Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation Review & Swatches

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Cocoa in my foundation? Yup, Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation utilizes the power of a cocoa complex in their new foundation formula!

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation is a new weightless, matte, rose petal finish foundation powder with an oily absorbing, non-drying formula that defends against free radicals using an exclusive Cocoa Complex. Cocoa Powder Foundation’s formula promises to hide imperfections while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores. Oh, and hey, it smells like freaking chocolate.

What more could a girl or guy want?!

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation’s exclusive cocoa complex is a blend of antioxidant rich cocoa powder and moisturizing cocoa butter that work together to hydrate skin as it absorbs excess oil.

According to Too Faced the eight shades available are flexible so they work with almost any skin tone! The Crystalline Powder formula is made up of hexagonal-shaped platelets that slide over each other to bring out skin’s natural radiance while added pearl powder creates a soft focus effect leaving skin with a luminous rose petal finish.

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation comes housed in a sleek, lace cut out black lacquer compact featuring a dual compartment with a generously sized mirror and the powder located on the top portion and a stealthy compartment underneath that hides away sponge applicator for application.

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I don’t really love chocolate scented anything but this really does smell lovely. I really adore fragrance in my makeup products. I realize not everyone loves fragrance and sensitive users in particularly dislike it but I really love it. I find the idea of a foundation powder scented like chocolate very novel! The scent does disappear quickly once applied. It’s basically the same scent as Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.

Hi, I’m the Muse I have dry skin. I don’t really rely on powder anything. Not setting powder, not foundation powder. I’m a BB Cream kinda gal or a liquid or cream foundation one. I don’t really love the idea of powder foundation. However, Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation comes at a good time because my skin is a bit combo at the moment so I have an oily forehead, drier cheeks, and the sides of my nose show signs of oil. So now is a good time as any to test this baby out.

The powder is fairly standard with a smooth texture that’s slightly dense yet powdery when a brush is run through it but not chalky. If I apply it with the rubber sponge (which you can use wet) I find that it’s a bit too much for my drier cheeks and it does end up clinging to those flakier areas. If I apply it with a kabuki or even sweep on a layer with a bushier brush it applies much, much better and has a smooth, silky set that isn’t overly matte yet still curbs shine and evens out skin tone while brightening up my entire face. I tried it in Light which is a bit TOO light for my face but it actually ended up looking very natural on and never pasty or chalky (it’s at least a shade too light for my current skin tone as I have a bit of a tan). It does promise medium to full coverage but can easily applied for a sheer, even layer on skin. Full coverage is pressing the envelope because even used wet I wouldn’t say it’s completely full coverage however, you can likely get sheerer to slightly medium coverage with plenty enough pigment to hide issues such as redness, blemishes, and dark spots. I find it wears quite strongly on my currently combination skin. I can get about six hours in with a wet application and about five with a dry one. Being dry around my cheeks I like to apply it, my makeup, and follow up with a very far away mist of setting spray to give it a little dewiness so it doesn’t cling to my flakier cheeks. It actually sets to a very nice airbrushed finished without it looking cakey. I wouldn’t call it finely milled but the powder is silky in texture with a very easy to blend out formula.

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Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation swatches

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation Swatches (Light)

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation is sure to please many oily skin users out there with fairly good skin. You might require full coverage and if you do you might be disappointed by the pigmentation here as I wouldn’t go so far as to call it full coverage. However, those who have oily skin and desire a matte, easy to wear, natural looking foundation powder will likely love Too Faced Cocoa Powder. I see it being a smashing success with such a skin type and of course, those will combo skin will also be able to make it work. If your skin is drier you might not love this formula. Although silky, it does have a tendency to stick to drier areas and not smooth over them.

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation is an interesting concept and makes for nice, lightweight, natural coverage and Summer wearin’!

It’s available now at as well as

Anyone try it?

Do share!


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  • 7/9/14 11:55 cas:

    My oily face and I are all over this. Headed to the store asap. Mmmm chocolate :)


  • 7/9/14 13:05 Dee:

    I love their chocolate bronzer so this is def must try. I hope it works on my skin! I would love to have a product like this esp for travel.


  • 7/9/14 14:15 Christina:

    Oh, perfect timing! I was just about to go order this. Would you say that the Light runs neutral or yellowy? I only ask because I dislike pinkish tones, but being so fair, I’m pretty sure Golden Light will be too dark. :) It’s hard to buy these types of products sight unseen!

    Thank you Muse!


    • 7/9/14 14:17 Isabella Muse:

      don’t quote me on this but I feel like it runs neutral and beige-y because I can’t done pink tones and the shade seems too light for me at first but applied it wasn’t chalky which is something I experience with pink toned powders/bb creams. I hear ya girl! i hear ya! I hope this helps!??!?


