Now I understand these reviews that start off saying "If I were on a desert island, (and needed to look fabulous... because why not)... "
If I were on a desert island, and I could only bring 3 eyeshadow palettes with me from my collection, they would be:
1. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
2. Colourpop Kathleen Lights "Where the Light is" Collection
Is the packaging adorable? Certainly not, but its lack of frills does make this slim & travel friendly. I would much prefer excellent performance and versatility to adorable packaging. I'll be honest though-- at first I wasn't won over. I loved the intense pigmentation and blendability of these shadows right away. However I won't pretend like I can get an everyday look out of this, unless I plan to stroll out to the grocery store NBD with a serious smokey eye. (Though I suppose if I am going to glam it up on my desert island, then I could be a grocery store diva too?)
That last point may seem like a huge shortcoming, and truth be told, that is my biggest con with this palette. But I'll explain my desert island list, and why those 3 products sing wonderfully together. I'll try to describe this a bit generally, to make sure my (rather long) review still serves a purpose for those without those other two products.
*Blendability, Lasting power, and pigmentation: Even though this little trio is the cheapest item on my list, it holds up to the other two products. The formulas of the three play well together in all senses--they blend with each other, they are all pigmented, and no one item/shade/formula will awkwardly outlast another. Being honest, I have oily eyelids so I always wear a primer, and never wear any powder shadow without it. Thus I have never tried this trio without it. But even with cheapo ELF primer, it doesn't seem to have a problem.
*Color selection: I love all the colors in here, and have found uses for each one. I don't ever use a shimmery highlight because I have hooded lids, and certainly not a frosty pink with my very yellow undertone, so I use the browbone highlight as a face highlighter. (I do wish it was the smallest pan of this trio.) I find that the dark brown is close enough to matte so I use it either as a crease shade and/or a powder to set creme eyeliner. Is it super unique? probably not, but that's my everyday workhorse shade. The cool toned purple-silver-taupe shade is my favorite of the three. I like having it just in the center of my eyelid.
*Balance: Especially in my collection of mostly warm eyeshadows, this trio's color selection bring in a nice balance. The dark brown in here is the darkest color offered across all 3 of my palette list, so I use it to set eyeliner or deepen up a look regardless of what colors I choose from these 3. The cool taupe pairs nicely with the cooler shades of the Chocolate Bar palette. (To help compare, the purple tone of this will probably play nicely with Candied Violet, and the silver-taupe tones with Haute Chocolate.) I am pretty convinced that the browbone color dupes Marzipan from Chocolate Bar palette.
(omg longest review ever for such a slim little trio, but I hope this helped! thanks for reading!)