Friday, December 12th, 2014

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.53 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows, and it is described as a “deeper, warmer version” of the original Chocolate Bar palette. (Why couldn’t they have gone for a deeper, cooler-toned version instead? The first was certainly warm-toned!) The palette is decent overall with a few shades that could be better, but most had a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery but remained blendable. The formula here is thinner rather than really buttery or dense, but only a few felt dry and thin. I didn’t like the glittery shade included in this palette, as it didn’t adhere well to skin, resulted in fall out all over the place (both during application as well as during wear), and doesn’t layer well over the other eyeshadows so it seemed like a waste to me. If I take out Pink Sugar’s rating (and pretend it doesn’t exist), it boosts the palette’s grade to a higher B (not quite a B+).

If you’ve purchased the original Chocolate Bar palette recently, you may have a thinner version than the ones released initially. If you bought several months back, this palette is noticeably thinner (but the rest of it is the same, so they’ll stack). The magnetic closure felt weaker on the Semi-Sweet palette, which makes me a little wary for traveling, but it seems like it should be okay. Two larger-sized eyeshadows contain less product (0.07 oz. compared to 0.10 oz.) while the standard-sized eyeshadows remained the same (0.03 oz. each). The larger-sized eyeshadows look like they’re not as tall and are just wider than the standard-sized but keep the heights the same.

Here are some comparisons of shades that were reasonably similar between the two palettes:

  • White Chocolate (Original) is slightly darker than Coconut Creme (Semi-Sweet)
  • Gilded Ganache (Original) is a more shimmery, darker version of Cocoa Chili (Semi-Sweet)
  • Milk Chocolate (Original) is a smidgen darker than Mousse (Semi-Sweet)
  • Hazelnut (Original) is slightly less metallic compared to Frosting (Semi-Sweet)

Licorice is a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was slightly thin and stiffer, so the color payoff was decent but not intense. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Coconut Creme is a light beige with warm, creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, was slightly dusty, and wore well seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nougat is a muted, medium-dark peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Truffled is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a mostly matte finish. It has a bit more of a sheen to it compared to say, Coconut Creme, but it is still more matte than a satin to me. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Fudgeis a rich, dark brown with a hint of black/gray and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture. It wasn’t really a rich, buttery texture–thinner, firmer–but it was a firmness that made it difficult to use.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocoa Chili is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. There’s a sprinkling of gold sparkle, but very little of it transfers to the lid, so it is primarily just a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture. It wore well for eight hours on me. It is just a fraction darker and less yellow in tone compared to Truffled, but the two are too similar applied I think to merit being in the same palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pink Sugar is a pale pink with subtle yellow undertones (more apparent in the pan than swatched) with a glittery finish. It felt almost wet in the pan, but it was thin and very, very sheer. It seemed more like a glitter top coat, but it didn’t stick to the lid at all, and it wouldn’t stick or layer over the powder eyeshadows in the palette either. I tried to apply it, and all the glitter would fall beneath the eye. I tried using my fingertip, and the glitter stuck to my fingertip and none transferred to my lid. Just an absolute waste of a shade in this palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Puddin’ is a muted, medium-dark brown with a faint hint of gray and a matte finish. It was a little faded when swatched and used compared to how it looked in the pan. For me, the color was faded on the lid after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blueberry Swirl is a faded, very muted, dark blue with a hint of black and purple to it and a soft, frosted finish. It looks a lot lighter and softer than in the pan. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, while the consistency was a little dry but was blendable at least. It lasted seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peanut Butter is a brightened, medium orange with a hint of brown and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a silky, soft texture. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frosting is a bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth consistency, though it felt a little dry. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rum Raisin is a slightly muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and was easily blended on the skin. It had a slight dryness to it, but it didn’t seem to impact wear or application. This shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mousse is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque and a little dusty, and it was faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caramel is a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency felt a little dry, but the color payoff was excellent when swatched. When I applied to the lid, I had a little more trouble getting the color to adhere to the lid, but it was manageable. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bon Bon #2 is a medium copper with a hint of brown and a metallic finish. It had a really soft texture that was almost crumbly, so there was some fall out during application, but it had good color payoff and was blendable. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. (There is a shade previously released called Bon Bon, but this isn’t the same.) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Butter Pecan is a light gold with a hint of peach to it (there’s a little orange vibe I get from it) and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.53 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows. It’s currently available to VIB/VIB Rouges at Sephora, but it will launch for everyone on December 15th and be in-store in January. I tested about half of the shades yesterday and will be testing the other half today, with a review hopefully tomorrow :)

