Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita, Swatch, Review & FOTD

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday and celebrate Mother's Day of all the mothers out there. 

I have way too many thing going on right now in my life, so it has been a busy month, or even months, which is hopefully going to settle down in a few weeks time. I have some exciting posts which I already partly prepared and hoping to share them with you soon. 

At the time I was placing an order for Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact (reviewed here) at Selfridges, one of Charlotte Tilbury palettes fell unintentionally(!) in my shopping bag. I was curious about these for a long time but didn't have the real urge to pull the trigger. Personally I found them too expensive to justify the purchase. They are just a few Pounds cheaper than high-end brands such as Dior and Chanel. As a reference, Selfridges prices of Dior and Chanel Palettes are both £40, Charlotte Tilbury Quads are £38, if we check the amounts of product, Charlotte Tilbury has 5.2 g while Dior has 6 g! I use Dior as a reference since Chanel has another type of formula in Europe which can't be compared with this one in terms of weight. I always assumed when you buy a Dior product, you pay partly for the name and this is exactly the point that my logic falls short to justify prices for Charlotte Tilbury, because I just don't know what I am paying for at her case. Not having a counter close by is also another drawback, once you are paying even more than a high-end brand, you want to at least try things out before buying them right?


Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita

Long story short, I wanted to try at least one of those just for science. My logic said no but my blog duties (is there something like this?) said yes. The epic swatcharama of Kate helped me a lot while giving my decision. I personally don't like frost finish eye shadows and many of this range has one or more shades like this, so it was easy to restrict myself to a few in no time. Then I have read Stacey'sSilverkis' and Jo's reviews of Dolce Vita and I thought I would give that one a go. Dolce Vita is a little too warm for my taste but the finish of this being more satin was the main factor for me, also Stacey reported this one having better quality than Uptown Girl, which I was also considering.



Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita


The compact looks alright, it is not what I would expect from a palette which is denoted as "Luxury Palette" but I can live with it. One thing to note though, although it looks like "metal" inside, it is just shiny plastic, compact feels rather light and the closure is a little cumbersome (watch out your nails once you open that one). I might be spoiled by say Armani compacts but I would like a magnetic closure or at least a button (like Dior's) to open this. I might be a little too skeptical for this product, but please stay with me. All I am just trying to say is that once it is labeled as Luxury Palette and has such high price, my expectations went sky high, not that all of these are that important. Let's move on to quality.


Close-up: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita

I like the color combination of Dolce Vita. Reminds me of Tom Ford's Burnished Amber, which is one of my favorite quads and is unfortunately discontinued. Some compared it with Tom Ford's Cognac Sable but I think resulting effect on eyes is closer to Burnished Amber. 

Upper left: This is a very light champagne leaning taupe. It has a satin finish with multi colored shimmer which you can see at sun swatches. 

Upper right: This is my favorite shade in this quad in terms of quality and color. It is a reddish brown with slight pink undertones and lovely coppery shimmer with satin finish.

Bottom left: Coppery golden glitter shade which is nicely pigmented. It has a cross finish between glitter and metallic because it is not as transparent as many other golds, yet not that opaque as a metallic eye shadow.

Bottom right: Deep bronze brown with satin finish and golden shimmer. In terms of pigmentation, this one is unfortunately not au par with the other shades of this palette. I had to get several swipes to get the density you see down while the others needed only one to two swipes. It is also a bit too shimmery for my liking of the deepest shade. 


Swatch with studio lighting: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita
Swatch with direct sun: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita

Here is Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita in action. I used the pinkish copper shade all over the lid, champagne at the inner corner and deeper brown to define the crease and outer lid. As you see the brown shade here falls a little short for definition if you like a bit more drama, you may want to go over it with your favorite matte deep brown. All in all it gives a soft eye look, which is maybe the intention of this range. I am telling it because Charlotte communicated that she wane to design something "fool proof" which can also be used by beginners. So this is why she labeled everything and uploaded tutorials with these. Following that concept, she might intentionally opted for a soft definer shade, but I personally find that brown a bit too "soft".


In-action: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita


Here is the full look with Charlotte Tilburry Dolce Vita on eyes, MAC Sunset Beach on cheeks and MAC Woodrose on lips (both of them are from Proenza Schouler Collection and are reviewed here)
There was some controversy about Sunset Beach blush, so here it is to show you how pigmented it is. I needed a light hand to achieve the following look.


FOTD with Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita

Final thoughts: I like the quality of Dolce Vita and the multi dimensional finish. The only shade I am not very fond of must be the darkest one, which is too shimmery and too light for my liking. All in all I will use this one and like it, but I don't think I will go for another one since I still find these too expensive for what they offer meaning packaging, design, quality and shade range.

Have you tried out anything from Charlotte Tilbury range? How do you find the prices?

26 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the link love, Sara!! Don't you love it when things just happen to fall into your basket! Happens to me all the time! And really interesting comparison with Burnished Amber... i can see what you mean with the reddish brown and warm hues! It's true about the pricing... and i'm not a fan of the retro packaging. But I find the quality undeniable...although I have yet to find another palette that interests me enough to make a repeat purchase.

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    1. It happens doesn't it? Do you have Burnished Amber? It was my first Tom Ford Quad and therefore has whole another meaning for me (mostly emotional I guess). You are right about Retro Packaging but even being Retro, it could be a little more luxurious. Quality of this one is really good, I am not sure if each quad has the same quality though.

