Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette review, swatches

More chocolate goodness in your eyeshadows, from Too Faced. 

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette review, swatches vs original

A number of makeup brands have studied and improved upon the first two Urban Decay Naked palettes, adding versatility and different tones and finishes to their own neutral palettes, going beyond brownish/taupe shade ranges. There are rose-, caramel-, peach-, purple-, and even slate-hued neutrals now, in fun packaging. Too Faced has even added (slightly spicy) chocolate fragrance to both their neutral palettes, which is a huge stress-buster in the mornings, believe me.
The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette is a Spring 2015 offering from the cruelty-free brand. It is not a sequel, but a standalone neutral palette - the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette had come out in Spring 2014 and is reviewed and swatched here.
While the packaging of the Semi-Sweet palette looks milkier than the deeper original, the shades inside are warmer and there are more orange/caramel-based neutrals while the original was cooler- and burgundy-brown centric.

Read on for my review and swatches of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette. 


 

Packaging of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

The new Semi-Sweet palette is designed to resemble a chocolate bar. The metallic packaging is lightweight and identical to the original except for the shade. It reminds me of a pencil-case I used to own in school. Size-wise, the Semi-Sweet palette is the same width but a tad slimmer than the original, and is more milk-chocolate than dark-chocolate. 
The Semi-Sweet palette has names for individual eyeshadows printed on the palette itself, above each pan. The original palette had the names printed on a separate clear sheet. The original has better/firmer magnetic closure.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette review, swatches vs original
As with the original, you get a little guide for very neutral, romantic and smoky eye looks. Both guides have the same names for the three looks - Milk Chocolate, Semi-Sweet and Haute Cocoa. Incidentally, the first two are eyeshadow names in the original Chocolate Bar palette.

Formula, pigmentation and staying power of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette

There is the one shade I hate, called Pink Sugar, which is a gritty, chunky-glitter-fallout mess. Apart from this, I LOVE everything else. The other shadows are smooth and silky and easy to blend, without much fallout. 
Pigmentation, apart from Pink Sugar, is very good; exactly what you expect from a Too Faced palette, and I had no creasing problems all day whenever I've worn these shades - though I must warn you that I always use eyeshadow primer.
The shades, like in the original Chocolate Bar palette, are infused with antioxidant cocoa powder and smell of amazing, addictive, heady chocolate. I have NO idea what the shadows taste like, TYVM. 
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette review, swatches vs original

Shades in the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette

Shade-wise, the original palette had cooler colours while the new palette is warmer.
Both palettes have the same length; ignore my weird photo collage. Both palettes have 16 eyeshadows each, of which the highlighters come in bigger pans. I would have loved to see a matte black in a bigger pan; I'm always needing matte black to serve as eyeliner.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette review, swatches vs original
A quick word about each shade:
Licorice: Matte black
Coconut Creme: Matte ivory-beige. Similar to White Chocolate from the original palette; but I prefer the latter as the former was a tad sheerer.
Nougat: Beautiful matte peach.
Truffled: Matte chocolate brown; Semi-Sweet in the original palette is more ruddy.
Hot Fudge: Shimmery deep brown with grey undertones.
Cocoa Chilli: Half a tad deeper than Truffled, but with sparse gold glitter that doesn't appear on swatches.
Pink Sugar: DISGUSTOID. 'Nuff said. Oh okay. Pink-and-gold-with-chunky-glitter-and-fallout mess, then.
Puddin': Matte dark taupe-brown.
Blueberry Swirl: Dusty deep blue with grey undertones.
Peanut Butter: Matte warm orange. Gorgeous on my skintone, if I say so myself. A more orange version of Salted Caramel from the original Chocolate Bar palette.
Frosting: Bronzier brown version of Hazelnut from the original.
Rum Raisin: A proper taupe. Shows up with slightly rosy shimmer on my skintone, but mine is the only medium/tan skintone swatch I've seen so far.
Mousse: Close to Milk Chocolate from the first palette; a tad paler and more caramelly.
Caramel: Beautiful copper. More orange version of Creme Brulee from the original
Bon Bon: Rosier version of Caramel.
Butter Pecan: Peachy-gold.
For me, the winners in this palette are Nougat, Peanut Butter, Caramel, Bon Bon and Blueberry Swirl. The loser is Pink Sugar. Boo!

Swatches of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette

I've swatched with tape, for a (somewhat) neater (than usual) look; Pink Sugar and Coconut Creme needed multiple swipes to show up with Pink Sugar almost half-used from the pan for this one swatch. Ugh; which twit thought it was a brilliant idea to include this shadow in this otherwise amazing palette?
From left, row 1: Licorice, Coconut Creme, Nougat, Truffled. Hot Fudge, Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar and Puddin'
Row 2: Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, Frosting, Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel, Bon Bon and Butter Pecan.
In natural light:
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette swatches vs original
In direct, overhead sunlight.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye palette swatches vs original

Verdict

You already know I love this palette. So it all boils down to one question. Do you NEED the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette?
If you love warm colours and chocolate and neutral eyeshadows, then YES, you do. If you love chocolate anything and cutesy packaging, then yes. Ignore Pink Sugar. You can depot it or layer it.
The original Chocolate Bar or the Semi-Sweet version? I love orange tones and blue as much as purple-based neutrals, so I'm going to say both. And, because the caramel-neutrals and the burgundy-neutrals complement each other. It is a matter of personal choice, really. However, if you asked me to choose between the two UD Nakeds (love the third UD best) and these two, I would say these two any day. Several brands have improved upon UD's neutral shade choices, so I no longer reach for the first two Naked palettes these days.

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  1. Both palettes look very useful, but I think that pop of blue is so pretty!! I'm not much of a neutrals girl, but I have been tempted to buy these palettes ever since the second one released - they look to compliment each other very well.

