Too Faced Sweet Peach. It’s on everybody’s lips (and, it seems, on everybody’s lids). Naturally, I want to talk about it too, but I can’t talk about this palette without talking about how difficult it was to get it.
I have mine and am happy with it overall, which perhaps gives me no right to complain, but I’m going to complain anyways because it needs to be said:
Makeup shouldn’t be this difficult to get.
There are plenty of reviews of the palette, so I won’t spend much time on that. Overall, it’s just a normal palette. Most of the shades – even the neutral, not-overtly-peach shades like Luscious, Cobbler, and Caraamelized – have a peachy undertone, which I think is really flattering on most skin tones. Summer Yum is the most gorgeous transition colour. But texture- and performance-wise, it’s average. Some shades are buttery (particularly the shimmers, of which Luscious, Cobbler, Caramelized, and Bellini are my faves). Others – especially the mattes, like Georgia and White Peach – are powdery and lack pigmentation. Others make no sense (a matte with glitter throughout? Really, Candied Peach? The glitter doesn’t even show up.). Like any other palette, it has its hits and misses. What I really wanted to talk about was how hard it was to get. Before we get to that, though, some quick swatches:
First Row, L-R: White Peach, Luscious, Just Peachy, Bless Her Heart, Tempting, Charmed I’m Sure
Second Row, L-R: Nectar, Cobbler, Candied Peach, Bellini, Peach Pit, Delectable
Third Row, L-R: Peaches n Cream, Georgia, Caramelized, Puree, Summer Yum, Talk Derby to Me
So, the palette was supposed to be released on the Too Faced website at midnight PST, which is 3am my time. I didn’t have class the next morning, so I was planning to stay up to get it because hi I’m Amanda and I’m addicted to makeup, are you new here? So I snuggled up with my Netflix, my poor credit card, and my phone (to monitor Trendmood1 and others on Instagram for updates). Soon, I became sleepy, so I set an alarm for 2:45am and decided to take a nap.
But I do this fun thing sometimes where I turn off my alarm in my sleep, and I did that. I ended up waking up around 4 anyway (thank you, bladder!) only to find that the TF website had crashed and the internet was furious. Angry Instagram makeup lovers asked why they would hype up a product for months and not beef up their servers for the launch. Even small companies like ColourPop somehow made it work! And frankly, I agreed. But it was only makeup, so after refreshing for a few minutes I went back to bed.
I awoke again at 6am. My spidey senses must have been tingling. The website was up. I put that baby in my basket and checked out, easy breezy.
But for others, it wasn’t so easy. And people were furious.
My sources tell me that my local Sephora store received like 30 of them. The palette sold out and was removed from the Sephora website, where it never restocked. Shortly after, it was announced that it would be made permanent (surprise surprise), and recently, it was announced that more stock would be ready in time for Christmas.
That being said, I really like it and am happy that I bought it. But I’ll say it again – makeup shouldn’t be this hard to get. It shouldn’t cause frustration, anger, or feelings of resentment toward a company. Whenever a product comes out like this – one for which a brand intentionally creates high demand via social media and then deliberately stocks in limited quantities – I feel exploited. I can think of a few similar situations (the first UD Naked Palette, Becca Champagne Pop, Morphe 35O to name a few). Sometimes the brands don’t know how popular the product will be, as was the case with the first Naked Palette. In other cases, they know exactly what they’re doing. I think that that’s what Too Faced did, and I think that’s wrong.
TL; DR: nice palette, naughty company. Run out and buy it at Christmas if you want an easy-to-use, fuss-free warm palette, but don’t expect anything that’ll knock your stockings off (see what I did there?).