This is the third chocolate-themed eyeshadow palette from Too Faced. Their Chocolate Bar (reviewed here) and the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (reviewed here) palettes are firm favourites of mine, especially the caramel-hued Semi-Sweet Palette.
Scroll down for a closer look at the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette and comparisons with the Semi-Sweet and original Chocolate Bar palettes.
Chocolate Bon Bons comes in a pink tin case and the pans are heart-shaped. And no, it does not look juvenile in real life - I thought it would, but it does not. The packaging makes it an ideal gift for Valentine's Day. As with the previous two palettes, this contains 16 eyeshadows, mostly neutral hues - four mattes - with a pop of colour thrown in. The shadows smell of delicious chocolate, and are infused with cocoa powder.
Swatches of the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow PaletteI'll talk about pigmentation in a minute. Let's have a look at the swatches first. In direct sunlight, on bare, dry skin.
From left, row 1: Almond Truffle, Satin Sheets, Cashew Chew, Cotton Candy, Cafe Au Lait, Sprinkles, Molasses Chip, Malted.
Row 2: Dark Truffle, Pecan Praline, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey, Divinity, Bordeaux, Mocha and Black Currant.
I have not managed to flaunt these shadows in public yet; all I've done is wear them on the eyelids through the day and look glum - without any face makeup. I have a review with my derm late next week and hopefully the embargo on makeup will be lifted.
Which Chocolate palette from Too Faced?
Some shades inside do look similar at once glance. Mocha, Satin Sheets, Sprinkles and Malted in Chocolate Bon Bons look particularly similar to some of the shades in the other two palettes. But there is more overlap between the original Chocolate Bar and Semi-Sweet than between the Chocolate Bon Bons, which actually has more transition/lighter shades than the other two.
However, I prefer the equally well-pigmented Semi-Sweet palette over this by a thin margin, because caramel shades! If you like caramel and orange, go for Semi-Sweet, those are my kind of shades. It had just the one shade I could not use - Pink Sugar, which was chunky glitter and too pale for me.
All three swatched below on bare skin (on different occasions and under somewhat varying lighting) - Bon Bons first, Semi-Sweet in the middle and the first Chocolate Bar at the end:
Verdict and where to buyWhat's not to like about Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons? The only question is whether you already have a large stash of neutral palettes. I like the shades in Bon Bons more than the ones in the original Chocolate Bar, though, as I said, the caramel neutrals in Semi-Sweet appeal more to me, but that is subjective.
Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette is available for $49 (same price as the other two palettes) at Ulta here and Macy's here (ships worldwide). Semi-Sweet is available at Sephora here and Macy's here. The original Chocolate Bar palette is available at Sephora here and Beautylish here (ships worldwide). Which one will you pick? All, none or one?
Now to sit back and await the Sweet Peach palette from Too Faced in the Summer.