Review: Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Hi everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette. This palette was released last August so I’m more than a little late to the game, but that’s okay! When this palette first came out, I really wanted it, but after sleeping on it for a few weeks, I decided I wasn’t going to get it. As pretty as the palette was, I know my own taste in eye looks, and I knew I wasn’t going to get much use out of a bunch of red-based shades.

Fast-forward to this July, and I saw that this palette was part of the Sephora Weekly Wow sale. At half the original price, I was happy to add the palette to my collection. I was still a little skeptical on how often I would use the palette, but at least I wouldn’t be paying full price for a palette I might rarely touch. Read on to see what I think about this palette that I was unsure about!

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THE BASICS

The Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette contains 12 matte eyeshadows in varying shades of peaches, creams, and browns. The eyeshadows are supposed to be pigmented and long-lasting, and according to the Sephora website, it has an “exclusive comfort matte technology for blendable, intense color-payoff”. The palette retails for $55 CAD for 0.48 oz, and is made in the USA.

The scent of the palette is described as peaches and sweet fig cream. It’s a lot more subtle and “real-smelling” than the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, which smells like peach candy to me. With the Just Peachy Mattes palette, I practically have to stick my nose in the palette to smell it, unlike the Sweet Peach palette, which I catch a whiff of as soon as I open the palette.

 

THE PACKAGING

Okay – how freaking cute is the packaging of this palette? I think the fact that I can’t resist adorable packaging was part of the reason why I wanted this palette when it first came out. The twelve shadows are housed in a almost-square metal compact with a peach ombre plastic cover that has the name in gold lettering. The palette has a gold clasp that snaps shut, and the clasp is in the shape of two peaches. Inside, the palette has a full-sized mirror.

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THE SHADES

Peach Meringue – warm ivory in a matte finish
Peach Tea – medium camel tone in a matte finish
Peach Cobbler – medium warm red-brown in a matte finish
Peach Tart – warm-toned deep brown in a matte finish
Peach Butter – peachy cream in a matte finish
Just Peachy – warm peach in a matte finish
Peach Punch – coral in a matte finish
Just Ripe – plum in a matte finish
Peaches and Cream – light peach in a matte finish
Fresh-Picked – warm red-based brown in a matte finish
Peach Sangria – wine shade with a satin finish
Chocolate Dipped – cool-toned dark brown in a matte finish

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Strangely enough, even though this palette is marketed as an all-matte palette, Peach Sangria is not completely matte. It has a very subtle sheen to it, which I would call a satin finish. Judging on colour alone, my favourite shades in the palette are Peaches and Cream, Peach Tea, Just Peachy, Peach Punch, and Peach Sangria.

I thought that this palette might have too many red-based shades for me, but after using it for the last two months, I’ve realized that you can actually do completely neutral looks with this palette and avoid pink and red tones entirely. This palette suffers the same issue as a lot of other palettes: once you take away the two unique colours (Peach Punch and Peach Sangria), it’s actually just another neutral palette. Honestly, this is something that is fine with me, because I wear neutrals 99.5% of the time. However, when you do avoid the reds, you do end up with makeup looks that look very similar to one another. Too Faced says that this palette was designed to be used with the Sweet Peach palette, and while I think it would be silly to buy both palettes just because the company says that, you would get a lot more interesting looks if you do have both palettes and pair them together.

What I found after using this palette for a while was that Peaches and Cream and Just Peachy are very similar, as are Peach Cobbler and Fresh-Picked. Yes, Just Peachy is more Peach than Peaches and Cream, and Fresh-Picked is more red-based than Peach Cobbler, but I feel like they’re a little too similar on the eyes to justify having both in the same palette. I would replace Peaches and Cream and Fresh-Picked with two different shades.

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From left to right: Peaches and Cream, Just Peachy, Peach Cobbler, and Fresh-Picked. Peaches and Cream and Just Peachy look very similar to one another, as does Peach Cobbler and Fresh-Picked!

I would replace those two shades with ones that are a more brighter orange-y shade to fit with the peach theme. Here is how I would redesign the palette – I’ve changed the two bottom left shades:

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THE FORMULA

I find that a lot of matte shadows from any brand can have a dry texture, so I was worried that a lot of the shadows in this palette would feel this way. However, I was surprised to find that half of the shades were soft and powdery, and some produced a bit of kickup – these ones in particular had great colour payoff. The light to medium shades performed the best – Peach Butter, Peaches and Cream, Peach Tea, Just Peachy, and Peach Cobbler were all buttery and pigmented. Peach Meringue is kind of a strange shade – I find that it can look a little grey on me unless it’s only used on the browbone. While the shade is pigmented, the texture is a little powdery and I have to make sure to blend it into my browbone well.

The other half of the shades feel a little dry and chalky to the touch. Some of the darker shades feel dry (Fresh Picked, Peach Tart, and Chocolate Dipped), but they are able to be built up to full pigmentation fairly easily. Peach Punch and Peach Sangria are meh shades in terms of pigmentation – they’re dry and chalky in texture and require a lot of work to build up the colour, which is unfortunate because these are the two most unique shades in the palette. However, I found that they do show up well on the eyes if you do spend some time layering them on your lids.

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The driest, most troublesome shade in the palette is Just Ripe. It’s really too bad because it’s such a pretty shade, but it’s dry and applies patchily. There’s not much colour payoff, so it ended up looking like a bit more of a red-based brown than a plum. About half of the palette has a drier formulation, but they still apply decently; in comparison, the performance of Just Ripe is disappointing, not just in swatches but on the eyes as well. You’ll be able to see in my third look below that I tried to deepen up the outer third of my lids with Just Ripe to create more depth, but the colour really didn’t show up well even though I tried to build it up.