      • 7/9/14 14:30 Christina:

        Ah, thank you much! That is definitely what happens to me when I purchase a shade that’s too pink.

        Well, worth a short. If it doesn’t work, I can always return it. I’m not much of a powder foundation girl, as I do have dry patches, but I need something to touch up with. Shocking truth: I’ve never touched up before–and I wonder how everyone stays flawless all day. Haha!:)


        • 7/9/14 15:05 Isabella Muse:

          i’m the same I’m so not a powder girl but in the Summer I can cope 😀 LOL I don’t either too damn lazy or busy!


  • 7/9/14 14:37 Robin:

    I was looking at this last night on Sephora’s site!!! (and drooling over some Marc Jacob’s makeup) I’m curious. I would need the lighest shade and this might work. Glad it’s not cakey; I don’t like the “flour in the face” look. Will check it out this weekend. I thought I was running low on my Naked foundation; found an unopened bottle in my stash! Sad-my stash is huge, but this is tempting!!! 😀


    • 7/9/14 15:04 Isabella Muse:

      haha I’ll join you in the marc jacobs drooling 😀


  • 7/9/14 14:37 Tara:

    Thanks so much for the great review and photos (as always)! 😀 My skin is usually normal to dry/dry but in recent months it has changed to combination (normal to dry on the cheeks/normal to oily in the T-zone). When I read your review I was like, me too! Lol. This has never happened to me before. Strange. Needless to say my makeup arsenal is not well equipped for dealing with oil aside from some Clean and Clear blotting sheets. I’m so curious about this powder. I love that it’s finish is described as a “matte rose petal” – sounds perfect! It might work really well in my T-zone.

    I have Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar and their Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – I love both! I am normally very VERY sensitive to scented products and normally they irritate my skin…but not these! 😀 Sometimes I take them out just to sniff them, lol! They don’t irritate my skin at all and they work beautifully. I’m thinking that the new Cocoa Powder Foundation will be similar in that respect. Fair looks like a good color match for me – the model for Fair on Too Faced’s site has a similar skin tone. Yay for a product that might actually be light enough for me! 😀 I’ll definitely be checking this out when it makes it’s way to Ulta/Sephora/etc.!


    • 7/9/14 14:59 Isabella Muse:

      aw thanks tara it’s always my pleasure I hope it helped! Blame the weather chica! I have dry dry skin in the Winter but I go combo in the Summer! Weirdness 😀 I love the “rose petal finish” as well! It just sounds appealing haha! I think the light is quite lovely, not too pink, and just a perfect lighter beige 😀 It’s actually already on 😀 and p.s. I totally over sniff chocolate soleil haha!


  • 7/9/14 16:53 Elisa:

    Does this apply well over BB creams? Also, does it provide a “powdery” finish?


    • 7/10/14 11:39 Isabella Muse:

      I applied a sheer layer over my BB Cream and it was soft and even although I imagine it’ll be TOO much for me in the Winter when my skin is drier!


  • 7/9/14 19:35 Daisy:

    Hi Muse, do you know if this is non-comedogenic? I don’t suspect because of the cocoa butter…but I though I would ask! And thank you for all the great reviews today, too!


    • 7/10/14 11:35 Isabella Muse:

      i don’t know daisy sorry! check too faced’s site maybe they mentioned it!? aw my pleasure <3!


  • 7/9/14 22:55 heather:

    omgahhhhhh this looks amazing. i love days when i use my chocolate soleil bronzer and i always sniff it both before and after use. being an oily skinned girl, the thought of using this several times a day realllllly excites me. i already planned to go to sephora tomorrow, i hope my store has it in stock!!!


  • 7/9/14 23:01 heather:

    i also love the seperate sponge compartment for touch ups! i hate how my mac blot powder has to have the sponge sitting right on top the makeup.


    • 7/10/14 11:32 Isabella Muse:

      I HATE makeup like that heather, feel your pain! so easy to create a dual compartment don’t know why more makeup companies don’t do it!


  • 7/9/14 23:59 tania:

    Halo muse, would you please upload the ingredients list? I have an oily skin, and would love to try this lady but I need the ingredients list first.. Having such a sensitive skin is totally unpleasant.

    Thank you..


    • 7/11/14 9:38 Isabella Muse:

      hi tania I don’t have the box unfortunately so not sure of the exact ingredients!


  • 7/10/14 7:48 jasmine:

    More makeup that smells like chocolate?? yes please! would you say that this could be used sheer as a setting powder?


    • 7/10/14 11:30 Isabella Muse:

      yup you can use it sheer!


