Peaches & Cream, Part 1: Complexion, Face, & Finishing!

Published on October 5, 2017 by   ·   No Comments

Look, I know that I’ve done more than my share of ragging on Too Faced as of late (I got a little snarky about their shade-throwing at tarte in THIS POST about unicorn beauty, and got pretty savage about the utter disappointment that was the launch of the Melted Latex Lipsticks in THIS POST) but they still have a sorta soft spot in my heart; plus, when a brand puts out something good, I’m gonna give credit where credit is due.  And I think that credit is due to Too Faced for their most recent launch: the Peaches and Cream collection.  After the success of the Sweet Peach collection they are once again giving use some sugary delicious cosmetic goodies with a luscious new peach smell!

I was won over by the whole thing: the ads are super cute, and the packaging is absolute perfection – sweet and girly without being too cartoony.  I bought quite a few pieces from the collection, so many in fact that I’m splitting this review into two parts!  Part One is going to cover the basic complexion products – getting the face ready, foundation, and then finishing it off with powder and spray.  In Part Two we’re going to explore the color cosmetics in the collection: lipstick, blush, bronzer, highlight, and a gorgeous collection of matte eyeshadows.  I hope you’re ready for all of this yumminess – try not to get a cavity!

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First, can we just talk about this packaging?!  It’s a perfect mix of girly and sophisticated, the drawn peaches are fun without seeming cartoony, and the gold edging around the ombre background adds a high end touch.  It’s just cloying – sort of like the smell of peach!  And that smell!  The Sweet Peach collection had a smell that was much more fake and sugary, smelling like peach candy.  Don’t get me wrong – I loved it, but I can see how some people might hate the artificial-ness of it.  This collection has a much more natural peach smell and also has creamy note from the sweet fig cream that’s been added (though how much of it is from the natural ingredients isn’t entirely clear – I scanned the ingredients for 5 or 6 products and they all had fragrance listed in the first half of the list).

For this part of the review, I’m going to be looking at these products:

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Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer

The Primer I got in sample form, because Sephora was giving them away to promote the launch.  I love, love, LOVE Too Faced primers (Hangover Rx is my go-to, ride or die bitch!) but I knew I was going to be spending a hefty chunk of change to sample as many pieces from this collection as possible, and I’m pretty well stocked up on primers at the moment, so I decided not to get the full size of this…yet.  It’s a thicker consistency than the Hangover Rx, definitely more of a cream, but it smooths into the skin absolutely beautifully and it has a nice, soft cooling feeling.  Not like a full on peppermint or tea tree kind of feeling, but just a light cooling effect.  The scent is light but fades away pretty quickly.  I played with the foundation over it on the back of my hand, and it definitely works well with that product; I haven’t done a face test yet because I’m planning to do a “mostly full face” experiment either on Facebook live or in a video very soon!  I don’t love it as much as the Hangover Rx, but it’s not as tacky feeling when it dries on the skin as the Kat Von D Lock It Primer and the feeling is very smoothed and prepped.  I’m not sure if this collection is going to be permanent or not, but I could see myself adding this primer into heavy rotation with Hangover Rx!

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Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation, Nude

*Sigh*  Ahh, Too Faced.  Here’s where we have to get a little bit critical.  They’ve never been known to be a super diverse line in terms of foundation shades, but at least Born This Way has over 20 different options (though 4 of them were added after launch).  The shade I bought in this foundation was Nude, which is the same shade I wear in the Born This Way line.  And there’s the rub: all of the shades have the same names as matching shades in the Born This Way line…so why did the Peach Perfect shades launch in only 12 shades?!  It would be one thing if they were putting it forward as 12 original shades, though I don’t think that’s an excuse to leave out darker skintones.  But at least then it’s not like you’re just doing shades you already have in a new formula – if you’re doing those 12 shades, why not the others?!

