First Impressions and Swatches | New Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

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I mentioned in my review of the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette that there were rumours of a second palette being released and I guess you can tell from the title and content of this post that they were true. This palette has not been released in the UK yet but it was available for Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge members to purchase early before it was released for everyone else, so of course I snapped it up. I have already mentioned how much I love the original palette in my November Favourites, so I have high hopes for this palette.

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The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette is supposedly the warmer of the two palettes and while it does contain warm shades I do not feel there is much difference in tone between the two palettes.

Once again the packaging is a metal tin with a magnetic closure and small mirror in the lid – the tin is also a lighter brown so it is easy to tell the two apart with a quick glance. One of the differences between the two palettes I like most is they have done away with the plastic insert – hurrah – and the colour names are now printed on the actual tin. The names still follow with the chocolate and dessert themes and the shadows themselves still smell of chocolate. Unfortunately they have not made the two larger shadows transition/crease type colours, they have stuck with having two large highlight shades (one matte and one satin), which is a shame but it will not affect my over all opinion of the palette.

First I will show you the colours in this palette and then do a quick comparison with the original palette.

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Licorice is a medium matte black.

Coconut Crème is a matte yellow toned beige that is quite similar to White Chocolate in the original palette.

Cocoa Chili is a medium dark warmed toner brown with what looks like multi colour glitters that do not really transfer when swatched.

Pink Sugar is a light baby pink with pinky/purple glitters. You will see below that the base colour does not transfer when swatched, just the glitters do. This is probably the most disappointing shade in the palette.

Puddin’ is a matte cool toned medium dark brown that looks slightly grey when swatched.

Rum Raisin is a medium taupe brown with a satin finish. This is one of my favourite colours in this palette.

Mousse is a matte light medium warm toned brown.

Caramel is a gold with a hint of copper in a satin finish.

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Nougat is a muted dusty peach with a matte finish.

Truffled is a medium warm toned brown with a matte finish.

Hot Fudge is a dark brown with a hint of grey and mostly a satin finish, though there are a few glitters in there, these do not appear to transfer when swatched.

Blueberry Swirl is a medium dark blue with blue glitters and a satin finish.

Peanut Butter is a rich warm toned brown with red undertones and a matte finish.

Frosting is a bronzed brown with a satin finish.

Bon Bon is a muted coppery brown with a satin finish. This is another of my favourites in the palette.

Butter Pecan is a light gold shade with a satin/frost finish.

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R-L: Licorice, Coconut Crème, Nougat, Truffled, Hot Fudge, Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar, Puddin’, Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, Frosting, Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel, Bon Bon, Butter Pecan

Here are swatches of the original palette – the lighting is slightly different as I now have studio lights:

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R-L: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge, Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Crème Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

As you can see there is a great range of mattes, glitters and satin shadows in each palette and there is also a good range of light to dark shadows in both. Whilst there are some comparable shades, for me, it is different enough to justify having both – that is what I am telling myself anyway. Do I think you need both? Probably not. However, if you are a neutral eyeshadow junkie like me then I would say yes you need to get this palette. The shadows have the same good pigmentation as the original palette and feel lovely and smooth when they are swatched.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette retails for $49 and is available here. I believe it is due to be released on 19th January in the UK and will be available from Debenhams.

Review and Swatches | Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

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I have been using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette for two weeks now so I think I am ready to give my opinion on it. I don’t know why I left it so long to get this palette – probably because I have lots of other neutral eye palettes – because it has become one of my favourites. Firstly I love the packaging, a metal tin with a magnetic closure, which isn’t overly bulky so would be easy to travel with. Secondly the quality and colours of the eyeshadows is outstanding, there is not one dud on the whole palette. Finally, the smell of the eyeshadows is intoxicating. They are made with real cocoa powder, so as soon as you open the palette there is the lovely aroma of chocolate that isn’t too overpowering but it is definitely strong.

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Inside the palette is a clear plastic sheet with the names of the eyeshadows, I think I would have preferred the names to be printed on the eyeshadow surround as I prefer to discard these sheets. But this is definitely not a deal breaker. There is also a small mirror in the lid but I tend not to use this, if you were travelling with the palette though this could come in handy.

Lets look at the actual shadows now. They are all named after chocolates and sweets and I think Too Faced did such a good job with the names. All of the eye shadows are smooth, buttery and nicely pigmented, some more than others though.

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Top: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate; Middle: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet; Bottom: Hazelnut, Crème Brûlée, Haute Chocolate

Gilded Ganache is a dark neutral brown with fine golden shimmers running through it. The shimmers stick to the skin well so do not cause any fall out.

White Chocolate is a matte creamy beige which makes the perfect brow bone highlight.

Salted Caramel is a matte very warm toned light brown which I have been using as my transition colour every time I use this palette.

Marzipan is a pinky peach shade with a satin finish. This shadow is very pigmented and gives off a beautiful sheen when used on the lids or in the inner corner.

Semi-Sweet is a warm toned medium matte shade.

Hazelnut is a satin warm toned medium brown with a golden sheen.

Crème Brulee is a muted gold with a satin finish. I thought this shade might be comparable to Urban Decay Half Baked, however is is more muted in colour, Half Baked is a lot brighter.

Haute Chocolate is a medium warm brown with a bronze sheen.

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Top: Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge; Middle: Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto; Bottom: Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

Milk Chocolate is a neutral/warm toned matte light brown. This is another great transition colour if you do not want to use a colour as warm as Salted Caramel in your crease.

Black Forest Truffle is a purple/brown with silver shimmers. Like Gilded Ganache the shimmers stick to the skin really well.

Triple Fudge is a matte cool toned dark brown. This makes a great liner if you want to something subtle.

Strawberry Bon Bon is a light matte baby pink.

Candied Violet is a cool toned medium purple with silvery purple shimmers.

Amaretto is a medium warm toned rusty brown with a satin finish.

Cherry Cordial is a matte warm toned plum brown. I loved using this on my lower lash line and smoking it out.

Champagne Truffle is a very light pinky champagne with a frosty finish. I have been using this on my inner corner to brighten my eyes and it looks lovely.

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R-L: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge, Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Crème Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

You get 16 eyeshadows in this palette for £45, thats approximately £2.80 each, which is such great value for money. I think if I had to choose one neutral palette from my collection this would be the one I chose. I prefer it over all of my naked palettes due to the inclusion of some purple and plummy shades. It is nice to be able to add some subtle colour into a neutral look. The only change I would make is to change the colours of the two larger shadows. I would have preferred for Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate to be the biggest as they are the colours I use the most of.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette retails for £39 and is available from Beauty Bay, Look Fantastic and Debenhams. It is  currently on sale for £35.10 on Debenhams website.

P.S. I have heard mumblings of a second Chocolate Bar palette from Too Faced. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for that.