Review: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I want to preface this post by saying that I am not usually one to spend big bucks on makeup.  I like makeup, and I would LOVE to try a lot of high end makeup, but that is not a possibility price-wise for me right now.  Up until now, all of my makeup has been purchased at drugstores or Target, usually on sale or clearance.  I am fairly certain that I have not spent over $10 on any one item of makeup before, even on foundation, which is usually one of the most expensive items in a makeup routine.

And technically, I didn’t even pay for this…

The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette retails at $49.00 on TooFaced.com or at Sephora.  I purchased mine on HSN.com when they were having a promotion of $20 off a purchase of $40 or more.  That coupon dropped the price down to $29.00, which is already a great deal for this palette.  To pay for it, I used the money I had earned from completing surveys on OpinionOutpost.com, which completely covered the cost of the palette and tax.  So essentially, I paid nothing for it apart from the time spent doing random surveys on Opinion Outpost over the course of a couple weeks!

Now, on to this gorgeous palette…

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{colors, from left to right}
Top row: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge
Middle row: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto
Bottom row: Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

If you’ve never heard of this palette before, I’ll start off by saying that it SMELLS like chocolate.  The shadows are made with cocoa, and I love the whiffs of vanilla and chocolate I get as I apply these shadows.  Another amazing feature of this palette is that there is a nice balance of matte, satin/metallic, and shimmer shadows.  There are 16 shadows in all, broken up into 6 mattes, 6 satin/metallics, and 4 shimmers.  The color payoff is incredible (see swatches below) and they are very easy to blend.

toprow

Gilded Ganache is a deep olive brown shade with a gold shimmer.  It looks like a deep brown in pictures, but there is a distinct dark green/olive tone to it in person.  It is very pigmented with minimal fall-out.

White Chocolate is one of the two highlight shades in the palette, and it is a matte beige.  The color is not anything unique, but the formula is amazing.  It is very creamy and soft.  A lot of highlight shades I’ve tried have been too powdery, but this is a great shadow that blends very well.

Milk Chocolate is a matte medium brown.  I love using this as a transition shade in the crease.  It is very blendable and smooth.  While it does have a good color payoff, it tends to be a bit lighter on the skin than in the palette, but I kind of prefer it that way!

Black Forest Truffle is a beautiful berry-brown color with red and bronze shimmer.  It is rather powdery and dry compared to most of the other shadows, which may be due to the shimmer, but it is easily buildable to a gorgeous opaque berry color.

Triple Fudge is a deep brown with a matte finish.  This shadow is a little powdery and requires several layers in order to get an opaque color, but it’s very easy to blend.  I like using this shade as a crease color when I want a look that’s not too dramatic.  It offers a nice dark color, but you shouldn’t expect to get the color in the pan or in the swatch above unless you build it up quite a bit.

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Salted Caramel is a matte warm orange-brown shade.  Like the other matte shades, it is very buttery and soft.  It’s a gorgeous shade that looks great blended all over the lid.

Marzipan is one of my favorites from the palette.  It’s a rose gold shadow with a metallic finish.  I like to use this as a highlight on the center of my lid, or blended all over my lid for a pretty frosted finish.

Semi-sweet is yet another matte shade, this one a medium-toned brown.  I like to think of this as a midway point between Milk Chocolate and Triple Fudge.  And just like Triple Fudge, it is a little streaky and requires several layers to reach opacity.

Strawberry Bon-Bon is a light matte pink shade.  I haven’t been adventurous enough to try this in a look yet, but the color payoff is excellent and I’m sure I’ll have no trouble with it when I decide to use it!

Candied Violet is a deep lavender shade with different colors of shimmer, mainly pink and gold from what I can pick out.  This shade is VERY shimmery, so it is not something I will wear frequently.  It is a little sheer with one layer, but it is very buildable to a nice smoky violet.  The only problem with layering is that there’s more glitter!  If you like glitter shadow, you’ll really like this.

Amaretto is another favorite of mine, I just can’t get over how gorgeous this color is!  It is a medium brown shade with red undertones and a satin finish.  This looks great all over the lid for a darker smoky eye, or in the crease or outer corner in a neutral eye look.

bottomrow

Hazelnut is a dark bronze shade with a metallic finish.  It has a great color payoff and looks really nice in the crease or outer corner.

Creme Brulee is my absolute favorite shade in the entire palette.  It is a metallic dark gold with a brilliant payoff and staying power.  It is very buttery and easy to apply.  I can’t get over how pretty it is!

Haute Chocolate is a dark brown shade with a metallic finish.  It’s darker and redder than Semi-Sweet, but lighter than Triple Fudge.  I think this pairs rather well with Creme Brulee.

Cherry Cordial is the last shimmer shade in the palette.  It’s similar to Black Forest Truffle, but it has much less glitter and is more of a deep red-plum color.  I really love this shade and wish it didn’t have glitter, because I would wear it all the time if it were matte!  Like the other glitter shades, this one requires a few layers to build opacity, but as you can see in the swatch above, you can achieve a great color.

Champagne Truffle is the other highlight shadow.  It is a very very light pink, almost white shade, with a metallic or frosted finish.  I don’t like this quite as much as White Chocolate for highlight under the brow bone, but I do like it as a highlighter on my cheeks, as it gives a very subtle glow without added sparkle (can you tell I really don’t like glitter makeup?).  It is very buttery and smooth, so no complaints there, it’s just a little too “glowy” for my taste for use on the brow bone.


My verdict?  At $49.99 regular retail price, you’re getting 16 shades, most of which have incredible payoff and are very easy to work with.  I know $50 may sound like a lot for an eyeshadow palette, but you are only paying about $3 per shadow.  The shadows have such a good payoff that I can see them lasting for a very long time.  While I think it is worth the full price, if you can find it on sale or at a discount, I recommend purchasing it!

Let me know if I should do more reviews!  I’ll be doing my Birchbox and ipsy unboxings this week, as well as another review next weekend, but let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see!

xoxo

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