Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette
Cute and sturdy packagingGood colour variation
Dry & chalky formulaBad colour payoffMuddy when blendingChunky glitter which is difficult to work with
2.0Overall Score

I picked up this palette before I got ill, but I’ve held off from reviewing it as not only did I want to have a chance to properly use it a few times, but I wanted to shift my bad mood to see if the timing of getting the palette had anything to do with my overall feelings towards it (which spoiler alert: weren’t great).

I actually intended to get Chocolate Bar which was a lot more neutral but somehow ended up with Bon Bon -I think my inner child was distracted by all the pink- which as the name suggests is kind of sweet shop themed with of pink and purples tones. I’m just not a pink kind of girl when it comes to makeup and much like the Naked 3 palette, even if this were the best formula on the planet I probably wouldn’t reach for it frequently.

Colour preferences and kidney stones aside, I’ve now worn this palette on three occasions, giving all shadows a good go so I can review it fairly. One thing that’s undeniable, the packaging is insanely cute.

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The outer packaging is cardboard and features a pretty design, which unlike the palette itself is brown.

The inner packaging is strong and metal which is a plus, velvet packaging looks nice for the first few minutes of opening but then gets covered in product, thumb smears and anything which comes into contact with it.

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As I think I’ve mentioned before (ok I rant about it all the time) I’m not a fan of scented makeup, especially not sickly sweet scents which seem to be popular at the moment. This palette smells of sugar and vanilla which whilst realistic I find pretty off putting.

Each shadow is set in a cute heart shaped pan, with the exception of the two highlight shades which are larger. There are 14 shadows and 2 highlights included.

Chocolate Bon Bon

There are five matte shades: Almond truffle, Cashew Chew, Pecan Praline, Bordeaux and Mocha. The rest are shimmers, with varying degrees of glitter; Dark Truffle, Cafe Au Lait, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey, Molasses Chip and Black Current being the most glittery.

Of the highlight shades, Divinity is matte and Satin Sheets is a shimmer.

Chocolate Bon Bon

I love it when a palette tells a story, it’s inspirational and essentially why we buy them in the first place. I have pretty much every eyeshadow colour in my collection, but a palette containing shades which compliment each other perfectly will likely be better for creating looks, unless of course you have literally every eyeshadow shade in which case you’re a beauty counter, not a person.

This palette does that really well, it reminds me of Paris, the little cafes and neatly arranged rows of colourful macarons. The names they’ve chosen for the shades are perfect and despite not being the biggest wearer of pinky toned eyeshadows, I was ready to dive in and start creating some Parisian sweet shop realness.

Annoyingly though, that’s where this palette really falls down for me.

Too Faced brand themselves almost like kids makeup, the packaging is always really cute and they put a huge amount of emphasis on the creativity in terms of colour combinations, themes and names. Having seen so many bloggers and YouTubers rave about Too Faced, I felt pretty confident that this was just branding and that the products would be of a high quality (as at £35 it’s certainly not priced like kids makeup), but was sorely disappointed by the formula I found here.

The majority of shades are really chalky and dry, giving very little colour payoff. This is especially noticeable in the first half of the palette in the lightest shades.

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The darker mattes like Mocha which do deposit a fair amount of pigment are very muddy and difficult to blend, something you can see in my swatches but that is very noticeable when working with the palette on the eye.

The glitters are chunky and impossible to work with and due to the lack of colour payoff the shadows don’t work well together at all. I’ve tried several different looks and found the same pitfalls each time, despite using a good primer and even using some of Too Faced’s own Shadow Insurance glitter primer over my transition shade to get any noticeable colour payoff from the shimmers.

I do appreciate that light colours are often chalky, as are neons, but I personally wouldn’t put out a palette which wasn’t up to par just to fit a sweet shop theme. I know their other palettes get tons of love so I’m really hoping this is just down to the light colours and a bad egg … I know I have plenty of Too Faced lip and face products in my collection which I love.

For each swatch I had to repeatedly apply to get any colour payoff and some of these are barely noticeable.

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Top row, from right to left: Almond Truffle, Cashew Cream, Dark Truffle, Satin Sheets, Cotten Candy.

Bottom row, from right to left: Cafe Au Lait, Totally Fetch (+1 for Mean Girls reference), Earl Grey, Bourdeux, Sprinkles.

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Left, from top to bottom: Molasses Chip, Mocha.

Right: Malted, Black Current, Divinity.

It sucks that this palette was a let down for me. Even though a lot of the colours aren’t ones I would wear a lot, there were some really great shades included and I was up for going over to the dark side and wearing some pink eye looks after feeling inspired by my new purchase.

