This is the first post in a new series I want to start. Each month I will focus on one eyeshadow palette, either high end or from the drugstore. The first Monday of each month I will post my initial thoughts and swatches. Then each Wednesday of the month I will post an eye look using only the monthly palette. The last Wednesday of the month I will also post my final thoughts.
I wanted to do this because eyeshadow palettes can sometimes be expensive. I know from personal experience that there are a lot of eyeshadows in palettes that I don’t use and its somewhat of a waste of money Alternatively, there are times when the palette I’m using doesn’t have a colour I need and I have to fish out another palette which can be a bit of a hassle sometimes, especially if you’re travelling and you want to limit yourself to one palette. Each week I want to see how much of the palette I can use and how well they perform on the eyes using brushes or my fingers. Obviously everyone has different likes and dislikes so the colour selection in some might not be to everyones taste. These are just my thoughts. Its just a bit of a test that I want to put them through to see if I can utilise the whole palette and decide whether they were worth the money based on quality, performance and colour selection.
This month I decided to focus on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette as I’d seen it everywhere and really wanted to get my hands on it to see if it was as great as everyone’s saying it is.
I bought my palette from Debenhams where I paid £39.00, which to me is slightly on the pricey side. However, there are 18 shades in the palette so I guess its a pretty reasonable price to pay. Everyone has been talking about the palette smelling of peaches and it really does! As soon as I took it out of the box, before I even opened the palette, I could smell it. It smells amazing.
At first glance, the palette has a lot of warm, peachy shades which isn’t a surprise considering the name of the palette All the colours look so pretty and I like that it seems to have a mix of light shades and deeper shades; I’m hoping this means there is something for all skin tones. It appears there is a shade available for anything from the brow bone, the crease shades and shimmery shades for the lid.
From just looking at the palette I’m most excited to try out the shades Candied Peach, Bless Her Heart and Talk Derby To Me. Both Candied Peach and Talk Derby To Me have specks of fine peachy coloured glitter so I’m interested to see how that translates on the eyelid or whether it shows up at all. I really like the colour of Bless Her Heart, its not a colour that I’ve used before; its almost like a khaki green colour with gold undertones and I love that its one of the shimmery shades.
Swatches (with primer on right, without primer on left)
From left to right: White Peach, Luscious, Just Peachy, Bless Her Heart, Tempting, Charmed I’m Sure
From left to right: Nectar, Cobbler, Candied Peach, Bellini, Peach Pit, Delectable
From left to right: Peaches ‘n Cream, Georgia, Caramelized, Puree, Summer Yum, Talk Derby To Me
Considering the price of the palette, the past performance of Too Faced palettes and the fact that everyone on YouTube and Instagram has been raving about it, I thought this palette would be brilliant. I have to say that after swatching the colours I was slightly disappointed in the texture and pigmentation.
In order to achieve the colour payoff in the swatches without primer I had to dip into the majority of the shades at least twice and swipe across my arm multiple times. So the pigmentation is definitely not as great as I expected or would like it to be. This will be something to look into further when I use the palette to create looks.
The matte shades are quite powdery and when swatched, appeared a little patchy. This was more so visible in the darker matte shadows. The shimmery shades are little more buttery, but not by much. However, they swatched very easily and were not patchy; they just weren’t as shimmery as I would have liked.
My favourite shades in the palette so far are Bless Her Heart, Peach Pit and Caramelized. They are three shimmery shades which I think swatched better than the others. The shade Candied Peach, which I was looking forward to trying, built up quite well after a few swipes. I was pleasantly surprised that the peach sparkle did show up in the swatch, but it was no where near as much as I’d like.
My least favourite shades are Delectable and Talk Derby To Me. These were the shades that swatched the most patchy. Talk Derby To Me seems pretty unusable, its that bad. I was really disappointed with this because it was one that I was excited to try it due to the peach sparkles that appeared to be in the shadow. I don’t know how I can even use this shade as the swatch was a result several layers of shadow to try and get a good colour pay off, which I didn’t achieve either with or without a primer.
The use of a primer allowed the colours to show up a bit better and more vibrant, especially Bless Her Heart. It also didn’t take as many swipes to achieve a good colour payoff, which is reassuring. I wouldn’t apply eyeshadow without any kind of primer so I’m happy the use of one does improve the pigmentation and vibrancy slightly. The matte shades still swatched patchy which is really frustrating but something I will have to try and work with.
Given the lack of pigmentation and the powdery-ness of the matte shades especially, I do expect there to be quite a bit of fall out when I eventually go in with my brushes. I am hoping that these don’t blend away to nothing. Sometimes I don’t mind when an eyeshadow needs building up to increase pigmentation because it can reduce the risk of me packing on too much colour in one go, I sort of have more control of how I want the look to turn out. Having said that, if I’m paying this sort of money for a palette and from a company such as Too Faced, I do expect the level of pigmentation to be more than it is.
Well those are my thoughts for now. On Wednesday I will be posting my first look using the palette; I’m thinking maybe an everyday glam/date night look. If you have this palette let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below. Even if you don’t have the palette, let me know what you think.