Sunday, February 2, 2014

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette: Swatches and Review

Ever since I ditched my Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, I have searched for a great warm neutral palette to fill the void. Naked was nice, but I did find the matte shades to be a touch too warm. It also had a couple shades that were too frosty. I think I have found my perfect replacement with Too Faced Chocolate Bar.

The metal case is supposed to look like an actual bar of chocolate, and the eyeshadows are chocolate scented. If you have the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, these smell similar. I love the scent- a light and sweet vanilla smell.

The case isn't particularly thin, but it feels sturdy and well made. It has a magnetic closure.

The names of the shadows are on a clear insert, though I wish they were printed on the package instead.

Chocolate Bar has a wonderful mix of warm brown, gold, burgundy, and even a purple and light pink. The textures are nicely varied- mattes and shimmers.

A few of the shades have heavier shimmer, which needs to be tapped off before applying to the eye. I can forgive that minor fault, since the other shades are outstanding!

On the left half of the palette, there are mostly brown and gold shades.

 

Gilded Ganache is a deep satin brown. White Chocolate is a matte cream colored shade. Salted Caramel is a light peachy matte brown. Marzipan is a shimmery peach gold. Semi-Sweet is a warm matte brown. Hazelnut is a subtly shimmering neutral brown. Créme Brulee is a shimmery light gold. Haute Chocolate is a shimmering fawn brown.

 

The colors on the right are browns along with a few purple and burgundy shades.

 

Mlk chocolate is a matte ochre shaded brown. Black Forest Truffle is a warm purplish brown with silver shimmer. Triple Fudge is a matte greyish brown. Strawberry Bon Bon is a light matte pink. Candied Violet is a sheer shimmery blue purple. Amaretto is a warm reddish bronze. Cherry Cordial is a matte burgundy. Champagne Truffle is a shimmery light pink.

 

Overall, I am loving these colors for an easy neutral look! The shadows apply smoothly and have great pigment (except the more finicky Candied Violet and Strawberry Bon Bon). I highly recommend Too Faced Chocolate Bar for an everyday neutral palette.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Chanel Diapason Illusion D'Ombre: Swatches, Review, and Comparisons

Today I have swatches of something lovely and glittery. A new Chanel Illusion D'Ombre! I had written this color off, until I swatched it in person. I was unable to resist the shimmering blue duo chrome in this purple beauty.

Diapason appears to be a regular old dark purple in the pot.
Upon swatching, the gorgeous blue shimmer shows up.

The base is a warm transparent purple, which provides a nice contrast to the cool blue shimmer.

Here are some friends:

 

Illusoire is a lighter grayish purple. Ebloui is a reddish brown in comparison to Diapason. Fatal is a lighter, more faded purple than the base of Diapason. Fatal also has silver shimmer instead of blue.

 

 

Diapason is a unique purple, making it a great addition to my collection of sparkling pretties. For further coercion, Kate The Driveller has an excellent set of pictures capturing the blue duo sparkle in Diapason.