Trust Too Faced to release cuteness overload for their 2018 holiday collection. The Gingerbread Spice palette is one of the hottest releases of the holiday season. Nothing says the holidays are here like a gingerbread cookie and Too Faced is channeling that joyful energy with this release. Let’s see what’s inside this holiday themed palette!
Too Faced describes Gingerbread Spice as, “A deliciously sweet gingerbread palette of 18 multi-finish warm and toasty shadows. Add a little spice to your life with this deliciously sweet gingerbread palette of 18 multi-finish warm and toasty shadows that glide on with buttery smoothness for playful pops of colour that smell like fresh-baked gingerbread. Buttery shadows feature smooth texture for comfortable wear. The palette smells like yummy gingerbread“.
The quality of the matte shadows in Gingerbread Spice is fantastic. The mattes blend out seamlessly as if by Christmas magic. I could easily get the pigmentation I wanted from the matte shades by dipping into the pan once. My favourite mattes throughout the palette are Gingerbread Latte, Lookie at My Cookie, Gingerbread and Sugar Daddy. Other mattes such as Reindeer Paws and Figgy Pudding were significantly drier in texture. Though, the dryness didn’t seem to effect how the shadows performed. The matte shadows lasted 7+ hours in me before I noticed any fading or creasing.
Most of the shimmers require building up and a sticky base to achieve even pigmentation. The shimmers in this palette are drier in texture, creating a significant amount of fallout when applied. The shimmers that performed the best for me throughout the palette were Spiked Eggnog, Hot Toddy, and Warm & Toasty. Other shades like Spice of Life and Bake It ‘Til You Make It are gorgeous but they require a sticky base to adhere. The shimmer shadows didn’t wear as long as the matte shadows. I noticed creasing after around 6 hours of wear.
Unfortunately, Gingerbread Spice does include a few glitter bombs (Frostbite Me and Spiced Rum). I wish Too Faced would stop including these glitter infused shades in palettes. These shades are basically useless and could be replaced with mattes (or anything).
Comparison to Similar Too Faced Palettes
Gingerbread Spice has similar colour scheme to other Too Faced palettes. None of my other Too Faced palettes are exact dupes, it’s easy to spot the similarities. The Too Faced palettes I own that are most like Gingerbread Spice are Sweet Peach, the original Chocolate Bar and Tickled Peach. If Gumdrop (the bright fuchsia) is covered, it’s easy to see how similar the palettes are.
Gingerbread Spice + Sweet Peach
Gingerbread Spice + OG Chocolate Bar
Gingerbread Spice + Tickled Peach
The 18 shades in the Gingerbread Spice palette are versatile enough to create a variety of daytime looks or festive, holiday showstoppers. It doesn’t matter if you’re having Christmas brunch at Grandma’s or getting drunk at the work Christmas party. Gingerbread Spice has every holiday makeup look covered.
The shades in Gingerbread Spice are very well curated. All 18 shades can be used together making pairing eyeshadows together simple. Though, there are a few shadows that require more effort to make effective use of. Overall, for an 18 shade palette the quality is consistent.
On the downside, the pan sizes are smaller in Gingerbread Spice than other Too Faced palettes. Sweet Peach is also an 18 shadow palette, Sweet Peach contains .95g / 0.03 Oz. of product per pan. Gingerbread Spice has only .70g / 0.024 Oz of product per pan.
An additional point to keep in mind is the Gingerbread Spice palette has a strong scent. The scent is a sweet, gingery, candy like smell. Personally, I enjoy the smell of Too Faced food palette but if you’re sensitive to smells it may bother you.
Over the years, it’s become fashionable in the beauty community to trash Too Faced for their cutesy packaging/marketing. Some influences think Too Faced is too gimmicky but their marketing always catches my attention. I’ll reach for a palette with cute, fun design over a bland concept any day! Makeup is supposed to be fun and Too Faced always delivers.
The Gingerbread Spice palette is so festive it instantly puts me in a cheery, Christmas mood. Everything about the packaging, shade names and concept makes me smile. I’ve really enjoyed using this palette. It’s great to see Too Faced releasing products that are adorable and good quality this holiday season. There are a few misses in this palette but 16 out 18 ain’t bad! If you’re a fan of Too Faced and you want to add some neutral shadows to your collection, Gingerbread Spice is worth picking up.
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