Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette: Photos, Swatches and Review

Well this only took me a lifetime to get posted… On the plus side, I’ve had TONS of time to test it out so I can give you all an in depth, honest review!

I really love this palette because it has such a nice mixture of finishes and colors, most of which I find to be usable on a regular basis… It’s not like Too Faced threw in a bunch of random shadows that will never be touched, so I appreciate that! Another awesome thing about this palette is the fact that it really does smell like chocolate, but not it an icky, fake, overly sweet way… It’s strangely relaxing and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever I’m using it. Greatest marketing idea ever on their part… I mean come on, what woman doesn’t want to inhale chocolate while putting on their makeup?! The value and quality of the Chocolate Bar palette make it a must have as well…  Just shy of $50 for 16 really nice eye shadows is a steal! In my opinion, this is one of the best (mostly) neutral palettes out there these days, but I’ll let you be the judge!

Note:   I will admit that the product photos in this post are less than fantastic due to a new, weird lighting setup that I had used and bad natural light that day… If it wouldn’t bother you all, I’d be happy to redo them sometime if you don’t mind seeing these eye shadows now that they’ve been used! They aren’t in pristine condition like they were when my palette was brand new, but I think the colors would be more accurate (I feel like they’re most accurate in the photos of the whole palette.) Please comment below if you’d like me to redo some of these photos!

TF Chocolate Bar Palette Packaging

Nearly all of these eye shadows felt really luxurious and applied easily (you’ll find out which ones didn’t in the individual reviews). Coverage kind of depends on the finish, but it’s mostly pretty good with little product used. While the mattes tend to wear a little longer than the shimmery or metallic finish shadows, I got an average of 4-6 hours without a primer and closer to 8-10 with one. A primer is also going to make the color of the shadow more true to pan color… You can use a huge variety of primers, and Too Faced makes one called Shadow Insurance if you want to stick with this brand. My favorite, however, is the line of Pro Longwear Paint Pots from MAC… I usually stick with a neutral shade like (from light to dark) Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low. Even if you have a deeper skin tone, you can still use these lighter colors to intensify the color of the eye shadow… It looks a little crazy at first, but trust me, it works!

The palette itself resembles a chocolate bar (makes sense)… It’s metal and doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap at all. It also contains a good sized, nice mirror that isn’t the cloudy looking plastic kind that easily warps and scratches. My only issue is the fact that the magnetic closure feels a little less powerful than it should be to hold this palette shut… I prefer magnetic closures to ones that clip or latch, because that leaves one less thing to break, but I sometimes worry that if I drop my Chocolate Bar palette (which I inevitably will at some point, since I’m so clumsy), it’s going to break… I’m going to stay optimistic about this packaging, since I haven’t heard anything about that happening yet, but I’ll keep you updated if my opinion on that changes at all!

Too Faced Chocolate Par Packaging

On the back of the package, it reads “Indulge your craving for chocolate with these 16 antioxidant-rich cocoa powder infused matte and shimmer shades of neutral browns, delicate pinks, and luscious plums. Inspired by our best-selling cocoa powder infused Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, the collection of decadent shadows is the perfect complement to any skin tone”… It’s made with 100% natural cocoa powder, so you aren’t putting weird, synthetically perfumed stuff on your delicate eyelids. It also does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, so that’s even better! As that little description mentions, there are also other chocolatey products from Too Faced, including another eye shadow palette and bronzers, which I will be reviewing soon! While some of Too Faced’s products are vegan, this palette is not one of them. However, they are a completely cruelty-free company that’s against animal testing, which makes them super awesome in my book!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Label

While the palette itself doesn’t list the colors printed on it like the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette does, the box has them listed on the back, so you could cut that off and keep it if you want. The palette also comes with a clear protective cover over the eye shadows that has the names of the shadows on it, so you can always keep that in there as well. What this palette DOES come with is a little guide with a few looks that you can create if you get stumped for ideas! All of these work well together on pretty much all ages and skin tones, though, so I don’t really think you can go wrong with any combination that you may come up with.

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I sort of failed at cropping this straight… Oops.

The Chocolate Bar palette is permanent, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! It’s available from Too Faced’s website, Sephora, Ulta, and just about any retailer that sells Too Faced. It costs $49 no matter where you get it from, but a lot of websites that sell it have sales and frequently offer discount codes! The two larger eye shadows contain 2.8 g / 0.10 oz of product each, while the other fourteen smaller eye shadows contain 0.95 g / 0.03 oz… That makes a grand total of 18.9 g / 0.62 oz of product! By eye shadow palette standards, that’s a really good deal for such high quality stuff!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette with Colors

Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Gilded Ganache

Gilded Ganache

Gilded Ganache:   This shadow is a dark, neutral brown with a warmer type of golden bronze sheen. It has very, very fine glittery/shimmer particles in it that may cause fallout if you apply it too heavily or with a very fluffy brush. The texture of this shadow felt soft and smooth, despite the micro-shimmer (those usually feel a little dry). Color payoff was really good and actually looks a bit warmer on that it does in the pan. Coverage was even and opaque without using much product. I got about 5 hours of wear without a primer and closer to 8 with one.

