July 28, 2016

Real vs. Dupe: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette

If you looked at the above photo without reading the post title you’re probably thinking, “why did she buy two of the exact same palette?”

Well, it’s sort of a long story. I have bought a lot of products off of eBay before and I always had a good experience with them. If the product that arrived isn’t what you expected or it is damaged at all, you can always send it back!

My most recent palette purchase wasn’t as simple. eBay had some great deals on the Chocolate Bon Bons palette but I was very suspicious as fake editions of popular palettes have been made before. Therefore I was very careful in picking a seller. They were from the USA, there were photographs of the palette, and it included a little booklet of eyeshadow looks that Too Faced shows you how to make with the palette. I have the original Chocolate Bar palette so I knew Too Faced includes a booklet with their palettes.

                                           Real Too Faced palette (top), copy (bottom) 

 I got what I thought was an incredible deal on the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette, but the moment it arrived I could tell something was a little…off. The packaging looked just like it did in photos but when you open the palette there is no chocolate scent, only a slight chalky fragrance. From there I tested out the shadows themselves. I’ll admit, a lot of them weren’t bad at all, but a few had no pigment payoff whatsoever. Some of the shimmery shades had noticeable chunks of glitter, which seemed strange to me. Two of the shadows, Molasses Chip and Malted, looked the exact same. Molasses Chip is supposed to be a shimmery gold but instead it was a glittery chocolate brown.

Unfortunately I deleted the eBay emails and I couldn’t find the seller again, so I decided I would give the palette to a friend and purchase the real one. The fake palette, like I said, isn’t necessarily bad quality (better than any of the drugstore palettes I own!) but I knew I would have no use for it if I can’t blog about it.

Before I give it away, however, I thought it would be cool to compare the two palettes for people who aren’t opposed to purchasing a copy or for those who want to see what Too Faced shadows are like compared to less expensive ones!

                                            Real Too Faced palette (top), copy (bottom)

Starting with the packaging: it’s nearly identical. If I’m in the right lighting I can tell that the Too Faced one is a slightly duskier pink while the copy is more of a baby pink. The magnet inside of the palette is also stronger in the original. As for the box and booklet that the palettes come in, they’re twins as well. The fake booklet has a slightly pinkish tinge to it, but other than that they are the same. This could be a problem for people with sensitive eyes because I’m guessing the copy doesn’t use the same ingredients as the Too Faced one, yet it lists the same ingredients.

Inside the palette, the first difference is the smell. A few of the shadows also have different tones than the original. For example, the hot pink shade “Totally Fetch” is darker and more blue-toned in the original than in the copy. Most of the shadows in the Too Faced palette outperform the copy in my opinion. They’re more pigmented, softer, and have less fallout. However, a few shades in the copy palette impressed me a lot! Some of the bright shades are really pigmented. Satin Sheets, a shimmery gold, is very soft and pretty. That being said, a few shades had no pigment at all (I’m looking at you, Cotton Candy!)

I put swatches side by side (Too Faced versions are on the left, the copy versions are right next to it) to make them easier to compare. The shades aren’t identical once they are on the skin and it’s easier to see the tonal differences I mentioned earlier.

   From left to right: Almond Truffle real, Almond Truffle copy, Satin Sheets real, Satin Sheets copy,      Sprinkles real, Sprinkles copy, Molasses Chip real, Molasses Chip copy, Malted real, and  Malted                                                                                        copy
 Cashew Chew real, Cashew Chew copy, Cotton Candy real, Cotton Candy copy, Cafe Au Lait real,         Cafe Au lait copy, Bordeaux real, Bordeaux copy, Mocha real, Mocha copy, Black Currant real,                                                                           Black Currant copy. 
       Dark Truffle real, Dark Truffle copy, Pecan Praline real, Pecan Praline copy, Totally Fetch real,                 Totally Fetch copy, Earl Gray real, Earl Gray copy, Divinity real, Divinity copy

I haven’t used either of these palettes on the eyes yet, but judging by the swatches I think I will like the original better. The chocolate scent makes it a delight to use and there are so many looks I can get out of this palette! The copy will be going to a good home and I’ve definitely learned my lesson about online shopping: never mass-delete your emails. 

Xx Katie
31 comments on "Real vs. Dupe: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette"
  1. I haven't tried the Too Faced palette yet but I think it still might be worth a try! So cool that you found a dupe too!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    1. I highly recommend it, it's a great neutral palette with a few bright shadows if you want to experiment with color!

