Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette ($26) is one of two, limited edition chocolate inspired eyeshadow palettes that launched for Black Friday and Cyber Monday from the brand. According to Too Faced’s Instagram account the Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette will make a return on December 14th but outside of this I have no other restock information about the palette.
Rumors are swirling that both the Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette which was exclusively available at toofaced.com as well as the Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette which launched exclusively at Sephora.com will be brought back with the Too Faced Spring 2017 Collection. I’m unsure if this is true or not. On December 26th, Too Faced will be bringing out a Peach Collection for Spring 2017 that includes the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette along with a new Peach Glow Highlighter Palette and Papa Don’t Peach Blush as well as new lipglosses or liquid lipsticks in peach shades. Later this Spring, in February, the Better Together Collection with Kat Von D launches. All this has me somehow doubting that you’ll see the return of the White Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette and Matte Chocolate Chip one. It just doesn’t quite fit in with what they have in the works for Spring! But I’m just speculating, I could be wrong about these two palettes making a reappearance in the Spring Collections. I do believe both will be back in limited quantities but not for Spring, likely you’ll see them return around December 14 at their respective retailers and probably not again after they sell out for the second time. Again, mere speculation on my part but that’s how I see it going down.
See my review and swatches below.
Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette as well as the White Chocolate Chip Palette is causing absolute mayhem at the moment with makeup addicts ranting the lack of stock, the quick sell out, the fact that they were never alerted to the release, etc…etc…. So much controversy that surrounds one very TINY palette that contains a repromoted shades.
I got mine yesterday in the mail and was pretty shocked and delighted at the size. It’s so tiny! It’s a little bigger than a credit card and quite thin with a very generous mirror tucked inside. A sweet friend of mine mentioned in my post about the new Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes are EVEN smaller than this! I can’t imagine! the palette states “10 eyeshadows at 0.02 oz each” which is a total of 0.20 oz. But, maybe I’m crazy, I count 11 shades? And that’s 0.22 oz. The value here isn’t a great one considering the original palette has 0.62 oz of product for $49. You’re paying $26 for a quarter of the product that comes in the original palettes.
I picked this up because I travel a lot and I loved the idea of having a tiny selection of chocolate-y mattes that I can bring along with me for quickie but elegant eye looks. I’m going to London in the Spring and I really want to pack light and this was a palette I was hoping would make the trip with me.
One of the first things we should address would be, “Where is this made?” That’s one of the more popular topics of conversation when it comes to releases lately isn’t it? And that question will be even more popular now that Estee Lauder purchased Too Faced. The box reads: “Bulk Made in the USA, assembled in Dominican Republic”.
Ok! So, now that’s out of the way let’s move on to other things like the shades you’re getting:
- White Chocolate (Repromote from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette)
- Matte Gilded Ganache
- Triple Fudge (Repromote from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette)
- Matte Marzipan
- Semi-Sweet (Repromote from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette)
- Strawberry Bon Bon (Repromote from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette)
- Matte Candied Violet
- Matte Hazelnut
- Matte Creme Brulee
- Matte Cherry Cordial
- Matte Champagne Truffle
So, the good news is this doesn’t contain a host of repromote shades. Out of the 11 shades there are only four repromote shades that appeared in the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. The idea behind the Matte Chocolate Chip Palette was to take the shimmery shades from the Chocolate Bar Palette and recreate them in a matte finish. For me, the shades are more “inspired” by the original colors but not exact dupes of the shades in a matte finish. Moral of the story, if you liked shades like Candied Violet and Cherry Cordial and you were all, “Wow! Wish these were matte in finish!” now your wish has come true! Although, again, they aren’t exactly spot on dupes for the originals.
I thought the palette was ok but the formula is quite dry and dense. I got patchy results during application and I really had to blend well to get a good finish. I think the mattes in the original Chocolate Bar Palette had a much silkier texture. These were quite dense and difficult to blend. You can get looks from them but a moisturizing primer helps a good deal as it’ll give the shadows a dewy surface to adhere to and allow blending to go along a little easier without tugging on your lid to smooth the shades out. Many colors were sheer as well and needed to be built up for the best color pay off. I think my swatches speak for themselves as a lot of the dry, patchiness can be seen on my really bad swatch sets. I had to pass over the color several times to build them up for the smoothest finish on my arm.
One thing to take into consideration is the fact it’s difficult to use several of these colors in one look. I always find it challenging to use several mattes in one look. It becomes even more difficult to contrast using darker and lighter shades due to the density and dryness of the shades.
Is the Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette cute? Absolutely! Is it a good value? Does it have great quality? Absolutely not. The dryness combined with the higher cost makes it a bit of a bust for me.
Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette is available now at ulta.com.