Review of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

So over the past couple of months I’ve been trying to budget my spending as I’m off to study in Malta for four months and the fact that I leave in a week is a bit concerning. However after, what seems like weeks of deciding, I finally got this particular palette.

The Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar Palette is something that I’ve been looking at for a long time, I’ve watched countless reviews and tutorials on YouTube to try and justify my need for this palette. Maybe YouTubers were comparing this palette with the original Chocolate Bar palette and were saying they preferred it to the Semi-Sweet one. However, the original one had more purples and pinks and, for me, I just wouldn’t use them as the colours don’t appeal to me.

The Semi-Sweet palette has more warmer neutral colours and matte shades. There are fourteen eyeshadows and the two larger pans, ‘Coconut Crème’ and ‘Butter Pecan’, are to be used as highlighters but I find ‘Coconut Crème’ the perfect colour to use as my base. As you can see there’s a pop of colour with ‘Blueberry Swirl’, the only blue shade in the palette, I used this under the eye and it’s beautiful to add a bit of colour to your look. For now my everyday type look is ‘Coconut Crème’ on the whole of the lid up to the brow bone, ‘Nougat’ on the lid and then a mix between ‘Mousse’ and ‘Truffled’ in the crease to darken the eye.

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The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

When I first received the product, after what seemed like the longest four days ever, the first thing I had to do was smell it! As this product is made with 100% natural cocoa powder it smells amazing and I think it smells like mini eggs. I only got it two weeks ago but I am in love with it! The shadows are so pretty, pigmented and are so easy to blend out. I’ll maybe post a tutorial of a look when I use it more and play around with the shadows. There are a lot of mattes in the palette, which I’m a fan of, but these mattes do not look flat on the eye. My only problem is the shadows are a little on the powdery side and the palette can get into a bit of a mess after you use it, I always give it a wipe before I put it away.

So to sum up this review this palette retails at £39 from Debenhams but the reason I bought it was because I had a £10 voucher from my Beauty Card, the loyalty card from Debenhams, so if I didn’t have the voucher I probably wouldn’t have bought due to it being as expensive. As I mentioned before I’m going away to study for four months so I think this could be the only palette I’m taking due to the colours and the fact it’s in a tin case which makes it a good product to travel with. Sometimes I catch myself opening this palette just to smell it as it’s jus so lovely, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so in love with a makeup product! Overall I’m delighted with the performance and the look of the product and would recommend to anyone wanting to make a high end purchase!

love, Nicole x

 

Review of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

The perfect foundation?

Finding the right foundation to suit your skin can be one of the most difficult things when it comes to makeup. If any of you have combination skin, oily in the T-zone and a bit dryer on the cheeks, then you’ll understand the pain of trying to find a foundation that works for all the areas of the face. In most cases I’ll find a foundation that works perfectly on the oily areas but just emphasises the dry patches. I’ve searched for a long time to find my perfect foundation that works for me. The product that I’ve been enjoying lately is Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation. I love Clinique’s skincare products so I had big expectations when it came to this!

This product is a two-in-one foundation and concealer that claims to give ‘moderate to full coverage and a natural-matte finish’. it also claims to ‘cover thoroughly with a lightweight feel and lasts all day’. I agree with most of this except it being lightweight as I feel the texture is quite heavy on the skin but that could just be me as I don’t wear foundation a lot.applicator.jpg

What makes this foundation different to the ones I’ve tried before is the applicator that comes with it as it helps you to apply the foundation, I usually dap around 8-10 spots of the product over my face or when using it to conceal blemishes and black bags under the eyes but the applicator does not help to blend the foundation. To blend I’ve been using a stipple brush as I feel it gives me the best finish and control when using the brush but I recently bought a beauty blender and I wish I bought this sooner! I use it with the NYX matte finish setting spray to dampen the sponge. I usually use the product to conceal any blemishes I have and for the darkness under my eyes. It’s the only concealer that I’ve used that hides imperfections, lasts all day and doesn’t dry out the skin. 

The only problem I have with the product is the choice of colours and shades. When I bought this the lady at the Clinique counter explained that the lightest shade they used to have was ’02 Alabaster’ so myself and other who have pale skin wouldn’t have been able to use it, they’ve now brought out two more lighter to help us pale skinned girls! For people of colour the shade range is better than the majority of brands I seen in Boots but I definitely think the choice could be better. My advice would be that if would like to try this product then you should go to a Clinique counter and ask for a sample and for them to help choose your shade as they do seem to appear darker on the skin.

Overall, this a really good foundation and an amazing concealer. It’s a wee bit on the dear side as it costs £25 from Boots but a little goes a long way as I’ve had this for four months and have only used a third. I would most likely repurchase this to mainly use as a concealer as the coverage is the best I’ve ever had from a concealer. As a foundation it is a bit on the heavy side but definitely the best foundation I’ve tried so far!

Have you found your perfect foundation yet?

The perfect foundation?