  2. Ahh I am so sorry to hear that you ended up getting a copy! That's why I don't like going to ebay for makeup. I am glad to hear that the copy is actually decent for what it is! I have this palette and it makes me want to whip it out now!


  3. Aww no nothing worse than a fake, this is why I am terrified of buying from Ebay :(

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. I think the biggest problem is with really popular items like these palettes! Every other item I've bought is a great deal x

  4. Fake items are the absolute worst! There's such good duplicates you never know with eBay, it's so tricky! However, this palette looks a lot better than some copies i've witnessed

    Jen / Velvet Spring x

  5. What a shame, the original does look like such a lovely palette. I have been thinking about getting it for a while, might just wait until Makeup Revolution come out with a dupe haha xxx

    AlLittleKiran | Bloglovin

  6. That's too bad you got a fake palette! They do look incredibly similar.

    xo, Liz

  7. The colours in the original seem more pigmented and vibrant, but they do look very similar. Nice review!


  8. Very interesting post on comparison! Dupes can get it very close to the original sometimes and sometimes it's worth the money if they're cheaper and still good quality too! x

    - Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

  9. Great comparisons! The real one is definitely much better than the fake. I guess you get what you pay for, haha! :)

    Nicole | In The Life of NM // Enter My Giveaway!

  10. You can definitely tell the difference in swatches! I may buy the copy though, just to see how it bares as I don't have the original. Thanks for sharing x
    FloralsAndCoralsx // Our blog xx

  11. After a bad experience from Amazon, I stopped shopping makeup products from eBay/amazon. Even though you said some of the eyeshadows look&feel exactly the same, I'd be worried about the formula of it. It is risky to use fake makeup products, especially on the eyes so I would be kinda scared to use it!

    Ela BellaWorld

    1. True! This is the first bad experience I've had, I think the biggest issue is with popular items like this palette where there could be a big market for fake palettes.

  12. That's awful that someone could do that, especially with how dangerous counterfeit makeup can be with lead, and toxic ingredients. I'm glad you now have the original, safe version xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  13. This is such an interesting post! I am all for going for the occassional cheaper option and I know you can get some great bargains on eBay but I am a real believer in 'you get what you pay for'! x
    Louise | helloteddy.co.uk

  14. This article shouldn't term fakes as dupes. Fakes masquerade as the real thing (using the smae brand name etc) while dupes are palettes from other legitimate brands with (almost) identical shades.

  15. This is really a valuable post. Nice to find and read. The info shared is helpful and valuable. Will grab it. Thank you for sharing.
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  16. hi there please help me out !! i recently bought the bons bons palette off someone else. and i am not sure if its the real deal or a knock off !!!! and i can't compare as i don't have a palette that i know its real from too faced !!! is there any obvious difference in the fake and the real one ? i mean from your blog, the colours looks pretty similar to the real ones. but when i swatch it, i feel like it isn't as pigmented.

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  24. Its great that you can tell the original from duplicate.... Shame on people who are into duplicating business....

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  25. Hi! I'm glad you realized you had a fake and managed to get the real deal! However- what you received was a fake, not a dupe. A fake is an item that tries to pass for the real thing, with copied packaging and a copied ingredients list, even though they didn't use those ingredients. You have no idea where the fakes have come from or what's in them. They are in fact highly dangerous and have been found to contain, aside from dangerous chemicals that have caused people's eyes and throats to swell shut, human urine and rat faeces from unsanitary and unregulated factories and conditions. They are usually made in China by cartels for the soul intention of making money with no regard for your health. I STRONGLY urge anyone who doesn't have the budget for the real thing to go for a DUPE, not a fake. Dupes are created by legitimate brands and are not pretending to be the real thing. They have their own brand name and own packaging and list the correct ingredients - they just contain a copied color selection from the original palette. You can get amazing, and SAFE, dupes from brands like Makeup Revolution and Bad Habit or Face Candy sold through Shop Hush. It worries me that people are saying they will buy the fake. PLEASE THINK AGAIN! it's not worth the risk just to have a certain name on the packaging - the vast majority of the time, the quality of the shadows are terrible. Dupes are far better quality and often come closer to copying the original colors. I am quite an expert on dupes of famous palettes and lipsticks - if anyone wants to know a dupe, please hit me up on IG @shinebridabeauty before buying a fake!

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