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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review, Swatches, & Tutorial: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
I held off for as long as I could, but the sweet, confectionary appeal of Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette was too much. At first glance, it looks similar to so many neutral palettes available. But a closer look, and a swatch or two, will show a different side to this palette. In addition to a slew of neutrals - both shimmery and matte - the collection also includes rich purples and plums. An array of textures, a mix of shades, Too Faced shadow quality, all wrapped up in a delicious-looking chocolate bar tin with a magnetic closure? Count me in.

In this palette you get:

Gilded Ganache - cool, deep brown with gold sparkle
White Chocolate - matte cream
Milk Chocolate - medium neutral matte brown
Black Forest Truffle - deep blackened plum with gold sparkle
Triple Fudge - cool deep matte brown
Salted Caramel - medium matte camel
Marzipan - light, shimmery warm champagne
Semi-Sweet - deep matte chocolate
Strawberry Bon Bon - matte baby pink
Candied Violet - medium shimmery purple base with gold sparkle
Amoretto - medium bronzed-plum
Hazelnut - medium bronze
Créme Brule - shimmery gold with a hint of green
Haute Chocolate - cool medium shimmery brown
Cherry Cordial - deep matte burgundy
Champagne Truffle - light pink champagne shimmer

All of the shades come together to create a palette that's not overwhelmingly warm or cool - perfect for an array of skin tones. What's more is that I found a few of the matte shades functioned well as bronzers, and the highlighting shades could be used on the face as well! For tips on how to use both on the face, check out the tutorial below.

So shadow-lovers, is this yet another palette you need to add to your collection? I say yes - with a provision. While the neutral shadows in this palette are of excellent quality, they aren't necessarily unique compared to what you might find in your average "naked" palette (important mostly if you already own one or two, that is). What makes them unique is their pairing with the pinks, plums, and purples. If you aren't a fan of the color additions, I would consider checkout out the LORAC Pro Palette (click for a review and swatches) - a shade selection that offers the same amount of texture variation, but tends to stay grounded in the neutrals, with a few colorful outliers. But overall the palette is a fantastic mix of colors and textures, and well worth the $49.

Have you tried the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Row 1

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Row 2


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Row 3
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Look 2
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Look 1

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Look 3


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