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Product review: Too Faced, Chocolate Bon Bons Palette [Nov. 23rd, 2016|03:34 pm]
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I know this has been out for a good while now, but I don’t care about that, I just got it this month. Mainly because I never wanted a neutrals palette before.
Because I started to try to get more variety in my make-up looks (rather than either white or steampunk eyes with whatever lipstick I felt like it at the moment), I bought a NYX ultimate shadows palette in brights with 18 different colours last September (review here), which is fun and all, but in hindsight, I’m not that wowed by the quality, so my initial thought of also getting their warm neutrals palette from the same palette range was discarded. I doubted for a while about a palette from the M.A.C holiday range, but because they weren’t getting very good reviews, I decided against it. I considered the new holiday multi palette releases from both Sephora and Yves Rocher, but I personally don’t like other stuff than shadows in my palette because I won’t use them and it has a mass potential of grossness (in my mind at least). Blush and highlighter would be fine, but eyeliner and lipstick/lipgloss is going a bit far to my personal liking.

At some point during my attempt to choose a palette, I watched a video by RinRin Doll and saw her use the Bon Bons palette. Which got me looking into Too Faced. Their chocolate bar palettes are all cruelty free AND paraben free, and they get pretty good reviews online (on the whole more positive than negative). So that did please me a lot. The French Sephora site also carries them, which is a definite bonus, because shipping from France is also customs free (sadly not hassle free as they ship via UPS, as you can read about here).

Basically, the Bon Bons one was the one that appeals to me the least out of the 3 when it comes to packaging, but the most when it comes to shadows. Ok sure, those pinks, BUT spawn1 will simply LOVE those, so even the 2 pinks I won’t use much will get used by the mini-make-up addict so I am confident that the most shadows will get used in this.
I do regret it has neither white nor black, but I’ve literally given up on finding a palette that does all the shades I want. I will get a black one from Yves Rocher or LunatiCK Labs, and I got Gesso, the matte white from M.A.C last Saturday.

Photo of the day: 10.11.2016 (day 215)

Anyway, enough random waffling: to the palette!

First of all: yes it REALLY does smell like chocolate. Although I am under the impression that the scent starts to fade after a while. It certainly doesn’t function as a full fledged perfume when you wear the shadows, which I think we can all agree is for the best.
It comes in a really nice cardboard packaging surrounding the sturdy metal palette. I really can’t fault the Too Faced design team. Sure, I’m not a very pink kinda girl, but at the same time, I can’t disagree with the fact that it’s all well made and sturdy. And the shadows just look beautiful.
So the initial first impression was definitely positive.

Now, onto the swatches.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette swatches

These arm swatches are without primer, you can totally see that some shades are patchier and less pigmented than others.
Satin Sheets and Divinity are the ones that double as brow highlighters, and I’m not entirely convinced they will do their job that well, because as you can see, they’re very pale on my very pale skin.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons swatches

I did swatch all of the shades again on my hand, over my NYX eye shadow base. That did make them be a little brighter, so to speak, but it wasn’t doing wonders.

The colours also have quite a bit of fall-out. I would say they are _nearly_ as bad as my NYX palette fall-out wise.

It also begs mention that I was able to wash off the swatches with plain old water and hand soap, make of that what you want.
Whilst it is not necessarily a bad thing that your eye shadow isn’t waterproof, it does mean that you should be conscious of when you wear it. Because it means that if your eyes get teary from cold and wind (like mine do) it’ll be misery if applied underneath your eyes, and if you’re in a situation where you could get very sweaty, they may not be a good choice full stop. I think I’ll avoid using them in summer in any case and stick to my trusted M.A.C shades, which won’t even budge after a shower.

As for actually wearing the make-up.
I wore the colours Malted, Molasses Chip, Divinity and Satin Sheets all day on Saturday (well, about 10am – 8pm) and I have to say they didn’t bother me. They didn’t feel like they were tiring my eyes, suffocating the skin, they didn’t feel unpleasant basically. My friend Claire checked regularly whether or not they had shifted or faded, and they hadn’t. She did remark that it did seem that somewhere around past 3pm the sparkle started to fade. The colour, however, stayed in place without any problems.

Would I recommend this?
Well, I wouldn’t try to dissuade people from buying it. I would, however, encourage them to go out and compare. Do your own research too, see what else is out there. Because there are a lot of similar colour palettes available, by a myriad of brands. Heck, the biggest competitor of the Chocolate Bon Bons palette is probably other palettes BY Too Faced.

So: the verdict. Would I buy this again?
Possibly. It will depend on what’s out there when I need to replace this one. It is NOT an automatic re-buy for me, that’s for sure.
I don’t feel like this was a bad buy, and I do like all the colours bar the pinks. The patchy ones, well I’ll make it work I guess. Most of them are nice instead of patchy, so that’s good.
When I have gone through these, I don’t know what I’ll get.
Who knows what’s available at that point in time. I’m not excluding that I end up just replacing it, or getting another palette by Too Faced instead, but that’s something I’ll have to see at the time.