Thursday, April 3, 2014

Too Faced Natural Eye: Old vs. New

Hi everyone!
In this post I want to take a closer look at the differences between the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette, and the newly-released, updated version- Natural Eyes (which was sent to me by Too Faced). The palette is $36, and while you still might find some old versions lingering online, I imagine the new kind will start taking over in Ulta and Sephora stores soon. I remember when I bought the original Natural Eye years ago... it was my first ever trip to an Ulta! :) Anyway, updating palettes seems to be something Too Faced likes to do... remember when they added a few different shades to the Summer Eye palette last year? Now, they're touting three new shades in the new Natural Eyes palette. I actually think there are just two new shades and one re-named shade, but I'll get into that more in a minute. There's a pretty obvious packaging update for the new palette as well... the old one has the somewhat bulky, cardboard exterior, while the new one is metal and much more thin. So you could say, the palette slimmed down and firmed up :)
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I just wanted to show you the swatches from each palette so you can see the differences side-by-side. The shades that claim to be different in the updated version are Nudie (bottom left), Cashmere Bunny (top center),  and Chocolate Martini (lower right). I noticed a bit of a texture difference in the matte off-white shade, Heaven... it feels a bit more creamy and smooth in the original version. Other than that, all of the other shades are the same. If you notice any differences in the pictures, I assure you that it's just the way they caught the light... in person all the remaining shades (besides Heaven) feel/look exactly the same. With the changes, you now have four matte shades in the new palette compared to 3 in the original. 
Left to right: Nudie, Cashmere Bunny, Chocolate Martini
So what are we getting with these new colors? Nudie replaces the highly shimmer, glitter-packed color Nude Beach from the original palette... I'm really happy about this switch. Nude Beach was super flaky and with Nude, you have a pigmented, matte color that will be nice as a transition shade. Cashmere Bunny replaces Velvet Revolver in the original palette... which was also a matte shade, but it wasn't quite as deep. So I'm also happy about this change, because Cashmere Bunny makes a terrific soft crease color that provides a bit more impact than Velvet Revolver did. Finally, we have Chocolate Martini, which replaces Cocoa Puff. It's a brown with gold shimmer... but wait, isn't that what Cocoa Puff was, too? 
Left: Cocoa Puff (original palette), Chocolate Martini (new palette)
Those shades look exactly alike to me. Too Faced actually highlights Chocolate Martini as a new shade on their website, which kind of annoys me. It's just been re-named, but it looks and feels the same. Why not just say there were two new shades when that's really all that changed? 

While I think Too Faced did make some good changes to the Natural Eye with the addition of two new matte shades, overall I don't love the concept of just slightly re-making a palette. So many of us love to collect palettes... wouldn't it have been cool to have a Natural Eye volume 2 with totally new colors? That's my vote. Personally, I don't think it's worth it to pick up the new version of this palette if you already have the old one... you're only getting two different colors, and they're pretty basic-- you could probably hunt down dupes for Nudie or Cashmere Bunny in your collection! If you DON'T already own the Natural Eye and are contemplating this new version, I think you're getting a stepped up product, overall. Matte basics, fun metallic pops, and shadows that are deep and dark enough for a smokey eye. I hope that analysis makes sense! :) I also wanted to show a couple of looks that I've done with the new Natural Eyes palette...
Lid: Silk Teddy & Push-Up
Crease: Cashmere Bunny
Outer Corner: A hint of Sexpresso
Highlight: Heaven
Lower Lashline: Push-Up
Lid: Honey Pot
Crease: Sexpresso
Just Above Crease: Nudie
Highlight: Heaven
Lower Lashline: Sexpresso

Daily Nuggets...
  • We had some heavy rain roll through today! You may have heard some rumbles this morning during Beauty Broadcast Live! (there was also a part 2 today due to a glitch!) More severe weather is expected in my area tonight :(
  • I also mentioned this during the live show, but I finally got a PO Box! Feel free to drop me a note and we can be pen pals! :) The address is Emily Eddington PO Box 460 Carterville, IL 62918.
  • Having one of those afternoons where I'm "pregnancy picky". I just don't know what I want to eat, but I know I'm hungry. And a lot of things don't sound good.
  • Who saw Idol last night? I thought all of the contestants had a really strong night!! I especially loved Sam & Dexter's performances. We'll see who goes home tonight!


  1. Great post, I was curious about the differences... May I ask what you're wearing on your lips in that second look? Beautiful! So nice with that eye look.

