Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

It's taken me so long to get this up, I've had it for awhile just siting in a drawer before I finally remembered about it. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette retails for $49 and it came out December 2013 as a Sephora exclusive for the holiday season. Since then you can find them in other places, I picked mine up through a deal on HSN. I got the palette plus a full size of the shadow insurance for $29 with free shipping! This palette smells decadent, like chocolate, similar to their chocolate soleil bronzer (which I adore). The colors are 14 shades of browns, pinks and plums with two larger highlighter shades in a soft cream and pink. There's a range of finishes from creamy mattes to frosty shimmers and is a beautiful palette over all. This is my first experience with Too Faced besides the Chocolate Soleil and Shadow Insurance but reading a few reviews online I found people complaining that most of these colors are recycled from previous palettes. Personally it is all brand new to me so first impressions I see this as a great neutral palette that has the potential to delivery the darker looks.

My biggest gripes with this palette is the packaging. The container is bulky and tin which I'm not a fan of, and the color names aren't printed onto the palette but rather it's printed onto the plastic protector sheet which I always lose real fast. The quality is diverse there are some shades that are beautifully pigmented and buttery while others were chalky with fallout and barely there color. Overall they all wore well on my eyes, those better colors lasted all day no problem while the chalkier ones faded somewhat by the end of the day, even on my oily lids there was no creasing. 
Gilded Ganache is a dark brown with warm undertones and a bronze shimmer to it. Great color payoff and beautifully buttery.
White Chocolate is a warm pale matte beige. I found it to be chalky and sheer and even after blending it, it still looks powdery. Nothing really special about the color.
Milk Chocolate is a lovely crease shade, a warm medium-dark brown with a matte finish. Smooth and creamy with very nice pigmentation.
Black Forest Truffle is a burgundy-brown with a bronze and red sparkle to it. Very pigmented and nice, this is a beautiful color.
Triple Fudge is a dark brown with cooler grey undertones and a matte finish. Decent color pay-off but a little chalky.
Salted Caramel is a muted terra cotta with notes of brown and a matte finish. Good color payoff but very soft so that it was powdery with a lot of fall out.
Marzipan is gorgeous! I think this might be my favorite color. This is a frosty warm peachy-gold that was soft and smooth. I would love this all over my lid with milk chocolate popped in the crease.
Semi-Sweet is a matte medium brown with warm undertones. Buttery but nothing special or horrific about it.
Strawberry Bon Bon was the worst in the bunch in my opinion. It was very sheer and chalky cool light pink.
Candied Violet is a rich smoky violet with a pink shimmer to it. Very richly pigmented so be careful with this.
Amaretto is a shimmering maroon brown. Very buttery and easy to work with.
Hazelnut is a highly pigmented dark golden bronze with a frosted sheen. However it was powdery with a lot of fall out. 
Creme Brulee is a gorgeous dark gold with a great metallic finish. Excellent color pay off and smooth application, also another one of my favorites.
Haute Chocolate is a muted dark chocolate with warm undertones and a frosty finish. Good payoff and texture.
Cherry Cordial a nice plummy brown with some small flecks of sparkle over a matte base. Dry and powdery and I experienced a good amount of fall out.
Champagne Truffle is dry and chalky with lots of fall out. It is a bright pink-white with a golden metallic finish.

As I was swatching I definitely noticed some dupes between this palette and Naked3. Below I've done some comparison swatches and I must say you definitely don't need both of these palettes as there are a number of similarities as well as comparable wear time and quality. White Chocolate and Strange are dead ringers, while Marzipan and Trick as well as Haute Chocolate and Factory come close. Black Forest Truffle and Blackheart are similar though one is more black and the other brown.
Do you own the Chocolate Bar Palette? What are your thoughts?

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