Saturday, 2 April 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette Review

I'm going to be really controversial here...I am not a fan of the Too Faced Bon Bons Palette.

There. I said it. I know it has heaps of lovers out there in the beauty community; just about every blogger and vlogger has hauled one and sang its praises over recent months, but I just don't like it. It's not awful, I just think that there are much better palettes out there you could spend your money on.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette

The palette is available at Mecca and retails for $78, which works out to be about $4.80 per shadow (two large pan shadows at 2.2g and 14 smaller heart shaped pans at 1g) and it has a very mild cocoa scent, much lighter than the two previous palettes. 

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette

Looking at the palette I thought it would be right up my street. The colours are a great mix of cool toned taupe-browns, some rich metallics and a few bright pops of colour in the way of pinks, dark teal and purple. The colours swatched nicely enough and the packaging is also good.The palette itself is metal so it feels durable, and is thin and sleek in design with a mirror inside so it would be good for travelling. So far, so good I thought.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette

However I found the formula to be quite inconsistent, some shadows are really chalky, some are not very pigmented and almost all of them seem to get quite muddy when blended. That last complaint is something that I was told about when buying, the sales assistant told me to get the greatest colour payoff it is best to wet your brush slightly before picking up the shadow. Apparently this goes for all the other Too Faced Chocolate palettes too? I don't know about you, but I really can't be assed with a lot of faffing about in the morning, so shadows that need to be wet down in order to perform are never going to work for me, not in my daily routine anyway.

I also found that the shadows in this palette don't tend to last as long on me as the others in my collection. I often work long days and I notice after 12 hours these shadows are almost always creased and faded. There are also a number of colours in the palette that I will never use. I think having three pink shades is a waste of space, I can't imagine anyone needing as many pinks as medium browns. I also think some of the light taupe-brown colours are too similar to justify needing them all in the one palette, I think a dark matte brown for the crease and a few more light and simple lid colours would have been better choices.

Below are swatches of all the shades.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette Swatches
Left to right: Cafe' Au Lait, Cotton Candy, Cashew Chew, Malted, Molasses Chip, Sprinkles, Satin Sheets and Almond Truffle.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette Swatches
Left to right: Divinity, Earl Grey, Totally Fetch, Pecan Praline, Dark Truffle, Black Current, Mocha and Bordeaux.
I can't compare this palette to the other Too Faced Chocolate palettes because this is the first one I have tried. I hear so many people who adore the other Too Faced offerings and recommend them often, but I heard the same about this and I can't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe this latest version isn't as good as the earlier editions? I'm pretty annoyed honestly because I wanted to love this palette, I wanted the hype to be warranted but in my opinion, there are much better eyeshadow palettes out there.

Funnily enough, I still really want to try the first Too Faced palette, it was the original and some say it's still the best one so maybe that will sway me about Too Faces shadows but as for Bon Bons, I'd give it a miss.

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