23 March, 2015 The ‘Any Occasion’ Eyeshadow Palette
The humble neutral eyeshadow palette and I have been in a platonic relationship for years. Typically, there’s always a satin cream colour for all over the lid, the ever-present shimmery champagne, a few mauve/taupe/bronze sheeny shades for subtle smokiness and the prerequisite matte black; never pigmented enough and almost always chalky.
Few palettes have achieved holy grail status in my collection, but recently I’ve fallen head over heels in love with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. The packaging is kitschy as hell and the tin might be a little bulky for some tastes, but I adore it for it’s versatility and general quality. I can also safely say that it’s my new go-to palette for any event; smart, casual, glamorous, office-appropriate – you name the occasion, and there’s a bunch of colours here that will suit your desired look. Natural and neutral but never bland, this collection features intense plums, reds and dark chocolates, as well as a few lighter shades that are perfect for daytime.
The palette consists of 16 chocolate-themed shades; six matte, and 10 with shimmer or glitter particles. With two highlight shades (one a yellow-toned cream and the other a more pink-based champagne) you have the option of a matte or a sheeny look, and both pans are slightly larger, meaning they’re easy to use as cheekbone or brow-bone highlight shades as well where you might need a larger brush.
On the top row we have: Gilded Ganache (shimmery deep green), White Chocolate (matte yellow-toned highlight), Milk Chocolate (cool-toned mid-brown), Black Forest Truffle (deep aubergine with flecks of gold sparkle) and Triple Fudge (matte dark brown).
The second row contains: Salted Caramel (warm-toned light brown), Marzipan (duo-chrome champagne with flecks of peach sparkle), Semi-Sweet (deep red-brown), Strawberry Bon Bon (matte baby pink), Candied Violet (blue-purple with flecks of mid-purple sparkle) and Amaretto (warm-toned shimmery copper).
The third row includes some of my favourite shades: Hazelnut (cool-toned shimmery bronze), Creme Brûlée (intense shimmery gold), Haute Chocolate (duo-chrome brown with purple shimmer), Cherry Cordial (matte deep plum-cranberry with a slight red shimmer) and Champagne Truffle (cool-toned pearlised pink-champagne).
An everyday look normally consists of White Chocolate all over the lid, Salted Caramel in the crease, and Milk Chocolate in the outer ‘V’ for a natural yet defined look that’s perfect with a matte dark brown liner.
For more glamorous evening makeup, I pair Milk Chocolate (all over the mobile eyelid and up to the crease) with Hazelnut and Amaretto in the outer ‘V’. I love this with winged black liner and I normally change up the shimmer shades to Gilded Ganache or Marzipan based on how adventurous I’m feeling. These shades are probably the ones I reach for the most, and count as the staple colours that are universally flattering.
More unusual standouts in the palette include Haute Chocolate, which looks completely different depending on your lighting and angles, and is very similar to MAC’s Club (a duo-chrome brown/green), as well as Creme Brûlée and Black Forest Truffle. Triple Fudge is a beautiful dark brown that’s lovely and intense (thankfully not black!) and Champagne Truffle is a super-sheeny highlight shade, perfect for pale skin tones. These are all evenly pigmented, super buttery and smooth.
Although Cherry Cordial, Candied Violet and Strawberry Bon Bon are beautiful to look at, they can swatch quite unevenly and the pigmentation isn’t brilliant. I’ve used Cherry Cordial in the crease when paired with Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut, but it really doesn’t add much apart from a slight reddish tone that needs a lot of blending to smooth out any patchiness. I’ve barely made a dent in Candied Violet or Strawberry Bon Bon, although I’m happy with only finding three duds in a palette of 16 shades!
All in all I’m pretty pleased with the palette – there are the copper and reddish shades I always look for in a neutral collection of shadows, as well as some great brown variations for crease, base and transition colours, and some extra special pops of colour (I couldn’t be more obsessed with Hazelnut and Amaretto) to take your look from everyday to full-on glam.
Whilst the Too Faced Neutral Palette (reviewed in this post) was a great find minus a warm-toned red, it just doesn’t offer me the variety and range of colours like this palette does. I love how the Chocolate Bar Palette houses two neutral crease shades (Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate) depending on your desired look, and the highlight shades are divine. Plus, it smells of chocolate. Pure, indulgent, delicious chocolate.
You can buy the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette here for £39.
What do you think of this palette? Are you as in love with it as I am?
Let me know in the comments below!