Charlotte Tilbury Godden Goddess Luxury Eyeshadow Palette


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.

The swatches:


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.

You can find Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and of course from her website.

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Luxury Eyeshadow Palette?  Let me know if you think I should try any of Charlotte Tilbury items.

Thank you for reading.




  1. 10th May 2015 / 5:05 am

    I like how all the colors work together to form a great everyday look! Too bad you didn’t enjoy the palette as much as you thought you would.

  2. Sandyxo
    10th May 2015 / 8:16 am

    The palette does offer easy everyday looks so it will be used. As the palette is small, it’s a perfect companion for a short trip away also. But the quality definitely could be a lot better:) Have you tried any item from the Charlotte Tilbury line? xo

  3. 10th May 2015 / 8:40 am

    Oooooh lovely! Great post. I’ve just posted a Charlotte Tilbury Uptown Palette review / look today too! Such lovely eye shadows xx

  4. 10th May 2015 / 11:07 am

    I have read a few reviews similar to yours about the eyeshadow quads. Sorry, but i’m sticking with Chanels new formula eyeshadows, (which i love) and Diors holiday palettes have never let me down either. It’s a shame you had to spend so much for less than perfect eyeshadows really hun. Can you return them?

    • Sandyxo
      10th May 2015 / 8:56 pm

      Yes it is a shame. I always read up on reviews before making any purchases. I should have tried Dolce Vita as it is much raved about…unsure why I deviated on this occasion lol I don’t think you can return cosmetics in the UK?xo

  5. 10th May 2015 / 12:23 pm

    That palette looks amazing, shame you weren’t a fan! I’ve always wanted to try the Dolce Vita palette, who knows it may be much better!?

    • Sandyxo
      10th May 2015 / 8:51 pm

      Hi Laura, who know eh but I think if I was to try Charlotte Tilbury again, I will purchase one of her matte lipsticks. Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!xo

      • 10th May 2015 / 9:03 pm

        Yea thats definitely at the top of my list to try! The lipsticks sound fab! Thanks, you too 🙂

  6. 10th May 2015 / 5:03 pm

    great honest review! Love your blog! would be lovely if you checked out mine too xxx

    • Sandyxo
      10th May 2015 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you! Your blog is fab!xo

  7. 19th May 2015 / 12:28 am

    Every time I look at Charlotte Tilbury packaging I always gasp because it is so beautiful. I cannot wait to get my hands on this when/if it comes to Canada!

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