fotd: too faced sweet peach collection

February 20, 2017  |  Face of the Day, Too Faced  |  4 Comments

This is actually my second look with the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection – the first being one I did for my review of the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette – but I also wanted to something a little less warm and peachy just to switch things up. I went with a bronzy olive green look here, using Bless Her Heart all over the lid, Puree and Candied Peach through the crease (I can’t resist a warm crease), Tempting to darken my outer V and Nectar to highlight the inner V.

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The more I play with the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, the more enamoured I am with it. It feels like it was perfectly designed for me! I love warm eyeshadow looks, and this is essentially a warm neutral shadow palette with a few fun shades mixed in to keep things interesting. And those few fun shades – pinks, purples and golden greens – are right up my alley too. There isn’t a single colour substitution I’d make; it’s one of the few pre-made palettes that I love every single colour in.

I’m swear I’m not being paid to say this, but I genuinely think this is currently the best, most comprehensive and interesting warm-neutral eyeshadow palette on the market right now.

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I’m wearing the Papa Don’t Peach Blush here (though with a light hand, since I didn’t want my face colour to compete with my eyeshadow) and the Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss also in Papa Don’t Peach on my lips. I know looked really brown in my swatches and you probably didn’t believe me when I say it transforms into a gorgeous nude on the lips, but TA-DAA! Nude!

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Don’t you love makeup that swatches nicely but look even better in use? I mean, I have nothing against brown lipgloss, but this is such a good everyday nude. If there was one thing I could change however, I’d tone the scent of the gloss down by…a lot. Like, 75%. These are great glosses but they’re also super fragranced, which is kind of a shame because I think they’d appeal to lots more people if the scent was just more subtle.

Pricing & Availability: Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palete (SGD$76), Papa Don’t Peach Blush (SGD$45) and Creamy Peach Oil Lip Glosses (SGD$29) are available online and in store at Sephora Singapore.

 

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

too faced sweet peach collection

February 19, 2017  |  Product Reviews, Too Faced  |  No Comments

After I put up my post on Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette (review and swatches here), a lot of you came back to tell me that Sephora Singapore had sold out of everything. I thought I’d hold off until they restocked to put up my review and swatches for the rest of the collection, because I hate reading about something and not being able to go out right away and get it! I walked past Sephora ION this weekend – ok, ok, I went in to buy more makeup – and noticed they had restocked everything, so here goes:

Let’s start with Sweet Peach Glow, which is a face palette that contains a highlighter, blush, and illuminating bronzer.

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I love the embossing on each of the powders – the highlighter and bronzer have a raised repeating pattern of peaches, and the blush has the same logo that’s on the cover of the palette.

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For the record, the powders aren’t hard at all. I’m bringing this up because that’s always my first thought when I see crisply embossed designs – that the product must be quite stiff to hold up to that kind of shaping. But these powders are actually very silky and buttery, so much so that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. I mean, let’s be real: this collection had enough hype from the eyeshadow palette that Too Faced could totally have phoned it in on everything else if they wanted to make a quick buck. So kudos to them for not taking advantage of this, and putting out solid products!

Here is Sweet Peach Glow swatched next to Papa Don’t Peach, the standalone blush from the same collection. I’ll compare the blushes further on in this post, but if you just focus on the first 3 swatches from Sweet Peach Glow, you’ll see that it’s a very warm, harmonious and bronzy trio that’s really nice on pale skin.

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Here’s some quick comparison swatches with similar highlighter and bronzer options. The highlighter doesn’t dupe easily, but I came pretty close with E.L.F Blush Gems (reviewed here) which is very similar to MAC Soft and Gentle so you can probably consider that a fairly decent substitute as well. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pressed Opal was a bit warmer and more golden. The Sweet Peach Highlighter actually has a clear base, so even though it looks quite pigmented in the pan it does work on pale skin as well because it’s not going to visibly tint your cheekbones.

I also need to mention how smooth the highlighter was compared to its closest dupe, E.L.F. Blush Gems. The latter is incredibly dry and almost gritty in comparison, which I suppose is to be expected since it’s such a cheap product, but it’s worth mentioning to anyone who has Blush Gems and maybe wants a similar colour with a textural upgrade.

The Sweet Peach Glow bronzer shade is actually a bit rosier than most of the bronzers that I already own. While it’s not pink enough to register as blush-blush, I have used it on my cheeks in lieu of blush and been happy with the brightening results. Because of the sheen it has, this isn’t something you can contour with so I’m pleased that it’s not straight up orange and difficult to pull off on the centre of my face.

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Now that you’ve seen the swatch of Too Faced’s Papa Don’t Peach blush, let’s have a look at the adorable packaging:

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This also has the peach logo from the collection, but in this case the design is recessed rather than raised. The pan is a very generous size, and I love that it comes in its own sturdy tin with a sizeable mirror. This makes it awesome for travel, which as you know is pretty important for me.

Packaging wise, this collection is just so cute. I’m not usually a huge fan of cutesy makeup and tend to gravitate towards sleek luxury packaging, but I genuinely do feel my spirits lift when I see the smiling little peach pal thats on the bottom right of all the mirrors.

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The minute I opened this blush, I was struck at how similar it was to NARS Orgasm. Warm pink base, gold shimmer – Orgasm is just the first thing that comes to mind, really. Imagine my surprise when I swatched this and found them to be quite different! Orgasm turned out to be a heck of a lot cooler and a bit more glittery rather than sheen-y. Who would have thought?

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The closest match I had to Sweet Peach Glow’s blush shade turned out to be Milani Luminoso. Sweet Peach Glow was ever so slightly brighter of a coral, and again of a better quality, but if you can’t get a hold of this palette and are obsessed with the blush shade I’d consider it a pretty good dupe.

