App Review: Cocoa Swatches


I get a lot of questions about makeup for women of color and I often write about it on the blog. I've been following CocoaSwatches on Instagram for a while  and was excited to find out they have an app! The app is clean, well organized, and easy to use. It is chock-full of reviews, videos, and a blog dishing on how both high and low end makeup performs on melanated skin. Get details below.

On the main landing page when you download the app, you will see the main categories.  These are, Latest, which displays the latest uploads to the app, Sneak Peak, Blog, which is full of reviews of the latest and hip beauty products, and Cocoa Pick, which highlights women of color in beauty dishing about their favorite products and much more.

The blog is kept current with the latest releases from the industry, the picture quality is clean, and reviews are well written and easy to follow. I also like that they showcase indie brands such as The Lip Bar, Juvia's Place, and Makeup Geek.

It is not Cocoa Swatches without well, swatches!
There are face, lipstick, highlighter, and eye shadow swatches galore! However, you will not drown in the midst of finding a red lipstick swatch or a shimmery shadow swatch because they are well organized.

Face Product Swatches

Shimmery eye shadow swatches 

Last, but certainly not least, the Cocoa Swatches app highlights women of color with varying skin tones that are making their mark in the digital space on YouTube and/or their own personal website. I spot a few of my longtime faves such as Danielle from The Style and Beauty Doctor, Ms. Rosh Posh, and Destiny Godley. So not only are you getting tons of info from the app, but they are pointing you in the direction of other beauty experts so you can learn more techniques and get the scoop on more products.

Tech Specs:

Compatibility: Apple and Android
Memory Storage (Per my phone Samsung Galaxy Note 5): Total 46.04 MB, App 45.75 MB
Data: 304 KB
Lagging: None experienced. My phone did not run slower while I was in the app.
Crashing: None experienced.

Cocoa Swatches is Diva Chronicles approved. Download it in your app store ASAP and open it up next time you go makeup shopping!

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