That was my initial reaction when I finally had the new Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette clutched in my sweaty little paws! I have done a video review/first impressions which you can find here. I thought I would also do a blog post with some better quality swatches and little more info on the shades.
My overall impression is that while the Semi-Sweet Palette doesn't have quite the same pigmentation as the original Chocolate Bar Palette, it's definitely not awful and I don't regret buying it. My advice to owners of the original Chocolate Bar Palette would be to only purchase the Semi-Sweet if you cherish a deep and burning love for the Choc Palette like I do. I prefer the shade in the original and think they are most versatilve and work with a wider range of skin tones BUT I still quite like the shades in Semi-Sweet (bar one, I'll get to that later) and I can see myself using it quite frequently. If you are tossing up between the two, I would say the original Chocolate Bar Palette will always hold a special place in my heart and unless you prefer warmer tones, the original is probably the one to go for. I definitely don't regret buying it but I don't think it's for everyone and the shade quality in Semi-Sweet isn't as good as the original Chocolate Bar Palette, especially in the lighter shades.
Here's a bit of a run down of the shades:
Licorice - a matte black shade. Pigmentation is a little patchy but the shade is buildable and I quite like it.
Cocoa Chili - a deep, warm brown with a hint of gold sparkle. This is one of my favourite shades, I love the addition of the gold sparkle, it really makes the shade pop.
Rum Raisin - a warm, mid-toned shimmery brown. Another favourite, this shade is perfect for a neutral smokey eye.
Coconut Crème - a matte cream shade. Not my favourite, the pigmentation is a little chalky and the shade itself is quite powdery.
Pink Sugar - a frosted pink glitter/shimmer shade. The worst shade of the entire palette! It just looks like silver glitter with the very faintest hint of pink, very disappointing.
Mousse - a warm, light brown matte shade. A very decent little shade, nicely pigmented and very wearable.
Puddin' - a matte taupe. Another great shade, not one that I would usually go for but I can see it becoming a favourite very quickly.
Caramel - a warm, copper-gold shimmer shade. This is the shade that I instantly fell in love with when I first opened the palette, I love it!
Nougat - a very pretty soft matte pink. I was expecting poor pigmentation but this is actually one of the nicest shades in the whole palette.
Blueberry Swirl - a metallic dark blue. One of very few cool toned shades in the palette, I was initially quite disappointed with this shade, I thought the colour would really pop but it's a bit muted. It's quite buildable though so I'm looking forward to testing it out properly.
Bon Bon - a shimmery copper brown. Again, not a shade that I would usually like but I'm already in love!
Truffled - a deep matte brown. I find this shade a tad boring but it's got good pigmentation and if you like warm browns you would like Truffled.
Peanut Butter - a matte orange-brown. That description sounds horrible but this is a strangely appealing shade and looks much better on than in the pan.
Butter Pecan - a champagne shimmer. This looks really pretty in the pan but I found it really hard to swatch, the colour payoff isn't great.
Hot Fudge - a dark brown with a tiny hint of gold shimmer. This is similar to Cocoa Chili but darker and less shimmery. A very nice shade with good pigmentation.
Frosting - a medium to dark shimmery brown. Another winning shade for me, it has quite a nice gold hue to it when swatched.
|An eye look using Nougat, Mousse, Puddin' and Caramel|
If can't wait until the Semi-Sweet Palette launches in Australian (22nd of Feb), then you can order from Hop Shop Go like I did. I used the "Buy for me" option and I was really impressed with the service and the shipping times. I think my package took 3 days to get from the US to Australia and that was over Christmas/NY so I can highly recommend Hop Shop Go.
What do you think of the new Semi-Sweet Palette?