Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette | Swatches, Review and Application

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Hi lovelies, so I’m talking about the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette but first let’s have a little catch up!

It’s been a while right? I tend to switch between blogging and youtube, but I’ve really been missing writing to you all so decided to put Youtube aside for the time being. I’ve also been feeling some sort of way about Youtube recently – maybe I’ll fill you in in another post! But for today I decided to bring to you my review of the new Too Faced Gingerbread Palette.

Each year I always look forward to September in terms of beauty product releases, as brands tend to start bringing out the Christmas / Holiday releases and I’m all for it! In the past I’d really go all out and buy nearly all of the releases (I’m not exaggerating!) but more recently I’ve been more selective in the products I purchase (see my post here about being a beauty hoarder).

The Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette Design

The Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette really caught my eye. First of all the packaging is just so cute – Too Faced are known for their very cute packaging and this definitely didn’t disappoint. The palette is encased in a magnetic tin packaging with a gingerbread on the front and icing type swirls on the outer parts and the name of the palette is in the centre. Everything on the packaging is embossed which just adds to the quality of the design.

If you’re not familiar with Too Faced eyeshadows, you’ll be surprised to find that their palettes have a scent. They claim the eyeshadows smell like ‘freshly baked gingerbread’, however I personally smell more of a very sweet cocoa and vanilla scent (fun fact these eyeshadows are made with cocoa powder!).  There are 18 shadows in total with a combination of mattes, shimmers and metallic shades. I’d say the palette is definitely more leaning towards warm tones. It has some very bright and bold colours included, however I also think that this is a palette you could make use of on a daily basis.

Too Faced Gingerbread Palette

Too Faced Gingerbread Palette

How The Eyeshadows Perform

So far I have used the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette 5 times and I’m really impressed with the looks I created. I feel that the Too Faced eyeshadows that come in these type of palettes tend to perform better each time. The shades in this palette worked really well for me. At first I was a bit skeptical about some of the more neutral matte shades, as I wasn’t sure they would show on my deep skin tone. However, I love the fact the matte browns ‘Gingerbread’ and ‘Gingerbread latte’ have enough pigment and depth that they work beautifully on me as a transition shade. I also love using ‘Spice Is Nice’ as a transition too. The paler lighter matte shades in the palette are a bit too garish for me, however I found that I was able to work them into my eye looks.

The metallics in this palette are mostly beautiful. They are one swipe pigment type shades and they intensify when wet or when applied on to a cream base. The only metallic shade I really disliked was the shade ‘Frostbite Me!’. This particular shade is more of a topper, however it is quite a loose metallic pigment. I found it to be too crumbly and chunky on application. It had a lot of fall out when using this shade even when I wet it!

I generally found the shadows perform really well and blend beautifully. They also lasted very well on my lids. The only shade that I would get fall out from during the day is the ‘Frostbite Me!’.

Too Faced Gingerbread Palette Swatches

Too Faced Gingerbread Palette Eye Swatches

Do I Need This

Let’s be real here – you don’t NEED any of this! As mentioned before this was a good buy for me. I’d definitely recommend it if you enjoy Too Faced palettes. If you don’t own any Too Faced palettes, I’d say that this is definitely a good first purchase. I know that Too Faced get a lot of criticism about their colour choices in their palettes. They can tend to look the same. Even though this palette is nothing new in terms of the colours chosen, I think it’s a workable palette. I also think it’s different ‘enough’ for me to justify having it in my collection.

I have a few Too Faced palettes and I don’t find it to be too similar to the ones I already have. It’s warmer in tone to the Sweet Peach palette. Definitely less metallic than the Chocolate Gold palette, but has the metallic options the Just Peachy Mattes palette doesn’t have. It’s not as colourful as the Clover Palette, and not as neutral as the Chocolate Bar palettes.

So what do you think about the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette? Let me know below!

This palette retails for £39 and can be purchased instore or online here.



Charlotte Tilbury (UK)


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