Review: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder

By Voxy  

Dear Voxy,

We here at Too Faced know that you love our primers, but that for some reason you aren’t as keen on some of the rest of our products. What could we do about that? Love, Too Faced


Dear Too Faced,

Hmm, I dunno. How about making them out of chocolate? Love, Voxy


Dear Voxy,

Done! Love, Too Faced


OK, that’s not really what happened. But nevertheless, Too Faced has indeed created a bronzer out of chocolate. Well, cocoa, anyway. They’ve actually had this product out before in a darker shade, but now there is a “milk chocolate” version of the Chocolate Soleil bronzer available for those of us who are too pasty fair for the regular version.

There has previously been only one bronzer I’ve found that works for me: Tarte Park Avenue Princess. In general I haven’t seen much use for bronzers, since most of them just make me look dirty — and since I’m pale enough naturally that no one will actually think I’ve been out getting any sun unless I bronze my whole darned body. Maybe people who have yellow undertones to their skin rather than pink ones have an easier time with bronzer. Anyway, the category has been largely a fail for me — but this may change that!

The Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzing powder is actually very subtle and not orange-tinted at all. I really had to pile it on for the swatch, so it looks a little unnatural (and the skin on my hands is really dry — sorry about that, not the nicest looking swatch ever), but actually dusted onto the face it’s virtually invisible. It can be built up to a moderate degree of color; it would be a good option for contouring if that’s your thing. But the best thing about it is the delicious, mouthwatering aroma — yes, that is real cocoa powder in there. OK, it’s probably supplemented a bit by added fragrance (since fragrance comes right before cocoa powder in the ingredients list), but as it engulfs your face in a cloud of sweet, sweet deliciousness, you will not care. The scent does linger on the skin for awhile, so if you are one of those crazy people who doesn’t want to smell like chocolate for some reason, you have been warned. After a bit either the scent dissipates or your nose grows accustomed to it. I did notice that when I washed my face after wearing it during the day, the water came away with a decidedly brown tint. To an extent that happens with any makeup — the first few rinses have a peachy or tan hue as your foundation and powders are rinsed away — but I was surprised to see how much brown there was in the water. A cotton ball swabbed over the skin afterwards showed that I did get it all off using my standard cleansing regimen (pHisoderm cleanser with my Clarisonic), so it shouldn’t be problematic to remove. The first ingredient is talc, though, so for those of you who are sensitive to talc, you may want to look elsewhere.

Given the state of America today, I’m kind of surprised that it doesn’t bear the label “Do Not Eat,” because you will want to eat it. Heck, I tried to lick my own face. But if you want sweet powdery things that actually are edible, go with the Urban Decay lickable body powders.

One warning when ordering: Too Faced has not done such a good job distinguishing this from the regular (darker) Chocolate Soleil powder, so be sure you look carefully at the box before you pick it up. The front of the box only says “Chocolate Soleil,” but there is a little brown sticker on the top of the box that says “Milk Chocolate.” These are clearly the same boxes as the regular Chocolate Soleil, and they’ve added the sticker to show you it’s a different shade. Anyway, just keep your eyes out.



Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder in Milk Chocolate: $29

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. I had a coupon, which helped.

Purchase again? N/A, since I hardly imagine I will ever run out.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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