Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Review
I promised a full review of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette based on my most recent tutorial, so bam. Here you go. I had my eye on the Too Faced palettes for a while, but I took the plunge and bought the most popular of them all, a little Christmas treat to myself. And although this product looks good enough to eat (no seriously, it smells like chocolate), I would advise refraining from doing so, after all it would be a huge waste. I hope this post doesn’t make you crave chocolate too much – writing it was a real struggle.
“The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums.” – toofaced.com
The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The shadows contain pure cocoa powder which gives them the real chocolate smell. Not forgetting all of the shades have chocolate related names like Triple Fudge and Salted Caramel – yummy. It’s so unique to any eyeshadow palette I’ve had before but for all of the right reasons.
So, moving on from the amazeballs smell and tasteful names. Are the shadows actually any good? Do they work like high end shadows? The answer is yes. I was very impressed with the pigmentation and creaminess of most of the shades. Having said that, I did notice that the matte shades blended more nicely than the shimmer ones. But overall I am very impressed.
I love how Too Faced have mixed matte and shimmer nudes with a couple of statement colours, and what’s more is they all compliment each other. You could pick any three shades and they’d all work. I could easily pick this palette up every single day, but I don’t want to neglect the others! If you’re looking for a staple, good all rounder piece, make this it.
Initially, the price seemed a little steep, but when I worked out that each shadow only costs around £2.40 , it’s not at all bad. Plus the shadows are a very generous size.
The only real down side? The packaging. What is it with companies and the packaging? I mean, I will always repurchase a product if the content inside is worth it, but I just feel like they don’t put much love and attention into them. This palettes casing is quite flimsy and bulky (my number one pet hate about Urban Decays Naked palettes), and it doesn’t feel sturdy. I wouldn’t like to take this travelling with me because i’d be nervous of opening my bag to a powdery mess.
In my most recent tutorial I strictly just used this palette on the eyes to create a champagne inspired glamorous look.
My honest first impressions of this palette were that the two highlight shades wouldn’t suit me. White Chocolate looked too dark for my pale skinned self and Champagne Truffle seemed too pink and shimmery. I applied White Chocolate for the tutorial and as expected it didn’t give me the intense highlight I usually go for, but with it being a matte shade and the palette so universal, it’s expected it wouldn’t be the perfect match. When I swatched the pink shimmery highlight, I was pleasantly surprised by the pigment and i’m now desperate to try it on my cheekbones. It’s very similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Starlight and so many people have raved about it.
As I mentioned before, I had some issues with getting the pigment from the shimmery shades. I understand that these types of eyeshadow are prone to fallout, but there’s no excuse for lack of pigmentation. A couple I really struggled with were Cherry Cordial and Guilded Ganache. It took countless rubbing of the shadow to get the swatch photographed below. Having said this, Candied Violet (can we talk about it?), Creme Brulee, Mazipan and Amaretto applied like a dream with very minimal effort. Just look at Candied Violet. I’ve not ever seen a shade like it. Amaretto is almost identical to MAC Antiqued, and is my overall favourite from this palette because it’s so wearable.
Most of the mattes applied true to colour and didn’t produce much fallout at all. I was very let down by Strawberry Bon Bon, I was expecting it to be very creamy and pigmented but it’s barely noticeable on the swatch. However, I can’t fault the others. My favourite of the mattes is Salted Caramel; it’s the perfect blending and transition shade and people of any skin tone can wear it.
For my tutorial I used White Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate, Creme Brulee and Triple Fudge.
+ Contains 16 eyeshadows
+ Smells like pure chocolate
+ A mixture of matte and shimmer shades
+ Includes nudes and pops of purple
+ A good everyday palette
+ A high end product
+ Bad quality, bulky packaging
+ Mostly pigmented, creamy shadows
+ Blendable shadows but the shimmers need a little work
+ The matte highlight shade is too dark for me
+ All shades compliment each other
+ A generous amount of each shadow
8/10. The shimmery shadows need a little extra work on because they lack creaminess and are trickier to blend than the mattes. The packing just isn’t practical.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
£36 from their official website
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