In honour of Valentine’s Day, I am reviewing pink products for the next two weeks! After using this palette exclusively for almost two months, I think I’m ready to review the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. This palette has been out for two years already so it’s been reviewed by everyone and their grandmas, BUT the reason for having a blog is getting my own opinions of beauty products out there, so I DO WHAT I WANT!
I feel like I need to start a new series: “P&I Gets Sucked into Cute Packaging Again – Did This Product Actually Work?” but with a better name. Most of you might know that this palette got a ridiculous amount of hype when it came out for the first time in spring of 2016, mostly due to the packaging, the peach scent, and because it was limited edition. To be fair, I did not actually buy this only because of the hype it received back then. I went to university with a girl who wore the prettiest shimmery duochrome coral-peach eye shadow every day. I never asked her what colour it was (I always thought it might be MAC’s Expensive Pink), but I feel like I’ve always been on a low-key search of a shimmery peach shade since. This palette has those shimmery peach shades!
The 18-shadow palette retails for $59 CAD and can be purchased at Sephora or on the Too Faced website. It consists of pinks, corals, neutrals, and purples, and the packaging says it is “bulk made in the USA, assembled in Dominican Republic”. Also included is a little booklet with three different look ideas you can recreate using the shades in the palette.
The shadows in the Sweet peach palette are housed in a rectangular metal case with a magnetic closure. The magnet doesn’t feel particularly strong, but at least it doesn’t open up when I hold the palette by its lid. As usual, Too Faced’s kitschy and childish packaging gets me again. The case is so adorable – an ombre peach pattern with little raised peaches where all of the pans inside are, as well as a peach with the name of the palette on the bottom right corner. Inside, the palette has a mirror with the same ombre peach design all around it, as well as the name of the brand and palette.
As most people know, this palette smells of peaches. It’s an artificial scent which is quite strong, and may turn some people off. I personally love the scent, although the smell is not detectable to me once the shadow is applied on my lids. However, when I was doing swatches for the blog, I tried to smell the swatches on my arm, and they still carried the scent of peaches.
The Shade Range
A lot of the complaints about this palette is that it wasn’t peachy enough, especially considering the name. I can definitely understand the validity of this complaint, considering only three, arguably four, shades can be called peach. However, to play devil’s advocate, I must say that I do like the variety of shades (with a few exceptions), because I enjoy having more colour selection to choose from, rather than just varying shades of peach.
White Peach – Satin white with good pigmentation, both swatched and on the eyes.
Luscious – Shimmery rose gold. Very buttery and pigmented – a clear standout in the palette.
Just Peachy – Warm pink with a golden shimmer that kind of reminds me of Nars Orgasm. Swatches quite well, but takes a lot of patting on the lids to get decent coverage.
Bless Her Heart – Shimmery army green. Formula feels very smooth and swatches nicely, but needs a lot of layering on the eyes.
Tempting – Deep brown-black with bronze microshimmers. Texture is feels gritty, but colour payoff on swatch is good. However, it needs a bit of building up on the lids.
Charmed, I’m Sure – Medium matte brown. Very dry and patchy, and takes a lot of layering to get good coverage on the eyes.
Nectar – Shimmery cream. Soft and pigmented shade, and looks a lot less yellow swatched than in the pan
Cobbler – Red-based bronze shade. Pigmented colour and butter texture, yet another standout of the palette.
Candied Peach – Bright matte coral with pink glitters. The texture has a dry, sandpapery feel and it takes several layers to build to full pigmentation. The glitter doesn’t adhere to the matte shade very well, but there’s no fallout beneath the eyes.
Bellini – Shimmery pink with a golden duochrome. The texture is buttery and the colour payoff is excellent in swatches, but must be packed on when applying to the lid.
Peach Pit – Red based purple-brown shimmer. Feels very dry to the touch, but colour payoff is surprisingly good both in swatches and on the eye.
Delectable – Deep eggplant purple that is mostly matte with slight shimmer. Similar to Peach Pit, this feels very dry and is powdery when swatching. Applies pretty patchily but can be layered up to decent coverage.
Peaches ‘N Cream – Warm matte cream. Texture is very smooth and has great pigmentation.
Georgia – Matte light peach – pinker than Peaches ‘N Cream above. Dry formula, but colour payoff is fairly good.
Caramelized – Shimmery warm bronze. Very soft and buttery, pigmented with one swatch.
Puree – Medium warm brown matte shade. The texture is a little dry, but the colour payoff is quite good.
Summer Yum – Red-based brown. Texture and pigmentation is very similar to Puree’s – slightly dry but with good pigmentation.
Talk Derby to Me – Matte black with purple glitter. It has a very gritty texture due to the glitter and is patchy both in swatches and on the eyes. The glitter causes a little bit of fallout underneath the eyes.
I do like that I can use this palette alone to create a full eye look without having to reach for other palettes, but there are still a few things I would change about the colour selection in the palette:
-Charmed, I’m Sure is the palette’s deepest matte brown shade, and I think the palette could benefit from a (better quality) deep matte brown for deepening up the outer V. Although I like having two different satin highlights and one matte highlight to choose from, it’s unnecessary to have three highlight shades in one palette. I think they could have replaced one of the shimmery highlights with a dark matte brown instead.
-Puree and Summer Yum are most likely used by people to darken the crease, and while Summer Yum is more red-toned, they are similar enough to justify not having both in the palette. I would replace Summer Yum with a matte wine shade similar to Just Ripe or Peach Sangria from the brand’s Just Peachy palette.
-Although Talk Derby to Me is more purple and Tempting is more brown, the two are essentially blacks. I would replace it with one more peach shade.
Despite most of these swatching fairly well, this palette is the classic case of not only trusting swatches to show the quality of an eyeshadow palette. While most of them swatch decently, a lot of the shades in the palette don’t perform well on the eyes. Some of the shades feel quite firmly packed into the pan, resulting in a dry, powdery formula. There are a few shades like Bellini, which automatically catches my eye in the palette and it swatches beautifully, but it takes so long to layer enough on my lids to get good colour payoff. The same goes for Candied Peach, Bless Her Heart, Just Peachy, Charmed, I’m Sure, and Talk Derby to Me. Too Faced has also got to stop with the matte shadows infused with glitters (Candied Peach, Talk Derby to Me) – raise your hand if you actually like this finish! *crickets chirp*
On the other hand, Luscious, Nectar, Cobbler, Peaches ‘N Cream, and Caramelized all have outstanding pigmentation and texture. However, when the three best shades in a peach-themed palettes are all neutrals, you know that something has gone wrong.
-Can create a variety of looks with different shades
-Can create a full eye look using only this palette
-Good mix of shades and finishes
-Only contains three peachy shades
-Quality and performance of shadows are varied
-Scent may be bothersome to some people
An overall summary of what I think of the palette: A decent palette of neutral shades, but a bit hit and miss in terms of quality. Overall, I don’t think it’s worth the investment or the hype.
Do you own this palette? What do you think of it?