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

Inspired by Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, this Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is a deeper, warmer version of the original coveted palette. Infused with the scent of sweet chocolate, this collection features 16 antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused shadows in matte and shimmer shades with warm caramels, deep mochas, bronzy chocolate, and vibrant sugared blueberry hues. These rich, high-pigment shades are perfect for any season, and it includes a signature how-to Glamour Guide to help you get started with three eye looks. Now available for VIB and VIB Rouges at Sephora.

Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette ($49.00)

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

Availability: Now available for VIB and VIB Rouges at Sephora

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new, limited edition, ULTA exclusive palette that features twelve eyeshadows with a glittery gold exterior. It’s a fairly good, neutral-driven eyeshadow palette with a lot of warmer shades and a variety of finishes from matte to frost. There was only shade that was a big miss (Black Licorice), but the majority had good color payoff, good to slightly powdery textures, and wore for seven to eight hours. This has sold out online, so you’ll only be able to find it at a local ULTA store if you have one nearby.

Coconut Cream is a bright, white matte. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutmeg is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Biscotti is a bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Violet is a blackened purple with warm undertones and a satin finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Truffle is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Frosting is a bright, cool-toned, light pink with a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Sugar is a golden bronze with a metallic sheen and warm undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Cake is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Meringue is a pink-tinged light beige with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Clove is a cool-toned, light-medium taupe with a purple tinge and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bon Bon is a pale, frosted lilac with cool undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Licorice is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sugar & Spice

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set
Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three shimmery takes on three of the brand’s La Creme Lip Creams. Each is full-sized, so the set contains $66 worth of lipstick. The glittering pink mini bag it comes doesn’t feel particularly well made, and it flakes glitter everywhere. The formula is supposed to be like their La Creme (highly pigmented, hydrating, smooth), just with shimmer. They’re not as thick or as creamy, and with two shades, you can feel some of the shimmer–not gritty or really rough, but you can feel it when applying. They have more of a semi-matte finish from a normal viewing distance, despite the shimmer.

Shimmering Naked Dolly is a gold-shimmered, muted peach with warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had some slip but the consistency was thinner overall. This one didn’t seem to apply as well, and it looked streaky on the lips. The color wore well for two and a half hours on me and was lightly drying. Urban Decay Peroxide (DC, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Frolic (P, $48.00) is sheerer, darker. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a shimmery finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation. It glided on without tugging on the lips, as it had an emollient feel, but the color tended to look streaky. If I pressed my lips together, it would create “lines” where the product would build-up. This shade lasted for two and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pleasure Model (P, $18.00) is lighter, more matte. L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) (P, $8.95) is darker. Urban Decay Peroxide (DC, $22.00) is warmer. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ShimmeringSpice Spice Baby is a reddish-coral with a light dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture of this one was smoother–I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer when applying–and it applied more evenly without looking streaky. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was very lightly hydrating. Chanel Impulsive (132) (LE, $34.00) is darker. Urban Decay 5150 (DC, $22.00) is redder. Revlon Cruise Collection (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $51.00) is redder. Chanel Teheran (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Under the Mistletoe

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Too Faced Everything Nice Palette
Too Faced Everything Nice Palette

Too Faced Everything Nice Palette ($56.00 for 1.76 oz.) contains twenty eyeshadows and four bronzer/blushes. It comes with a glittery, pink pouch, three short-handled brushes, and a deluxe-sized Better Than Sex Mascara. It’s new and limited edition for the holidays. It’s slim with a variety of neutrals and jewel-tones, matte and frosts, which makes it a more versatile, travel-friendly palette (though Too Faced could use more satin/pearl finishes in the range).

Overall, it’s a decent palette, and there’s a lot of value packed into it–the eyeshadows are 0.06 oz. each, which is larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (e.g. MAC/Urban Decay are 0.05 oz. in full-size). The quality was present with the majority of the shades, though there were a few misses and so-so shades. Most of the shades wore well for eight hours, with a couple wearing less or more than that (noted below if it was shorter or longer).

