Too Faced ‘Semi-Sweet’ Chocolate Bar Palette is the second instalment of the very popular natural eyeshadow palette, the original ‘Chocolate Bar Palette’.
The ‘Semi-Sweet’ Chocolate Bar Palette consists of 16 eyeshadows and is filled with mainly natural shades with a few pops of colour. Each eyeshadow contains cocoa powder which gives off a delicious chocolate scent as soon as you open the palette and the packaging is in a tin shaped like a chocolate bar.
The packaging of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette is much thinner than the original Chocolate Bar Palette that I own as I got it when they first brought it out. (They since changed the packaging on the original and made it more slimline which is great because the older packaging is way too chunky.)
The eyeshadows in the palette are a great mixture between matte and shimmer finishes and I feel that the texture of these eyeshadows are slightly softer and more buttery that the original palette making them easier to blend out.
One thing I do want to mention is the size of the shadows themselves. 14 of them are smaller shadows at 0.95 grams each and the 2 highlight shades are larger at 2.2 grams – These 2 shadows have decreased in size from the original palette (2.8 grams) but the price of the palette hasn’t changed.
In the palette the matte shades are Licorice, Nougat, Truffled, Puddin’, Peanut Butter, Mousse and Coconut Crème the matte highlight.
I find the matte shades to be just above average when it comes to pigmentation, nougat, and licorice are the ones that are the disappointing shades; they aren’t as pigmented as I would expect and slightly patchy. The rest are nice neutral colours and have great range of depth and a good mixture of warm and cool browns. These shadows are perfect tradition shades for any look you create, call them ‘blending staple shades’ if you will.disappointing shades
The shimmer shades in the palette are: Hot Fudge, Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar, Blueberry Swirl, Frosting, Rum Raisin, Caramel, Bon Bon and Butter Pecan is the shimmery highlight.
Out of these shades, Cocoa Chili and Pink Sugar are more glittery shadows and like a lot of Too Faced’s glittery shadows I have used, they cause a lot of fall out and when blending Cocoa Chili the glitter can disappear all together.
The rest of the shimmer shades are lovely to work with, buttery, blend nicely and look beautiful. Too Faced do shimmer shades well (the non glitter ones), I think their formula is on point and I have rarely found a shimmer shade from Too Faced that I didn’t like.
Here are some swatches:
The one thing that stands out to me as my only ‘issue’ with this palette and it’s not really a problem, just a personal irk, but putting a dark black shadow right next to the lightest matte shadow just frustrates the hell out of me. If you are heavy handed with an eyeshadow brush you can fling black powder into the cream and then it can cause all amounts of dramas trying to get it out and if you don’t do it right you can turn part of the cream grey and then its all ruined. Well ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but every time I open this palette little voices in my head scream “WHY?! WHY TOO FACED?!?!”
Apart from that I love this palette! I love the colour range, I love the different brown shades, I love the shimmers and I love the packaging.
Improve the formulation of the few matte shades that are a bit patchy and move the black shadow it would be a perfect palette.
Do I like it more than the original Chocolate Bar Palette? I honestly can’t decide. I have spent the past week looking at them side by side and trying to decide which one I like better, if there was one that stood out more than the other… and I can’t decide. I actually love them equally the same but for different reasons.
You can pick up the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar palette from Mecca Maxima or online for $65.
Let me know in the comment if you want a side by side swatch of them both or if the placement of the black shade would annoy you also. =)