Oh my. I’m tryna find the words to describe this palette without being disrespectful! Seriously, there really are no words to describe how beautiful this palette is. I’ve waited a long time to get my hands on one of these (Charlotte Tilbury products are not easy to get in Canada), and it was so worth the wait!
I’ve had the pleasure of using a lot of high quality shadows, but these are just…something else. These just might be the most finely milled powder shadows I’ve ever come across. They are so soft, but they don’t crumble or kick up any powder. They have a slippery, almost silicone feel when you dip your fingers in. They’re beautifully pigmented and are like heaven to apply.
My first time using this palette I actually followed the “Dolce Vita” tutorial on Charlotte Tilbury’s YouTube channel, and it was so easy to achieve a sultry smokey eye! These shadows practically blend themselves. What really blows me away, though, is how flattering they are on the skin. Even when I get right up close in my magnifying mirror, all I can see is a glowy haze of colour. There’s absolutely no patchiness or scaly looking shimmer. Even over top of Urban Decay Primer Potion, which is notorious for robbing shadows of some of their smoothness, these shadows manage to create a glowy, soft-focus effect. They just glide on regardless of any texture issues you may have in your eye area. I wish all eyeshadows could be this smooth and elegantly formulated!
The Dolce Vita palette is supposedly inspired by Mediterranean beauty icons like Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren. I was worried they’d be too warm on my pale skin, but because the intensity is so easy to control, I think these could work for just about anyone.
Charlotte designed these palettes to take you from desk, to dusk to disco! (Her words.) And it’s not just a gimmick. This palette really does afford a variety of looks depending on how you combine the shades and how intensely you apply them. It’s pretty foolproof.
One tip I have is to make sure you use your finger to apply the glitter shade. If you watch Charlotte work with these palettes, you’ll notice she always dips her finger in the glitter and uses it like a topcoat to highlight the center of the lid. If you try to dip a brush in there, you’re gonna make a mess and have hella fallout to deal with.
If you’ve been hovering on the fence about getting one of these palettes, do it! You won’t be disappointed.