Saturday, 28 January 2017

I Heart Makeup Chocolate & Peaches Palette Review & Swatches

The minute I saw this on the TAM Beauty website's newsletter, I knew I had to have it.
I believe this palette is another one of I Heart Makeup's gorgeous dupes for high end palettes; this one being (pretty obviously) a dupe for the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Ever since this was first released a while back, I have absolutely adored it from afar, but as it retails for £39, it's not really student budget friendly. But when I Heart Beauty released this palette, I was head-over-heels with happiness because now I could own a wonderful palette that mimics Too Faced's palette very well, without being one of those controversial eBay fakes.

The packaging of this palette is, in my opinion, of really high-end quality. It is super sturdy and has a good weight to it; not too heavy, but then not super light and flimsy either. And come on, who doesn't love the chocolate shape of this!? I know that the bright peach colour isn't for everyone, but I really like it - it reminds me very much of summer, but also of autumn as it could work as a pop of colour among the trademark neutral bronzes, velvety reds and golds.

I love the mixture of matte and shimmer eyeshadows, however I was quite surprised that there isn't a really light shimmer shade, and is instead two light matte shades: Delicious and Satisfy. Although the rest of the colour selection is beautiful! I love how my blue eyes look with the shades, although I do think that it would work like a dream with those of you who have hazel or chocolate brown eyes, and perhaps even green eyes too.
The quality of the shadows is mixed; some are just wonderful, whereas some others are a little chalky, however I'm never really bothered if there's some fall-out due to this, as I mean you are buying a powder formula, so it kind of makes sense if there's a bit of fall-out, right? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

And now onto the swatches...

These swatches are from the top row of the palette.
These shadows, aside from Delicious, are all shimmery. They may not have the most pigmented of formula, but I found them to be very buildable when I used them on my eyes later on in the day, and the colours are stunning regardless. I'm also a big fan of the sheer-ness of Delight; some find dark shadows to be really disappointing if they aren't 100% pigmented, but I appreciate it because those sorts of shades scare me a little, especially as I have killer dark circles under my eyes and so only a little of dark shadow out of place makes me look like a panda! And so with this shadow I can deepen the crease of my eye without fear!

The only shadow that disappoints me is Delicious. As you can see by the picture, it's pigmentation is very weak. But I guess as it's a matte shadow that, I presume, is meant for setting any eyeshadow primer - I use the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow - which I found worked really well for that, so I'd call this a 'meh' shade (... oh the colloquialism!)

These swatches are from the middle row of the palette.
Sweet may be unnoticeable in the photo, but it works wonderfully as a inner corner and brow bone highlight on my pale skin, which is probably why it blends in in the photo; otherwise the other shades are really pigmented and the shades are gorgeous! They're all shimmers and I feel that for the £7.99 price, they are totally worth the money.

These swatches are from the bottom row of the palette.
And here the pigment totally steps up a notch! These warm toned matte shades are definitely the kind of colours that are all the rage recently, and are by far the best performing shades in the palette as a whole. My favourite is definitely Fine, as it's the perfect transition shade.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this week's post; let me know what you thought of this palette if you own it, or whether you'll be wanting to purchase it in the future or not. Also don't forget that I'm totally open to requests for future blog posts, so leave your requests in the comments below too.

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DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all of the products seen and mentioned myself and none were gifted to me. All photos and opinions are my own.