Outside of the shade selection, I also have the same problem with this foundation that I have with the Born This Way collection – why does Too Faced think we’re all so damn yellow?!  Seriously, the yellow undertones in these foundations are a little bit ridiculous, and I get the same sort of feel from this one as I do from BTW.  That’s why I only bought one shade: in BTW I have three shades for mixing and highlighting – Nude, Vanilla, and Snow – and all three are available in the Peach Perfect formulation, but the lighter two in the BTW are super yellow, and I just can’t justify getting that much more yellow foundation that needs to be toned down with powders and other means.

I tested the PP foundation right next to the BTW, and I found it to be a little less full coverage than BTW but I think I can still make it work.  It’s not a sheer foundation by any means!  It does give you a nice velvet matte finish that I like, and even though it is supposed to be the same shade I felt like it was maybe a little more pink-toned than the BTW (or else I just didn’t notice the yellow as much because of how matte it is when it dries).  If I had to choose, I would probably stick with my BTW for the extra coverage, but if I want something lighter and a bit more everyday, this is a pretty good option, and I think the finish when it dries is better than BTW!

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Peach Perfect Mattifying Loose Setting Powder

I love a good setting powder, and this one is pretty good.  I love that the light scent is still there but isn’t overpowering, and it works with this foundation like a dream – no need to worry about serving up some unintentional cake face here!  It’s a smooth powder, but it doesn’t really do much that I could see to improve the look of skin – for that you’re going to want to try out the next product!  The only real complaint I have with this is related to the packaging – the sifter inside has a hinged stopper inside that keeps the powder from collecting in the top.  That’s a nice idea – I can’t tell you how much Coty Airspun powder I’ve lost from opening the lid and spilling some of the mountain of powder that inevitably collects in the top! – but it also makes it hard to get product out.  I’m thinking about snapping it off, but all of the packaging is so pretty…I just don’t know if I can!  It feels like vandalism!

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Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder

This is the product you want if you want a finisher that actually helps improve the overall look!  This pressed powder has a light peachy tint that helps brighten up your makeup look and it also helps blur the skin texture underneath.  I don’t know if there is much in the way of pigmentation, I didn’t really notice much of a change in terms of the color (I’m a little confused about the idea of color correcting on the surface anyway!) but I did see a positive change in the texture underneath!  I could see a visible reduction in skin texture where I applied this powder, though I do think the foundation looked less matte after application (the same thing happened with the previous powder as well).  This is a nice finisher if you like pressed setting powders; I prefer loose powders, but that improvement in skin texture was no joke, so I’m definitely going to give it a few trial runs with show/photo makeup and see how things go.  Maybe I can be converted?!

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Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray

And of course you can’t a look truly finished without a good setting spray – at least I can’t!  And this is definitely a good one!  I prefer this one to the Hangover Rx spray any day: the fragrance is better (though I love that coconut in the Rx!), it feels less tacky on the face as it dries (though still a little stickiness), and once it does dry it feels soft and perfect!  I’ve been a little obsessed with setting sprays lately (look for more content on that coming very soon), and this one is quickly rising to the top.  It’s probably in my #2 spot – I really do love the GlamGlow GlowSetter, though the sprayer on that one is terrible (I’m a big girl – I can handle a full spritz!), but this one is definitely in the running to unseat that one and become my favorite.

I haven’t had any shows or events since I got these products, so I haven’t had a chance yet to do a full face with them and see how the products work together and to see if the smell becomes overpowering when you use all of the products together. That’s definitely on my list!  I’m going to probably do some sort of trial on Facebook live, and then maybe something more formal with photos as well.

But for now, everything is peachy with this new collection.  And it had better be: Too Faced has spent a ton on advertising – I swear I haven’t watched a makeup-related video on YouTube the last couple of weeks that hasn’t had that commercial playing before it! – and they need some wins considering their rather inconsistent performance since being acquired by the Estee Lauder Group and the general ho hum lineup for their holiday collection.  Stay tuned for Part Two coming soon where we dive into the color cosmetics and see if everything there is just as peachy!

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Now Go Forth & Get Painted!

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