It’s common knowledge that I have a thing for palettes (ahem). Some would call it a problem or an addiction but I prefer to see it as a healthy interest, there’s something about a whole set of shades laid out together that does things to me. I know you guys understand, you’re reading this blog post after all, right? It’s also no secret that I love food, so when a palette marries the two great worlds of makeup and chocolate, well let’s just say it has my attention.
The Too Faced Semi-sweet Chocolate Bar Palette is the second cocoa inspired offering from the brand, this one being a more intense, rich and warm version of the milky, wearable hues the original had. I don’t have the first palette (although if this is anything to go by it’s next on my list) but this one feels more opulent whilst still being very wearable for the daytime.
With a variety of shimmer and matte shades there are what feels like countless combinations and the colour scheme is one that will have neutral lovers rejoicing. All of the shades are incredibly effortless and the one brighter hue, Blueberry Swirl, is a smoked blue – not at all intimidating once you try it and as distant a cousin as possible from the bright, chalky blue eyeshadow of the 80’s, fear not.
The first thing that struck me (adorable packaging aside) was the smell – oh the smell! These shadows are actually infused with cocoa so they smell like hot chocolate powder. I defy anyone to do their makeup with this and resist picking up the palette to give it a closer sniff. It really is so lovely. Another positive feature is the two larger pans for what will be the most used shades, Butter Pecan and Coconut Crème. We’ve all been there and hit pan on the highlight shade of a palette before any other, I mean it makes sense, you usually do a wash of a matte, light colour all over the lid before anything else so why wouldn’t brands understand that? Well Too Faced understand, they’ve got your back.
Formula wise these are really dreamy, they blend out really well, are creamy and the colour payoff is excellent – what you see is what you get. I love the shade selection too, especially the addition of a warm tan blending shade in the form of Peanut Butter. So many palettes lack these sorts of shades and I end up digging out single shadows for a warm look but this palette really does have it all, I could travel with this alone and be set for any look, especially since there’s a great black shade thrown in, something the first palette lacks.
At £34 this is a fantastic palette for eyeshadow lovers and would be perfect for beginners who want to experiment with rich, neutral tones. The packaging is fun and it smells fantastic but make no mistake, this is not gimmicky and the quirky exterior houses some exceptional shadows with a well thought out colour scheme. Highly recommended!
Like this post? Share it!