Honestly, the folks at Too Faced Cosmetics really, REALLY should’ve put a warning label on their new Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49) (“Do not bite!”), because among their fans, it would have saved the chocolate lovers gazillions of dollars in dental repair bills.
Even before and after pics on the box would have been helpful (this is Karen before biting the palette, and this is Karen after).
For instance, for the before picture, they could have used something like this pic of a smiling cat lady just chillin’ with the cute chocolate-bar shaped case moments before she opened it…
Then, for the after pic, they could have used something like this to illustrate what happened moments after that same cat lady opened the tin for the first time and caught a whiff of the scented eyeshadows inside it.
OMG! All 16 powder eyeshadows smell EXACTLY LIKE CHOCOLATE…which I guess makes sense, seeing as how they’re all made with cocoa powder, which is supposed to help protect and smooth your skin.
Man, I was hella hungry this afternoon, too, and after that first sniff of cocoa deliciousness I scoured the house for anything chocolate (found a can of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, score!). I bit down on the edge of the tin like I was one of the bad children from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (I’d want to be Veruca Salt, of course). So, yeah. Watch out for your teeth.
This Chocolate Bar is a brand-spankin’-new eye palette for spring 2014, and technically, it’s not available yet, but you can put in a request to be emailed when it’s available. I’ve yet to hear word on the official release date, but I’m guessing it’ll be soon (probably within the next two weeks).
“Too Faced Co-founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino learned of the healing properties of cocoa while getting a chocolate facial in Maui. With Chocolate Bar he created a first-of-its-kind palette that combines the healing benefits of chocolate with richly pigmented, velvety smooth shadows. Chocolate has been used for centuries for its soothing properties and to protect, condition, and heal skin that has been damaged by sun and wind. Studies have shown that the scent of cocoa powder can increase memory and brain power.”
Hello, neutrals! The palette houses a mix of matte and shimmery browns, beiges, pinks, peaches, golds and plums, and they all have yummy-sounding names like Triple Fudge and Salted Caramel.
I just started nibbling on the palette today, but so far, I’m really enjoying the colors and textures.
With the exception of Milk Chocolate and Strawberry Bon Bon (which are both unfortunately sheer and feel harder-packed than the other shades), I like mixing the different neutrals together. They all seem to complement each other well.
It’s nice that there are a couple of fun shades in there, too, like the shimmery purple and shimmery khaki. Just to spice things up.
Overall, the palette makes total sense to me, and I can already think of at least a half a dozen different ways to wear it.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette Swatches
Blending out every harsh line was easy when I did this golden brown smokey eye today, thanks to the bunny tail softness of the powders, and I didn’t have any issues with fallout — a nice surprise! — because I usually do notice a little with Too Faced shadows.
Not here, though. Not at all. The brown and gold shadows I worked with today didn’t leave anything behind.
I plan to spend more time with the palette and wear it in some looks, but tentatively, I’m thinking A- (Milk Chocolate and Strawberry Bon Bon aren’t my faves). I’ve been really into neutral eye looks lately and can see myself wearing these colors a lot. Plus, they smell delicious. And I won’t have to burn off the calories.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,