I’m back in the US for the next 2 weeks for spring break – take a wild guess where I went first! If you guessed somewhere that sells makeup, you’re correct. More specifically, I went to ULTA and fueled my obsession for Too Faced… here are my first impressions on the new Peanut Butter & Honey Palette and the Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss!
Before I left the US, I considered ULTA and Sephora my two children. Since ULTA doesn’t exist in Italy, I’ve been a bit neglectful, but that was a situation I sought to remedy upon my return to American soil. Thus, the first thing I did after flying back to the US was to go to ULTA and promptly purchase two things from Too Faced (aka my favorite brand): the new Peanut Butter & Honey Palette, as well as the Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss.
Just as a disclaimer: this post is NOT sponsored by Too Faced (God, I wish). Both these products were purchased with my own money (birthday money, actually), and all my thoughts and opinions are genuine and 100% my own!
Peanut Butter & Honey Palette – $36
First, I’ll talk about the Peanut Butter & Honey Palette, which’ll run you $36. You’d think that as a business major who’s concentrating in marketing, I’d be pretty hard to fool when it comes to falling for face value advertising, but… that’s just not true. I’m a total sucker for packaging. I may not judge a book by its cover, but I’ll certainly judge an eyeshadow palette by it.
Maybe I live under a rock, but I actually haven’t heard too much about this palette yet, even though I think it’s been out for a few months now. I have heard about the Peanut Butter & Jelly palette, which has received a lot of mixed reviews. A lot of people think that Too Faced has become a little too gimmicky, and while I see where they’re coming from, I respectfully disagree. To keep this post from becoming an exercise in remembering how to write a 45-minute persuasive essay, I’m just going to say that Too Faced is my sweet summer child and it can do no wrong in my eyes.
I didn’t get to try out the Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette for myself, but this one intrigued me. As originally stated, I’m a sucker for cute packaging, and this packaging is just so stinkin’ cute. Similar to the Chocolate Bar Palette (which is my all-time fav, just FYI), it comes in a tin, which I actually really like because it feels more “secure” to me. The little toast on top has some bangin’ lipstick and mascara on (I kinda wanna be her… or him), and the word “Honey” is embossed and kind of actually looks like dripping honey?? What is this black magic??
Moving on… according to the Too Faced website, this “limited edition palette featuring nine delicious matte, shimmer and creamy shades of warm neutrals, amber pearls and honey velvets. Infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and a sweet peanut butter and honey scent, this collection will have you buzzing with happiness.” Intriguing.
After packaging, I’m a sucker for scent, which is another reason why the Chocolate Bar Palette is my favorite. I honestly wasn’t quite sure how to feel about a “peanut butter and honey” scent (I don’t want to feel like the peanut butter baby…), but right off the bat, I can tell you that there is a distinctive smell there… but I wouldn’t actually call it peanut butter and honey. It reminds me more of almond butter, which isn’t unpleasant, but also isn’t my favorite. I guess I’d say I’m indifferent to the smell (I think it might just grow on me), but I surprisingly didn’t really choose this palette on scent alone – I was really drawn to the colors.
I actually was considering the Sweet Peach Palette, but realized since I haven’t quite launched my foray into the world of peaches yet, I probably would only get use of 1 or 2 of the shades. In my nonsensical rational mind, I figured this palette has a bit of peach tones in it, is more travel friendly, and is a little less expensive, thus, it would be a better option. And thus, this was my transition into the actual swatches…
From the swatches above, you can see that Creamed Honey, Bee Sweet, and Queen Bee, which are the biggest pans on the left column of the palette, are very sheer (they pretty much disappear in flash) and felt a little bit chalky. This doesn’t really bother me too much because I tend not to wear these shades anyway.
The shades that attracted me were the smaller ones in the pan, which (fortunately), felt a lot smoother and were a lot more opaque. All the swatches are one swipe of product, and I was able to get decent pigmentation out of all of them.
While I was in the store, I was really intrigued by Honey Buns, because that’s a unique shade that I don’t really own in my collection, and was pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation. I was also drawn to Feelin’ Nutty just because this kind of warm brown shade is one that I tend to wear a lot (it reminds me of Salted Caramel, my all-time favorite shadow that just so happens in be in the Chocolate Bar palette), as well as Peanut Butter, just because it’s a nice reddish brown. Honey Buns and Bees Knees are the two colors that I thought could aid me in my Peach Exploration this spring/summer, so I’m pretty pleased they also swatched nicely. I will say that I was kind of disappointed in Going Nuts – it felt a bit chalky and came off more brown than plum, but that’s ok, we can just forget that she was here.
OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSION: Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this palette. I like the shade selection and (I think?) the scent, plus it’s super travel-friendly and the packaging is really cute.