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  2. Hey Sara, I really haven't looked into the brand because the feedback doesn't get me excited! Dolce Vita looks great on you, but it's most probably too warm for me. Without access to testers, I'll most probably pass for the moment!

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    1. Hi Sunny, probably the underlying problem is really the testers. Once we invest so much money, we would like to check things out. Maybe this brand becomes more accesible later on, who knows.

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  3. Blog duties? That one totally cracked me up! CT isn't available here although I do believe it's coming. I'm not sure I would consider her palettes since reviews are pretty mixed and I to have read Stacy's posts. This one would most likely be way too warm for me and too shiny as well. Now that packaging for that price... kinda meh! Thank you for the review and for fulfilling your blog duties! :D

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    1. LOL Helene, this was my excuse to try beautiful things, don't you see ;-))
      This one is really not very shiny but it is definitely very warm. I don't like warm shades on me but this one works somehow probably due to red playing nicely with my eye color. I agree with you about the package and price.

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  4. Looks like a really lovely quad! I love how warm the colors are, they're all such flattering shades.

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    1. I think you would wear those warm shades better than I do, I like coppers on you :-*

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  5. As always, you make any palette look amazing! CT certainly has outdone herself with the marketing and creating such a buzz and hype. I'm now no longer interested in her shadows, but a few of her colour chameleons look worthy of purchase, as well as a few of her brushes and that Wonderglow primer. But on the whole, nothing that really wows me enough to want to order online.

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    1. I have one of her Eye Shadow Sticks and it is lovely. I find those sticks even more insanely expensive though and it seems the quality is not consistent with those either. Which of her brushes would you like to try? I have heard that they are rather scratchy but I haven't tried out myself. Forms of the brushes look interesting though.

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  6. Hi Sara-thank u for the link love.i love how the warm shades enhances the green of ur eyes. I love my CT palettes and think I am 2 shy of the full collection-I have to say I have recently bought some Dior palettes and find them far more shimmery and I dare say frosty then my CT palettes-I think the vintage vamp would look amazing on u and it has better mix of matte, sparkle and shimmer:)

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    1. Hi Jo, I know you like CT Products. I make sure to read your opinions on these before ordering any. May I ask which quad is your favorite? It might effect my next purchase ;-)
      You are right about Dior Quads too, some of them (especially the older ones) are way too "frost" for my liking. But still such a renoved company offering products with better packaging for better price makes me think if the profit margin of CT products are much higher.

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  7. For science. For sure :-P
    I haven't tried any of the CT makeup, and while I've seen it used a lot on gossmakeupartist, I don't feel like I need to buy any of it sight unseen. Thanks for the honest review too! While colours and quality of the texture is important, the packaging, to me, is just as important >_<

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    1. Yes, LOL, for science!
      Packaging doesn't bother me, just the name implies silk and gold if you know what I mean ;-)
      The shade combinations are not particularly interesting though, especially for those of us who have some serious collection ;-)

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  8. Very pretty !
    It's too sad to not have ST counter here in my country.

    Michelle | MyWonders❤MesMerveilles

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      I think now Selfridges and CT Website are offering shipping to many destinations. It is up to you though if you would like to buy it sight unseen or not.

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  9. Gosh, this palette has been on my wishlist for a while now and you're tempting me further! Love the look you created with it. Hoping Charlotte Tilbury comes to North America soon! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Hi Jen, I think if it moves anywhere else than UK, it will be US, so you guys have better chances to play with things real soon. We have to probably wait longer :-(

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  10. This palette looks wonderful on your green eyes!! I'm on the fence of purchasing yet another CT product, I'm waiting until it arrives here in the U.S. to try in person. I'm glad to learn the quality is great but perhaps more cautious since it sounds to differ between palette. I actually found Unabashed palette a bit more useful, even the sparkle shade seems to have transparent base.

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    1. Hi Clare,
      you are right, there are mixed reviews about this range so best is to try out in person. I like Unabashed Palette too, also like transparent glitter more than glitter with base shade, I find transparent to be more versatile for mixing and matching.

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  11. I have purchased both Dolce Vita and Vintage Vamp and am very pleased with the colors- I mix them together-and how nicely they blend. With shipping to the U.S., the price came out to $65 each. The Tom Ford palette is double the amount of eye shadows for about $15 more and comes in much nicer packaging, in my opinion. Even though I have my eye on other items I don't like the high prices for the amount of product and will hold off for now. If you decide to order it will come very fast with DHL; mine arrived in 4 days. Theresa

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    1. Hi Teresa,
      I can see your point about the packaging, I agree with you. TF palettes also has more product, so I really wonder why CT is so expensive. I usually order these from Selfridges and if there is an aoopotunity to get a Suqqu Palette for just a few pounds more, I usually go for it. I wonder how similar is Vintage Vamp to Dolce Vita. I was going between back and forth and settled for DV since it has a darker shade to ground things (which I like).

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  12. i super like the Dolce Vita. Its def a very pretty eyeshadow and you are right, it looks so pretty on you. Great choice indeed!

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    1. Hi Ana,
      thanks, I am really enjoying it :-)

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  13. I've been wanting to get this palette for so long ! It looks so pretty, I have to get it !

    http://pinupjet.blogspot.fr

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    1. Hi Marine,
      if you get it, let me know how you like it!

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