So Too Faced has recently launched two new palettes from their popular chocolate bar line: the white Chocolate Bar palette, aimed at lighter skin tones, and the Chocolate Gold palette, aimed at deeper skin tones. This post will be focusing on the white chocolate palette.
Recently, Too Faced has been releasing many products, and not many of those products have received positive reviews. That made me all the more interested to test these out in store, because that’s the only way I can really test for the quality myself.
I’ve been happy with my Peachy Mattes palette, which is the only Too Faced palette I own, so let’s see how these two compare!
I’m positive I’m not the first person who looked at this palette and thought “okay, pretty colors, but what’s going on here?”
Look at it. I see some unusual colors, such as mint chocolate and lavender cake, as well as some peaches like raspberry rose and frosted apricot. There’s a frosted black (black sugar), three nude shades (banana date, glaze, and pearl candy) and then a collection of browns and taupes.
Also, this palette contains 10 of the same shades that are found in the white chocolate chip palette (which has 11 shades total) released about a year ago. First, I can’t comprehend why any brand would “remake” a palette that already exists, and second I can’t comprehend why any brand would remake a bad palette.
On the Sephora website, here’s what it says: “Inspired by the success of the innovative White Chocolate Chip Palette…”
Too Faced. C’mon. That palette was neither innovative nor a success. It has a 2.7/5 stars on the Sephora website! That’s the worst rating any Too Faced palette has by .8 of a star! And the only other palette that comes close with a rating of 3.5, is this palette. Temptalia reviewed the white chocolate chip palette and gave it a D. Clearly this palette was poorly received, even more so than it’s sister, the chocolate chip palette.
Clearly these shades or formula are not clicking with customers. There’s also nothing innovative about it; I’ve seen these same neutral shades in almost every neutral palette ever. I can’t think of any person who would benefit from this palette. It certainly wouldn’t work on anyone with dark skin tones, and a beginner who doesn’t have much in their collection would be better off with a more comprehensive palette like the original Chocolate Bar.
So after that enthusiastic rant, let’s look at swatches!
First, I’d like to add an arbitrary complaint: why are the shade names so long? Is this really necessary?
Now for the shades.
Mint chocolate is a matte teal that I don’t really understand the use for. I suppose it could be used in the crease or under the lash line, but otherwise I don’t think most people would use this a lot. Too Faced often puts a single pop of color into their chocolate palettes, such as the pink in bon bons, the pink in chocolate bar, and the blue in semi sweet.
Glaze is a matte white. This is one of two larger pans in the palette.This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Cake batter is a matte beige. This is a great shade to put in the crease for a typical brown based eyeshadow look. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Exotica is a silvery beige that I really like, but also have in my own makeup stash. Once again, this is a fairly typical shade to find in a natural palette. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Chocolate syrup is a soft brown. Also not unique.
Pearl candy is a shimmery-ish white shade. This didn’t swatch very well and isn’t very pigmented. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Raspberry rose is a peachy pink shimmer. This also had poor pigmentation. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Indulge is a light taupe shade. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Now for the next batch!
Lavender cake is perhaps the most interesting shade in the palette. On my search for good purple eyeshadows, I have yet to find a single shade similar to that. I would totally wear it and am still searching for a matte lavender like it. That being said, it doesn’t make sense to have it in a palette with no other purple colors.
Guilt free is a taupe grey, which I think is a pretty shade. It’s also unique because I don’t see it in many other palettes. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Smoked sea salt is a dark matte brown. It’s fairly boring, however I consider it to be an essential shade for a makeup collection. If you own any kind of neutral palette, it’s likely you already have this.
Frosted apricot isn’t really frosted. It’s a peachy matte shade with a silver sparkle to it. Once again, it’s a pretty shade but it doesn’t really belong in a neutral palette. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Cookie dough is a light matte brown with gold sparkle, similar to cake batter, but less warm tones.
Sugared rasin is a silvery mauve. I really like this color, but it’s not worth purchasing the whole palette for. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Black sugar is a matte black with silver sparkle. I never use black eyeshadow, so I would have absolutely no use for it. This shade is also found in the white chocolate chip palette.
Banana date is a banana toned yellow matte. This is one of two larger pans in the palette.
Overall, I don’t think this palette is worth it. The color scheme is confused, the palette only works for light skinned people, and the quality is sub-par. If you’re looking for something to gift this holiday season, whether for you or a friend, I advise you to not pick this.
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