11 April 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette: Review & Comparison

I have waited several weeks before publishing this review, since I wanted to be 100% sure before sharing my opinions about the latest chocolate bar palette from Too Faced Cosmetics. I picked this up back in February, and have been swatching it and testing it out so I could put together an in depth review for you all! If you were wondering if you should pick up this palette, if it's worth adding to your collection or just doing some research before you commit to purchasing, you've come to the right place. Keep reading to find out what I think about this pretty little palette!

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette Review and Swatches

The Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette is the third release in the chocolate bar line, the others consisting of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. This post will be comparing the original chocolate bar palette to the newest chocolate bon bons palette because these are the two palettes that I own. If you'd like a comparison between all three palettes, Kat from Kitsch Snitch does a great job of this in her in depth blog post which you can read here.

Too Faced Bon Bons Palette Swatches

When I first saw pictures of the Bon Bons Palette and saw the gorgeous pink packaging, with embossed hearts as well as heart-shaped eyeshadows, it definitely won me over. Within the beauty community, many others were complaining that the packaging had changed so much from the original two chocolate bar palettes and I read many comments stating they thought it looked tacky and cheap. I definitely disagree with this and find the palette super cute and sleek. It comes in an easy to clean metal casing, has a magnetic closure and cute heart shaped eyeshadows with all shade names stamped onto the palette for easy reference. It also has a mirror like the other two palettes.

The Bon Bons Palette contains a mixture of neutrals, taupes, silvers and pinks. I was expecting the palette to be great for everyday use, however I have found it leans extremely cool and is definitely the coolest palette of the three in the line. Even the browns and neutrals I found difficult to use, because I am definitely a warm-toned gal and I struggled with the cool tones, which appeared even cooler in real life than what I originally had thought.

(L-R): Almond Truffle, Satin Sheets, Molasses Chip and Bourdeaux
(L-R): Almond Truffle, Satin Sheets, Molasses Chip and Bourdeaux

My other issue with this palette was that I tend to almost always place a shimmery shadow in the centre of my lid for a daytime look, so I really struggled to find other lid colours besides molasses chip which is a gorgeous rich, coppery bronze shade. There are some other matte options like almond truffle or cashew chew, but I just found myself reaching for other palettes to find another shimmery lid shade. Cafe au lait just isn't a shade I like or would use and early grey and black currant I find a little too dark for everyday lid shades. My favourite shade was definitely bordeaux which looks amazing in the crease and adds a lot of depth to the eyes, as well as molasses chip as mentioned earlier. Satin sheets also makes a gorgeous highlight shade.

(L-R): Cotton Candy, Cafe au Lait, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey
(L-R): Cotton Candy, Cafe au Lait, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey

The shades I found most impractical, and very difficult to work into my everyday makeup looks were cotton candy, cafe au lait, totally fetch and earl grey. In terms of pigmentation, these all swatch really well and show up great on the eyes however I just don't like the colour choices. Both the pink shades are difficult to use and I wished they had of added some different shades of pink, perhaps something a little deeper or more fuschia, or a matte muted pink instead of a baby pink. Of course, many people will disagree on this one and if these are the types of shades you enjoy than this palette may be for you! I just found it very difficult to find enough shades in this palette to keep me satisfied day to day without wandering to other palettes or back to my original chocolate bar..

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette vs Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette

My chocolate bar palette is an original one so the packaging is much thicker and bulkier, while the bon bons palette offers a marked improvement in sleekness and ease of travel. I believe the semi-sweet palette was the first to release the thinner, more sleek packaging and then the bon bons palette followed suit as well. Since the first release of the original chocolate bar palette, they have been redesigned so now they all have the thinner casing with shade names on the palette instead of a clear overlay with shade names like I recieved with my original chocolate bar palette.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar vs Bon Bons Palette
Top: Original Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette with thicker packaging and no shade names
Bottom: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette with improved sleek packaging

The chocolate bar palette is definitely a true neutral palette, and although it has a lot of warm tones, it actually does have some cool shades as well. I just find the shade selection easier to work with from this palette and I don't have to think twice about pulling many different looks together using this palette on it's own.

(Bottom - Top): Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet, Strawberry Bon Bon and Amaretto
(Bottom to Top): Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet, Strawberry Bon Bon and Amaretto

Some of the cooler shades in the chocolate bar palette like candied violet and strawberry bon bon just seemed easier for me to incorporate into my looks to create a smokey eye or using as all over lid shades compared to the cooler tones in the bon bons palette.

Gilded Ganache, Marzipan, Semi Sweet, Creme Brulee
(Bottom to Top): Gilded Ganache, Marzipan, Semi Sweet, Creme Brulee

Of course, the chocolate bar also contains some gorgeous shimmery shadows such as marzipan, amaretto and creme brulee which make for great lid colours with ease, which I love about this palette! The Chocolate Bar Palette also has some great warm matte shades which work so well in the crease such as salted caramel and semi sweet.

Too Faced Original Chocolate Bar vs Bon Bons Palette

Overall, I found myself just reconfirming how much I enjoy the original Chocolate Bar Palette over the new Chocolate Bon Bons Palette which was disappointing because I was hoping to love this one just as much. I would like to clarify by saying that the pigmentation and general wearability of this palette was consistent with the original palette and I think it's definitely high-quality and worth the money, if you are someone who enjoys cooler tones and brighter colours, especially pinks and silvers. For me, it was definitely a miss and I have since sold my palette to someone who will love it more than me.

I hope this review was useful to anyone thinking about purchasing the palette, or looking for some similarities and differences with the original chocolate bar palette. This palette retails for $78 AUD and can be purchased from Mecca. You can also purchase it from the Too Faced website.

Have you tried this palette? What did you think? 
Have you ever bought a palette that disappointed you?

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