Monday, 23 March 2015

Double Trouble | The Chocolate Bar Palettes

Too Faced released their Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette not too long ago and the beauty world blew up with reviews and side-by-side comparisons. Here is your one stop shop for the breakdown of the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and the newer Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. Plus, a dupe for less than £8 thrown in, just to sweeten the deal. Continue reading to see which palette has better colours, pigmentation, quality, and even packaging. 

Image from alittlebitetc.com
Let me begin by saying that I don't own either palette largely because I have far too many eyeshadow palettes that boast similar shades. However, I have some other Too Faced Palettes such as the Natural Eye Palette and the quality of the shadows are consistently good, not my favourite but still pigmented, blendable and soft with minimal fallout. Both of these palettes have similar quality shadows. See swatches side-by-side below. 
Images from alittlebitetc, but edited for better quality
As you can see the palettes are not entirely dissimilar, there are a lot of neutral colours in each palette. Judging by the swatches above I would say the original Chocolate Bar Palette is in fact warmer than the Semi-Sweet. The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar also appears to have more shimmers and brighter, stand-out shades, namely Blueberry Swirl, Caramel and Bon Bon. Blueberry Swirl does look like a lovely rich shimmering teal in the palette, a stunning colour but swatched it is quite disappointing and unexpectedly ordinary. 


Contrastingly, the original Chocolate Bar palette features less variation in terms of shadows and  this can be both beneficial and detrimental. It can make the palette quite boring and less appealing to the eye, as the Semi-Sweet palette above photographs beautifully and looks very eye-catching. Although, it does make it easier to create a look with just one palette. 


Overall, the quality and pigmentation of the shadows are the same across both palettes, although some shadows do not swatch as well as others. My favourite shadow from the original palette is the gorgeous cranberry shade and from the Semi-Sweet it is Caramel. The stand-out shades are a lot more impressive in the Semi-Sweet palette than the Original Chocolate Bar, although the shadows in the original are definitely more wearable. I believe the packaging from the Semi-Sweet is marginally better because the names are on the actual palette and it's just that tiny bit sleeker and prettier overall. 

Image from blushinggiraffe.com

Above is the promised dupe from Makeup Revolution, this is their I Heart Chocolate Palette and it is a perfect dupe for the Original Chocolate Bar. It costs £8 in comparison to the £45 you would have to shell out for each of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes. The colours are gorgeous and pigmented,  the shimmer is slightly more obvious and the shadows are not as long-wearing but with a good primer and good application they should last as long as you would need them to. Fingers crossed, Makeup Revolution will come out with a dupe for the Semi-Sweet palette. Below are the links to buy each palette if you wish to.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Palette - £47.95 (Amazon Price)

Thank you for reading, let me know if you enjoyed this post and what you would like to see more of. Have a wonderful weekend. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran
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