Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Who would have guessed that Too Faced, a shimmer-rific line if ever there was one, would create such a truly matte, and beautiful, bronzer. A light dusting of this smooth and strongly pigmented brown powder is all you need to give yourself a healthy glow. Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder has no shimmer and is not orangish in the least, just be sure to apply sparingly, as a little goes a long way. The inclusion of cocoa powder gives this bronzer a rich chocolaty scent that may not work for everyone, so be sure to get a whiff before you purchase.

Brand Overview

Too Faced At-A-Glance

Strengths: Web site has complete ingredient lists; nice range of bronzing powders and a self-tanner; Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Creme Color is exceptional; good powder eyeshadows if you want shine.

Weaknesses: An irritating concealer; lacks matte eyeshadow options; terrible mascaras; dismal selection of eyeliners; Lip Injection lip plumpers contain irritating ingredients.

The story of how this line came to be is echoed by almost every new cosmetic company nowadays, a familiar tale that is as disingenuous as it gets. What's the tale? It's that old yarn about a makeup artist being dissatisfied with what's available because he or she just can't find the cosmetic products that are needed to create a truly beautiful makeup application.

In Too Faced's version of this recycled tale, Jerrod Blandino was working at a department store cosmetics counter and, despite the hundreds of products available, couldn't find what he needed. Of course his clients happened to be A-list celebrities (isn't that how this story always goes, and there are plenty of celebrities around who do need help) who demanded the best, and as a true artist, Jerrod was committed to providing it to them.

So, Jerrod went to work, mixing and creating cosmetics at his home in the microwave, producing products that would meet his prestigious clients' high standards and glamorous needs, all because apparently none of the thousands of products anywhere in the world were good enough. And even though in interviews in fashion magazines celebrities were frequently extolling their favorite department store products, those celebs probably weren't Jerrod’s clients.

As the story continues, word among the glitterati started to spread—that Jerrod was the makeup artist to see if you wanted true originality. Hollywood began clamoring for his services, and talk of his skills quickly reached legendary proportions. No one could turn an ugly duckling into a glamour girl like Jerrod. Soon, it seems, all of his creative talent making those new products just could not be contained in a domestic kitchen. What was a talented goddess-maker to do?

Apparently, the solution was to share his idea with Jeremy Johnson, marketing pro and a friend of Jerrod's. The men joined forces, and voilá: Too Faced Cosmetics was born. Since its inception in 1998 this brand has approached (some may say harangued) women with the question: "Why be pretty when you can be gorgeous?" Of course, anyone looking to become gorgeous from Too Faced products is basically tied to Jerrod and Jeremy's idea of what that means—and it may not jibe with yours, especially if "maximum glitter" isn't on your list of makeup must-haves.

Like many other celebrity-inspired makeup artist lines, most of the items you'll find in this one are engulfed in loads of hype and are no better than many products from other lines that sell for half the price (just check out Jane, Sonja Kashuk, Rimmel, or even Maybelline New York).

Too Faced has lots of pink packaging and glitter so it's hard to ignore the flash this line brings to the cosmetics department, but that doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the products. If you're tempted to take a peek (and you will be), you'll find Too Faced has some great bronzing powders and a cream eyeshadow that's truly exceptional. They also have a foundation worth considering if you can get past the convoluted, hard-to-use packaging. The eyeshadows are good, too (although not great), but you have to accept that all of them have some degree of shine, a fact that won't be a problem for younger women but if wrinkles are something you're trying to hide, shine will just make them more obvious.

For all the exaggeration and puffery of this line, what is really disappointing are the mascaras, a paltry, dismal selection of eyeliners, a concealer with irritating ingredients, and an overall limited product selection. If Jerrod really believed that there weren't products from other lines that were good enough for his clients, he clearly didn't know where to shop or what to look for.

For more information about Too Faced Cosmetics call (949) 553-4431 or visit the Web site at www.toofaced.com.

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Love it, but....

I LOVE this bronzer... but, have a sneaky suspicion that it's one of my many acne culprits. I note the inclusion of Ethylhexyl Palmitate very high up on the ingredient list. I'd be interested to know why this hasn't been considered as part of the product review. Is this ingredient not highly comedogenic?

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hello there!  Thanks for asking.  Ethylhexyl Palmitate is generally used as an emollient in cosmetics in small amounts and should be fine for most people.  If you were slaterhing a pure concentration of it on your skin, there may issues, but in such a small amount, it's unlikely to be the (only) culprit.  In fact, the original study responsible for the comedogenic vs. non-comedogenic debate used 100% pure concentrations without cleansing the skin any time, and that's how they determined if an ingredient would form comedones or not, which is not very helpful at all!  Either way, good on you for trying to figure out what may be causing the problem for you and good luck on your quest =)

Perfect bronze look for all seasons

Besides the price, this is a very nice bronzer. The milk chocolate shade is way too light and I wouldn't bother with that shade unless you are fairer then fair. Get the chocolate shade and use a very light hand if you are fair and it will give you a beautiful, "just spent 15 mins tanning" look without the cancer risk. If you are medium to dark skin this will work even more beautifully on you and will not look orange if you build it up.

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Gao T.
Try Instead: Too Faced Bronzed and Poreless Pore Perfecting Matte Bronzer

This is a great pressed powder bronzer. But, it does contain FRAGRANCE (listed in ingredients as Parfum/Fragrance and it smells like chocolate) which is a known irritant. I found it to be irritating on my sensitive skin and it caused some acne where it was applied. Too Faced is now selling a much better, but similar, pressed powder bronzer called "Too Faced Bronzed and Poreless Pore Perfecting Matte Bronzer." It's worth checking out!

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Christina, M.
Just like Paula's Review

The cocoa scent quickly dissipates & this give a natural but effective true tan...Nice texture--not orange at all & no fake shimmer/sparkle. Only issue is that it seems to fade through the day. It comes in milk chocolate (light) & original chocolate..go for the original. I have fair/medium skin.

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