I purchased the LORAC Eye Candy Set last year, but I purchased it right as it sold out. As a result, I never reviewed it. After all, why would y'all care about a product that is no longer available for purchase? However, it has come to my attention that Kohl's is selling a new version of these palettes for 2013 under the name "Sweet Temptations Natural Eyeshadow Set". I've had a couple of people ask me about last year's version, so I decided to do a review, in case it affects your judgement of the 2013 edition.
The Eye Candy Set came with a liner and blush/lip palette that I didn't bother to include in this review, as there is no 2013 analog.
The Sweet Temptations set includes four mini eyeshadow palettes designed to look like candy bars. It's definitely one of those things where you immediately think it looks like a candy bar, but the longer you look at it, the more you think, "It... it doesn't look like a candy bar at all!" It's the visual equivalent of repeating a word until it doesn't sound like a real word anymore.
The 2012 palettes include Ooh La La Vanilla, Caramel Love Affair, Tantalizing Cocoa, and Blackberry Truffle seduction. (The 2013 versions include Indulge in White Chocolate, Satisfying Toffee Crunch, Tease Me Truffles, and Tantalizing Dark Chocolate.)
Ooh La La Vanilla
Each of the palettes flips up to reveal four pans of eyeshadow (0.0425 oz per pan) and a tiny little mirror. (You are correct in noticing that I still have the protective sheet on my mirror, as I don't really apply my eyeshadow on the go.)
This palette contains a creamy highlight that look likes cream with the tiniest splash of coffee in it, a camel that would be perfect for a mountain man's jacket if not for the shimmery, satin finish, a not-quite-matte-but-almost-matte milk chocolate color, and a dark chocolate-colored satin.
All the colors are creamy, blendable, and wearable. The texture is definitely significantly different from, say, the LORAC Pro Palette. These feel more similar to Urban Decay shadows. They're definitely buttery and pigmented, but there's a very faint, underlying grittiness to them.
Caramel Love Affair
This palette is definitely the warmest eyeshadow palette of the bunch. The highlight color is absurdly similar to the highlight in Ooh La La Vanilla. It is, perhaps, just a touch warmer than its companion. It also contains a beautiful bronze metallic, a warm, medium brown, and a muddy garnet.
This is probably my favorite palette of the bunch because it is a neutral palette that is still substantially unexpected due to the warm, red tones it contains.
Again, the highlight on this palette is strikingly similar to the
previous two highlights. It is the tiniest, tiniest,
bit darker than the highlight in Ooh La La Vanilla. The palette also
contains a camel color (also similar to the color in Ooh La La Vanilla,
but a little brighter), a dark brown, and a black with brown shimmer and
This palette is so similar to Ooh La La Vanilla that it feels redundant. The first two colors are so similar that no one who is looking at you will be able to tell the difference (pinky promise). I prefer the Tantalizing Cocoa version, however, because I don't love mixing mattes and shimmers and because the darker shade offers more contrast.
Blackberry Truffle Seduction
This palette is substantially different from the other three palettes because it isn't filled with neutrals!
This palette contains a frosty, shimmery white, a dark, plummy purple, a blue-tinted slate, and a not-quite-matte black.
I like the fact that there is a white and a bunch of dark colors. This really facilitates drama in a way that the other palettes do not.
With that said, I had the hardest time blending the eyeshadows in this palette. They seemed to get weirdly stuck in place, meaning that it took more effort to smoke them out.
There are definitely things about this palette set that I love. The pigmentation on the shadows is beautiful. Even though the texture isn't quite as smooth as I might hope for from LORAC palettes, that's not a problem for three of the four quads (Blackberry Truffle Seduction being the exception.) Furthermore, the idea of having convenient, travel-friendly neutral options is really appealing to me. I don't want to bring an eyeshadow palette the size of a subway sandwich on a weekend trip. I brought Tantalizing Cocoa to Thanksgiving this year and I thought it was really convenient to have a complete neutral, grandma-appropriate eye in such a small container. I do suspect, however, two of these palettes will find new homes in the next couple of months: Ooh La La Vanilla is, in my opinion, redundant, and I have better eyeshadow that serves the same function as Blackberry Truffle Seduction.
The LORAC Sweet Temptations Natural Eyeshadow Palette set retails for $36 for four 0.17oz palettes, putting it at super inexpensive $52.94 per ounce. The LORAC Pro Palette, for comparison, is $42 for 0.32oz, or $131.25 per ounce.