Friday, April 4, 2014

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette


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 GOOD:

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. ;)

THE CONCLUSION:

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!




32 comments:

  1. I love the colors, but I think its a little overpriced!

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  2. I really need to get my hands on this! Great review and swatches :)
    X

    lifeisbeauty1994.blogspot.ie

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  3. Thanks for the review! I think I'm going to get this.

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  4. LOVE, love, love Too Faced!! Great review too ;D

    Love, Lisa & the BTQ Team
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  5. I bought this a few weeks ago and cannot put it down! I personally, think all shades have a great color pay off. Not to mention it smells uhhhh-mazing! :) :)

    xoxo
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  6. I really want to smell this! I am a sucker for names and love the sweets inspired names.

    kfclovesyou.blogspot.com

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    1. I know!!! I always love how Too Faced names their products!

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  7. This palette has been on my wishlist for a long time! love the swatches, so helpful Jen =)

    LIVE.IN.LOVE

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  8. I love this palette! The mattes in it are great. Great swatches :)

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  9. The colors are really nice, it's nice to see how they made the highlight color larger than the others too :)

    tht-christina.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah I think it's a great consideration that more companies should offer. :)

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  10. omg i need this palette, love ur blog jen!!

    velvetpencil.blogspot.com

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  11. Do you like this palette more or the NAKED palette?

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  12. this looks and smells so amazing but I just don't need another neutral palette right now

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  13. this palette looks amazing. I actually wanted to buy it but I think its too similar to thebalm nude tude palette, well in my opinion. maybe in the future ill get my hands on this!

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  14. I love neutrals and chocolate so this palette seems perfect for me. Add in thr sale that Sephora is currently offering and I am almost at the checkout line. My only hesitation is that this palette just seems like another neutral palette that is trying to make its way into our makeup routines and there are already so many out there!

    lovealwaystanka.blogspot.com

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  15. I am tempted to pick this up! It's super pretty and it does smell delicious! I drooled over it at Ulta the other day! haha :)
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  16. I just got this and I think it is great addition to my collection as I already have cool tone neutrals, the Naked2 palette. I'm not a fan of chocolate but I love the scent!

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  17. I love this palette!!! I would to try it, it smells amazing. The colors are beautiful and there is twice much of everyday beige color - semi matte and shimmer. I wanted to buy it during my stay in Paris, but it was sold out!:-)

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  18. i would like you to make a review of the Nyx Natural palette. Can you?

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  19. Love the shades of this palette <3 me wants ^_^

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  20. This palette looks very similar to the naked palettes. Don't think I'll be rushing out to get this one!

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  21. This looks like such nice colours.
    L x
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  22. Ooooh the packaging looks delish! The color range is nice too but a bit pricey for me!

    Temmy
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  23. I just got this palette as well. I'm loving it so far! I also love how it smells like chocolate!

    www.stephlifebeauty.blogspot.com

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  24. I am SO EXCITED to get mine! I got one + the shadow insurance primer from HSN for ~$30 with shipping, but since it was so popular it's on backorder. Haha maybe my boyfriend will appreciate this one, usually he's indifferent to my makeup.

    I think it would be helpful if you said how you did the swatches on your reviews, e.g. "All two swipes using finger, no primer." I don't mind if you build up the swatch so we can see the colors better, but for shades like candied violet where you mentioned you had to build it up it would be helpful to know how much thicker that is than the other swatches.

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  25. Thanks for the low-down Jen :)
    I've lost my Naked original recently and loved the warmer tones on that one - would you say this would be a good replacement palette to try with very similar quality? I've also tried theBalm's Nude Tude palette with mixed feelings about the quality of the shadows :\
    Thanks!

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  26. How good is this palette!!
    I love Too Faced's eye shadows and this one didn't fail to impress!
    Thanks for the review I love seeing other peoples thoughts on some of my favourite items!
    xo Holly xo

    http://hollydolly88.blogspot.com.au

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  27. I'm about to buy my first ever eyeshadow palette and I'm wondering which one I should get, Naked 1/2/3 or the chocolate bar. I'm asian with medium skin tone (imagine michelle phan's skin tone though I can get darker) with black hair and I'm a beginner in makeup and a teenager. After reading all your reviews I still don't know which to get. Which palette do you recommend? Please help me Jen, and others if you're reading this comment. Thanks!

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    1. Definitely try either the Naked 1 or Chocolate Bar! Either way they are really amazing palettes that you won't be disappointed by. :)

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  28. These colours look so gorgeous and pigmented! ^ ^

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