Here is my review and swatches of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection.
Packaging of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette
The back of the box shows you the shades inside and tells you what you're in for.
The palette also comes with a neat how-to glamour guide with three looks and how to achieve them.
Formula and staying power of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar paletteSo these eyeshadows contain antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. I can well believe that, given the smell. This palette was inspired by a chocolate facial and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and the founder of Too Faced, Jerrod Blandino, decided to harness the healing powers of cocoa.
Sleek Candy Collection palette, however, these shades are subtler neutrals and Candy Collection contained the most candy-looking shades!
Shades and swatches of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar paletteYes, there are a few variants of deep brown in this palette. This is great if, like me, you are trying to smoke up your eye looks, or if you like experimenting with shadow liners. There are a couple of highlighters and just two or three shades that could make up a lighter lid. Since I have quite a few palettes, I can always mix and match and dig up some lighter neutrals.
similar shades in Too Faced A Few Of My Favourite Things.
Here are the shades in the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette:
Salted Caramel: A burnt-orangey brown matte shadow. This is one of the few lighter eyelid-shades in this palette.
Hazelnut: A beautiful golden rust-brown. Mostly a crease shade, but you can smoke up your crease with deeper shades and then pop this on the lids.
Marzipan: A golden peach frost. Blends into my skintone, so I haven't decided whether I want to use this on the lids or as a highlighter.
Creme Brulee: A medium gold shade for the lids.
Semi-sweet: A medium reddish brown matte shadow. I will be using this as a crease shade with salted caramel.
Haute Chocolate: A deep reddish brown that can only be used in the crease.
White Chocolate: Matte ivory highlighter.
Milk Chocolate: A medium matte brown. We have seen something close to this shade in A Few Of My Favourite Things, where it was called Woollen Mittens.
Strawberry Bob Bon: This matte light pink reminds me of Taffy in A Few Of My Favourite Things; only, Taffy was shimmery. This was the shade I didn't really like in this palette; it was hard to work with and a bit sheer for me.
Cherry Cordial: A deep matte plummy maroon. Definitely crease-only. We've seen the shimmery version of this in A Few Of My Favourite Things, called Soiree.
Black Forest Truffle: A glittery burgundy shade. I was expecting heavy fallout with this but was pleasantly surprised.
Candied Violet: Whoa, I love that they added a violet eyeshadow in a neutral palette! This is a cool deep violet shimmer which is a little sheer but buildable. Not in-your-face purple. It would be interesting to try this on the lids.
Triple Fudge: This matte deep brown is a dead ringer for Dark Chocolate from Favourite Things. Boo!
Amaretto: A medium reddish brown which will work on both lids and crease.
Champagne Truffle: A pale, pale pink highlighter shade. Not a huge fan of this.
And now for the swatches in direct sunlight.From left to right on row 1: Gilded Ganache, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut, Marzipan, Creme Brulee, Semi-Sweet, Haute Chocolate, White Chocolate.
Left to right on row 2: Milk Chocolate, Strawberry Bon Bon, Cherry Cordial, Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet, Triple Fudge, Amaretto, White Chocolate.
And, here are swatches in natural light.As you can see, Strawberry Bon Bon looks somewhat chalky on me.
Don't get me wrong - I love this palette, I do. And I am absolutely glad I bought it and will definitely be doing quite a few looks with it. It's just that I like Urban Decay N!ked3 better and wish there were fewer of the deep brown variants or that they hadn't included those shades close to the ones in A Few Of My Favourite Things. That said, my favourite brown-based neutral palette remains theBalm's N#de'Tude but Chocolate Bar is definitely second - I like it more than N!ked1 or 2, because there are more mattes here.
You can pick up this palette at any Sephora with Too Faced, or from TooFaced.com if you live in the US, or from Beautybay.com if you live elsewhere - they ship worldwide for free. Prices at Beauty Bay vary according to exchange rates and currencies, so do check online first.