Who doesn’t love a good lipstick. They are one of the most exciting cosmetic items to buy and wearing them can even have positive psychological effects, not only on you but also on others. Check out: Exploring the red lipstick effect. Does it really attract men?
While there are many great lipsticks out there and many of them are good for dry lips too, there is one particular kind that has that little extra factor. Is it the packaging, the scent or the branding? Whatever it is, it’s hard to not like the Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipstick range.
For a previous post covering the entire Too Faced Peaches and Cream collection check out: Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection – Reviews and Swatches
So, they are pretty, they are attractive, and they smell gorgeous. But are they any good? Let’s find out!
I could probably spend ages describing the packaging and praising how great it looks but pictures speak more than words.
The lipstick comes with outer packaging which has the standard Peaches & Cream design and Too Faced branding. Beautiful but nothing too special here.
The special part is the actual lipstick packaging itself. The bullet comes in a gorgeous white with gold case which look luxurious and is also relatively heavy, so feels luxurious too.
Once you spent a good amount of time loving the outer packaging and feel brave enough to lift the lid, magic happens. A sweet scent of peaches and cream hits you immediately and the bullet design will make you pause in awe. The peach imprints on the bullet, the Too Faced logo on the tip, the scent and the still heavy but luxurious bullet packaging makes this all a product that you want to use for decoration that actually ruin on your lips.
But you must be brave because once you decide to ruin that beautiful bullet and use the lipstick itself, even more magic happens as these lipsticks are actually good to use too!
Texture and Finish
The Peaches & Cream lipsticks have a buttery matte texture. They don’t feel as moisturising on the lips as the legendary Clinique Pop Lipsticks (check out: Best Lipsticks for Dry Lips – Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis) but they are somewhat moisturising and definitely not drying.
The Peaches and Cream collection come with 18 lipstick colours, most of which are different shades of pinks and reds. The range is not huge or well covered but it still contains some gorgeous colours that will suit all skin tones. The colours are described by names.
Here’s 5 of my favourite colours:
Smell and Taste?
These lipsticks have a gorgeous sweet scent of peaches and cream. It is pleasant and of medium to light strength.
I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips while you eat or drink something. These lipsticks don’t taste of anything.
These lipsticks last for a long time and although they transfer, like any other lipstick, they will not leave your lips bare after you eat or drink (this also highly depends on the way you eat).
They are as good in longevity as other high-end lipsticks.
One Peach Kiss lipstick retails for £19 and contains 4g of product (£4.75 per g). That’s actually cheaper than a MAC or Urban Decay lipstick which cost £17.50 but contain only 3g of product (£5.83 per g).
These lipsticks are not drying but neither too hydrating. I’d say they are somewhat hydrating. They feel lightweight and somewhere between a matte and creamy lipstick, so I’d describe them as semi-matte in both terms of feel and look.
If you have very dry lips, I recommend you check out:
Practicality of use – user experience
The Peach Kiss lipsticks are very easy to use practically but not so much emotionally. They look and smell so good that you will actually have a hard time wanting to use them. Nevertheless, after you break into them, they are as easy to use as any other lipstick.
The bullet is easy to open and use and the product slides effortlessly on the lips.
The brand doesn’t specify a specific skin type for this lipstick range, it’s very rare for brands to do so for lipsticks anyways! Nevertheless, I’d say that these lipsticks are appropriate for all, even for dry lips.
There are also no skin type specific ingredients. However, never use cosmetics on broken or irritated skin.
The Too Faced Peach Kiss lipsticks last for 12M and are made in Italy. You can now also find Too Faced sold at Boots in the UK. There are also 3 Too Faced shops in London.
Here’s what the brand says about them:
“What is it?
Achieve a burst of intense matter color, unsurpassed comfort, and hydration with this long-wearing, refreshing peach and sweet fig milk-infused formula, available in 13 shades. (*they likely didn’t update this, there are 18 shades now)
What else do you need to know?
Intense matte color
8-hour long wear
Comfortable matte finish
Intense pigment load and color saturation
For the first time in Too Faced history, we created a collection that revolutionizes makeup and is the modern way to wear matte. The entire Too Faced Peaches and Cream Comfort Matte™ Collection is infused with real peaches and sweet fig milk. Inspired by the perfect shade range of a freshly picked peach, these products offer a skin-loving matte finish with a few shimmering (non-matte) products to add glamorous dimension for day and night perfection.”
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These lipsticks are cruelty free.
Each lipstick has slightly different ingredients, especially due to the different pigments contained. Nevertheless, most of the ingredients are the same so the analysis below can be considered general.
In general, a Peach Kiss lipstick contains 27 ingredients of which 13 are positives that will offer you some kind of skincare benefit (some more than others), 4 potential negatives and 7 irritants (colour pigments were not included in this assessment as they are different for each lipstick colour).
Overall, these lipsticks have some skin nourishing ingredients and although they are not exactly skincare worthy, they are better than some lipsticks out there.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Can act as a cleanser too and provide a lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
- Isodecyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner and anti-static agent.
- Polyethylene – Although most polyethylene molecules might be too big to enter the skin, they will easily enter our body when ingested (so don’t eat your cosmetics!). This molecule is a potential carcinogen at moderate doses but more studies are needed to confirm or dispute these claims.
- Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2– A lipid-based synthetic skin conditioner that can bind water and adhere to the skin, creating a glossy finish.
- Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate– Anti-caking agent that can enhance the SPF factor of titanium dioxide.
- Aqua/Water/Eau – self-explanatory.
- Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil/Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil – A skin conditioner and anti-oxidant that gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance.
- Ethyl Vanillin – A fragrance and anti-oxidant.
- Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract/Ficus Carica Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and moisturiser which can contain anti-oxidants.
- Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate – Skin conditioner.
- Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract/Prunus Persica Fruit Extract – Moisturiser and skin conditioner.
- Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Xanthan gum– Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
- Flavor/Aroma – This word is used as a general representation for a mixture of fragrance molecules. This means that we do not know what exactly is inside the product. It can be a turn off for those with sensitive skin that might need to identify if there is a specific compound that gives them a reaction, especially since it is the fragrances that are one of the usual suspects for irritation. It is obviously also annoying if you simply want to know everything that is inside what you are using.
- Benzyl Benzoate – Not for children and toxic to cats.
- Fragrance/Parfum – See above.
- Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Potentially persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough, I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipsticks have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Flavor/Aroma, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Full list of ingredients for shade Sex on the Peach:
Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isodecyl Isononanoate, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Euphorbia Cerifera Cera/Cire de candelilla, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire microcristalline, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica Silylate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Flavor/Aroma, Benzyl Benzoate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil/Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethyl Vanillin, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract/Ficus Carica Fruit Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract/Prunus Persica Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide.
It’s hard not to love these lipsticks. They look top-end luxury and are actually cheaper than some of the big lipstick brands. They feel great on the lips and even smell gorgeous. Sometimes all you need is a good lipstick, especially for those times when you need a little pick-me-up.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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