  • 7/10/14 11:21 Mary B:

    Like Tara I really love the smell of TF chocolate makeup. I also like how it feels on my skin. I’ve actually been using their chocolate soleil bronzer as a sort of foundation/finishing powder over my BB cream during the summer. Normally I’m light/med. complected but tan really easily, so instead of having to own 2 or 3 shades of BB cream, I use the matte Chocolate bronzer to deepen the color, but it can be a tad tricky cos it’s easy to use too much and go too dark. I’m really glad they’ve come out with this because I think this is would be perfect!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I can’t tell you how many times your input has helped me decide what to get. The color swatches from the TF website and Sephora are so different and baffles me (as I live no where near a store that sells TF products so I have to order online).

    I do have an odd question… does this powder change color? I’ve had some powder foundations that darken about an hour or so after I put it on. Ever heard of that? Or is that just really weird?



    • 7/10/14 11:27 Isabella Muse:

      Hi there Mary! My pleasure I’m glad you found the review helpful! It’s completely normal, you aren’t crazy :) some foundations go orange or even gray after wear! It’s def a normal thing! Frustrating but normal :) This did not have that issue thankfully. No odd color changing problems :) Hope this helps!


      • 7/10/14 11:31 Mary B:

        Hi Isabella! My goodness you answered me so crazy fast! Haha. It’s good to know I’m not losing my mind. I was considering the golden light, in fear it might darken. But I think I’ll go with a darker shade. Yes, thanks, this is a huge help. You’re an absolute doll!


        • 7/10/14 11:38 Isabella Muse:

          haha I TRY 😉 believe me you aren’t, oxidizing foundation is def a real issue :) sometimes you’ll buy a perfect shade, apply it, and suddenly it goes darker or orange or all sorts of weirdness :) Aw thanks! You’re too sweet hugs! good luck and please come back and let me know what you think when you tried!


          • 7/10/14 12:00 Mary B:

            I sure will! Also I would like to mention that right now on the TF website you can get 17% off with code UNVEIL. I don’t know if it works on everything on the site, but it just now worked for me for the Rock N Roll eyeshadow palette, Pink Chocolate lipstick and the Cocoa Powder foundation.

          • 7/10/14 12:09 Isabella Muse:

            fantastic thanks for sharing chica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone is bound to love you for that!

  • 7/10/14 15:54 Heather:

    Hey there! SO I have been searching to answers to shades! I have written Sephora and Too Faced, no response. Do you know if light is a close match to MAC NW20 by chance? By the swatch thats my exact shade in the winter but can’t choose which of the next two shades up would work now? Thanks! Love your posts!


    • 7/11/14 9:27 Isabella Muse:

      not sure heather I don’t really use mac foundations and don’t even know what shade I am in a mac foundation sorry :(


  • 7/11/14 23:48 Carrie:

    I also am having a color match problem. Sephora didn’t have these in yet so I couldn’t swatch while I was there. I wear a B20 or B30 in Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, 05 Natural and 04 Bisque in Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, also a 20 or 30 in the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Fluid and the same for the Healthy Glow powder. Any suggestions? Thanks!!


  • 7/15/14 14:22 Ludmila Assumpção:

    Do you have MAC Studio Fix Foundation Powder?
    It´s the perfect powder foundation for my oily skin and I´m wondering if this Cocoa Powder Foundation is comparable on coverage.
    Anyway, thank´s a lot for the great review!


    • 7/24/14 11:10 Isabella Muse:

      I do not Ludmila but glad you enjoyed the review 😀


  • 7/18/14 2:32 Evee:

    If I’m a C4 MAC powder what color would I be for the coacoa powder?


  • 7/23/14 20:47 Mary B:

    Hi Isabella, I only just got the stuff over the weekend and wanted to spend a few days playing around with it before posting my thoughts. I was thinking of just getting the Medium, but because of the discount I figured I’d may as well get the Golden Light to use for winter. I always use a BB or CC cream, but I like to put a powder on top. The medium shade works perfectly for me right now in the summer. I’d say the powder looks very natural, not a strange color or cakey. Of course the smell is yummy. I really like it and overall is my favorite foundation powder at the moment.


    • 7/24/14 15:05 Isabella Muse:

      awww yay I’m so glad to hear it Mary 😀 sounds like you had a good experience with it!!!!!!!!! 😀


  • 9/3/14 10:10 diane:

    oh i’m sold!! i have combo skin and it sounds like it will be nice. on the Sephora wishlist it goes, (im)patiently waiting for the FF or VIB sale 0=)


    • 9/3/14 12:38 Isabella Muse:

      can’t wait for FF!!!!!!!! soon! 😀


  • 10/26/14 14:42 Daisy:

    Great review, love the depth you go into! Just wondering as to whether you prefer this or the chanel mat powder as I’m wondering as to which powder I should try next and would love your recommendation!

    Warm regards,
    Daisy x


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