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  2. These palettes are gorgeous! I have the Beauty wishes and sweet kisses set, and I love the shades that they took from the Chocolate bar palette!

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  3. Both their original and new palettes are gorgeous! Your swatches are swoon-worthy, and while I am a huge fan of UD it is nice to see other fab neutral palettes being featured!

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  4. That blueberry shade tempts me! I love that the two base shades have bigger pots- very thoughtful!

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  5. Great swatches and review! Disgustoid is very interesting word :D I want this palette (and I still don´t have the first palette either)

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  6. As if I needed something to make me fatter. :P Your swatches look great! I would be more tempted if I didn't already have way too many neutral palettes.

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  7. I just love the colors in this palette. There really is a variety Of colors in the shades I use all the times so I Just really like both of these.

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  8. Wonderful, thorough review! I personally didn't feel like I needed the Too Faced Chocolate bar after I purchased the Lorac Pro and It Cosmetics' holiday neutral palette (I'm blanking on the name) but if I didn't own many neutral palettes, I would pick up one of these palettes. And the smell is SO heavenly!!

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  9. I just got mine! Great swatches!

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  10. This is such a gorgeous palette and the colors look so wearable! It's too bad about the Pink Sugar, because it looks like a beautiful color.

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  11. Your swatches are fabulous! I have the first palette, and have avoided grabbing the second. It's nice, but I don't think I need another neutral palette (that's just crazy talk, right?) I'd rather get the smashbox double exposure!

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  12. great swatches - and your review is so thorough! Too bad about that one shade, otherwise it seems totally great!

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  13. I think these are both excellent palettes if you're a neutrals girl. Plus they smell great!

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  14. Plus, they both smell like chocolate, and the fragrance hasn't faded a year later!

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  15. I can't resist these, not when they smell of chocolate!

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  16. These palettes make me want to eat them :) Love the packaging!

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  17. What great pigmentation! That's a must when I look for neutral palettes.

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  18. Amazing swatches! I love both of these palettes - the first one is my HG though!

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  19. Beautiful swatches! I need this palette in my life!

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  20. Both of these palettes are on my wishlist! <3

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  21. This palette is so cute, I'm so late to the game but I actually just got the original chocolate palette during the HSN special. It's too bad about Pink Sugar, I think there is always one dud in every Too Faced palette!

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  22. You show off the shades and how pigmented they are so well!

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  23. Isn't this great? I named the original as my best palette of 2014!

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  24. I hesitated on buying this one at first but now I think I need it.

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  25. This palette looks really gorgeous and I love the chocolate theme :D

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  26. This palette looks awesome! Great colour payoff!

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  27. I like this. The colors look better swatched vs what's seen in the palette.

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  28. I enjoy both palettes a lot and I really am glad I have them both.

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  29. I haven't picked up either (what is wrong with me?) but the more I see them, the more I want them. Great swatches!

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  30. Gorgeous palettes, such wearable colors! I'm a neutrals girl and I absolutely love them!

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  31. LOL I found the word in a BBC sitcom!

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  32. I've been dying to get my hands on these palettes, but I'm also trying to stop buying palettes. What's a girl to do?!

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  33. I definitely like the first one the most.

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  34. Your swatches are fabulous, these colors look amazing.

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  35. The blue is a very unique shade; loving it!

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  36. Thank you! I keep telling myself I don't need another neutral palette, but....

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  37. Thank you! I got the Celebration palette as well, to go with the first Naturally Pretty one. If you figure out how to stop buying neutral palettes, PLEASE let me know!

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  38. Thank you! Hope you love your palette!

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  39. I wanted to love that pale-pink-gold so much :( Ah well, you can't have 16 perfect shades.

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  40. I prefer mattes as well! But there was no way I was going to resist the chocolate smell :(

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  41. HOW do you keep yourself from buying more neutral palettes? I need to sign up for therapy or something :(

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  42. I was late to get on the neutral bandwagon, but now I mostly reach for neutral shadows.

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  43. I keep wondering what the shadows will taste like LOL.

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  44. Thank you! It was a bummer, but you can't expect 16 perfect shades I suppose!

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  45. I agree! There's nothing more annoying than sheer eyeshadow.

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  46. I love both as well! I hope Too Faced releases a Mint Chocolate version and a Pink Chocolate version. A girl can dream!

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  47. They are BOTH so worth it!

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  48. I hope you're loving Chocolate Bar I. Beats me why they have to include a dud every time, as though they thought perfection would jinx them or something LOL.

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  49. It's fabulous! Unless other brands do better, this one is in the running for my favourite 2015 palette.

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  50. YES you need this palette! How can anyone not?

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  51. There's nothing like the smell of chocolate from your eyeshadows while getting ready in the mornings!

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  52. They do look a tad browner in the palette.

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  53. Me too! Can't wait for a third take of the Chocolate Bar - mint- or rose-themed, hopefully?

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  54. You need them! The smell of chocolate from your eyeshadows, while getting ready in the mornings is the best stressbuster.

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  55. I'm a recently-converted neutrals girl, and I can't stop buying neutral palettes LOL.

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  56. If you ever figure out how to stop buying palettes, PLEASE let me know :( OTOH, at least we aren't spending that money on drugs LOL.

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  57. The first is definitely cooler-toned than the Semi-Sweet version.

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  58. I agree, plus the shadows smell of delicious chocolate!

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  59. I just got this for Valentine's Day & I'm enjoying it! Very pretty!

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  60. I SOOOOO wanted Pink Sugar to work because at first glance it's my favorite shade of the bunch. Too bad it's one of the worst shadows ever!

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  61. Can't wait to read your take on it!

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  62. It is such a unique colour. They could have chucked the chunky glitter and just made it a duochrome shimmer :(

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