Dupes:   Rum Raisin from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is much warmer. Darkhorse from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is similar, maybe a bit cooler toned, but still a closer match than Rum Raisin.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

White Chocolate

White Chocolate

White Chocolate:   This is a pale, neutral cream color with slightly warm/beige undertones and a matte finish. It wasn’t powdery at all and both packed on and blended out well. Color payoff on the skin seems a little lighter than in the pan. Coverage was mostly opaque, and gets better the more you layer this shadow. With White Chocolate, I got just over 6 hours of wear without a primer about 10 with one.

Dupes:   There are a lot of dupes for an eye shadow like this! Strange from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is close, but has a more satin finish and a pinker undertone. Blanc Type from MAC is VERY, very similar!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate:   Milk Chocolate is a medium, neutral brown that can appear warmer once applied, depending on your skin tone. This shadow has a matte finish and a really nice, smooth texture that’s easily blendable. Color payoff, as I mentioned, usually looks a little warmer on the skin. Milk Chocolate has pretty good coverage… I would say it’s about 90% opacity with the first layer. Wear time was around 6 hours no primer, and closer to 10 when worn over a primer.

Dupes:    Mousse from Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette is lighter, but close. Buck from the original Naked palette by Urban Decay is lighter and warmer. The MAC shadows Cork and Wedge are close, but not quite the same… Cork is cooler, while Wedge is lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Black Forest Truffle

Black Forest Truffle

Black Forest Truffle:   This eye shadow is a medium dark to dark, plummy, reddish brown with a satiny sheen and warm, pinky bronze micro-glitter. Because of the micro-glitter particles, I wasn’t a big fan of this texture… It felt rather dry and gritty, making application troublesome with the fallout it created. Color payoff was good, but not as intense as it looks in the pan. Coverage was only semi-opaque, due to the fact that the texture made is apply less evenly than most other shadows in this palette. Wear time was only around 4-5 hours without a primer, but improved and went up to 7-8 when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sketch is similar in color, but without the annoying micro-glitter. Beauty Marked, also from MAC, is a little darker, but has about the same amount of shimmer, and applied more evenly. Blackheart from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is darker, more intense, and even more glittery.

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Triple Fudge

Triple Fudge

Triple Fudge:   Triple Fudge is a dark to deep (depending on how it’s applied), warm toned, fudge brown with a hint of reddish undertones and a matte finish. Texture was similar to the other matte shadows in this palette… Smooth and bendable without being dry. Color payoff was good, but not as rich and deep as in the pan… Same with coverage. It wasn’t quite totally opaque at first and took some layering to get it about as dark as it is in the pan. I didn’t notice any fading or creasing until I had this on for around 5-6 hours, and around 8-9 hours with a primer.

Dupes:   Hmm… This seems like a color that would be pretty easy to dupe, but I can’t find anything close to it from any brand I have! Embark from MAC is as deep and rich, but MUCH warmer and reddish/plum toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Swatches 2

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel:   This shadow is a medium, warm peachy brown with a matte finish… It felt even smoother than most of the other mattes in this palette and both blended out and packed on with ease. Color payoff is nearly identical to how it looks in the pan, while coverage is even and opaque with very little product used. There was no fading or creasing with this shadow until I had it on for a little over 6 hours, and closer to 9-10 with a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Tete-A-Tint is nearly identical in both texture and color. Soft Brown, also from MAC, is lighter and more neutral. Peanut Butter from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette is darker, more intense, and more orange.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Marzipan

Marzipan

Marzipan:   Marzipan is a light, warm, peachy nude with a creamy sheen and frosted finish. It felt silky and applied very easily. It’s a little lighter on the skin than it is in the pan, but I would say color payoff is pretty good. You also don’t need to use much to get fully opaque coverage. Since it has a metallic finish, it doesn’t wear quite so long as the mattes in this palette do… I got around 4-5 hours of wear without a primer, and just over 8 when I used a Pro Longwear Paint Pot first.

Dupes:   This is another one of those shadows that you can find a lot of dupes for… Sin from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is pretty similar for both color and finish. Naked Lunch from MAC is lighter. MAC’s All That Glitters is also very close, perhaps with more of a pink/champagne undertone, though.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Semi-Sweet

Semi-Sweet

Semi-Sweet:   This eye shadow is a medium dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth and not dry at all, applying and blending easily. Color payoff is lighter on the skin than in the pan, but can be built up if desired. Coverage was even but not totally opaque with the first layer I applied. I got about 6 hours of wear without a primer, and just over 9 with one before any creasing or fading occurred.

Dupes:   Corduroy from MAC is very close, maybe a little more reddish and lighter. Folie, also from MAC, is much more reddish.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Strawberry Bon-Bon

Strawberry Bon-Bon My apologies for this rotten photo… It got cloudy! The color towards the top of the photo is most accurate.

