It's been a long time since I first laid eyes on this palette and thought "that needs to be mine!". I waited, as it was out of stock everywhere, and then finally Beauty Bay had it in stock, and on sale!. I snapped it up as soon as I could afford it, and within 2 weeks it arrived on my doorstep. Literally, Australia Post, or whoever delivered this particular parcel and my first Lime Crime parcel, just left them on my door step.
After weeks of anticipation, it was so exciting to open the parcel, even more than usual. No only do the beautiful selection of shadows appeal to me, but the palette is in the shape of a freaking chocolate bar! I love chocolate! The smell when I first opened it was delicious! Something I've come to love when doing my make up every day. Granted the smell goes away soon after you open the palette (unsure if that's your brain getting used to the smell, much like soon after you walk into a cafe you can no longer smell coffee, or at least that happens when you work in one. Or if the scent isn't that strong). The packaging is a little less sturdy that I thought it would be. If I was traveling with it I would probably want to wrap a hair-tie around it to keep it closed as the clasp isn't very strong. The lid also flops right over, rather than sticking up like my Naked 3 palette, but that's not really a big deal, just me being picky.
On to the shadows! It contains a mix of shimmers, glitters and matte shades, with enough variety to create a wide range of looks. You also get a 'glamour guide' with 3 looks in it to start you off. There are 2 large highlight shades, a matte and a shimmer, which I think is fantastic as they're usually the first shades to go in a palette. White Chocolate is perfect for the brow bone and Champagne Truffle is perfect for an inner corner highlight.
As for the rest, the matte shades are the let down, as always. They're not very pigmented, and really need work, and a primer, to get anywhere with. The glitter shades are a bit better, but I find the glitter doesn't really show up on the eye, which is probably a good thing, and they end up looking more like a matte shadow. Lastly, the shimmer shadows, are the star of the palette. They're super pigmented and really fantastic to blend. All the shadows in this palette can be a bit powdery (as you can see in the top highlight shade in the photo above) and a little bit of care is needed to make sure you don't apply too much, or make a mess of your palette. However, this is less of a problem than it would normally be, as the shadows are so good to blend, you can blend it out for a perfect look. Seriously, I can't even say how great these are for blending. I would even go as far as saying they're better than my Naked 3. Yep, I went there.
Semi-sweet also seems to be a fantastic eyebrow shade for me! So if I find I don't use it too much on my eyes, it'll always get used on my brows.
Top Row (l-r) Guilded Ganache, White Chocolate , Milk Chocolate, Black Forrest Truffle, Triple Fudge
Middle Row (l-r) Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon-Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto
Bottom Row (l-r): Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocoalte, Cherry Coridal, Champagne Truffle
I'm really chuffed about this purchase. Before, I had my eye on another Naked palette as well, but I think this is a much better palette, as it's way more diverse. I'm quite content with eyeshadow palettes now, so it'll take a really good new release (Ok, or the Chi Chi Elegant palette, whatever) to put another palette on my wish list.
Have you got the Chocolate Bar palette? What do you think of it?
What's your favourite palette?