Saturday, 10 January 2015

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Review

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
I've wanted the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette for months now. I finally bit the bullet and bought it a couple of weeks ago Link!. The first thing I noticed when I opened it was its amazing smell (its smells like chocolate- each shadow is infused with cocoa powder).
I have heard nothing but great things about this palette - the reason that it took me so long to buy it was because I already have the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette and although I liked it, I was disappointed with the wear time of the shadows. (Check out the the full review here.) This meant I was slightly hesitant to spend €44.40 on another Too Faced eyeshadow palette.

There are 16 shades in this palette: 14 neutral shades, a pale strawberry pink as well a shimmery purple shade which has a blue hue to it.
Some of the shades are pigmented and have a smooth, buttery blendable texture while I have found others to be less pigmented with a more powdery, gritty texture (more about that later). Unfortunately I was really disappointed with the wear time of the shadows in that they lasted no longer than about 4 hours on me (without primer) before they started to show signs of wear (I don't have particularly oily eye lids). However once I apply them on top of Nars Pro Prime eyeshadow primer, they last about 7-8 hours.
with regard to the packaging, the palette itself is made of tin and closes magnetically- it feels quite sturdy. There is also a big mirror in the lid making it ideal to travel with.

Close up Glided Ganache & White Chocolate
Close up Glided Ganache & White Chocolate
Swatches from left: Glided Ganache, White Chocolate
Swatches from left: Glided Ganache, White Chocolate
Gilded Ganache- This is a dark olive green shade with a gold metallic sheen and has a lot of gold glitter particles through it. The texture of this shadow is very powdery and has a lot of fall out when applied. When I first used this shadow its texture also seemed to be quite gritty - however the more I use it the less gritty it seems to be. I have found that it is best applied with a flat shader brush. This shadow needs to build up in order to achieve even coverage. When applying it I have found it's important to tap the excess off the brush to minimize fall out.
White Chocolate- This is a matte cream beige shade - it's a pigmented, smooth blendable shadow and is ideal to be used as a base shade.

Close up (clockwise): Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Creme Brulee, Hazelnut
Close up (clockwise): Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Creme Brulee, Hazelnut


Swatches from left: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Hazelnut, Creme Brulee
Swatches (from left) Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Hazelnut,Creme Brulee, 
Salted Caramel- This is a light to medium tan matte shade , it has decent buildable pigmentation and is ideal to use as a subtle crease colour or else it can be used as a transition shade.
Marzipan- This is a peachy beige metallic shade - it has a soft, smooth, buttery texture. It's ideal to be used as a brow-bone or inner corner highlight. I have also used it on this centre of the lid to brighten up a neutral look.
Hazelnut- This is a warm golden bronze metallic shade. It's very pigmented and soft, however the texture of this shade is a little powdery. But once you tap the excess of the brush before you apply it, there's no issue.
Creme Brulee- This is a warm gold metallic shade. Its very pigmented and has a buttery soft, smooth texture. I love to apply this to the centre of my lids over Hazelnut or Haute Chocolate, to brighten up the look.

Close ups (clockwise) Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Cherry Cordial, Haute Chocolate
Close ups (clockwise) Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Cherry Cordial, Haute Chocolate
Swatches (from left) Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial
Swatches (from left) Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial
Semi-Sweet- This shade is matte dark brown. It has decent buildable pigmentation and is ideal to darken up the outer corners when doing a neutral look.
Strawberry Bon Bon- This is a pale milky pink matte shade. It isn't the most pigmented shade, but it is buildable and has quite a smooth texture. I like to use this shade on the inner half of the lid with Amaretto on the outer half of the lid and in the crease.
Haute Chocolate- This is a dark brown metallic shade with a warm gold undertone. It again has a buttery smooth soft texture and excellent pigmentation.
Cherry Cordial- This is a burgundy wine shade, with multi-coloured glitter particles through it. The texture is slightly powdery, the pigmentation is buildable but beware of fall out.
Close ups (clockwise) Black Forest, Triple Fudge,Amaretto, Candid Violet

