I have come to acknowledge that I am a collector of the Makeup Revolution chocolate palettes. I never collected pokemon as a child. Chocolate palettes are my pokemon.
Do I need more eyeshadow? Absolutely not.
Will I purchase every new chocolate palette that TAM Beauty releases?
The Golden Bar is something a little bit different in the Chocolate Palette range though. Firstly – look at that packaging! A super cute chocolate brown palette with golden melting chocolate layered over the top. Very luxe in a super kitsch way.
The next biggest difference is that this is a purely shimmer palette. Unlike all the chocolate palettes that have come before it, the Golden Bar has no matte shades. For most of us this shouldn’t really be a problem – generally we all have some matte shades somewhere else in our collection that we can call on if needed BUT I do find it annoying that I can’t use this palette alone. Saying that, I really do think the shades are beautiful. The quality really is very good – in fact, there are only two shades that I have found to be wanting (which I will discuss with the swatches below), but overall these are rich and pigmented.
As you can see from the swatches even though this palette doesn’t contain mattes, there are still two distinctly different formulas: a satin and then a more metallic shimmer. Of the colours on the left of the palette there is one clear dud shade and it is collection, the pure white shade. It is very patchy and lacks pigmentation. It is almost more of a glittery topcoat rather than a shadow in its own right. Considering the rich tones of the rest of the palette I also think the stark whiteness of this shade is a bit misplaced. My two favourite shades on this side of the palette are limited and cocoa. Stunning.
The right side of the palette has darker shades overall. There is a mix of browns, coppers and a green plus one champagne shade called Chocolatier. Chocolatier is the shade I was most excited about from this side of the palette and it is also the weakest shade 😦 The swatch actually makes it look prettier than it is. In practice this shade is super flakey and goes on very patchy and needs a lot of building up to get good pigmentation. It is certainly workable with a fixing spray but the other shades are all so smooth and pigmented that the poor formulation of this one shade really stands out. Meanwhile the shades wrapped, box and beans are stunning.
I have two last points regarding the way this palette has been curated. Firstly, there are a number of shades in this palette that are actually quite similar, particularly once they are on the eye. Secondly, the shades are beautiful but they are all quite mid-toned. I would have liked to see a few more lighter tones (or at least lighter tones that are better quality than the two here) and one or two really dark tones, just to allow for more dynamic eye looks.
So to recap, the Golden Bar is a very pretty, shimmer palette which maintains the good quality we have come to expect from Makeup Revolution. Despite there being a couple of weaker shadows I would say that this palette is certainly worth the price. I imagine that people with darker skin tones than myself may really love this palette for its mid-toned shades, but paler people may find the lighter tones lacking. This isn’t my personal favourite palette from the Chocolate Palette range, but I am happy to have it in my collection.
Have a glorious day!!