Strawberry Bon-Bon:   This shadow is a pale, cool toned pink with a matte finish. The texture felt nice and buttery smooth with no dryness. Color payoff is lighter and less intense on the skin than it looks in the palette, but improves a lot when worn over a primer. Coverage was actually really good and even, despite the lack of color intensity. Wear time was the average 6 hours without a primer, and 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Limit from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is darker and much cooler/lavender toned. Pink Freeze from MAC is similar in color, but totally different in texture since it has a Frost finish… I honestly can’t really find the ideal dupe for this shadow.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Candied Violet

Candied Violet
Again, my bad for the ugly photo! Not only was I losing my light, but the shimmery particles make is near impossible to focus on!

Candied Violet:   Candied Violet is a medium, cool toned gray-ish violet with a pearly sheen and pinkish-purple, multidimensional micro-glitter particles. Once again, the texture of one of the only sparkly shadows in this palette was disappointing… It felt stiff, dry, chalky, and had quite a bit of fallout, making it not terribly fun to work with! Forget blending this color out or using a fluffy, blending brush… You’ll have fairy vomit (my term for glittery fallout) all over the place! Color payoff wasn’t as dark or intense as it was in the palette, while coverage was sort of sheer as well, thanks to the dry, icky texture. I only got about 4 hours of wear with Candied Violet before it started to crease and fade, but that was bumped up to around 7 hours when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   To be completely honest, I can’t find a dupe for this in my collection, so at least it’s a unique color! I’m trying so hard to find a positive here haha!

Overall Rating:   3 / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Amaretto

Amaretto

Amaretto:   Amaretto is a medium dark, rusted brown with a warm, bronze sheen and a frosted finish… It’s an incredibly smooth, silky feeling eye shadow that applies evenly, While color payoff wasn’t as intense as it looks in the palette, it was still pretty good. Coverage was almost totally opaque, but not quite. Since this is a frost, wear time was only 4-5 hours with no primer, and around 8 with one.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sable is similar, but a little cooler toned. Antiqued, also by MAC, is actually closer because it’a warmer than Sable.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Hazelnut

Hazelnut

Hazelnut:   This shadow is a medium dark bronzed brown with a golden bronze sheen and frosted finish. It felt very smooth and applied easily. Color payoff was a little lighter on the skin than in the pan, but still looked great. Coverage was completely opaque with very little product applied. I didn’t have any issues with fading or creasing until nearly 5 hours of wear time, and closer to 9 hours of wear when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   Bronze from MAC is almost identical, but maybe a teeny bit deeper. Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is cooler and darker. Frosting, which is in Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette, is lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée:   Creme Brûlée is a medium, golden amber shadow with warm undertones and a frosty, metallic finish. It has a super silky smooth texture that applies like a dream. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the palette, with coverage being 100% opaque without having to use much product. For a metallic eye shadow, wear time was pretty good… I got about 6 hours when applied alone and 9+ over a primer.

Dupes:    Amber Lights from MAC is pretty close, maybe with more of a peachy-golden undertone, though. Caramel from the Semi-Sweet palette is lighter and much peachier. Half-Baked from both Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked 2 palettes is close, but a bit lighter… The one in the original Naked palette is a little closer than the version of Half-Baked in the second Naked palette.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate:   This shadow is a dark, bronzed chocolate shade with warm undertones and a highly frosted finish. Like Amaretto, it felt incredibly smooth and buttery, applying super easily and evenly. Color payoff isn’t as deep as it is in the pan unless you layer it, but it’s still gorgeous! Since Haute Chocolate applies so evenly, it also has superb coverage. As far as wear time goes, I got a little less than 6 hours without a primer and just over 8 with one before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is darker and cooler. Carbonized from MAC is very close, but it was unfortunately limited edition.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Cherry Cordial

Cherry Cordial

Cherry Cordial:   Cherry Cordial is a medium dark to dark (depending on application), wine stained shadow with warm reddish brown undertones and a mostly matte finish, though it does have some micro-glitter bits in it. While the sheen it pretty, I feel like those little shimmer bits make the texture of some of these shadows dry, with this being one of them. Color payoff was alright, though not as intense as it is in the palette, while coverage was only semi-opaque, thanks yet again to that dry, itty bitty shimmery texture. On the plus side, the drier texture made this wear well for over 6 hours without a primer, and about 9 with one.

Dupes:   MAC’s Embark is darker and more brown. Deep Damson, also from MAC, is close in color, but matte has slightly more plum undertones and is a Matte finish.

Overall Rating:  3.5  / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Champagne Truffle

Champagne Truffle

Champagne Truffle:  This shadow is a pale cream with neutral to cool pinky undertones (it leans more cool/pinky depending on your skin tone and what primer you use). It has a beautiful frosted metallic finish and feels very creamy and smooth, applying easily and blending out with no trouble at all. Color payoff looks about the same as it does in the pan, and coverage is totally opaque without needing to apply much product. Wear time was a solid 6 hours without a primer, and I had no creasing or fading for at least 8-9 hours when using a primer first.

Dupes:   Phloof from MAC is very similar for both color and finish/texture. Virgin from the original Naked palette has the same finish, but more of a true champagne tone. Bootycall from Urban Decay’s naked 2 palette is a little darker and not as cool/pink as Champagne Truffle.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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