February 28, 2017

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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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.

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Queen Bee, Honey Buns, Feelin’ Nutty)

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Creamed Honey, Peanut Butter, Going Nuts)

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Bee Sweet, Hony Brittle, Bee’s Knees)

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.

Oh well!

Did you purchase it?

The Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette launches tomorrow at Ulta.com and in stores March 19th.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christina D.

    I’m so glad I passed on this, but you did create a really nice look with it. I dunno what is up with TF anymore, but they are inching closer and closer to being added to my list of brands with which I am done.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks sis! Yeah, I don’t get it, what is going on with this flash in the pan releases?

  • Liz

    I just don’t understand what’s happening with Too Faced. I they are focusing on pushing out too many new products and in turn the quality is suffering. They are bringing out another palette out next week and it kind of looks like it’s a cardboard package. And look at the three big shades in this palette – they look like they are duplicated in the new palette.

    • Nat

      Agreed – I LOVE my older palettes (boudoir eyes, sugar pop, chocolate bon bons, smokey eye, cat eyes, summer eyes)…but I’ve only heard either bad or so/so reviews of anything new! 🙁

    • Tanna

      I agree, I think Too Faced is too concerned with “innovation” rather than quality of product. I’ve noticed very few new shades in these palettes and it makes me wonder if selling the company to Estee has anything to do with the new releases. I am pleasantly surprised to see the pigment of these shadows, though!

  • Maria

    Glad I passed. These shades are too similar to other TF palettes. Also a pass for me on the new natural love one. I saw some swatches on IG. Very light pigment. Most likely the cardboard palette is made in China

  • Susan

    I got it but am considering returning it. The pigmentation and quality just isn’t there and I thought I’d love the yellow but don’t. I think I’m about done with Too Faced; the quality is so bad lately. It seems like once they sold the company to Estee Lauder they didn’t care any more. 🙁

    Might exchange this one for the Mally Beauty Muted Muse Eyeshadow Palette (Muse!) which actually costs less. I’ve read rave reviews about that one.

    • Isabella Muse

      Sadness! I didn’t try the Mally Muted Muse yet but I heard some great things too!

  • Kimmwc03

    Ugh…I hope I can return mine. I used my 20% off Ulta coupon and ordered it the day it released for Platinum. So disappointing.

  • Christina D.

    Sista Muse! I have the Mally Muted Muse palette and it is nice, far better than your experience with the TF PB & Honey. But I was really disappointed to find out that it’s made in China when the previous Mally palettes were not. It’s a shame they’ve cheaped out on manufacturing.

  • Sarah

    Tried at ulta and passed. The colors were chalky and bland. I ended up getting a soap and glory 10 eyeshadow palette for 10$ that is awesome. TF has had some poor products lately. I bought nothing at xmas from them either. Better step up their game, people will turn on them and stop buying their products.

  • EliCaroline

    I think the packaging is so cute. I love the tin, the lil bee and the honeycomb pattern.
    This palette is going to be a pass for me. Minus the Honey Buns shade, I feel like I have the same colors or very very similar in my other Too Faced palettes.

  • Jean

    I bought it but had my doubts since I’m not a fan of the yellow color. But the collector in me doesn’t want to let go… I’m not sure what to do now.

    • Isabella Muse

      I totally relate, I’m not happy with it but I’m happy to have it in my collection. I’m an idiot lol!

  • danadoo

    I scored the sugar pop palette at tj maxx for ten bucks, it was my first experience with the brand and I really like it, however Im getting scared off by all the bad reviews lately.

    • Isabella Muse

      hey if you hate it, at least it was only ten bucks right?! 😀

  • kjh

    Too Faced had better product ~15-20 years ago, when their target market was actually adult females. They lost me with the scent, the cheap, outsourced holiday editions, and their versions of kawaii seem contrived or parodied. It isn’t only the Kendall and younger set that has an interest in color cosmetics. Grow out of middle school, Jerrod. (Although your dog is delightful….what about the dog palette that is coming?) What will happen to tf under the EL umbrella? Will it be a less curated version of the Estee Edit? Not sure I care anymore, except as an intellectual exercise, thinking about the industry. If W Choc Chip had not sucked, I might have been tempted. But some days, I skip through reviews of the individual shades. Too many dupes and near dupes. Always 1-2 stellar shades, surrounded by the same old, same old. Enough new and LE to nip at MAC’s heels. Bored to tears, and so done with the tf approach.

  • Jen

    I couldn’t avoid the temptation with this since after all my points, I got the palette for less than retail–shipping and tax included. I do agree that the palette could be of better quality, but I do like the selection of shades provided and am considering picking up the PBJ palette (purple is not a color I’m strong at applying), becauae one thing I can say TF does really well is shades of brown that don’t turn muddy on me. My eyelids and the surrounding area are a color correction nightmare, but the warmth of the browns somehow works.

    • Isabella Muse

      Honestly, if you got it on the cheap that’s always a good thing 😀 with a creamy base these shades are workable!

  • kit

    it was about $60 here in NZ and to be completely honest I thought I might have gotten a dud palette but nope, it’s just bad quality and I’m very disappointed 🙁