Earlier this year, Too Faced released their Chocolate Bar Palette after the success of their cocoa powder based Chocolate Soleil bronzer. Cocoa powder is chock full of antioxidants and is purported to have healing and anti-aging properties, something Too Faced advertises as added benefits of the palette. Along with the added benefits to your skin, the cocoa powder makes this palette smell absolutely scrumptious! When you open the palette, the smell of chocolate hits you immediately. It’s not overwhelming or perfumey, and in fact it kind of smells like Nesquik. To those who are sensitive to scents, this may be a problem, but I personally love the way this palette smells.
The packaging is for the most part, super cute and sturdy.
The shadows are encased in a sturdy aluminum case with a magnetic closure that doesn’t pop open on its own. The shadows themselves are set into plastic rather than cardboard, which gives the palette a nice appearance. The lid contains a mirror with the name of the pallette, however because the lid isn’t hinged, you can’t angle it which makes it essentially pointless. My other major problem with the packaging is that the eyeshadow names are listed on a plastic overlay rather than on the pallete itself. I’ve kept the plastic overlay, but it is somewhat of a hassle, and could easily be lost.
The shadows themselves are pretty fantastic. The pallette includes 16 shades which are a mix of mattes and shimmers in mostly neutral shades. 14 of the shades are 0.95 grams each, and the two highlight shades are 2.8 grams each. As with most of Too Faced’s shadows, the pigmentation and wear time are a dream. The texture of all but the most glittery of the shadows is super velvety, and there is very minimal fallout from even the most shimmery shades. Milk Chocolate and Strawberry Bon Bon need more building than the other colors, but are still very smooth and easy to use.
Black Forest Truffle
Strawberry Bon Bon
All the swatches were taken on the underside of my arm over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.
Overall, I think this a fantastic palette, and well worth the money. It retails for $49 in stores and online, which may sound expensive but is really a great price for how many high quality shadows you’re getting. Personally, I think this is a great alternative to the Naked Palettes if you can only afford one. Unlike the Naked Palettes, the Chocolate Bar Palette has a nice mix of different tones, whereas the Naked Palettes contain several shades based on one tone.
I give this palette a 8.5/10, as there are some packaging issues and two of the shades are slightly lacking in pigmentation. This is a lovely palette, despite those issues, and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a neutral pallette.