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Le Grande Palettes

Not going to lie, the holiday releases have been incredibly underwhelming and I honestly cannot think of anything that I will be picking up this weekend. I have been waiting ages for my shade of Shape Tape to be restocked but nothing yet 🙂 I was excited about some rumored TooFaced releases but not so much anymore. I did purchase The Grande Hotel Café set a few weeks ago and have just gotten around to using it. I was put off as it came without the deluxe sized mascara and I thought that perhaps it was a return, it still could be but it definitely hasn’t been swatched or used as far as I can tell. All of the hygienic covers were still on the palettes, so fingers crossed. Anyway, the packaging is totally over the top and is shaped like a little hotel – adorable. The detail is pretty neat; it reminds me of playing paper dolls at Christmas. No, I am not so old that we only had paper dolls – it was just a tradition that my mom instituted 😛

phototasticcollage-2016-11-21-19-18-11Inside of this totally adorable, totally over the top box you get 3 mini-palettes: Gingerbread Coffee, Peppermint Mocha and Eggnog Latte. First of all, what the hell is gingerbread coffee? Is that really a thing? I mean, I drink a lot of coffee but haven’t even heard of gingerbread coffee. Moving on, the palettes contain 6 eye-shadows and 1 face (blusher) product each. All of the palettes are scented and again, I never thought I would get into the whole scented makeup thing but I have started to appreciate this. The peppermint palette definitely smells subtly peppermint-y but the other 2 flavours just smell like vanilla which is fine. I really like that the palettes are each their own little book type palette, not ideal for traveling but I am partial to the sleek presentation. Also, the art work on each is perfectly themed around each flavour – kudos to the creative team on this one. I also like that so many of the shades complement each other and you can work between books for endless combinations.

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To the formula, all of their holiday palette releases reminded me of the NikkixTooFaced collab in appearance and I was a little put off as I can hardly work with that one and was expecting much the same. I am happy to report that these shadows are the formula and quality that one would be expecting from this brand. I am hard-pressed to say that they are totally original when comparing them to other TooFaced palettes that I own but the pigmentation and payoff is spot on. I will say that most of the shades are glittery or at the very least shimmery, this is perfect for me but may not suit everyone.  I always wear a serious eye-primer as I usually use at least 1 glittery product and I don’t know what these look like without primer aside from swatching them on my arm.

phototasticcollage-2016-11-21-19-20-31Overall, $49 is totally reasonable for this set even without having received the mascara – you are getting 18 shadows and 3 blushers plus the totally adorable packaging and I always give accolades for creativity.  Is it a must have? No, this to me was more of an indulgence on a shitty day. I think it is the weather but I have been so meh lately. I think it would make a fantastic gift for any makeup lover as it is incredibly decadent, if I hadn’t have bought it for myself then I would be delighted to receive this as a gift.

phototasticcollage-2016-11-21-19-21-31P.S After the above Gingerbread Coffee rant, I was at Starbucks and they have a gingerbread latte which I promptly ordered. Then while taking photos I realized that the palette is called Gingerbread Cookie not coffee. What am I even doing with my life 😀

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