I am so excited to finally bring you today's post. I have literally kept my hands off the shadows in this palette since I received it, as I wanted this to be a true first impression of the shades and their quality. I have only opened and closed it, and let me tell you.. this looks and smells good enough to eat. Without further ado, let me introduce to you today's blogpost and highly anticipated first impression...
The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette!
Oh gee.. I literally love all things Too Faced. There is not a product from them that I have disliked, and I always remember them for their packaging. Check out how cute the box is that the palette comes in! It reminds me of a Willy Wonka chocolate bar, and I feel it is so perfect and girly. I can't even bring myself to throw away this box, because its too pretty!
When you first open the box, you get the palette and also these index cards, which basically have three looks using shadows from the palette and how to recreate them. This is pretty typical from Too Faced, with every eye shadow palette they come out with, they usually include some inserts with looks. They are helpful if you're not sure what to create on your own.
And then of course, the palette..
If any of you are waiting on this palette, I'm going to give you a tip. When you first open it, inhale deeply. Smell that? Oh yea, thats chocolate. If you know the smell of the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer, basically imagine that times 10. The smell is just incredible, that it makes me want to eat the palette. It makes sense, seeing as it is made with cocoa!
Also, check out that packaging. Again, Too Faced hits the nail on the head. The palette is shaped just like a chocolate bar! The shadows are housed in tin packing, which opens and closes pretty easily. I think its magnetized, rather than the Urban Decay Naked 2 & 3 for example, where the tin actually locks when its closed. Because of that, I'm not sure how great this would be to travel with, but the packaging itself is sturdy.
Once open, you can see the palette has quite a sizeable mirror! It's definitely big enough to be able to do your whole eye look with. You know how some mirrors are just so tiny, and you just cannot use it to do your eyes? Well, there will be no problems with this one! The palette itself comes with 16 shadows, ranging from pinks, reds, violets, browns, neutrals and whites that are all different textures; some are matte, some have shimmer and others are glittery. Overall, it really sticks to the chocolate theme, and focuses on the neutral shades, with a couple of colourful shades to mix things up.
The shadows themselves are great - they have pretty decent colour pay off, and all go on like butter. Really, they are very seamless; they all work really well together and compliment the other shades in the palette. I can see how easy it would be to create looks with only this palette, you can see that it has been designed so that no other shadows outside of the palette need to be used.
First row (l-r) - Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge
Gilded Ganche - A deep brown shade with gold shimmer throughout
White Chocolate - A matte highlight shade
Milk Chocolate - A mid tone cool brown shade
Black Forest Truffle - A dark brown with what looks like pink shimmer throughout. Similar to Blackheart from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Triple Fudge - A matte dark brown shade
Second row (l-r) - Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto
Salted Caramel - An very wam toned brown. Very natural and neutral for the crease
Marzipan - A champagne shade
Semi-Sweet - A deep red, warm toned brown
Strawberry Bon Bon - A matte baby pink
Candied Violet - A purple shade with pink glitter
Amaretto - A rusty red, shimmery shade. This was the shade I was most excited about, especially when I swatched it and saw the sheen after it was applied. Beautiful shade!
Third row (l-r) - Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle
Hazelnut - A neutral, warm toned shimmery brown shade
Creme Brulee - A shimmery gold shade
Haute Chocolate - Similar to Hazelnut, except cool toned
Cherry Cordial - A red shade with a hint of shimmer. The shimmer didn't really translate when I swatched it on my arm
Champagne Truffle - The other highlight colour in the palette, and is a shimmery white shade
Overall, do I think you need this palette? Um yes! Especially if you are a fan of neutral shades, I would definitely recommend giving this a try. It is pricey, but its Too Faced - they're a highly reputable brand and you know that you're getting both quality and quantity for the price you pay. I have heard that people are comparing this to Urban Decay Naked 1, and saying that they are quite similar. I really don't think they are. They are both neutral palettes, and particular shades are similar, but I don't think that they are so similar that you can only pick one or the other.
I got this from www.beautybay.com , and I believe I paid $69.80AU for it. However, for Australians, this is available on www.kitcosmetics.com.au (which I wish I knew before) for $68.95AU, and if you spend over $75 you get free shipping. I would recommend going through them rather than BeautyBay, only because the palette comes from Australia itself, and they are a little more helpful if you have an issue. In the US, this retails for $49USD in both Ulta and Sephora.
I could harp on about this palette forever! I am such a neutral eye girl, and this palette really fulfills that need, plus it throws in a couple of colourful shades to really amp up any look. So glad that I brought it and that I finally own it :)
Stay tuned for tomorrows post - it will be involving this palette ;)
Until next time...