Over the years I have bought numerous palettes. Most of them have been a holiday collection and are no longer with me as I depotted the pans to incorporate into my Z Palette. My issue with all them has always been that I end up using only limited shades within the palette. A bright color is great, but let’s be real, who really uses bright purple on the daily?
Regardless, I always buy palettes because it’s much more affordable than buying individual shades. But out of all the palettes I have purchased and returned, and those that I have purchased and kept, my favorite by far is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.
Shocker I know, a warm toned brown shade palette. But here are my reasons why this beats any other palette.
Why I love it?
I can use 14 out of the 16 shades for either a day time or night time look. I don’t have to wait around until Halloween to get good use out of them.
I don’t need any other shades or eye shadows when I use this. In my mind, an eye shadow palette should have enough shades that you don’t need to pull from other shadows to achieve a look. For instance, I really like the Too Faced Peach Palette. BUT, none of the shades in that palette are a good transition shade/crease shade. The two shades that could be used are too dark or bright as a transition shade (this of course is personal preference). So when I use it, I always end up having to pull out an eye shadow from another palette. With the Chocolate Bar palette you could use Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate and even Semi Sweet.
There is a nice range of light to dark shades including one highlighting shade (Champagne truffle) and one that could double as eye liner (Triple fudge).
From left to right: Hazel Nut, Salted Caramel, Crème Brulee, Marzipan, Milk Chocolate, Semi-Sweet & Haute Chocolate
The quality of the eye shadows is A+.
The packing is nice and sturdy and has a mirror.
It smells like chocolate. And yes, I would love it even if it didn’t, but if eye shadows are going to smell like anything, chocolate seems like a great choice.
For me, it’s well worth the $49. If you calculate the cost per shadow, this ends up being $3/shadow. This is more affordable than MAC or Make Up Geek eye shadows which run at $6/shadow. Sure those might be a little bigger, but again, how long does it take you to go through eye shadow? If you wanted to create your own 16 shadow palette from either of those brands it would be at least $96 just for the shadows and $20 for a Z Palette.
So, if you are on the market for a new palette, or you are new to make up and wanting to build your collection, go swatch this palette at Sephora, Ulta or Macy’s. The shades I use on a daily basis are Salted Caramel as a transition shade, Milk Chocolate on the crease and Marzipan on the lid. If I want to darken the look I will use Semi Sweet on the crease and Haute Chocolate on the outer corner of my lid. Also, Marzipan is probably my favorite eye shadow of all time.