I would have loved to have seen a cooler-toned shade for cheeks, because I think the four included run warmer. The brushes aren’t really useful, but they might work in a pinch, as the shapes seem really specific and less universal. Avid Too Faced fans will likely see the repetitive nature of the brand coming through in this palette, which is often the case with any brand that releases mega-sized palettes regularly. One thing I was happy to see is that Too Faced re-used some of the colors from previously-released palettes that weren’t just renamed, though there were still some shades that seemed to be repeats with new names.

Turtle Dove is a brightened, neutral ivory white with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff that went on smoothly without being powdery. This is a shade that Too Faced has done in a lot of palettes with different names (not all of them are exactly the same, but there are many that are very similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dream On is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation but had a moderately powdery textures, so you’ll want to be careful when applying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After Hours is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had a very soft texture, but it sometimes looked clumpy applied, so it needs to be pressed against the skin to smooth it out, but it does have good color payoff. I had some fall out during wear with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fawned of You is a medium, caramel brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and it is definitely a shade that would benefit from a good primer underneath, so it would adhere better to the skin. The texture was soft, silky, and just a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Knockout is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. This shade looks a lot less warm-toned applied than it looks in the pan. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but not powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Paper Roses #2 is a light, warm-toned pink-peach with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a slightly powdery texture, but it was blendable and easy to apply. And just to be clear, there was a shade called Paper Roses in another palette, but the two are nothing alike (it actually made me wonder if this shade and Kindness is Free were mislabeled). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kindness is Free is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it had a slightly dry, thinner texture. I found the intensity applied was always less than in the pan–it just didn’t want to go on boldly. I would recommend using only with a primer. It had a tendency to fade a bit faster, by seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mauvelous #2 is a silver-shot mauve with flecks of copper sparkle. This shade felt like they used sparkle, rather than larger glittery particles, and it was a lot less noticeable than the last one I remember, but it was also noticeably lighter. It had decent color payoff, but there was still fall out as none of the sparkle really binds with the actual color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Be You is a subtly warm-toned, muted, dusty purple with a matte finish. The texture was soft but powdery, and I noticed that this one didn’t layer or build-up well. It was harder to blend than I thought it would be, as it had a tendency to stick where it initially applied without budging much further. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Secret Lovers is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it was fairly smooth and easily blended on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heaven is a yellowed white with a matte finish. It is noticeably powdery, though the texture is very soft and finely-milled. It had good pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shiny Happy is a neutral-to-cool-tone, dirty gold with a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Honey Pot is a light-medium, orange-gold with a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was a dream to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Settle is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow-olive undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was a little dry, it still applied fairly well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Girly is a warm, reddish-brown with a green-to-teal duochrome. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Totally Fetch is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great, opaque pigmentation that went on smoothly. It seemed to have a higher sheen than the one in the Pretty Rebel palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Live It Up is a medium-dark, lightly cool-toned purple with silver/purple sparkle. The sparkle just goes everywhere but where you’d like it, as it doesn’t bind with the actual color. What little bit may transfer onto lids during application drops below the lid within the next couple of hours. It had semi-sheer color coverage, though the texture wasn’t stiff, it was just thin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Glam is a brightened, green-leaning teal with a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Head Over Heels is a glittery, blackened navy blue with purple and lighter blue flecks of glitter. It had sheer color payoff, and the texture had an almost wet-like feel to it. The glitter seemed to be more prominent when applied to the lid, but this was a one-way trip to Fall Out City. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Moon is a dark, blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and gold sparkle over a matte finish. Again, the sparkle doesn’t bind with the color, so most of it is lost between the brush/underneath the eye. It had decent pigmentation, though the texture was a little dry and less blendable than desired. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Pink is a medium, lightly warmed-up pink with a fine, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and it was blendable and didn’t emphasize pores when applied. It wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Papa Don’t Peach is a muted, medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great pigmentation, while the texture was slightly powdery, it was easily blended on the skin without emphaizing the skin’s texture. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Inner Light is an iridescent pink-peach with a strong, golden frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though the finish tended to emphasize pores slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Everything Nice

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Turtle Dove

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Dream On

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