Be not fooled by the kitsch packaging — the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (S$65.55 or around 2,200 Php) is actually one of the prettier palettes that I own, albeit mostly on the inside. It looks mega tacky in photos, but after spending some time with the palette and feeling the quality in my hands (it’s made of better materials that it looks to be), I have come to forgive the ugly font and funky design. It still looks shite in photos (yeah I really can’t let it go!) but on my vanity and in person it isn’t so bad. It also has a nice magnetic closure and a good weight to it that makes letting it fall shut satisfying. Of course, as I said, the true beauty is on the inside. When I picked this up in Singapore, it was a choice between this and the Urban Decay NAKED 3 — not that they are similar in terms of colour palette, I just had a budget to stick to hehe. I went with this in the end because although I had seen swatches of the eyeshadows online before, seeing and feeling them in person was a different story. I thought: ok let me just check this shade out because it looks interesting — and it was in fact interesting. So I swatched one shade after the other until nearly every shade was smudged into the back of my hand. I was sold.
When I was 17 I had one Sephora powder eyeshadow. It was a shimmery moss green that wasn’t the best quality, but at the time I didn’t know it and I didn’t really care. I would just sweep it over my lids and I can’t even recall if it looked good… I just knew that I liked it. Haha! At that age my knowledge of makeup covered eyeliners and the use of an eyelash curler. Eyeshadows were new territory for me. I picked out a Sephora one because their in-store displays are simple and straight to the point.
I never really went beyond the Sephora brand stuff when I was younger simply because I didn’t know any better. Soon enough though, I fell in love with some Shu Uemura products. After that, I explored so many other brands that Sephora Collection stuff just faded from my mind. Of course the store itself became makeup paradise for me, but my focus was on every other brand because there are just so many and there are so many other amazing products to try. This Jumbo Liner is the first Sephora Collection item I’ve purchased since that green eyeshadow from so many years ago. I grabbed it because I was staring at the Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadows and I was getting so frustrated at how expensive they were. I couldn’t justify spending 22 Euro (was in Paris) on one eyeshadow, so I paid 8 Euro for the Sephora liner instead. Strange how the prices in USD are so different but I remember the price difference distinctly because I was so shocked at the huge gap.
The Jumbo Liners came in a small range of shades in the particular branch I was at so I went with 07 Brown– a safe option.