Whoever created this palette that combines two of my favorite things – chocolate and makeup – is a genius. (Thank you, Jerrod Blandino.)
This is probably my favorite out of the birthday presents I received this year – I actually requested my dad to get me this when he was in the U.S. for an alumni event!
..aaaaaaand it’s only now that I’ve gotten around to making proper swatches and actually gotten around to playing with this beautiful palette!
I don’t remember how I first got to knowing about this palette, but I knew I had to have it – I had been constantly thinking about it for over 3 years, and I was so frustrated that the ones sold here in Manila were more expensive than I thought – after all, Too Faced is a relatively high-end brand that isn’t locally available yet. (Only online sellers and specialty sellers at bazaars usually carry this brand.) But as I mentioned, my dad was in the U.S. for an alumni homecoming earlier this year and I instantly asked for this palette.
I was fortunate enough to get it in its newer, sleeker packaging – the original packaging was thicker, and thus, bulkier. Also, it used to have a plastic insert with the names, which isn’t a worry with its current packaging which already has the shade labels printed onto it. The palette case is made out of strong metal, and has a magnetic closure. I find it satisfying to hear it close, actually – is that strange? Anyway, it feels very sturdy and has a good heft when carried in hand.
And when you open the palette: AHHHHHH. The smell of success.
Actually, it’s the smell of chocolate – these shadows are infused with cocoa powder!
The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums.
The Chocolate Bar has 16 different shades, with 14 regular-size pans and 2 double pans. The 2 larger pans, I believe, have the shades suitable for base or highlight, whichever you fancy. I love that this has an assortment of neutrals, with a sprinkling of shades that look slightly out of place at first glance, but actually suit very well when blended with the other shades in this collection!
For the shade descriptions, I’ll be dividing the palette across the middle, which makes 2 sections of 8 shadows. (Tip: Stuck as to what shades to combine or play with? I find that the use of the section method actually makes it easier to mix and match! But then again, don’t be afraid to go wild and use anything – this palette is virtually fool-proof when it comes to pairing and blending shades!)
Gilded Ganache is a dark khaki-brown with bronze shimmer.
White Chocolate is a matte pale beige. I use this often as a base on my lids, and it’s almost invisible on my arm swatch!
Salted Caramel is a matte medium orange-brown; definitely a caramel color. This makes a really nice transition shade!
Marzipan is a light peachy-beige with an almost frosted shimmer.
Semi-Sweet is a matte medium chocolate brown with warm undertones.
Hazelnut is a medium-dark brown with bronze shimmer.
Creme Brulee is a warm, burnished gold with a metallic shimmer.
Haute Chocolate is a dark warm brown with gold shimmer.
Milk Chocolate is a matte warm medium brown.
Black Forest Truffle is a deep burgundy-brown with shimmer and bronze glitter. I had a bit of difficult swatching this; it had a slightly gritty texture compared to the other shadows.
Triple Fudge is a matte dark khaki-brown.
Strawberry Bon Bon is a matte pale milkshake pink. I found it slightly chalky, but workable.
Candied Violet is a smoky, cool-toned violet with multicolored sparkles. Because of the finish, it’s also a bit gritty, but less than how Black Forest Truffle was.
Amaretto is a warm medium brown with red undertones and a nice frosted shimmer.
Cherry Cordial is a matte warm red-brown with some sparkle. I found this slightly powdery.
Champagne Truffle is a cool pink-white with a metallic finish. I really like using this for the inner corners of my eyes, they brighten them up so nicely.
Here’s my arm swatches for the shadows:
- Generally, soft and buttery shadows that apply so easily.
- They blend like a dream, too.
- Opening the palette is a delicious, chocolate-scented experience. (I have to admit, I like smelling this palette almost as much as I like using it!)
- It’s a lovely collection of neutrals, with a few complementary shades that make mixing and matching the shadows such a treat.
- Black Forest Truffle and Candied Violet, the glitter shadows, are gritty and quite difficult to blend.
Overall, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection is a really good investment if you like neutrals and warm-toned shadows. (And well.. if you like chocolate.)
I made a holiday look using shadows from this; please watch for it later today or tomorrow! 🙂