Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette - Swatches & Review


Yesterday was super busy working on some repair projects - darn old house.  By the time we got done, I was completely out of energy for the day.  But things are fixed as much as can be until we get some professional help.  So today I decided to share a palette that I bought last month that I'm extremely late to the party on.  I purchased it with the last 20% off coupon that Ulta had mailed out (in December) that worked on prestige items.  I bought mine from Ulta, but it's also available at Sephora, and the Too Faced site.

Since I am so late to the party on the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, I'm just going to share my swatches and a few quick thoughts on the palette.

My hand is, as usual, un-primed and I don't remember building up the colors.  Swatches of the left side of the palette are up first.  The swatches are done in a lay-out as close as possible to the palette placement.
left: Licorice, Coconut Cream
center: Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar (circled), Puddin'
right: Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel
left: Nougat (circled), Truffled, Hot Fudge
center: Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, Frosting
right: Bon Bon, Butter Pecan

As with the original Chocolate Bar palette, the shadows come encased in a metal palette that is embossed like a giant bar of chocolate (that you'd use for s'mores).  It smells oh, so sweetly, of chocolate - same as the original.  The Semi-Sweet palette has the shadow names printed directly on the palette (the original Chocolate Bar came with a plastic sheet with the names printed).  I did notice that while the palette has a magnetic closure, mine isn't quite lined up right so even when the palette is closed, there's a little gap all along the front of the palette except right where the magnet is.    I do feel like since this is thinner than the original (my original is the original thick packaging model), it feels a bit cheaper and like the hinge will break at some point.

Packaging aside, I'm loving playing with the Semi-Sweet palette on those currently rare occasions I have time - and a reason - to play with makeup.  I do wish that Pink Sugar had more pigment to it since it's basically just pink glitters.  I'll need to play around with that and see if a glitter glue or using it wet or something helps that shade out, otherwise it's basically just a topper or, worse-case scenario, a pointless placeholder.  There's 7 shades that are either matte or satin-matte in finish.  The rest of the shades, excluding Pink Sugar, are what I would consider metallic in finish.  This has lots of pretty neutrals that I can see myself getting a lot of use out of.  Although I have to admit that the other day when I was putting makeup on, I felt like I'm doing the exact same look time after time (just with different palettes) so I need to play in more colorful palettes for a while.  But this could still be the perfect companion palette to all the colors as well as a stand-alone neutral palette.

I enjoy the bulk of my Too Faced palette collection so much that I'm already plotting on when I'll add the brand new Chocolate Bon Bon Palette (released not long ago) and the upcoming Spring release of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette.  

Did you pick up the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar?  Do you have the original in your makeup stash?  Any plans for the new Chocolate Bon Bon or Peanut Butter and Jelly palettes?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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