I'm sure you're probably sick to the back teeth of hearing about the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection, however I wanted to give my honest opinion on whether I think this launch is worth the hype and (more importantly) your money...
Last Spring, Too Faced released the Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette and Instagram went absolutely insane for it. Personally, despite being drawn to the palette, I had to consider whether I'd actually use these sorts of shades. Clearly I considered it for a bit too long because by the time I checked back it was out of stock! Just before Christmas Too Faced launched an entire collection on their website (consisting of the original eyeshadow palette, a blusher, a face palette and several peach-toned lip glosses), however Debenhams had already announced they'd be stocking it in January so I couldn't be bothered with the extra fuss and cost of ordering from the States. That turned out to be a good shout because there was seemingly absolute chaos at Too Faced HQ in dealing with the influx of orders. It also meant I was able to gauge the reaction to the products and read some reviews before jumping in.
I'd originally been enamoured with the Glow palette, which contained a highlighter, blusher and bronzer, however after a lot of negative reviews I decided the Papa Don't Peach single blusher would be a better option. I also of course picked up the palette that inspired the entire collection.
If there's one thing Too Faced *always* nail, it's packaging! Both the products I chose from the collection come in tin packaging, which I've never had any problems with. The closure is secure and the packaging is durable in my experience. Of course it is peach-coloured and sickly-sweet in a way that only Too Faced can get away with! There's a dip-dye effect and there is peach-shaped detailing on both products. Much has been made about the scent of the collection. Personally, I don't find it to be too much; it's just a light, sweet (ok, slightly artificial) peach fragrance.
Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette | £39 | Too Faced has to have one of my favourite eyeshadow formulas of any brand; they're pigmented, creamy, easy to work with (they honestly blend like a DREAM!) and long-wearing. I find that the Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette is consistent with my experience of Too Faced so far with one exception: Talk Derby to Me, which I feel is patchy, uneven and lacking in opacity. The shades in this palette are overall very warm-toned; there are a couple of more vibrant peach tones but don't let those throw you off because I do think this is largely a nude palette of golds, bronzes and browns. My go-to shades are: Luscious (a light champagne-peach shimmer), Nectar (a light gold with a more subtle shimmer), Cobbler (a warm brown shimmer with slightly red undertones), Peach Pit (a darker warm brown-bronze shimmer with purple undertones), Caramelized (a warm gold-bronze shimmer), Puree (a very warm mid-toned brown matte) and Summer Yum (a medium-dark warm brown matte with orange undertones). Overall, I do really like this eyeshadow palette, however I also want to consider whether it's worthy of all the hype surrounding it.
Papa Don't Peach Blush | £25 | This is actually a Selfridges exclusive (thank you to Lauzrah for letting me use your free shipping!) which is slightly annoying. However it's SO worth getting your hands on; I've used this blusher almost every single day since I got it. It's a perfect everyday shade which never looks too much. It's a warm, natural peach tone with a subtle, slightly iridescent sheen. It blends out with ease and doesn't go patchy throughout the day. I'd say if you have a darker skin tone than mine you may struggle with this, however if you were eyeing up the Glow palette but like me found yourself put off by the negative reviews; this is the perfect alternative.
So, is it worth the hype?
Funnily enough, the Papa Don't Peach blusher is one of the products in this collection that's less hyped up, however to me it's the absolute highlight of this release! It's fantastic and if you pick up one thing from the Sweet Peach collection then make it this; it's a gorgeous colour in a fantastic formulation.
I have slightly more mixed feelings about the eyeshadow palette; it really is beautiful but with the benefit of hindsight I do think there are better shade selections out there for me personally. This is priced the same as the other Too Faced palettes and I feel like for £40 I should probably have bought something like the Chocolate Bar palette, which is more my sort of thing. At the same time I have got a lot more use out of this palette that I'd expected; almost as soon as I purchased this I kind of regretted it, thinking it'd just gather dust however I have been reaching for it a lot. If these shades call out to you then go for it because Too Faced eyeshadows are some of the best. If you're a little less certain then I'd check out one of their many other high-quality permanent palettes.
I'm going to have to go with a fence-sitting 'Maybe' on this one!
Have you tried anything from the Sweet Peach collection? If you did, was it worth the hype? If not, will you be?