November 30, 2016

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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.

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See my review and swatches below.

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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.

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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

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Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette (White Chocolate, Matte Gilded Ganache, Triple Fudge, Matte Marzipan)

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette (White Chocolate, Matte Gilded Ganache, Triple Fudge, Matte Marzipan)

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Matte Champagne Truffle, Matte Creme Brulee, Matte Cherry Cordial)

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Matte Champagne Truffle, Matte Creme Brulee, Matte Cherry Cordial)

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Strawberry Bon Bon, Semi-Sweet, Candied Violet, Matte Hazelnut)

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Strawberry Bon Bon, Semi-Sweet, Candied Violet, Matte Hazelnut)

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.

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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.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Maria A

    My white chocolate chip came in and all of the colors have pigment. Some feel a ton buttery than other colors but overall they all have a smooth texture and no patchiness going on πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t doubt it, that palette had a lot more shimmery shades so I am expecting it to be a bit better than the all matte version! πŸ˜€

      • Maria A

        ???????? I mentioned that the shimmer palette is great. Not sure if you were replying to me or someone else

        • Isabella Muse

          Mmm my reply to you was:

          “I’m hoping White Chocolate is better as those are mostly shimmer shades!” πŸ™‚

          • Maria A.

            It is, i got it in yesterday and it’s pigmented and buttery. You will love it

          • Isabella Muse

            disappointed:( shades were a little too crumbly and sheer for me Maria sad sigh!

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised it’s so tiny! I was expecting it to be about half the size of the original chocolate bar.

  • Ida

    Thank you for reviewing this. I was thinking of getting it, since I love compact palettes, and adding those pink/violet mattes seemed nice along with the neutral ones.

    But this does look like a pass, especially since that violet shade look so patchy :(.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’ll readily admit I struggled with it. Primer helps but all in all the shades are dry and denser, if you have drier or crepey lids it’s going to tug a lot during application :-/ Something softer and silkier would have be way easier to use imho!

  • Maria

    Thanks for your review. I am glad I did not get this one. I see that many of the shades are patchy. I hope to get the white chocolate one. Sephora website states coming soon.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m hoping White Chocolate is better as those are mostly shimmer shades!

  • AJ

    Muse, I’m soooooo disappointed to learn that Too Faced is now owned by Estee Lauder, the conglomerate that owns not only Estee but also Clinique, MAC, Bobbi Brown, and more. When China opened up, this company chose to sell there, even though China, by draconian law, requires that all cosmetics sold in China must be tested on animals. Too Faced has been one of my favorite go-to brands because of its quality and it’s also fun–but mostly for me because they were cruelty free. Not anymore. No more Too Faced for me. Other fun brands that are still cruelty free include ELF Cosmetics, Wet and Wild, Physician’s Formula, Milani, and Makeup Revolution (fairly new to Ulta). I think all department store brands now sell in China. Well, that should save me some money. Here’s how laws regarding cosmetic animal testing break down around the globe:
    – United States has no laws protecting animals from testing. Until the Chinese market opened up, nearly all cosmetic companies that sold in the US didn’t test on animals anymore because of a “synthetic” testing method called in-vitro.
    – In the European Union, It’s illegal to test on animals. Anything sold there has not been tested.
    – In China, the law says that costmetic companies must test on animals. Companies like Estee Lauder state that they are working to change that law, which is good. But I wish they wouldn’t sell in China until that law has changed.
    – I don’t know about any other countries but am curious if someone else knows.
    -AJ

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw I know πŸ™ L’Oreal and Estee lauder on a mission to own every single brand out there! Thanks for breaking down the animal testing laws, very helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully brands will open their eyes and not give in to all the crazy!

    • Angelyn

      Don’t worry, Jerrod Blandino has publicly announced they aren’t going to change their cruelty free status!

      “We have been a champion for animals since our beginning in 1998, and that has only grown stronger and more powerful with every passing day,” he wrote. “Rest assured we continue to have iron-clad rules in place that will ensure we will NEVER test on animals and we will NOT sell in China.”

      • Isabella Muse

        Estee Lauder isn’t a cruelty free brand and this is a big issue for animal lovers. So even if TF might not be, their parent company is and that’s a problem for lovers of the brand.

    • Janessa

      TF and Jarrod Blandino have already come out and said that they will NOT be selling in China due to the animal testing requirements. Hopefully it’s really as easy as that and they continue to be a cruelty free company.

      • Isabella Muse

        Urban Decay has said the same but people are upset their parent companies aren’t cruelty-free as well!

      • Lorraine. E.R

        Some people won’t buy from a brand owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

  • yelena

    very cute but looks like I didn’t miss anything by not ordering. i was tempted to order the white chocolate from sephora but the shades werent doing it for me. i also hate all these early releases that have no reviews or swatches to be found online. i hate ordering blindly like that.
    i’m curious to see what the smashbox minis look like πŸ™‚

  • Janessa

    Ohh… glad you got this review up. I was kinda on the fence about getting this when it came back in 2 weeks. I think I’ll pass. The Chocolate Bar’s are all such great quality, what a bummer! I hope the White Chocolate Chips are better… Mine will be delivered tomorrow. Were you able to grab one of those for review?

    • Isabella Muse

      I did indeed! I’m hoping that one proves better! fingers crossed for us!

  • Christina D.

    Hello Sweet Friend O’ Mine! The TF palettes are bigger than the Smashbox ones, but hopefully Smashbox will perform better. In either case, I think the price tag is too high for the amount of product.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hello my sister from another mister πŸ™‚ You were the sweet friend I mentioned in this post haha πŸ˜€ I hope so! The smashbox looks promising! Did you get this one? Curious what you think! I thought the shades too dry/dense :-/

  • Ang

    Please don’t waste your money on the white chocolate chip! Patchy, dry and hard to blend. I’m so sad! I think TF should go back to focusing on fewer releases with higher quality rather than churning out a new palette every other week! I feel the same about funfetti (but agree with your review on the lippie….love!). I’m too faced out for a bit (p.s. unicorn tears la crΓ¨me lippie is in stock on hsn and life!) U r awesome muse! Thanks for your reviews!

    • Isabella Muse

      Got it and agree Ang! Didn’t like it! :-/ The colors are flaky and didn’t adhere well to my lid at all. Aw my pleasure dear! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Laura

    Your reviews are just exceptional. The comments, photos and swatches are so helpful! Sometimes they help my wallet, sometimes they hurt!

  • Claire L

    The chocolate shades really suit you, shame the palette wasn’t better performing! Xx

  • Dominique

    Because of the regulations of health & such, we (almost) never get the products as fast as the U.S here in Canada. Too faced has been a string of major misses lately, and I’m honestly disappointed! I was saving up my coins for that Christmas cafΓ© palette ! (We got it 2 weeks ago)
    When I got to swatch it in store, I left out a big sigh and the sephora SA told me the whole team felt the same.

    Again, this review is proving me right. Let’s hope for the best for spring & summer !

    • Isabella Muse

      I reviewed most of the Holiday Collection from TF and I wasn’t impressed at all sadly πŸ™

  • Lorraine. E.R

    I had wanted this so badly when I was the pics on insta but I couldn’t get it and now I’m kind of relieved because it doesn’t look worth it.
    I don’t do the super duper limited edition stuff anyway. I’m not going to put that much effort into giving my money to a brand, lol

  • Melissa

    I heard about these little matte palettes but was not interested in them because I love shimmer eyeshadows more than mattes. I enjoy a combo of both and was not sure how these would look like because I did not see the inside from the posts I seen. I don’t think I’ll get either one and I’m glad you reviewed them. I probably will skip on them. Thanks