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The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

11 June 2016



Less than a month after writing a blog post titled "If You Buy One Palette...", I proceed to buy another palette. If my fickle self can offer any sort of a defence, it's that this isn't just any palette. Had I not purchased it then and there, I might have been stuck in some kind of limbo. Makeup purgatory, perhaps. It might have been torturous knowing that it was once within my reach, but that I'd now be unsure of when or if I'd ever be able to get my hands on it again. I'm being dramatic, of course, but that's how I rationalised it in my mind.

The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette has had crazy amounts of hype. Like I've said in previous posts, I'm not  u s u a l l y  so susceptible to hype (don't lie, Karina). I've never gotten into the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, I can't bring myself to order any of the Kylie Lip Kits, I don't plan on ever buying Morphe products, and I don't even own a BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector. I have to admit, the latter is a little insane, but I'm someone who tries to be an informed consumer where I can. I like knowing the ingredients in a product. I like knowing where things are made. I like knowing how much value I'm getting when I purchase something for a certain price. Living in Australia, our returns policies when it comes to cosmetics are not as flexible as I've noticed they are in the US, so doing my research beforehand just gives me the best chance of liking a product. In saying that, did I do my research before buying the Sweet Peach Palette?

Nope.

Luckily, I love it, but I know that not everyone will. Even though this a limited edition release and sold out everywhere, I thought an in-depth review might still be useful in case they do re-release it, which Too Faced have said they are planning on doing.



First off, I think some people might find the packaging a little tacky, but I personally love the peachy ombré effect. The tin casing Too Faced uses on their palettes isn't my favourite but it doesn't bother me either. I like that it has a weight to it and that the magnetic closure is stronger than the one on my Chocolate Bar Palette (the original). I probably wouldn't take it travelling though because it's on the larger side.

The palette has a peach scent to it. While this doesn't smell like real, ripe peaches, it's close enough that I know where they were going with it. The scent doesn't bother me but I can imagine a lot of people being put off by it. It's since calmed down a bit but it was really heavy and sweet-smelling when I first got it. Could be headache-inducing for some.



I'm going to come right out and say that the colour scheme is hardly peachy. There are, at most, three shades you would consider "peachy" (Just Peachy, Candied Peach, and Bellini). Beyond that, it's a palette largely made up of bronze and warm brown eyeshadows with a few other tones thrown into the mix. For a neutral eyeshadow wearer (AKA me), it's dreamy. For anyone expecting an wide array of peachy hues, it'd be disappointing. 

You might also notice that the overall selection of colours looks a little dull, as in nothing pops out at you. Again, this is good or bad depending on what you're after from your eyeshadow palette. I don't experiment much with colour so this palette has just enough variation to encourage me to step outside my comfort zone, but it still doesn't look like I'm actually wearing colour. There's a cohesiveness, though, which is something I look for in an eyeshadow palette. Green and purple hues seem like random inclusions to put alongside peach, but it surprisingly works for me. I do just wish they'd included a more neutral or cool-toned matte transition colour (perhaps made Cobbler matte?), as Puree and Summer Yum are both really warm. Like, super warm. Just really, really warm.





The quality of the eyeshadows themselves is fairly inconsistent across the palette. You can see from the swatches that shades like Nectar, Caramelized, and Tempting perform amazingly, but others like Georgia, Candied Peach, and Talk Derby To Me are kind of patchy and meh. If you were looking for a neutral palette that gives you value for money, this Sweet Peach one isn't it. Too Faced have much better and more consistent palettes in their collection.

In terms of the ingredients, it does contain Talc, Mica, and Parfum, in case that's something you're concerned about. Also, Peach Extract, whatever that even does for your eyes.

Would I recommend this palette? Only if you're looking for neutral eyeshadows with a bit of a twist and you don't mind the scent of this palette. Otherwise, if you're looking for that peach factor, why not just use a peachy blush in your collection, pick up one or two single peachy eyeshadows from MUG or ABH, or look into something like this alternative by Makeup Revolution  all of which would be cheaper than the Sweet Peach Palette. Plus, you won't need to go through the stress of fighting tooth and nail to buy this palette if Too Faced do release it later this year.

Despite this not-so-glowing review, I do love the Sweet Peach Palette. I can't quite tell you why, and it wasn't even a palette I was planning on buying, but I stood there in MECCA with only a few left in stock, and the FOMO got to me. #LastEyeshadowPaletteOfTheYear #KarinaYouLiar
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