Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eyeshadow Palette ($36) is a new take on the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeshadow Palette that launched last year. Too Faced continues on their kawaii trek with more cute food inspired eyeshadow palettes and I see no end in sight for this trend. If you’re a fond fan of Japanese popular culture it’s easy enough to get sucked into purchasing palettes like the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Palette and Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, etc…! The design and cute graphics definitely give off a Japanese kawaii culture vibe. I’m one that’s always been terribly attracted to cute beauty products which might account for my love of Japanese and Korean makeup. I really do think Too Faced was influenced heavily by Eastern makeup releases and collections when creating these food themed palettes and I have a feeling they’ll be more to come in this range.
Unfortunately, although cute many of these releases haven’t been on par with Too Faced’s normal range of products and the Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette is testimony of that. This is probably one of the worst palettes I’ve seen from Too Faced in the past few months (of course, let’s, not forget the Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Chip Palettes though). The back of the box does say Made in Canada for those interested.
Let’s take a look at my review and swatches.
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette comes housed in one of the smaller tins that the brand has been embracing for the past few years. I know many of you, like me, are happy that they are phasing out the cardboard palettes. Not that the cardboard palettes aren’t sturdy but I prefer the tins. This palette contains 9 total shades three of which are 0.07 oz and the other six that are 0.03 oz each. The palette also contains a how-to-get the look guide that creates three looks using the shades in the palette. This is scented and to me it smells like cocoa and peanut butter although the ingredients say it contains vanilla fragrance. It’s not a scent that lingers once you apply the shades and you really have to put your nose close to the palette to smell it in my opinion.
The shades here are all neutral, natural colors with a a single unique yellow called Honey Buns that gives it the “honey” element. That mustard yellow is unique for Too Faced and actually for a lot of brands as it isn’t one you commonly see in a palette. The palette lives up to it’s name for sure as there are elements of peanut butter here and a small amount of honey and dare I say even some chocolate too so maybe it’s a peanut butter, Nutella, honey palette. Not that I ever smeared half a jar of Nutella and Peanut Butter on my toast or anything like that….no way, not me. I loved the shade selection and I could see myself creating some really pretty Fall looks with it which is why it surprises me that they decided to do this as a Spring launch. But hey, warmer shades work great too if you’re headed away for Spring break.
Sadly, although I loved the shade line up I thought the formula was a miss. First off, a third of the palette is filled with base shades that are sheer. Creamed Honey, Bee Sweet, and Queen Bee are so very sheer and these are the larger shades in the palette. I’m always so confused why they give you this much base shade in these palettes. It reminds me of shampoo and conditioner. I use all the conditioner but I’m left with a ton of shampoo for some reason. Likewise, for these shades. I can easily hit pan on some of the nude, natural shades but I’ll never use all this base.
The main issue I had with all the shades is the fact they are dry and less pigmented than the normal soft, velvety textured Too Faced eyeshadow formula that I know and love. They are quite thin with a drier but not dense consistency that looks faded on my lids. Going Nuts is probably the most pigmented shade in this palette. I struggled quite a bit with application and building because as I blended the colors tended to fade. A cream base will help but not by much. For my swatches, I had to do several passes for color to show up on my arm.
The Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette was a disappointment for me. I like the color line up a lot but the actual formula leaves a lot to be desired. If the formula was good I’d be a lot more excited about this palette but unfortunately, it was a bust.
Did you purchase it?
The Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette launches tomorrow at Ulta.com and in stores March 19th.