Two Palettes Taking the Makeup World By Storm!
There are two makeup palettes that are taking the makeup world by storm right now. So what are they? See the preview below and click after the jump to explore them further!
TOO FACED Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette and URBAN DECAY Electric! Did you guess these from the photos? Let’s break down each one in detail. And I literally tossed a coin to see which would go first, haha!
What It Is: TOO FACED Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette ($49 @ sephora.com and ulta.com) - The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums. (This also) Includes our signature how-to Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.
Jerrod Blandino was inspired to combine the power of antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and makeup while having a chocolate facial and learning the benefits of cocoa at a Hawaiian spa. Based on this inspiration we created our best-selling bronzer Chocolate Soleil and then Milk Chocolate Soleil and have now added the Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette.
My Take: Before I broke open this palette I went to my makeup table to see how many neutral/nude shadows/palettes I currently had on my tabletop that I regularly use. (And this is so embarrassing) and the number is 9. 9! 9 different single shadows/palettes I currently use in my everyday life for neutrals/nudes. Ugh, so I’m hoping to free up some space with this new palette as it seems to house all the necessary ones.
I also really like that this palette offers many different textures when it comes to the colors: matte, satin, shimmer and really shimmery. The shimmer ones performed really well where the satin/matte ones, well, not so well. They were pretty sheer and not very consistant but the originality of a handful of them makes up for the ones that didn't turn out to be favorites.
Here are the colors (and these are all new colors to the brand!!): Gilded Ganache (satin dark brown w/micro gold shimmer), White Chocolate (matte beige), Milk Chocolate (satin cool-toned brown), Black Forest (burgundy w/shimmer), Triple Fudge (matte dark brown), Salted Caramel (matte warm nude), Marzipan (pink/peach Champagne shimmer), Semi-Sweet (matte medium brown), Strawberry Bon Bon (satin light pink), Candied Violet (violet shimmer), Amaretto (copper shimmer), Hazelnut (warm brown w/copper shimmer), Crème Brulee (brown/gold with shimmer), Haute Chocolate (brown with pinky shimmer), Cherry Cordial (red burgundy w/micro glitter), Champagne Truffle (baby pink shimmer).
This one has a mirror inside like you can see in one of the pictures, a magnetic closure, and an insert on how to get 3 great looks using a few of the shades and a clear insert with the color names listed that goes over the shadows. And did you hear when you open the palette you can smell chocolate? To me it smells like a really powdery chocolate perfume and surprisingly it doesn’t bother me, when I usually don’t care for food-smelling beauty products.
Favorite colors from L to R on my fingers – Gilded Ganache, Salted Caramel, Candied Violet, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial.
What It Is: URBAN DECAY 'Electric' Pressed Pigment Palette ($49 @ urbandecay.com) – It’s the ultimate fix for the color addicts: ten of the brightest, most amazing shades you’ve ever laid eyes on, plus a double-ended brush. Inspired by the brilliant matte blue of Chaos from The Vice Palette, we created the ultimate fix for color addicts – packed with ten of the brightest, most amazing shades you’ve ever laid eyes on, plus a double-ended brush. All the shades are brand new in this palette except Chaos and Revolt, which appeared in the Anarchy Face Case.
My Take: Pictures of this palette were leaked a few months ago and when I saw one I knew this would be a must-try palette. Brights are certainly my thing these days so I knew this one would be so up my alley and it is! I mean, the palette was inspired by the bomb stand-out shade Chaos from the Vice Palette and the other shades take their cue from it. And just like Chaos, these shades are rich in pigment and not a single miss in the bunch, which is rare.
Here are the colors: Revolt (bright metallic silver shimmer w/silver glitter), Gonzo (bright turquoise matte w/floating tonal pearl), Slowburn (bright red-orange matte w/floating pearl), Savage (bright metallic teal), Chaos (bright blue matte w/floating tonal pearl), Jilted (bright metallic fuchsia w/blue shift), Urban (bright metallic purple), Freak (bright green w/gold shift), Thrash (bright lime green matte w/floating gold pearl).
So many choices in this palette and so far, I’ve been wearing a few of them solo. I find the best way to get the color to stay so vibrant is to apply a white pencil like Nyx’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk Lait. I apply a shadow primer, this white pencil and then the color and I press it on my lid with a flat shadow brush.
Favorite colors from L to R on my fingers: Chaos, Gonzo, Urban and Fringe. The Kermit the Frog green and lime green will have to grow on me and I’m sure they will when I find I’m needing a change in the eye shadow department.
Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.