Sunday, 17 May 2015

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
I asked my brother to pick this up for me when he went to Vegas in March, as it's not yet readily available here. However, I recently found it on Rose's Beauty Store and as far as I'm aware they will deliver to Ireland for a very reasonable price! (I have yet to order anything from the site myself).
I have the original chocolate bar palette which I love, although I was very disappointed with the wear-time of the shadows - check out my full review here.
In saying this, I still really wanted to try the semi-sweet version of the palette, as I really liked the look of the shades. I was just hoping there would be an improvement in the wear- time of the shadows, which I'm glad to say there has been. They last about 6 hours (without primer) before they start to break down, although this is still not fantastic, it is an improvement on the original palette. And I've found that once I use a primer these shadows last all day. I haven't heard anyone else complain about the wear-time of Too Faced shadows - I'd love to know if any of you have had issues with their lasting power.
The other minor issue I had with the original palette, which they have also rectified with this palette, is that instead of putting the names of the shadows on a plastic overlay, this time they have put the names on the palette itself.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
There are 16 shades in this Semi Sweet palette, 15 of which are neutral toned, with a bright blue shade in the centre of the palette. The majority of the shadows are warm toned, however there are few cool toned shadows shattered throughout. I have used every shade in this palette and I really like all but one of them!

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
I also really like the packaging, it's made of tin and feels nice and sturdy, with a magnetic closure and a large mirror in the lid. Between it looking like an unwrapped chocolate bar and fact that the shadows smell of chocolate, using it makes me hungry!!

Licorice-This shade is a matte black. While it is pigmented, it's not the blackest black, it also has quite a powdery texture. However once you tap off the excess before applying, there is no fallout.
Coconut Creme- This is a matte cream/beige shade - it has a very soft smooth texture with decent colour pay off.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (From left):Licorice, Coconut Creme
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (From left):Licorice, Coconut Creme
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches (From left):Licorice, Coconut Creme
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches (From left):Licorice, Coconut Creme
Nougat- This shade looks like a mauve pink in the pan, but once applied it's more of a pale tan with a mauve hint to it. It has a velvety smooth texture, with decent buildable pigmentation.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Nougat
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Nougat
Butter Pecan- This shade is a warm creamy colour with gold shimmer through it. And again has decent colour pay off with quite a soft, smooth texture.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Butter Pecan
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Butter Pecan 

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches (From left):Nougat, Butter Pecan
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches (From left):Nougat, Butter Pecan
Cocoa Chilli- This is a slightly warm-toned chocolate brown shade, with gold glitter particles through it. This shadow is pigmented and has a very soft, smooth texture.
Pink Sugar- This shade is a frosty, glittery pink. I was very disappointed with this shadow, it really has no colour pay off, all you get is a small about of pink glitter. It also has quiet a dusty texture.
Rum Raisin - This is a cool toned taupe shade, with a grey undertone and a gold metallic finish. Again the texture is very smooth with decent buildable pigmentation and no fall out.
Mousse- This is a matte, light/medium neutral toned brown, with decent buildable pigmentation and again there is no fall out when applied.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (from top left) Cocoa Chilli, Pink Sugar (bottom left) Rum Raisin, Mousse
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (from top left) Cocoa Chilli, Pink Sugar (bottom left) Rum Raisin, Mousse
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (Swatches from left) Cocoa Chilli, Pink Sugar  Rum Raisin, Mousse
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (Swatches from left) Cocoa Chilli, Pink Sugar  Rum Raisin, Mousse
Puddin'- This is a matte cool toned dark brown shade with a grey undertone - it again has decent bulidable pigmentation.
Blueberry SwirlThis is a blue shade with micro fine blue glitter particles through it. Initially when I saw this shade, I didn't think I'd ever use it. However when I was trying it out I discovered that it looks really nice applied on the lower lash line, it just adds a little subtle colour to your usual neutral look (as pictured below). I will say I was disappointed with the pigmentation of this shadow, you do have to really pack the colour on to get decent colour pay off.
Caramel- This is a warm toned gold metallic shade. It has a really smooth texture with decent colour pay off and no fall out when applied.
Bon BonThis is a warm rose gold metallic shade. This is the softest, smoothest and most pigmented shade in the palette.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (Swatches from top left) Puddin', Blueberry Swirl (bottom left), Caramel, Bon Bon
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (from top left) Puddin', Blueberry Swirl (from bottom left), Caramel, Bon Bon
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (Swatches from left) Puddin', Blueberry Swirl,Caramel, Bon Bon
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (Swatches from left) Puddin', Blueberry Swirl,Caramel, Bon Bon
Truffled- This is a matte medium/dark brown chocolate shade - and again has a smooth, soft texture with excellent colour pay off.
Hot Fudge - This is a very dark, grey cool toned shade with gold mirco glitter particles through it. This shade is very pigmented, but its texture feels a little gritty and powdery. However once you tap the excess off before applying there's no fall out.
Peanut Butter -This is a matte warm tan shade with a slight orange undertone. It has quite a smooth texture and decent buildable pigmentation with no fall out when applied.
Frosting - This is a bronze shade with a gold metallic finish. It has a very smooth texture and excellent colour pay off.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (from top left) Truffled, Hot Fudge, (from bottom left) Peanut Butter, Frosting
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (from top left) Truffled, Hot Fudge, (from bottom left) Peanut Butter, Frosting 
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (swatches from left) Truffled, Hot Fudge,  Peanut Butter, Frosting
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (swatches from left) Truffled, Hot Fudge,  Peanut Butter, Frosting 