In terms of performance, my favourite shades are Peach Tea, Just Peachy, Peach Cobbler, and Peach Sangria.

 

THE LOOKS

I’m sharing three looks from this palette with you. Please ignore my eyelashes – I got a eyelash extensions a month ago, and now they’re in the stage where they’re looking rather gnarly.

Look 1:

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In this look, I used Peach Tea as a transition shade, Peaches and Cream all over the lid, Peach Tart to deepen up the outer third of my lid, and Peach Meringue on my browbone as a highlight.

Look 2

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In Look 2, I attempted to do a halo eye. Just Peachy was used as the transition shade, and then I applied Peach Sangria in the inner third and outer third of the lid, leaving the middle of the lid bare. I then applied Peaches and Cream in the middle of the lid, blending it into Peach Sangria. Lastly, I took Chocolate Dipped in the outer third of the lid to create more depth, and Peach Butter on the browbone as a highlight.

Look 3

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In this look, I used Peach Tea as a transition shade, then applied Peach Butter all over the lid. I then placed Peach Punch in the outer half of the lid, and layered Just Ripe in the outer third of the lid to create depth. Lastly, I used Peach Meringue as a browbone highlight.

 

THE SUMMARY

Pros:

-Good for complete and cohesive looks
-Beautiful packaging
-Subtle scent that likely won’t bother users
-Half of the palette is soft and pigmented

Cons:

-Performance is varied across shades
-Half of the palette has a dry and chalky texture
-On the pricier side

While I found a few of the shades a little troublesome, it really took me by surprise how much I enjoy using this palette. I don’t think I’ll use this palette exclusively for entire looks very often, but I will definitely be including this in a lot of eye looks going forward. I’m looking forward to using this with the Sweet Peach palette!

18 thoughts on “Review: Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

  1. I’ve wanted this palette since it first came out however I never got round to purchasing it! I think after reading your review I will go into store and swatch the shades first to see how I feel about the texture. I love the looks you created, they’re beautiful! Thank you for sharing! x

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  2. Fancy swatches! 😉 I really like your version of the palette with the brighter shades – really makes it pop.
    Look 2 turned out great – Halo eye is all the rage… I just don’t think I have enough lid space to pull it off.

    I found the Too Faced Semi Sweet palette at Winners a couple of months ago and started using it recently – turns out I really love their eye shadow formula! It lasts well on me and applies so easily. I’m definitely keen on trying more Too Faced shadows now.

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    • Halo eyes are hard! They’re definitely better/more flattering on people with a lot of lid space, which is not me either. I almost never wear such berry-toned eyes, so when I did Look 2, I asked my hubby what he thought and he response was “It’s ummm…different?” Haha rude!

      What a steal to find a Too Faced palette at Winners! They do have a really nice formula for most of their permanent palettes. Their limited-edition/holiday palettes are all over the place, though!

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  3. It’s interesting to me that you couldn’t smell the palette unless you were close up to it, when I initially bought mine I could smell it as soon as I opened it. It has faded a bit since I got it but it has been about a year…
    I also found it strange that Peach Sangria was more of a satin finish when this is supposed to be a matte palette :S And Just ripe was super patchy for me too!

    I love the looks you created! The first look is perfect for everyday.

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    • Good to know that your palette was more heavily scented! I actually found it weird that the scent of mine was so subtle (very unlike Too Faced), so maybe I just got one that was a little off.

      NO idea why they decided to add a random satin shade in there! I don’t hate it, but if you’re gonna call it an all-matte palette, then make it all matte! So frustrating that Just Ripe is so unpigmented because then we’re only left with two deeper shades.

      Thank you, Cleia!

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      • Of course it will fade over time anyways, the scent is just a novelty. But it does smell nice!

        I’m glad to know that I’m not crazy about that shade, when I posted my review of this palette a lot of people commented and told me that their Just Ripe shade was fine :S I wish it wasn’t so patchy!

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  4. Thanks for the review! I think I will give this a miss based on the drying factor (my eyes/eyelids can get really sensitive with eyeshadow so if it’s a dry formula, that wouldn’t help at all).

    I passed the Too Faced counter the other day after work and I was really impressed when one of the sales assistant greeted some Chinese tourists in Mandarin Chinese professionally.

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    • Yes, if your eyelids can’t handle dry eyeshadow formulas, then this one is not great!

      I SWEAR that people working in services could really benefit from learning Mandarin – I’m seeing it more and more often as well. There are so many Chinese tourists these days that it would really help with business.

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  5. I agree with a lot of your thoughts. The duplicate shades are totally annoying and the pigmentation of Peach Sangria is definitely disappointing. I LOVE how you recreate the palette with new shades that you think would make it look better! How do you do that?! So cool 🙂 And awesome review. I’m glad you were able to get your hands on it while it was on sale!

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    • I hate how palettes have duplicate shades, and I feel like it happens way too often!

      So what I do to “redesign” the palette in Photoshop is I select the shade/pan I want to change and paste it as a new layer. Then I use the Colour Balance, Hue/Saturation, Vibrance, and Curves features and play around with it until I get the shade that I’m looking for. Honestly, there’s not much of a science to it, but this is the method I use! I hope that helps 😊

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  6. […] Runner ups are ColourPop Super Shock Shadows and the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette. After years of wanting to try the Super Shock Shadows, I finally had a chance to test them out, and they live up to the hype. It has a really interesting bouncy texture, the pigmentation on all of the shades I tried were impressive, and the line offers a great colour selection. I reviewed them here, and I definitely highly recommend them! The Just Peachy Mattes also came high on the list because the palette ended up surprising me a lot. The palette consists of really beautiful red-based matte shades that go well together, and it’s a more wearable palette than I initially presumed. My review of the palette can be found here. […]

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