  2. Thanks for this, I was also curious how the palette changed. Love the looks you did!

  3. If we send you letters, will you make videos about the mail you get? :) haha ..
    Great post, thank you for comparing the two! <3

  4. Wet n' Wild has a new palette out called Walking the Red Carpet and one of the definer shades looks like it could be a dupe for Cocoa Puff/Chocolate Martini. There are some other really good neutral and golden shades in it too. I found mine at Walgreens along with some other new stuff for Spring.

  5. I agree, I would love to see another version of this palette. Too bad they're similar.

  6. Such a great post!
    Loving the eye looks you've created.
    Think I'll have to buy the palette now to recreate it!

    nailsandteapots xx

  7. The original packaging was quite sweet & dainty! I wish they would've gone with a different color choice besides black, maybe? I appreciate the honest review! Looking forward to your future posts! ;D

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  8. I want to get that palette... but just next year ofc! ^_^

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  9. I love the lip color you have on! ....everything else too of course.. very detailed post love it!

  10. Great post! I didnt even know they had come out with the new one, I not long got the old one and the new one looks better. I hate that chunky glittery shade, I'm glad they didn't include it in the new palette.

  11. Great comparison! I'm so glad they got rid of the chunky shade, I never used it, but I will get lots of use out of a matte brown! Plus, I really like the new packaging!

  12. You should totally do a PO unboxing video

  13. Never tried their eyeshadows. But they look lovely.
    L x

  14. Another eyeshadow palette to add to my ever growing wish list!

  15. Lucky I came across your post i was looking online at the palette but ill just wait for the new packaging and pick it up!

  16. The new palette will be in the April PopSugar box! Plus, there is a 50% off code-CHANNEL7. Just in case anyone wanted to pick it up (& get some other extras...) for $20!

    Kim |

  17. Thank you so much, I've been dying to see a side-by-side of these. I originally passed on this because of Nude Beach and got the Boudoir palette instead. Maybe now I'll get this, too!

  18. I love Dexter on American Idol too, I don't have either one of these palette yet. I have the chocolate bar one though and love it to death. I am also located in southern IL and the storms are very strong here :(

  19. Emily, the best thing to have when you are feeling hungry -- honey nut cheerios...get two handfuls in a bowl. The fiber is good for you -- and the sweet satisfies you and you feel full. And you can't get nauseus because they don't smell.
    The Blush Beauty Bar by my house had all the Balm in-stain blushes at 50%...I scored BIG!

    1. I love the Multi Grain Cheerios as a snack. They have just a touch of sweetness, and I love the variety of O's!

  20. I love the way they repackaged this palette. Never bought the original, so I might have to give this new one a try! Thanks for the review!

  21. Great post, Emily! I was curious about the changes. I'm glad they changed out the really glittery shade. I never used it. Although Velvet Revolver is one of my favorite (reminds me a bit of Naked from UD), the shade they substituted doesn't look bad either. This is actually one of my all-time favorite palettes!

  22. Hi Emily! Great post... When I was pregnant, I felt the same... I ended up eating fruits, dry fruits or crakers. Good luck!

  23. Great post! I always love the looks you create! I had been wondering if anything had changed in newer version.

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  25. Will they be getting rid of the old one or selling both?

  26. Those are totally my colors. There's so many palettes that I want, but I'm trying to decide. They are all so expensive. I think I am going to get Chocolate bar. I would get 1 of each if they weren't so expensive.

  27. This was so helpful. Those colors are BEAUTIFL!

  28. Hi Emily! Totally out of the subject question :) Have you ever tried the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm 08 BIG APPLE, or other shades. This is the one I have and I was shocked (in the good way) how strong the color is. It is not very balmy, but the staining aspect of it it's great! I got mine from Ipsy a while ago, and I rediscovered it today and when I checked the price online I was kinda disappointed - $19 That is pricy, but I guess it's worth it if they are all so good like the shade I have. here's the link to it, in case I made you curious Have a great day!

  29. Excellent post! I did not even know they had come out with the new one, I not lengthy got the old one and the new one looks better. I dislike that large sparkling color, I'm grateful they didn't consist of it in the new scheme.Eye palette

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  32. I love the original packaging! So Chic!
    But I can see the colours look better!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo Holly xo


  33. One thing I love about Too Faced redoing the palettes is the fact they are taking all of the parabens out. I had stopped using my natural eye original palette because of all the preservatives in it. Now that they rereleased this new version I feel comfortable using it again! Now I'm just hoping they reformulated the romantic eye palette so I can use it again:)