I would recommend this palette to anybody - I have used it almost daily since I got it. You can create anything from a subtle everyday neutral eye to a dark smoky night time look. I'm pretty impressed with the texture of the shadows - overall they're all quite smooth and I haven't noticed any fallout when applying them. Although some of the shadows aren't as pigmented as I expected them to be, they're all buildable (with the exception of pink sugar). This makes them really easy to work with, as you don't have to be afraid of over doing it. Making this palette ideal for everyone to use from beginners to those who are more advanced.
There is also a leaflet included, which gives you a step by step guide with pictures of 3 different looks you can achieve using this palette.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
For the above look, I applied Coconut Creme all over the eye from my brow-bone to lash-line as a base, I then used Rum Raisin in the crease with truffle in the outer corner, and to brighten the look I applied Bon Bon on the inner half of my eyelid . To finish, I applied one coat of  the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Eye Look
For this eye look I applied Peanut Butter in the crease, I then placed Truffled to my outer corner, I decided to darkened the outer corner even more with Hot Fudge. To brighten the eye I placed Butter Pecan on the inner half on eyelid and on my brow-bone as a highlight. To finish the look, I placed a small amount of Blueberry Swirl along the lower lash-line for a subtle pop of colour. I also applied Collection 24 Hour felt tip liner to my upper lash-line and a single coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara to complete the look.

I'd love to know if you've tried this palette, and what you think of it.
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I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!


LL

8 comments:

  1. Beautybay.com also ships to Ireland, they ship for free over €14. I ordered my Chocolate bar palette there ;) they don't have everything from Too Faced, but they've got a lot ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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    1. Hi Charline, thanks for letting me know about Beauty Bay, hopefully they'll start selling the Semi-Sweet palette soon :)

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  2. I really want this palette, so thank you for the review! I have a sephora card I need to use and I plan to spend it on too faced.

    thisfashiongirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Christina, I'm glad you liked the review. If you do pick up this palette, I hope you like it as much as I do :)

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  3. Very useful information Leona. I think I will purchase that palette Thanks

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    1. Hi Val, I'm glad you liked this review. Let me know what you think of the palette if you do pick it up. I'm sure you'll love it!

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  4. I wish this palette was available in England! Too faced said it would be available in march!

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. Hi Heather, At least you know you can get it from Roses Beauty Store. At the moment I think it's the only place you can get it if you're in the UK or Ireland :)

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