Technically I wasn't planning to buy the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette because (i) I thought I wasn't going to like the chocolate scent and (ii) I wasn't ready to drop $49 for another neutral palette.
Until a couple of weeks ago, I came across a $20 off $40 coupon on HSN that you could use towards purchase of the palette, which also included a full-sized Shadow Insurance, for only $29! There was no way I was going to miss it! The full price for the palette and eyeshadow primer is technically $69 if you were to buy them separately, so I was getting the set with a $40 discount, plus free shipping! I don't know about you but I think this is one of the best deals I've ever come across in a long while and I feel so lucky!
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette features 16 shades of mostly neutral/brown shadows, with the exception of a few unexpected purple, plum, and burgundy. The shadows are a mix of matte and shimmer finishes.
The tin palette feels sturdy, is magnetized, and shaped like a true chocolate bar! Too Faced did not include any applicator which I honestly don't mind since I rarely ever use brushes that come with the palette anyway. There is a mirror inside with the word Chocolate Bar under it (truthfully, I am not crazy about the font used for “Chocolate Bar” but I'm willing to overlook it!).
As for the chocolate scent, it is rich and delicious! Sweet and strong, but not overpowering. It is strongest when you first open the palette but I don't find it to bother me at all. So, even if you don't like chocolate scent, I think you'll still enjoy it. :) The shadows are formulated with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder so it's not just about good smell but they are great for the skin, too!
Similar to other Too Faced palettes, Chocolate Bar also comes with a step-by-step Glamour Guide with 3 suggested looks to get you started!
- Gilded Ganache – dark olive brown with bronze and gold shimmer (shimmer)
So sparkly, so beautiful! I always love olive green shadow so I'm glad to see this shade in the “neutral” palette. Rich color payoff but the shimmer is slightly gritty.
- White Chocolate – off white/vanilla (matte)
One of the two larger size shadows which makes sense since this is a basic but must-have shade for base, highlight, and blending. Texture is soft and smooth but I wish the color payoff were a bit stronger.
- Milk Chocolate – light to medium chocolate brown (matte)
Soft, smooth, and extremely blendable. I like this one for crease color since it blends so well with the rest of the palette.
- Black Forest Truffle – dark brownish plum with pink and gold shimmer (shimmer)
Another beautiful sparkly shade. Texture is very similar to Gilded Ganache — rich pigmentation but gritty. Also a tiny bit dry with noticeable fallout.
- Triple Fudge – dark brown (matte)
Good color payoff. Soft and blendable texture. Application is mostly smooth but can be slightly patchy.
- Salted Caramel – medium peachy brown (matte)
Another lovely crease color. Super buttery soft, richly pigmented, and blendable.
- Marzipan – light champagne (shimmer)
Beautiful shade. Soft with good color payoff. The shimmer is very fine and does not feel gritty at all. The finish is almost frosty.
- Semi-Sweet – medium brown (matte)
Soft but slightly dry and patchy. A bit powdery. Fairly pigmented.
- Strawberry Bon Bon – pale pink (matte)
Smooth texture but a tad bit chalky. Also sheers out a lot when applied. Must be built for better color payoff, or applied over a white cream base.
- Candied Violet – smokey purple with hot pink shimmer (shimmer)
Swatched beautifully but sheers out substantially when applied on the lid. Color payoff is difficult to build. A little unfortunate since the shade is gorgeous. At least the shimmer does not feel gritty.
- Amaretto – coppery brown (shimmer)
I think this one should pass for a metallic finish. Beautiful coppery shade. Soft and buttery smooth. Excellent pigmentation.
- Hazelnut – bronze-y brown with gold shimmer (shimmer)
I really like this color! Super pigmented. Extremely soft and smooth. Applies and blends like a dream.
- Creme Brulee – light gold (shimmer)
The gold iridescence is so beautiful in person. Almost metallic finish. Soft and fairly pigmented. It sheers out a little bit on my lids.
- Haute Chocolate – taupe-y dark brown (shimmer)
Buttery smooth texture. Amazing and buildable color payoff for a taupe-hued base.
- Cherry Cordial – dark burgundy (matte)
Fair pigmentation. Noticeable fallout. Texture is slightly dry, powdery, and patchy. This shade is difficult for me to pull off.
- Champagne Truffle – pale pink champagne (shimmer)
The second larger size shade. Look at the gorgeous metallic sheen! Excellent color payoff. Soft, smooth, and blendable. Appears light pink in the pan but applied mostly white on me.
In the eye look below, I applied Candied Violet as a wash of color with concentration on the outer corner. I topped with Creme Brulee on the inner two thirds. Inner crease color is a mix of Marzipan and White Chocolate. The outer crease color is Black Forest Truffle. I used Marzipan again on the inner corner and I lined the lower lash line with Amaretto and MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple.
A few things worth mentioning
Overall, I really love this palette. It's versatile and full with neutral colors that I know will get a lot of use. But…
- I wish the shadows had better staying power. They look nice and vibrant in the beginning but by the end of the day, most of the shadows fade and crease significantly on me. I was actually surprised to see that because usually I don't have any fading/creasing issue with other palettes from the brand. The longevity can be improved (somewhat) with a proper base such as a cream shadow underneath.
- I'm not overly happy about shade names being printed on the clear plastic sheet instead of on the actual palette. Having to refer to the plastic sheet every time makes it difficult to know what shades you are applying. I usually throw away the clear sheet but I guess I'll have to keep this one.
- It would have been nice to have taupe gray and black included because sometimes I like to line my upper lash line with black eyeshadow. It would have made this palette even more versatile!
- Last but not least, I wonder if the wonderful chocolate scent will fade over time? I sure hope not! :)
If you wear neutrals quite often, I still think this is a good value palette to have. Unlike other neutral palettes from different brands, the Chocolate Bar has some interesting colors mixed in, too, not just a bunch of browns. I have to say, I did not expect to like the palette this much but it actually performs much better than I anticipated. In fact, it's the only palette I've been using for the last two weeks! I just love, love the chocolate scent. It puts me in a good mood every time I use it. :D
Do you own this palette? How do you like it? Did you get it from HSN through the aforementioned deal?