There are a few duds, but as previously stated, the left-most column is made of shades that I don’t typically use that much anyway – if I use shades that this, I’m not usually looking for opacity, since I mostly just use them to set my lid before applying other shadow. I can actually see myself using this a lot in the future!
Sweet Peach Creamy Oil Lip Gloss – $19
My next first impression is on the Sweet Peach Creamy Oil Lip Gloss in the shade Papa Don’t Peach, which is $19. Ok, first of all, that name is a damn mouthful. Like… really, Too Faced? I love you, but calm down. Please.
Fun fact: I usually hate lip gloss. It’s just so gooey and clumpy and sticky and my hair always gets stuck in it and I HATE it. I’m not sure what compelled me to purchase this in the first place. Probably the same entity (aka SATAN) that possesses lip gloss itself.
Another fun fact: I tend to shy away from nudes. Not nudes as in “send nudes” a la straight white dudes on Tinder, but nudes as in nude lip shades. I’m much more comfortable wearing a bright red or other loud color on my lips than a more toned-down muted shade, so again… I’m not sure why I bought this lip gloss in this particular shade.
I think I was drawn to the word “oil” being tacked somewhere in that ridiculously long name, because in my mind, oil means hydration, and hydration means happy. Since I wear lipstick every day, my lips tend to be a tad on the dryer side, even if I do treat them like a precious baby and moisturize every day. I guess I thought that I could give my poor parched lips a break every once in a while, especially since the website says this contains “Lip-loving PEACH OIL, COCONUT OIL and VITAMIN E to soften and moisturize lips.” The shouty capitals both speak to me and intimidate me a little bit, but they all sound like pretty good ingredients that my lips will like. It also says it “smells and tastes like fresh picked peaches,” which leads me to…
Another another fun fact: I hate fruit. I just despise it. I think that when God said, “let there be light,” Satan said, “let there be lip gloss,” and then became a bit peckish and decided to create some strangely textured food item, thought it would be a good idea to make it sticky and rot easily, and then call it fruit. I realize that God also created fruit, but for my story-telling purposes, let’s ignore that. So again… why did I buy this? The world may never know.
So, against all odds, I bought this lip gloss. Despite me not liking lip gloss, not liking the color, and not liking fruit, which it’s supposed to taste like. And what did I think? Well..
First of all, the peach smell isn’t too unpleasant to me. I typically prefer vanilla-scented things or chocolate-scented things because of course I do. The applicator is long and flat and reminds me of a less-angled version of the applicator on the Milani Amore Matte Metallic Liquid Lipstick (which I actually covered in this post), and since I have no strong feelings either way about that applicator, I’m also overwhelmingly apathetic about this one as well.
Swatch-wise, I’m pretty impressed by the pigmentation on this. It’s definitely a nude shade on my skin tone, but it’s got a bit of warmth in it, which hopefully keeps me from looking like Snooki circa 2007.
I also like how smooth it swatched – it didn’t feel too thick or gloopy like any of the evil lip glosses I’ve encountered in my shadowed past, and I didn’t immediately burst into flame or plummet into the ninth circle of hell, so it’s a start.
On me, I think this is more of a “my lips but better” shade. I’m again relieved that it doesn’t catapult me back into the concealer lips trend of the late 2000’s, and I also like that it’s opaque while not having that weird milkiness that some lighter-toned pigmented lip products tend to have.
In terms of the scent and smell, while I can’t smell it once it’s on my lips, I can definitely taste it. I’m not sure if it’s something that’ll wear off, but I’m not very keen on the whole tasting my lip product thing. It does feel really hydrating and light on the lips AND it’s not sticky at all – it’s super smooth and basically just feels like I’m wearing some kind of uber-conditioning lip balm.
This actually reminds me of a more pigmented version of the NYX Butter Glosses, which I actually wrote about in the first post on my old blog almost 3 years ago (talk about a #tbt even though it’s not Thursday). I wish I still had those for comparisons, but sadly, I think I got rid of them during my last clean out. I’ve never tried the newer NYX Intense Butter Glosses, but based on my previous experience with the regular Butter Glosses, maybe those would be a good substitute?
OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Alright, I don’t hate it. The color looks decent on me, the pigmentation is THERE, hunny, and although I’m not particularly fond of the fact that I can actually (not practically) taste it, I really like the way it makes my lips feel. I can see myself throwing this on when I want some kind of color, but don’t want the hassle of a lipstick, but given my addiction to lipstick, I’m not sure how often this’ll actually happen.
Is it worth $19? I guess time will tell. Just like time will tell if this isn’t actually just some kind of elaborately simple trap set by the Devil himself to lure me into some kind of false sense of comfort with lip glosses before hitting me a true sticky gloss that’ll I’ll forever be getting my hair stuck in, but I don’t like to dwell on my future.
*Disclaimer: I purchased all above product(s) with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!). As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!