Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: Swatches & Review

I have a bit of a thing for good quality eyeshadow palettes. I have too many to count yet I still jump at the chance to buy just about every hyped-up new release.

The day Too Faced released their now famed Chocolate Bar palette, I snapped it up. I hadn't yet heard much hype other than the fact it is scented like chocolate (which to me smells like super-sweet powdered chocolate). Selling at a reasonable $68.95 here in Australia I decided to add this palette to my  collection. I was blown away by the pigmentation of these shadows. I generally use Urban Decay, MAC and Stila eyeshadows so I was very excited to find another brand that does eyeshadow well.

On to the swatches!

The top row features a nice selection of colours, including one of two extra large highlighter shades. I liked that there are two significant highlighters included in this palette, though I question the shimmer in the pink-toned highlighter in the third row. 

L-R: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge.

White Chocolate is an almost spot-on match for my skin tone, though it leans more yellow-toned than my pink skin. It works perfectly on me as a blending out shade or as a very subtle brow bone highlight.

L-R: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto.

Salted Caramel is one of my favourite shades from this palette. I don't seem to have much else like it in my collection and it is beautiful to blend colours through the crease or as an all-over base for the darker shades.

L-R: Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle.

While I haven't used it all that much yet, I really appreciate the inclusion of Cherry Cordial, which is a deep, blackened berry shade. I can't wait to try out a look using this colour, though I hope it doesn't make my eyes look bruised!

You can see from the swatches that the majority of the shades are highly pigmented and apply quite smoothly and evenly. The exceptions are Strawberry Bon Bon, which in my opinion is very chalky and definitely not a colour I reach for. I would have loved a matte grey-toned taupe to be included in its place as I feel that is something I am missing when I use this palette.

While this beauty was sold out in stores and online for a while after its release, it seems to be available again on the Mecca Cosmetica website. I purchased mine in store at Kit Cosmetics.

Are you a palette collector like me? What is your favourite eyeshadow palette?

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1 comment:

  1. ughhhhh I've been resisting this palette for so long but now after seeing your swatches there are a few unique colours I think I need... The main reason i've resisted is because of the pink shade in it (Strawberry Bon Bon) I don't think it fits in well with the other shades.


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