I’m a sucker for the holidays in pretty much any way, shape, and form, and the holiday releases from my favorite beauty brands are most definitely my weakest spot. Since I wasn’t overly impressed with Too Faced’s releases from holiday 2015, I swore I wasn’t going to get hooked this year..and then I saw the holiday collection. Christmas in New York is like a dream to me, and with the stunning shades and adorable packaging, I quickly broke my vow. I knew the collection had to be mine. I ended up buying all 3 eyeshadow sets, as I couldn’t decide on one. Today, we’re taking a look at the Grande Hotel 3 palette set.
The Too Faced Grande Hotel is a collection of 3 individual eyeshadow palettes (Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Gingerbread Cookie) that can be given as gifts (there’s even a To/From label on the back of each one) or can be kept as a set and includes a deluxe mini of Better Than Sex Mascara.
First, let’s talk about the packaging. Grande Hotel Cafe comes in a gorgeous box that’s shaped like a hotel you’d find in the heart of NYC. When you remove the roof and open the doors you see the stunning interior decorated with Christmas trees (complete with famous Too Faced products underneath them) and you’re clearly meant to be sitting at the hotel’s coffee bar, where you would order one of the holiday beverages the palettes are named after. It’s genius packaging, and I’m not going to lie, the packaging definitely helped sell me the products.
The packaging of the individual palettes is equally as adorable. Each has its own beautiful theme, decked out with gold foil detailing both outside and inside the palettes. Each palette contains 6 0.04 oz eyeshadows and 1 0.19 oz blush. Let’s dive into what the palettes have in store.
Eggnog latte’s shades make me think of an elevated everyday look, with the green being an extra pop of color. It’s easy for me to use the 5 basic shades in my daily makeup routine.
Frosty Nog: matte cream
Eggnog Latte: Frosty yellow/gold shimmer
Iced Coffee: Warm brown with golden shimmer
Skinny Latte: Matte warm, light chocolate brown
Cold Brew: Cool toned brown with silver micro glitter
Central Perk: Frosty emerald green
Peach Cobbler: Matte peachy pink
The Peppermint Mocha Palette definitely has a pink party feel to it and is least likely to be something I reach for regularly. The matte white of peppermint cream is a nice shade to blend with, and Christmas Blend is probably my favorite shade in this palette, as it’s as close to my everyday type of colors as this palette gets.
Peppermint Cream: Matte soft white
Christmas Blend: Shimmering rose gold/beige
Peppermint Mocha: Shimmering rust brown
Candy Cane: Matte baby pink
Sprinkles: Frosty deep magenta
Coffee Chip: Deep brown with golden frost
Santa Baby: Matte pink
Gingerbread Cookie definitely offers some deeper colors for a smoky look, but they can also easily be incorporated into every day (especially the top 3 shades).
Ginger Cream: Matte light beige skin tone
Maple Syrup: Satin chocolate brown
Gingersnap: Metallic orange gold
Winter Dream: purple/pink with glitter
Cup of Joe: Deep brown with subtle golden glitter
Black Coffee: Soft, matte black
Gingerbread: Warm brown
In all honesty, I have completely mixed reviews about this holiday gift set. Here are a few of my thoughts
- As you’ve probably heard, each of these palettes is scented to smell like the name of the palette. They are indeed scented, but they don’t smell nearly as good as some people have led me to believe. The one that smells the most accurate is Peppermint Mocha, which has the faintest scent of peppermint, but really they just smell like fakey, kid makeup scents, which is disappointing, and the scent gets weaker the more you use the palettes. If the idea of the scented palettes were a primary draw for you, pass on this product.
- Some of the shadows are great, and others are simply not. I don’t know why these are so hit or miss, but there are a few shades that just don’t meet the mark for me (like Sprinkles and Winter Dream). As you can see, those are some of the uber glittery shades, and I’ve seen tutorials use the Too Faced glitter primer before using those shades and it appears to work better. Sadly, I don’t own any glitter primer, so I’m out of luck with giving it a try.
- Beware of fallout. While the shadows aren’t chalky or dry, they are powdery, and I often end up with a significant amount of glitter or shimmer fallout on my cheeks.
- A few of my favorite shades to use are Skinny Latte (great for a matte blending color in the crease), Eggnog Latte (though you need to pack it on for decent pigmentation), and Cold Brew. All of the dark shades make great liners.
- There isn’t a ton of color variation, as everything tends to stick with neutral and brownish colors with a few pops of other shades. While this is actually a draw for me, as I love wearing neutral eye looks daily, for many this will be a drawback, especially for a holiday set.
Bottom line: is it worth the $49? It’s totally up to you! While I love the packaging, the theme, and most of the color selection, this set is definitely not the best quality that I’ve seen from Too Faced, and that makes me sad, as they’re generally a brand that I rank really high on my list. It’s a great gift idea for someone who doesn’t have a lot of makeup or if you need something smaller to give (as this makes 3 separate gifts), but if you’re a beauty junkie, odds are you have several shadow shades that are close enough to the offerings in this palette where you don’t need to add the Grande Hotel Cafe to your collection as well.
What do you think of the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe set? Is it worth it to you?