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Charlotte Tilbury – The Dolce Vita Palette

Charlotte Tilbury – The Dolce Vita Palette

I was so excited to have received the Dolce Vita Luxury Palette as a birthday gift from one of my dearest friend – every time I watched Charlotte Tilbury’s YouTube tutorials; she would talk her ear off about how amazing her formulation of eyeshadows were.

You can definitely tell just by holding the palette in your hand that it’s a luxurious high-end product made with good quality ingredients. It looks so beautiful!


Here are swatches of the four shades from the Dolce Vita quad:
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This picture of the swatches and the palette side-by-side is taken to show how true the colours are to the palette.IMG_8657Special thanks to my sister GirlInThePurpleScarf for helping me swatch this! 😆

What I found most interesting about CT’s eyeshadow quads is the unique way she’s created colours that blend together harmoniously, without looking too harsh or misplaced.

I created quite a strong winged smokey eye using the palette while I was testing out the shades for the first time, I’ll be stating the pro’s and con’s of the shadow palette toward the end so bear with!

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Unlike her YouTube video, I didn’t really follow CB’s method of the ‘desk to disco’ idea. The video I’m referring to can be found here.

It may just be me, but I feel like she really overplays how an eyeshadow can accentuate an individual’s eye so dramatically – having models to work on may make it easier for her, but I find her eye looks to be a bit too far-fetched for the simple soft and barely-there eye look it is. Here’s an example of what I mean:

Day Look:

Night Look:

I know that sounded a bit harsh and it could be because I don’t typically transition my eye looks from day to night… but spending £38 on an eyeshadow palette needs to be justified in more ways than just a light handed application.

Of course, that’s just my personal preference, if you prefer to apply your eyeshadows light-handedly, then by all means do so! I just feel as though I’d like to show the world that I’m not wearing any ordinary eyeshadow, it’s CB’s Dolce Vita eyeshadows!

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Pro’s to Dolce Vita 

Packaging: The CB eyeshadow palettes feel very luxurious to hold. When I received this as my bday gift I just held the palette in my hands and stared at how sleek and compact the whole thing is. It felt very steady and came with a decent sized mirror, and the shiny rose gold definitely showed that this was a luxury item.

Good Quality: Adding onto the quality of the packaging, you can also tell that the eyeshadows are good quality too. I have one issue with the quality of these eyeshadows though, and that will be addressed in the cons section below.

Shade Range: The shade range, as with all of CB’s palettes, are very beautiful. Like I said earlier, one thing I like about the eyeshadows is how easily the eyeshadows can harmoniously just ‘go well’ with each other. I feel like this palette is great for Asian skin, the shade ranges compliment olive/deeper complexions really well.

 Con’s to Dolce Vita

Price: Although this palette is a luxury item, I do not think it’s worth the money it’s being sold for. It retails for £38, which divided into four means you’re paying £9.50 per eyeshadow (£38/4 = £9.50) – however I honestly believe that the Makeup Geek eyeshadows (swatch and review of MUG eyeshadows can be found here) are much more pigmented than the CB ones in this palette. Please note that this is obviously just my opinion, but I feel as though some of CB’s products are quite overrated – what we’re really paying for is her packaging and brand.

Pigmentation: The pigmentation of the eyeshadows in this palette were ‘okay’ but not AMAZING. Urban Decay and Makeup Geek have far better pigmentation quality than the CB eyeshadows imo.

The shimmery eyeshadow in the Dolce Vita palette was quite disappointing. It took a few swipes to achieve a decent amount of pigmentation pay off… I even used my fingertips as suggested by CB herself and although it did give more pay off than any brushes used, I prefer not getting my hands dirty when I do my makeup. And surely, we should be able to use a brush and our fingers to achieve true pigmentation rater than just the fingers. 


All in all, I definitely do like the Dolce Vita palette, it’s got some lovely wearable shades and since I’ve gotten this, I’ve reached out for it more. However, what I want to point out here is that, it’s not a palette I need, which is why it was perfect as a gift because it was something I really wanted – in simpler terms, I can live without this palette and I’m sure many of you will be able to as well. Nonetheless, if CB’s products are something you absolutely love then don’t let my thoughts and opinions stop you from trying it out for yourself!

Thank you for reading!

Tam xxx