Today's review is of an extremely popular eyeshadow palette that has been receiving a ton of buzz: Too Faced's Chocolate Bar Palette. There are few things in life I can think of that have a stronger visceral connection than women and chocolate, so it makes serious marketing sense to have a palette that literally wafts the stuff up to your nostrils as soon as you open it. I'm not kidding, I had to steal this from my husband because I would find him sniffing it with eyes glazed over.
Without further ado, I present to you the most delicious makeup in my collection:
This palette is packaged with a magnetized tin and 16 eyeshadows made with real cocoa powder. The inside also has a mirror and a plastic sleeve with each shadow name printed on it. By this point, the smell should be hypnotizing you. (This fact is added because it's totally relevant and necessary.)
As you can see there is a nice array of neutrals spanning from traditional browns to pinks and even redder shades like burgundy and purple. I also thought it was really thoughtful to have the highlight shades be larger since realistically, they are used consistently for most looks.
Gilded Ganache / White Chocolate / Milk Chocolate / Black Forest Truffle / Triple Fudge
Salted Caramel / Marzipan / Semi-Sweet / Strawberry Bon Bon / Candied Violet / Amaretto
Hazelnut / Creme Brulee / Haute Chocolate / Cherry Cordial / Champagne Truffle
The color variety and selection of this palette is wonderful. There are mattes, shimmers, glitters, and satin finishes so I can see this working on a lot of different people. In particular, all of the satin finish shadows glided on like butter. It almost reminds me of the Naked 1 (warm neutrals) & 3 (pinky neutrals) palettes mixed together. I also love the idea that cocoa powder has antioxidant properties and, duh, the scent.
THE NOT AS GOOD:
Not all the shadows were equally as smooth. Some of the mattes like Semi-Sweet were a bit chalky/patchy and Candied Violet also went on sheer and had to be layered for good pigmentation. As far as neutrals go, this palette is lacking taupe-type shades if that is your favorite color range. Also if you hate the smell of chocolate you should probably pass on this one. ;)
Overall, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is a solid eyeshadow offering and one of my favorites as far as the popular wave of neutral palettes are concerned. There is a wearable variety of everyday shades that can take you from day to night. Just a couple shades aren't as consistent in texture as I'd like, but for the most part the colors are really high quality with tons of pigmentation. It's definitely a solid investment for the neutral lover who also loves the smell of decadent chocolate!
You can get this palette for $49 at Sephora (use code VIBTICKET or TICKET for 15% off Apr 3-11), Macy's, and beauty.com.
Readers, will you be picking up the Chocolate Bar Palette? What do you look for in a neutral palette? Let me know in the comments!