Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($49) is a new metallic matte eyeshadow palette that launched last week which includes a round of 16 cocoa infused shades. Many of the blog posts I’ve seen about the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Metallic/Matte Eyeshadow Palette are calling it a Holiday 2017 release but personally I think it is a preview of Spring 2018 since the brand typically releases their Spring Collection around this time of the year. Mind you, I’m positive we’ll see more from Too Faced as we head deeper into Spring but the name of the game is money. That means we end up seeing two to three mini collections per season where as before it used to be one.
But I digress, let’s get back to the chatting the palette. Too Faced continues to churn out really poorly formulated eyeshadow palettes lately like the Clover Eyeshadow Palette and White Chocolate Bar (which I didn’t even have to buy to know it would be bad). This causes some of their smarter fans to be naturally wary of purchasing new releases from them. I know I’m one. However, Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette looked a lot more promising than some of what they have putting out lately so, I decided to give it a try.
Here’s my thoughts.
One of the brilliant things about this palette is the packaging! It’s quite like Makeup Revolution’s Golden Bar Palette but with a much nicer design. The melted gold dripping across the chocolate shaped compact is quite a lovely way to present the palette. It’s a lot different from past chocolate palettes that the brand has done and possibly one of the best packaging designs they have done to date. It has a very generously-sized mirror inside and the scent of chocolate hits you as soon as you open the palette. Although, I didn’t feel like the scent lingered after application. Like past palettes this includes 15 shades 14 of which are 0.03 oz in size and two of which are 0.06 oz. The palette is bulk made in the USA and assembled in DR.
I suspect for Spring 2018 the trend of combining finishes will continue which means more matte/metallic everything. I could be wrong but iridescent and metallics combined with mattes will be one of the trends we see. This palette is dominated by metallics with 12 of the shades having this finish and the remaining 4 being matte.
I am happy to report that all the shades were formulated well. The metallics aren’t quite the creamy, velvety texture of Too Faced days gone by but they aren’t bad either. They have a thinner texture with a smooth, creamy consistency that applied easily on lids but did have a good deal of fall out. They aren’t powdery nor chunky, the consistency was very smooth and thin which resulted in easy application and blending. The mattes were silky and quite smooth as well but never powdery or dusty. This may sound weird but the shades actually appear a lot more metallic in the pan than on my eyes. They metallic finish seems to blend away during application so, I kept piling color on to get the finish back which worked out but if you’re expecting a dramatic liquid metal look this doesn’t quite get you there unless you’re willing to build to get it. I was quite alright with that though because metallics tend to look frosty on me and these had a nice glint but nothing too dramatic. I actually created two looks below using the palette one of which is a really work friendly eye look and the other a more dramatic, bolder looks.
The shade round up is nice but a little mismatched. You can pair up shades easily enough but you might run into a shade or two that will confuse you slightly. I feel like it’s a predominantly warm palette but there are a few shades that threw me off like Drippin’ Diamonds which is a metallic silver. It’s an odd shade and I couldn’t think of the best way to incorporate it into my look.
None the less, mismatched shades aside I had a good experience with the palette overall. I though the shades applied well aside from a little fall out and they looked great on my eyes without being too crazy metallic or sparkly. The texture was smooth and didn’t have a chunky, powdery texture. All in all, this was one of the better palettes that Too Faced has released to date and I don’t think you need to shy away from purchasing it.
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