Packaging and creativity wise, there’s nothing not to like about the palette. Despite this being a pretty negative review it’s an aesthetically pleasing one because the product itself is adorable, I just wish the formula lived up to the expectation the packaging creates.

I’d love to know if you’ve used this palette and what your thoughts were on it?

This post was not sponsored & I wasn’t sent this product for review purposes. For more information about how I review products read this post. You can find similar products to Bon Bon in my directory.

  • This palette looks so so pretty I need it!

    http://beristenbul.blogspot.com.tr/

    • Amy

      The packaging is certainly cute.

  • Oh no what a shame that it performed so badly! It really is gorgeous to look at xx

    • Amy

      It was such a shame, especially given how pretty it is! x

  • Nadia

    I have read mixed reviews about this one. Aww, it’s too bad it didn’t live up to the expectations. Those tiny heats are way too cute. It’s a shame the quality of the actual product isn’t good at all. The pigment is barely there & they defo look quite chalky. Thanks for an honest review, lovely.
    Just double checked if I’m following you on socials & Bloglovin’ 🙂 I am so yay! Apart from IG, but I just hit follow 😉
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

    • Amy

      It’s such a shame! I’m curious to see if other Too Faced palettes are similar or if I just picked one of the worse ones. Thanks Nadia!

      Yay, I’ll make sure I’ve got you on all of mine <3

  • Alexis

    Aw, that’s kid of disappointing! At least the packaging is cute! 🙂

    Alexis
    http://www.dolier.com

    • Amy

      Yeah I had high hopes! That’s true 🙂

  • The packaging is so cute but too bad it’s not as great as the other too faced palettes. x

    http://www.erinazmir.com

    • Amy

      It’s a shame! x

  • Ahhh no, I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience with this! I’m a bit of a newbie to eye palettes so I don’t have as much to compare to, however, I do agree that it isn’t worth the full price in Debenhams, v expensive for what it is! Lovely to hear your thoughts on it, you have captured it beautifully (as always) and you have such a talent for blog design! 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • Amy

      Totally, it’s the same price as my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills palette which is miles ahead in terms of the formula, but I was drawn in by the super cute packaging! Ah thank you Elizabeth, I appreciate the kind words 😀 xx

  • What a shame! I can see exactly what you mean from your swatches. I passed on this palette as I already have quite a few Urban Decay palettes with bright colours in them. For some reason, the heart shaped pans put me off too. But I’m not sure why. I have the Chocolate Bar palette & the Semi-Sweet palette & have been really impressed with them, so I really hope this is just a case of a bad batch. But still, where are Too Faced’s quality control if they let this slip through? Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

    • Amy

      I know what you mean with the heart shaped pans. I’m extra gutted I didn’t get the Chocolate Bar palette now, I think I’ll swatch in store and maybe pick it up as I keep hearing they were good. I know with lighter and neon colours they tend to have more talc and be dryer but I agree, I personally wouldn’t put this palette out and sacrifice quality for colours. x

  • I have the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette and I love it. It feel it has a good pigment too it. It’s not like the best pigment or anything but it’s easy to work with and I love the shades + the chocolate scent + the packaging. 😀 I have swatches of my palette here: http://charlottaeve.com/2016/04/09/irresistible-pair-2/ Here too the shimmery light colors lack some pigment, but still I love it.

    It’s a shame your palette didn’t work for you! It’s super cute though and looks good at your makeup table, right?

    x charlotta / http://charlottaeve.com

    • Amy

      I’m so gutted I didn’t get that instead, everyone seems to be saying that it’s a lot better. Thank you for the link I can see what you mean, it clearly performs a lot better!

      That’s something at least ha, it was a fun one to photograph for the blog! x

  • Isn’t the whole point of a palette that you have some similiar shades you can mix together and wear together? Somehow it really doesn’t look like the case with this one =/

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

    • Amy

      It’s not as cohesive as their other palettes that’s for sure, the colours do have purpley pink undertones which are more consistent on skin than on the pan but it’s still way too bright for my tastes unfortunately!

  • The Sunday Mode

    Wow how disappointing, I wouldn’t expect this from a Too Faced palette but then again I only have one small palette from them and I don’t really use it very often actually…

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

    • Amy

      I had the same feeling, I’ve heard the other chocolate palettes are considerably better so I’m hoping this was just a particularly dry combination of colours. x

  • awww I do love the packaging on this! I love that you were honest about this palette! I have bought one palette from too faced the love palette and I must say its very pigmented but has a ton of fall out so I don’t use as much! I’m so hesitate to buy high brand eyeshadow palettes as I normally don’t use eyeshadow as much anymore…eyeliner type of girl haha! Great review! I wonder how the chocolate palette is? I’ve seen a ton of people rave about that maybe it will be better!?

    Jasmine 🙂
    colorubold.com