Comparing the two blushes within the collection, you can see that they are quite different animals entirely. Sweet Peach Glow’s blush is warmer, more satin in finish, and a bright coral. Papa Don’t Peach blush is a tad bit cooler to the point where it’s more of a neutral pink, and has a pink iridescence to it that makes it quite sheen-y. You can certainly justify owning both, but if you are more neutral/cool in your colouring and can’t pull off corals, I’d recommend Papa Don’t Peach.

The blush, I mean. Because guess what? Aside from there already being an eyeshadow colour with the same moniker, there is also a lipgloss in this collection that shares their name. I’ll get to that in a second – meanwhile, here is the full range of Too Faced’s Creamy Peach Oil Lip Glosses:

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In the same order as the products shots above, here are some swatches of all the glosses:

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Papa Don’t Peach – the darkest nude shade in the collection – is actually the colour I’ve worn the most. It’s a gorgeous neutral and although it looks very brown in this photo, is actually kind of a perfect warm nude and just one of those colours you can throw on with any eyeshadow look and know it’ll match.

The formula is pretty nice too. It’s not terribly sticky, and I found them to be quite hydrating and comfortable to wear throughout the day. But whether or not you want these is going to come down to how much you like scented lipgloss. Because the peach scent in these is STRONG. Much, much stronger than in the powder products from the collection, and so strong you can kind of taste a sweet peach flavour when you wear them.

I love peach as a scent and flavour so this doesn’t bother me too much, but the scent wafts up from you lips right into your nose and doesn’t really fade much at all. So if you aren’t a fan scented makeup, I would skip these. However, if you love peaches and like the idea of smelling perfectly edible (to, um…attract boys? I dunno, I’m married, leave me alone) you will appreciate how much longevity the scent has and how actually-like-peach-candy-and-not-gross-chemicals it tastes when some gloss inevitably migrates into your mouth.

I’ll be following up with a FOTD next, but don’t wait on me. If there’s anything that’s caught your eye from this collection I would head down to Sephora ION today because these babies are almost definitely going to sell out again.

Pricing & Availability: Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow (SGD$62), Papa Don’t Peach Blush (SGD$45) and Creamy Peach Oil Lip Glosses (SGD$29) are available online and in store at Sephora Singapore.

 

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

review: too faced born this way concealer

August 15, 2016  |  Product Reviews, Too Faced  |  No Comments

*GIVEAWAY ALERT! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out how to win a whole set of these concealers for yourself!*

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer has been raved about in so many reviews since its US launch, that I’ve been watching the calendar like a hawk awaiting the Singapore launch. And it’s here! It’s finally here! They launch today on Sephora.sg, and on the 18th (Thursday) in Sephora stores around Singapore.

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If you haven’t heard the chatter, this stuff has some really impressive skincare sciencey-ness going on: coconut water for moisture, alpine rose for radiance and – this is what I’m most excited about – hyaluronic acid for plumping.

The Born This Way Concealer texture is excellent. They’re very pigmented but have a light, fluid consistency which makes them very blendable. Nowhere in my press kit did it say they were specifically designed for the under-eye area, but you can kinda tell from its consistency and active ingredients that that’s where you want to be using ‘em.

Also, the lighter end of the concealers’ shade range is quite pink/peach, which is excellent for neutralizing under-eye darkness and for overall brightening. I used Born This Way Concealer in Light under my eyes here and was very impressed by how easy it was to blend. It felt very light on my skin, and melted in seamlessly.

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Just to see how buildable it was, I powdered lightly over my first layer and dabbed more on. I have to admit I was kind of expecting it to ball up or look really dry and cakey, but lo and behold! The second layer went on as well as the first without disturbing any of the underlying layers. And did I mention it set and looked perfect all day without creasing or fading? Now THAT’S a good under-eye formula.

I don’t usually get dark circles, but I had the tiniest bit of dairy yesterday and was rewarded with lovely red discolouration under my eyes this morning. Talk about perfect timing, right? So I took the opportunity to do a comparison photo…I think you can tell which side has concealer and which side doesn’t.

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I definitely got some good coverage out of this, and once I set it with a bit of powder it wore all day without creasing. I only wish there were more pale yellows in the range so I could use it all over the rest of my face too! I know I’m not the first person to say this, so hopefully Too Faced hears this collective prayer and expands the range to include more colours soon.

Bonus Round: A friend asked how these compare to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers, and I thought I’d share my answer with the class. As you can see, Born This Way’s lightest shade – Very Fair – is extremely close to NARS Vanilla. It’s maybe a hair darker, but also slightly more neutral. In terms of texture, NARS concealers are thicker and stickier, whereas Too Faced’s Born This Way concealers are more fluid and spreadable.

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Pricing and availability: these concealers are priced at SGD$44  and are available online at Sephora.sg and in Sephora stores. Note that Sephora SEA will not be carrying Tan, Deep Tan, Deep and Dark. 

*GIVEAWAY DEETS*

Win a FULL set of these concealers worth $440 and an adorable keepsake pouch! Monetary value aside, this is a huge score because my giveaway includes the darker concealer colours that will not be available at Sephora, so if you have darker skin or are a makeup artist who works on a variety of skin tones, this is the ONLY way to get your hands on those shades in Singapore. The contest is super simple.

All you need to do is:

1. Find the corresponding Instagram post on my feed @paper_tigress
2. Like the post
3. Leave a comment & tag 3 friends

 Get one entry per account if you do the above, and TWO entries per account if you also repost to your public Instagram feed.

Terms: A winner will be picked at random on the 22nd of August 2016 via lucky draw and announced on my Instagram account. This contest is only open within Singapore.Must be following me and @sephorasg. Good luck!

 

These products were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.