Swatches (from left) Black Forest, Triple Fudge, Amaretto, Candid Violet
Swatches (from left) Black Forest, Triple Fudge, Amaretto, Candid Violet
Black Forest Truffle- This is a dark purple shade with multi-coloured glitter particles through it. It has a slightly powder texture much like Gilded Ganache.
Triple Fudge -This is a very dark brown matte shade - it has a slight cool toned green hue to it. It has quite a smooth texture and the pigmentation is buildable. It is ideal to use in the outer corners to add more depth to a look.
Candid Violet- This is a purpley blue shadow with a lot of multi-coloured glitter through it. Again this shade isn't very pigment, but it is buildable. It has quite a smooth texture. I have to say I don't use this shade a lot, but I have used it along the lower lash line for a pop of colour.
Amaretto This is a very warm bronze metallic, pigmented shade with a burnt red undertone. Its texture is buttery soft & smooth. It is ideal to use all over the lid up into the crease for a darker neutral look.
Champagne Truffle
Champagne Truffle
Champagne Truffle- This is a pink, golden toned metallic highlight shade. It has good colour payoff and has a soft smooth texture.

Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate- This is a medium matte brown shade - it has decent pigmentation but yet is still very buildable. It is also a very blendable shade ideal to use as a crease colour or transition colour for a smokey look.

Swatches (from left) Milk Chocolate, Champagne Truffle
Swatches (from left) Milk Chocolate, Champagne Truffle
Although I don't like the powdery texture and pigmentation of some shadows, and I'm a little disappointed that I have to wear primer. For €44.50, I think the wear time should be better. I love the range of neutral shades in the palette and I really like the majority of the shadows (especially the metallic shades as well as the majority of the mattes) - not to mention that I'm slightly addicted to the smell of the shadows.
Another small issue I have is I wish that Too Faced printed the name of each shadow on the palette as opposed to printing them on the plastic overlay that comes in it Link, which will inevitably get misplaced (if you're anything like me).
If you would like to see a look using this palette, just let me know in the comments below. Also if you have this palette I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL




12 comments:

  1. I also have this palette I really really like it and I love the smell.
    Rosy
    Sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm addicted to the smell! It always makes me hungry tho lol :)

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  2. Marzipan and Crème Brulee are stunning! It's a shame that the wear time isn't very good, I'd expect more from such an expensive palette!


    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. It's such a pity about the wear time of the shadows! x

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  3. Cocoa powder infused eyeshadows?! wow! I love the theme of this palette and all the eyeshadow names..although they do make me hungry! The shades all look like ones I'd wear on a regular basis and you could have no much fun creating different looks with them.

    Have you tried urban decay's eyeshadow primer? My eyeshadow does't budge until i take it off at the end of the day when I use it, but that's with the naked palette.

    Great review, it was useful seeing all the swatches to have a better idea of how the shades look on skin.

    Emma xx

    www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Emma, I'm glad you liked the post. I haven't tried the UD primer yet, but I do have samples (I believe they came with one of the Naked palettes. I must give the primer a go!
      I love the first UD Naked palette <3

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  4. I don't know why I've never got round to buying this as I have the Makeup Revolution dupe and love it! Fab swatches :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

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    1. Thanks Jasmine, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I haven't tried any of the Makeup Revolution chocolate palettes yet, but I was thinking of getting them to compare. x

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  5. I haven't used this, but I have noticed they are becoming quite trendy. I saw another review on a different blog on the white chocolate covered one of these. (Sorry I forgot the name of it)! It kind of sucks that the colours don't last. You would expect that for the price at least. However there seems to be some really nice shades in this which would be awesome for make up newbies.

    Ellen
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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    1. Thank you Ellen, I think the palette you're talking about is the new Naked palette by Makeup Revolution. I'm thinking of picking it up to compare. I love neutral palette as they allow you to create numerous different looks. :)

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  6. This looks gorgeous! The shades look beautiful and I love the packaging! Excellent review!


    Seren x
    Terrible Thrills

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