I recently purchased the semi-sweet chocolate bar palette mainly because I fell in love with the packaging and smell! Lawd knows I didn’t need anymore eye shadow palettes.
So now the question is, does this palette live up to the hype? I’ll be honest and say that I have no experience with the first chocolate bar palette so I can’t compare the two, but I do think this was a great purchase. I tend to wear neutral shadows everyday – so this palette gets a lot of use.
For me the standout stars are the second and third rows of the palette. The first row comes out a little chalky although oddly I think this makes the shadows easier to blend. It might just be a difference in formula between the matte and shimmery shadow formulas because I find the shimmery shades extremely buttery. (You can kinda see this in the swatches below)
My favorite and most used shades are “Caramel”, “Bon Bon”, and “Butter Pecan.” I love putting Butter Pecan all over the lid and darkening it up with the Bon Bon shade to give my lid a little warmth. I find I can make a lot of unique looks just using this palette which to me makes it worth the money.
Pros: The packaging is sturdy and the variety of neutrals colors make it great for travel as I can create a lot of looks. The shimmery shades very buttery and great for throwing all over the lid. The matte shades are really blendable and look great layered. I think the palette is great because of the mixture of matte and shimmery shades.
Cons: A couple of the shades can come off a little chalky. I also think the shadows could be slightly more pigmented. Although, I will say they layer very well so its pretty easy to get the color where you want.
Overall, I think this is a great palette and I would purchase again.