2015 was the year of eyeshadows for me. I started out the year with just the Naked 1 and 2, and ended it with about seven more palettes. I know that seems like a lot, but I use them all and I never bought anything full priced, it was all either presents or discounted with coupons. So, that’s how I’m rationalizing it. Don’t judge me.
Anyways. Around Christmas I picked up the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I love Too Faced shadows. They’re such good quality and so pigmented and they’re just a dream to work with. So obviously I was so excited to get the Chocolate Bar.
I was a little let down to say the least.
I’m not someone with particularly oily eyelids, and I never go without a primer, but for some reason, these shadows crease on me. Badly. It happened once and I took it as a fluke. Maybe I was rushing too much while applying my makeup and I didn’t blend my primer well enough. Maybe it was the primer’s fault.
Then it happened again.
I can understand if my shadow started creasing after 8+ hours of wear. But if I go to a 4 hour shift of work I shouldn’t have worry about my shadow looking gross by the end of it.
I also find these shadows to be muddy. Yesterday I did a look using a light brown (milk chocolate), a medium brown (semi sweet), an orangey brown (salted caramel), and a dark burgundy (cherry cordial). After about 15 minutes you couldn’t tell there was more than one color on my eye. It just looked like I had dark brown from lid to crease (it was not a cute look).
Not to mention the brown was splotchy. Some areas looked way darker than others, even though it was all evenly blended and applied to begin with. I’m putting this down to the chunky glitters in some of the colors falling out quickly and the make up of the shadows (they’re made of cocoa powder).
I’m still playing around with this palette. I’m blotting my eyelids before priming, and I’m using a very, very, very light hand while applying color. It worked a little better today, and it even lasted through my whole shift plus some time. I’m going to try this out a little more, and if it still ends up looking creased and mudded after a few hours then I’m going to take it back.
Quality problems aside, this palette is beautiful. However I feel like it’s lacking light shades. There’s only a few shades in here that are light and very distinguishable from the other colors. This is nice if you’re really into smokey looks, but I always need a couple lighter shades to make my looks.
If you’re just getting into makeup, I wouldn’t suggest this for your first (or second) palette. There are so many better ones at the same price. If you have a developed collection, and you’re looking for a warm palette that will give you a lot of smokey brown looks, and you don’t have oily eyelids, then give this a go.
I see so many people raving about this palette, but for me, it’s just ok. Too Faced does to many better shadows, that if you’re debating getting something by them, maybe try something else.