It is not surprising to see Charlotte Tilbury on my blog today. I have been told that Charlotte Tilbury is the brain child behind Tom Ford cosmetic line so I knew I have to check it out. I have such weakness for beautiful little things and these little eyeshadow quads were really calling my name.
At the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges, a sale assistant told me that Golden Goddess was a more natural palette versus a much smokey Dolce Vita. So I decided to purchase the Golden Goddess palette although at the back of my mind I knew Dolce Vita is more raved about.
The eyeshadow quad is housed in an art-deco inspired, rich brown case. It is made of lightweight plastic which I did expect more. The interior features a reflective rose-gold platform with the brand logo engraved below the shadow pan. Applicators and protective pouch are not included. This is also quite surprising for a high-end product. But if it is to keep the cost down, I am not complaining as I seldom use the provided applicators anyhow.
Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quads all have the same concept. They don’t have individual name and all of the palettes have the same designation for the 4 shades(going from top left clockwise): prime, enhance, smoke and pop. The idea is so that everyone from novices to professional make-up artists can use the palette with ease. You dust the “prime” shade all over the lid, then blend the “enhance” shade into the socket and smudge along the lash line. You can then add the “smoke” shade to the outer edges of your eyes and pat the “pop” shade to the centre of the lid for added drama. You can check out her video here.
What Charlotte says about Golden Goddess look:
“With tousled, beachy waves, honey-toned cheekbones, glowing skin and gleaming eyelids, the Golden Goddess looks more at home in the secluded rocky coves of Ibiza, the secret sandy bays of Goa and the chic restaurant terraces of St Tropez than anywhere else.
Your makeup mantra is “bronze & go” and you’ve mastered the art of facial sculpting & highlighting. Your look is Missoni bikinis, Pucci beachware and Cavalli caftans and your ultimate inspirations are Ursula Andress and Gisele. You live a life of endless Summer.”
There are 3 warm shades in the Golden Goddess quad including the glitter “pop” shade and a cooler taupey colour “enhance” shade. The 3 non-glitter shades have a satin finish.
If you are as spoiled as I am, you would expect they eyeshadows to be finely-milled, creamy , pigmented and have the flexibility/ability to create dramatic and effortless looks.
And my thoughts:
The “prime” shade: a pale, golden champagne and is very similar to my skin tone. It has the creamiest and highest pigmentation. You can use it as an all over lid base, brow highlight and tear duct highlight. It blends beautifully and feel soft on my skin.
The “enhance” shade: light taupe. It was patchy when swatched. It didn’t quite fulfil the “enhance” description. The shade is very similar to “smoke” shade on my eyelids even though they look completely different when swatched.
The “smoke” shade: medium golden copper. This shade is pigmented and very easy to blend. The consistency was soft and smooth.
The “pop” shade: light golden brown glitter. I found this shade to be very rough to the touch. The texture is thin and grainy. It is a big disappointment. I did not find the glitter adhere to the lids very well. There is some minor fall-out when applied. I tried to use this wet and the glitter disappear leaving a much darker shade which is very similar to “smoke”…using it wet you would not be able to “pop”:)
The longevity of the eyeshadows is something to shout about. Over some eye primer, the eyeshadows last over 10 hours with minimal creasing.
Verdict: The Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Luxury Eyeshadow Palette did not wow me. I expected exquisite quality and outstanding finishes on looks. However I find that all the eyeshadows just meld together into one colour on the finished look and it is unflattering. You can definitely create a variety of easy, natural everyday look which you probably could with any other nude/natural palettes. Based on this experience, it is unlikely that I will repurchase the Golden Goddess palette or trying any other quad from her current collections.
Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Luxury Eyeshadow Palette? Let me know if you think I should try any of Charlotte Tilbury items.
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