8/28/2015

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette - Review and Swatches



 Left to Right: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge
 Left to Right: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto
Hazelnut, Creme Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

As promised, today I will be doing an in depth review on quite possibly the best thing since sliced bread (I am interested to know what the best thing before sliced bread was).  As you would have guessed, this is all about the infamous Chocolate Bar Palette from Too Faced.  I had never tried anything from Too Faced up until I purchased this, and I think it is definitely safe to say that I will be going back for more! I have been seriously impressed by this palette and I have used it every single day since I bought it (ironically I didn't actually use it today, as I am trying out a new palette).  This palette has 16 shades, a variety of mattes, shimmers and glitters and retails for around £39.  It is made from cocoa powder and smells of chocolate which is amazing, and this just adds to the beauty of the palette.  I am going to go through each shade and give you a full description so that you can roughly guess how many appeal to you and whether you think that it is worth buying for you personally!

The first shade is Gilded Ganache which is a deep sparkly brown with olive/khaki and gold reflective glitter.  This shade is extremely pigmented, though I find it to be quite crumbly which often leads to a lot of fall out.  It blends beautifully and would make an amazing glittery smoky eye, however I recommend doing your eye makeup before your face makeup when using this shade!

Next up we have White Chocolate which is matte cream shade.  It is one of the largest shadows in the palette and I would use this as either a highlight or a base colour before I apply shadow, so that any discolouration is covered and won't affect the shades I put on top.  This has a very buttery formula along with all of the other mattes in this palette, and is highly pigmented and blends like an absolute dream.

Next is another matte which goes by the name of Milk Chocolate.  It is a cool toned light brown which looks amazing in the crease for a bit of definition or could be built up for a beautiful cut crease that isn't too out there.  It could also be used as a contour shade (that's if you can find a contour brush that would fit in the pan well) or as an eyebrow colour for those of you blonde bombshells.

The next is what I would call a neutral pop of colour.  Black Forest Truffle is a deep purple with gold glitter running through it which is colourful without being massively bright and still remaining fairly on the neutral side.  It looks amazing in the outer corner, as a liner that's not quite as harsh as black or a mega dramatic smoky eye.  I find I get a lot of fall out with this one and it's slightly more difficult to blend so it's not one for the lazy, but the shade is so beautiful it makes the extra work worth while!

Another matte is Triple Fudge which is a cool toned dark brown.  It is so dark it's almost black but is nowhere near as harsh and has slight green undertones in some lights.  This again is a very versatile colour, it can be used  as a liner, an outer corner colour, through the crease for a dramatic look or even all over the lid for a dark matte smokey eye. I also think that this would be brilliant if you have very dark brows to add some subtle definition or built up to create a very strong brow look.  This is very pigmented again so a light hand is necessary to ensure you don't go overboard!

Moving down a row, quite possibly my favourite shade in this palette is Salted Caramel.  It is a warm matte peachy shade which is probably the best transition shade I have ever used in my entire life. I am a huge fan of warm eyeshadow looks so I pretty much use this every single day with whatever eyeshadow I am wearing.  I blend this through my upper crease with a sigma E25 and it makes my eyeshadow look perfectly blended with minimal effort.  Again, the formula of this is fabulous and I'm slightly gutted that this isn't sold separately because I can see myself going through this fairly quickly! If you know of any similar shades that I can buy singley in the UK, then do let me know!

A more 'Every Day' shade is Marzipan which is a champagney shade with more pinky/peachy tones.  This is a shimmery shade which is highly pigmented and leaves almost a wet look to the lids. It is easily bendable and looks beautiful for a natural, every day look. I would wear this with a pinky lip and really glowy skin in the summer, it would look beautiful! I think you could also use this as a face highlight too!

Another matte shade is Semi Sweet which is a warm, mid toned brown. It's the perfect crease/outer corner shade to add some definition to any warm toned eye look, and would also look amazing all over the lid and blended out, just worn alone.  This is again a very versatile colour with a highly pigmented, buttery formula which blends amazingly.

The last matte shade in this palette is Strawberry Bon Bon which is a very strange shade, and one that I haven't used.  From swatches, I can tell that it shares the same formula as all the other mattes which is good, but the colour is difficult to use in my opinion.  It is a very pale, yet bright blue toned pink which would make an amazing blush (again if you can find a brush that fits in the pan) but I am still unsure how to wear this on my eyes, so if you know of any ways to wear this then let me know!

Another purple glitter is Candied Violet which is a vibrant violet as the name would suggest, with a fuchsia glitter running through it.  I find that this shade is best used wet to really get the most pigment out of it because I find this one a little less pigmented than the rest as you can see in the swatch.  This one is also slightly more difficult to blend so requires more work, but again this is a beautiful shade when used right and is a fab pop of colour!

Next up is Amaretto which is a very warm, deep shimmery brick red.  This has mental pigmentation and a little bit really does go a long way! I wore this last week as a deep warm smokey eye and it looked amazing! I have hazel eyes and it really brought out the green in them so this would look amazing on anyone with green eyes, it really makes them stand out.

Now onto the last row, the first shade is Hazelnut which is your typical bronze shimmer.  It is a very similar shade to the Maybelline Color Tattoo in the shade On and On Bronze if you are familiar with that.  This is a very metallic shade with hints of gold which looks amazing on all skintones, and can be used to create so many different looks from your natural every day looks to something very dramatic for a night out.

Another golden colour is Creme Brûlée which is a cool toned shimmery gold.  I find this to be a very wearable gold and it looks so beautiful in the summer with a lovely golden glow.  This has quite bronzey undertones and looks amazing on most skin tones, which again is very versatile and can create a wide range of looks so for me, it is a staple.  Everyone should have a good gold!

The next is Haute Chocolate which is very similar in tone to Hazelnut, just a bit lighter and more golden. This paired with Creme Brûlée is beautiful!  It is a cool toned dark ashy brown shimmer which again is very versatile and would work with most skin tones.  In some lights it looks like is has a slight olive sheen which makes it quite unique.

The last dark shade is Cherry Cordial, which is a deep matte plum shade with subtle pink glitter running through it.  I love this is a liner, and I find that this is a lot easier to blend than the other glittery shares, possibly because it appears to have less glitter in it.  It also means there is less fall out, though there still is some so I would still recommend doing your eyes first. When using this as a liner, I like to spray my brush with setting spray so it glides on like a liquid.

Last but not least is Champagne Truffle which is a light frosty pearly pink shade.  It is very shimmery and is a beautiful highlight shade, whether this is on the eyes or on the cheeks which I've found works just as well! It can also be used all over the lid, and is perfect to throw on every day to add a lovely glow to the lids!

Well that was a long one, I hope I didn't bore any of you and you found this useful! I will be doing a look book type of thing with this palette in the near future if that is something you are interested in, I have a few put together but I'm still working on it. If you have this palette, send me photos of looks you have done so I can try them out!

Emily xx