Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad Review, Swatches and FOTD – The Dolce Vita

September 2, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury has been officially launched in the US as they are now available at Nordstrom online!  I know that many beauty enthusiasts are eager to dip their toes into the new makeup line, so I thought I’ll share my review for one of the best products from her line which is the Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita. It’s absolutely stunning and I have been wearing it every single day since I had it!


If you have seen this post,  you would know that I have ranted about the packaging of some of her products. Fortunately, this eyeshadow palette is quite weighty and feels sturdy in the hand. What’s missing from the palette is the mini size applicators! I don’t mind not having them, but it just means that I will not carry this palette with me in my makeup pouch for retouch as I don’t like to bring an extra set of eyeshadow brushes/applicators.

On to the stunning eye shadows themselves. Dolce Vita is a very bold and rich eye shadow palette – they are neutral colors yet quite unique and edgy that make you instantly drawn to them. The texture is silky smooth (except for the copper glitter shade) so it  applies evenly and easy to blend, and the pigmentation is ultra rich which reminded me of those ultra pigmented Nars eye shadows. A very gentle dip into the eye shadow is enough to do the whole eye for a natural look.

The colors look different depending on the angles you are looking at


The colors are versatile all year around. The bronze and coppery colors are perfect for the warm weather, and they also have a hint of  burgundy and olive undertones which makes them great for fall as well. I didn’t think this would be an everyday palette for me, until I had them on and for some magic reason the colors just make my eyes appear brighter and more sparkly, and they look really flattering against my complexion.

Color Description:

Top Left –  Pinky beige champagne color (soft shimmer) that you can never have too many of.

Top Right – Copper with a burgundy undertone with silver shimmer in satin finish.

Bottom Left – Warm gold with visible glitters in a sparkly and metallic finish. This is my favorite shade as it is ‘dramatic’ but wearable. It feels quite creamy and dense for a glittery shade and it applies with no fall-out. I like to dab a little bit of this on to the center of the lid, and the metallic sheen of this shade is to just die for.

Bottom Right – Medium khaki brown with gold shimmer. It’s very pigmented so I like to use this shade on the outer-v gently as well as lining the lash line.

charlotte-tilbury-luxury-eyeshadow-palette-the-dolce-vita-review-swatch-3At a different angle that shows how beautiful the gold shade is!


In my FOTD, I am wearing the champagne color as a base color, then blend the burgundy shade from the lash line in to the crease. The gold shade is added over the burgundy color for a pop of sparkle, and the khaki shade is added to the outer-v and along the lower lash line.



Other products used in the FOTD include

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation (review coming soon)

Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric 502 SKIN (reviewed here)

Chanel Le Volume Mascara

Guerlain KISSKISS Lip Colour 325 Rouge Kiss (reviewed here) – need to get more colors from this range, absolutely love it!

Bottom Line: If you want to try out the Charlotte Tilbury line, I highly recommend this beautiful eye shadow palette. You can find her new beauty line at Nordstrom online in the US, Selfridges in the UK, and Net-A-Porter world wide.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryou September 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

What a lovely quad! Love the look you did with it also, it works so well with the lip color.

May I ask what contacts you’re wearing in this post? They look positively gorgeous.


Reika September 5, 2014 at 2:55 am

Thank you! I am wearing the freshlook colored contacts (not circle lens) in grey. HIH!


Ryou September 5, 2014 at 4:55 am

Thank you for the reply! Is it the standard Freshlook instead of the daily ones? If so, funny, because it’s ona of my favorites. Love how they look so different on everyone but still manage to look completely natural. 😀


Reika September 5, 2014 at 5:21 am

It’s the freshlook colorblends. Is that what you have? They are my fav lenses too – so natural looking and sparkly 🙂


Ryou September 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

Yes, that’s what I have! You can see me wearing it here: (feel free to remove the link if it violates your comment policy)

I have been contemplating switching to their daily contacts, however, as I don’t wear contacts that often. I’m not yet sure how the colors/patterns compare, though.

Maha September 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

You look flawless . Such a lovely quad . Thank you for sharing

Which cam do you use I love how true to life the color is in all of your posts.

One of the best blogs too bad I didn’t know it earlier .


Reika September 5, 2014 at 2:56 am

Thank you! My camera is Canon MarkII 5D 🙂


Melissa September 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Hi babe
First of all you look sooooooooo gorgeoussss!
I love your eyelashes here, can you please tell me where did you get them and what is the brand?

Thanks hunn!


Lynette September 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

This is one of the quads I was considering from her collection; stoked that you did a post on it! Can you please tell me how does it compare to TF’s eyeshadows? Are the glitters as fine?


Reika September 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

Hi, the glitter shade from Dolce Vita is just as fine as the TF. and it feels creamy and adheres to skin without any fallout. If you love sparkly e/s I highly recommend this one.


Lynette September 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Thanks Reika, that was really helpful!! 🙂


Elsie June 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

Hi Reika,

I think I have a similar skin tone to you, except I’m a little darker. Im really keen to buy this palette, but I’m concerned the burgundy undertones might look bruise-y on me. What do you think? Thanks, love your blog!


Reika June 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Hi Elsie I think this is a very flattering palette that is easy to pull of. A flat matte burgundy shade might pull bruisey on people, but in this palette most of the shades are warm neutrals with beautiful subtle and complex shimmer, so they will not look bruisey on you if your skintone is only a little darker than mine! 🙂


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