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Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe Review & Swatches

’tis the season for holiday gift sets fa la la la la la la. Okay, maybe my love for Christmas is going to start shining through. But hey! 4 more Mondays until the big man comes. Seriously tho, how is time flying by so fast?
While it’s been a tradition for the last 3 years to buy a holiday set I figured it’s about time to get my hands on one of the 2016 ones. After a lot of researching my initial desire for the Tarte Pretty Paintbox decreased I ended up going with the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe. (But let’s be honest I’ll probably end up purchasing another one before the new year)Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe
This is one of the 3 Too Faced sets and is available for purchase from Too Faced, Ulta and Sephora. I personally ordered mine with the VIB sale at Sephora. It comes with 3 mini palettes consisting of 6 shadows and a bronzer/blush each. Each one being scented with a Christmassy scent. As well as a deluxe sample of Better than Sex mascara. It retails for $62 CAD with a value of $350.
Too Faced absolutely nailed their holiday packaging this year with the “Christmas in New York” theme. This set is in a collectors box with a removable lid then opens up at the from to reveal the “Grand Hotel Cafe”. The opened flaps have Christmas trees and Too Faced products underneath. And the 3 palettes and the deluxe Better than Sex sit in the bottom.Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe
The first of the 3 palettes is Eggnog Late and it features a very traditional Christmas colour scheme. Smelling like, none of than you guessed it.. eggnog.
The colours included areToo Faced Eggnog Latte

Frost Nog- Matte off-white
Eggnog Latte- light gold with a metallic finish (not very pigmented)
Iced Coffee- medium brown with a pearl finish
Skinny Latte- Matte tan
Cold Brew- Dark brown with silver and gold sparkles
Central Perk- Christmas tree green in a metallic finish
Peach Cobbler- medium pink blush

Left to Right| Frost Nog, Eggnog Latte, Iced Coffee, Skinny Latte, Cold Brew, Central Perk, Peach Cobbler Blush
Left to Right| Frost Nog, Eggnog Latte, Iced Coffee, Skinny Latte, Cold Brew, Central Perk, Peach Cobbler Blush

The second of the 3 is Peppermint Mocha, and again you guessed it… it smells like peppermint mocha. This one I find is the truest to scent smell. This one features a really girly colour scheme with pink and purple.
The colours included are

too faced peppermint mocha

Peppermint Cream- Matte white
Christmas Blend- light metallic brown
Peppermint Mocha- metallic maroon
Candy Cane- Matte bubblegum pink (not very pigmented)
Sprinkles- sparkly plum purple
Coffee Chip- metallic coffee brown
Santa baby- deep pink blush

left to right| Peppermint Cream, Christmas Blend, Peppermint Mocha, Candy Cane, Sprinkles, Coffee Chip, Santa Baby Blush
left to right| Peppermint Cream, Christmas Blend, Peppermint Mocha, Candy Cane, Sprinkles, Coffee Chip, Santa Baby Blush

The third palette (and my favourite of the 3) is Gingerbread Cookie and you’ll never guess… it smells like gingerbread. I don’t think that one follows a colour scheme but they do look good together.
The colours included aretoo faced gingerbread

Ginger Cream– Matte cream (not pigmented at all)
Maple Syrup– Matte medium brown
Gingersnap– glittery copper (absolute favourite, so buttery and pigmented)
Winter Dream– light purple with silver and purple sparkles (very buttery and pigmented)
Cup of Joe– metallic dark brown/black
Black Coffee– Matte black
Gingerbread– medium brown bronzer with a slight metallic finish (not the best pigmentation but it is buildable)

TOO FACED GINGERBREAD
Left to Right| Ginger Cream, Maple Syrup, Gingersnap, Winter Dream, Cup of Joe, Black Coffee, Gingerbread Bronzer

Overall I don’t find the scents to be very true to scent and I do find them all to be rather similar smelling. The Eggnog Latte is my favourite scent while I would have to say the Gingerbread Cookie would have to be my favourite colour wise.

The palettes also have built in gift tags on the back of each so they can be gifted individually or can be kept all for yourself (let’s be honest I’m keeping all 3!) I think the packaging was enough for me to buy this. too faced holiday