ouch, such poor performance! People pay out good money for treats for holidays, it’s an insult to produce subpar products. Ok if it was super cheap then it wouldn’t matter too much but it’s not. It’s beyond a joke ?.

Sherri Avatar

I bought these. I like the smell, but yeah, they were disappointing. I will say that I did one of the suggested looks (the one with the light pink halo), and my kids went nuts for it, saying it looked really good. Winter Dream and Cold Brew has a bit of an odd texture but are sooo pretty. I found that if I pat a little on with my finger after applying with a brush that Winter Dream looked amazing. I tried it wet and that was an epic fail.

Katherine T. Avatar

Yep, I swatched these in store and was depressed. Every set seem to have 1 or 2 decent shades, but the rest were meh or downright horrible. It’s too bad because I do love the cute holiday packaging, the color combos, and the grab-and-go aspects of the kits, but if they would only put in better shadows……

Lulle Avatar

This is really sad… The packaging is a bit over the top, but I really liked the idea of having several smaller palettes with a short selection of shades that work well together for a particular look – seems perfect for a weekend or short getaway. Or it would be, if what they contained was actual eyeshadow, and not colorful sand… I don’t know what the heck Too Faced thinks they’re doing these days, but I’m losing trust in the brand. Still loving their Melted lipsticks and blushes but that’s about it!

Susie Avatar

Hi Christine, Considering The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette by Maybelline is the worst palette I’ve owned (formula-wise), how does this compare to the Maybelline palette?
On a side note, I’m losing faith in Too Faced as a brand. I wanted to pick up the Chocolate Bar palette, but now I’m not too sure.

Thanks!

Chelle Avatar

I didn’t hate this set to be honest. I did think it was cute and yeah, some of the colours lacked pigmentation, but I’m happy with it overall. What I’m flabberghasted at is how you got that kind of pigmentation in the swatch out of Cold Brew! I felt like mine was all glitter and no base colour!!

Kimmy Avatar

Thank you for your honest review, as always. The colors look so pretty, but I think this was the same result w/ the too faced holiday collections in the past, so I didn’t try to get it. I did get the macaroons palate from Ulta since I had a gift card, but I haven’t tried it yet. I love the other too faced palates, so I guess I’ll just continue to stick with the regulars. (PB&J is my absolute fav!)

Caitlin Avatar

I don’t have either eyeshadows so I could be speaking rubbish, but from your swatches Makeup Geek Epic Foiled Eyeshadow looks pretty similar to Central Perk! I fell in love with that colour but it’s so silly buying a palette of bad eyeshadows for just that one green!

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