Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, FOTD


 

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I had heard good things about the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line, so when Indigo Kir Royale told me that she was going to pick up a few things from Selfridges, I jumped at the chance to do a combined order (haul post here).

The Dolce Vita palette ( £38.00) is inspired by  screen sirens Sophia Loren, Monica Belluci, and Penelope Cruz,  featuring rich burgundy and golden shades that I love wearing in autumn. It is quite a versatile palette if you have a few neutral mattes on hand- you can do a bold editorial styled volcanic smoky eye (a la Gucci S/S 2014), a soft rosy eye look, or a garden variety warm bronzey eye (like I did below).

 

Apart from the glittery copper shade, the 3 other shades in the palette have a lovely buttery texture and blend easily. The glittery shade has a hard texture that is difficult to pick up with a brush- it is  best applied by pressing it on the lid with a finger.

 

Longevity is not amazing. I find that the eyeshadows in this palette do have a tendency to fade after about 5 hours unless I build up the colour with multiple layers- I would recommend priming well before applying to ensure all day wear. Disappointing, but not a deal breaker for me.

 

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, FOTD

 

Colour (clockwise:

Top left: pale pink champagne in a frost finish and sheer to medium pigmentation.

Top right: bold rusty burgundy in a shimmery metallic finish and full pigmentation.

Bottom right: khaki brown with subtle gold shimmer and medium buildable to full pigmentation.

Bottom left:  Copper glitter on a transparent base. I was hoping that this shade would be more pigmented/ dense (like a pressed version of Illamasqua Ore)

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Posted by on Jun 26th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Tom Ford She Wolf Ombré Eye Color Trio: Review and Swatches

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After seeing the limited edition Tom Ford She Wolf  Ombré Eye Color Trio released in the US mid last year, I had been lusting after it’s monochromic chic-ness. Imagine my delight when I heard that it was being released in Australia as part of the Tom Ford Fall 2014 Color Collection.

” In the Fall 2014 Color Collection, Tom Ford focuses on the art of the seductive eye. At the heart of the collection is the limited edition Ombré Eye Color Trio of monochromatic shades that uses light and depth to create a dynamic contrast, so you can shade and contour the eyes with an extraordinary play of contrast and light. The She Wolf trio comes in three smoldering, tone-on-tone grey shades: Deep Black/ Brown, Light Charcoal, and Silver Lead. The In the Pink trio comes in three sensual pink shades and textures for a contoured nude look: Pink Rose, Pink Champagne, and Ballet Slipper Pink.”

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombré Eye Color Trio: Review and Swatches

 

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Posted by on May 1st, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

 

After being blown away by Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage eyeshadow quad, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to get my hands on another quad. I purchased Orchid Haze on a whim whilst swatching and sniffing my way around DJs with some other bloggers post lunch – I was impressed with the texture of the eyeshadows in Orchid Haze quad overall, but the main clincher for me with this quad is that amazing buttery matte aubergine. From the Tom Ford palettes I own (Cocoa Mirage, Orchid Haze, and She Wolf trio), I’ve noticed that Tom Ford does matte shadows incredibly well. Buttery,  darker mattes that blend easily and evenly are notoriously difficult to find, and Tom Ford dark mattes are amongst the best in this respect.

There are some aspects of the performance of the product that is less than perfect (I’ll elaborate in my review below), but overall I’m quite fond of Orchid Haze.

 

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Colour and texture

Shade #1 (top left of quad) is a frosty cool toned champagne with medium pigmentation and a buttery smooth texture. It’s an excellent cool toned champagne that I like as an inner corner highlight.

Shade #2 (top right) is a light satin brown taupe with soft mauve shimmer– it has medium pigmentation and smooth texture. This looks gorgeous layered over the top of shade #4 (matte aubergine), and gives you a beautifully dimensional complex colour.

Shade #3 (bottom left) is a dusty rose mauve with subtle pinkish shimmer. Pigmentation is medium and texture is smooth. Rosey mauve shades always looks like ass on my eyes (makes me look sick and/or sad), I’ve accepted that and moved on. It would look amazing on cooler toned ladies.

Shade #4 (bottom right) is a stunning deep ashy aubergine with a buttery matte finish and excellent pigmentation. Reminds me of MAC Blackberry eyeshadow, but far, FAR superior in texture and pigmentation. It’s probably the smoothest, most pigmented deep purple shade I own- so easy to blend on the eye and easily buildable without getting patchy when layering (some reviewers have noticed patchiness but I personally haven’t).

I have swatched the eyeshadows #1-4 is swatched left to right below. Orchid Crush in action below- top EOTD look uses shade #1 and #4; bottom EOTD uses shade #1 #2 and #4 (as labelled on the images).

I’ve got FOTDs using this quad drafted and scheduled to go live in a few days- watch this space!

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Posted by on Apr 15th, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Cocoa Mirage Brown Smoky Eye + Matte Berry Lip FOTD tutorial

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Look with Burberry Pink Azalea Lipstick

After picking up Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage quad at the end of last year, I found myself reaching for it almost daily.  For most of January I was in Perth- working and living out of a suitcase, so it was fantastic having such a versatile palette which can work with other shadows or on it’s own. 

When I couldn’t be bothered to think about what to wear on my eyes (in the morning before work, or on my way out to drinks), I would do this super simple brown smoky eye. The concentration of the liner and shadows on the outer corners gives a subtle doe eyed look, and I’ve avoided lining the waterline to make it wearable for day and night- and work with both nude lips and bold lips. 

Nothing groundbreaking here, but I thought it would be nice to show you what the shadows from the Cocoa Mirage quad look like as they’re layered step by step.

Cocoa Mirage Brown Smoky Eye + Matte Berry Lip FOTD tutorial

 

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Dior 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics Bonne Etoile: Review and Swatches

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Dior Bonne Etoile Palette (#384)  is one of the two eyeshadow quints released with the Mystic Metallics collection for Fall 2013. Dior Cosmetics Creative Director Tyen describes the Mystic Metallics collection as reflecting the ‘mysterious colours of the galaxy- like a journey from the earth to the moon‘. Star patterns are embossed on each of the eyeshadows in the quint- a reference to the lucky charm (a metallic star pierced with a hole) that Monsieur Dior carried in his pocket.

This is my first Dior palette and I’m fairly besotted with this quint. Each shade is unique and complex, and I can see myself making use of every colour in that palette for a variety of different looks. The metallic blue on the bottom right is gorgeous in an evening smoky eye; and  the olive brown shade in the centre is such a great multitasker (great combined with the other shadows, complex enough to stand on it’s on as a single wash on the lid). Pigmentation varies from medium-full (4. metallic blue ) to sheer (5. seafoam green)- but all shades are buildable.

The way I like to use this palette is choosing 1-3 shades within this palette and combining it with other matte eyeshadows.

 

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Dior 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics Bonne Etoile EOTD

 

This is a sneak peek at the upcoming FOTD I’ll be publishing in the next day or so using the Dior 5 Couleurs Bonne Etoile palette- the specific shades used will be in that post.

 

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