Launching officially in-store next month and exclusive to Holt Renfrew, cult beauty-brand Charlotte Tilbury will finally (FINALLY) be available in Canada. Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury – with her stylish bouffant and expertly drawn feline eyeliner – has created a range of products inspired by the many film stars and A-listers she has worked with, and as my introduction to this amazing line I was kindly sent The Dolce Vita Collection to review.
The Dolce Vita Collection (CAN $275.00) consists of:
- Charlotte Tilbury makeup bag
- The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette
- Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Ecstasy
- The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen
- Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black
- Lip Cheat in pillow Talk
- K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lipstick Tree in Penelope Pink
- Lip Lustre in Seduction
Filled with several of Charlotte Tilbury’s best-sellers, The Dolce Vita Collection has basically all you need (with the obvious exception of foundation & powder) to create a variety of looks, taking you easily from ‘desk’ (day) to ‘disco’ (night), in shades that will suit a broad range of complexions and in formulations that are the very definition of luxe. As an added bonus, all the products are housed in a generously and well-crafted makeup bag whose soft contours make it so easy to travel with – and just look at the fun lip prints splashed all over – love!
To makes things easier, I’ve split up the products of this collection into several reviews (otherwise things would get rather photo & text-heavy), starting things off with The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette. Each eyeshadow palette is ‘decoded’ to facilitate the optimum way to use each shade (listed on the back label as Prime, Enhance, Smoke and Pop), but that’s just a suggestion – feel free to mix & match at will and create your own personalized look(s).
As an extra bonus, be sure to check out the Charlotte Tilbury video at the end of this post, where she gives a detailed tutorial on how to effectively use this eyeshadow quad in a variety of looks.
Charlotte Tilbury | The Dolce Vita Collection
The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette | (CAN $64.00 when purchased separately) The four shades that make up this palette are all warm-leaning in nature and quite universal in their appeal and suitability for a wide range of complexions. The deep maroon compact with its rose-gold details bears Charlotte Tilbury’s initials silkscreened on the lid, and even though it’s smaller than I had expected, this is a welcome bonus as I prefer a slim profile as opposed to palettes that are unnecessarily beefed up with excessive packaging.
Three of the shades (Prime, Enhance & Smoke) display an ultra-refined shimmer, of the type that lays down smoothly and is deeply interwoven into the colour, while the last ‘Pop’ shade gets a boost with the addition of golden flakes. Where these shadows really stand out, is in their pigmentation that can be summed up in one word: STELLAR. The texture of the three shimmer hues is almost cream-like, with hardly any powdery kickback upon swirling brushes through the pans, each displaying a superior blendability. As each shade is so richly colour-saturated, you really don’t need to apply any of them damp for extra impact – although that’s always an available option. The ‘Pop’ shade appears to have several levels, with a complex shimmer that’s just so elusive to truly capture on camera; in direct light, the brilliance is incredible while deeper/indoor lighting gives a smoother overall look and tones things down a few degrees. Staying power for all (over primed lids) is impressive, with the colours staying true until removed.
- 1 Prime – oyster shimmer with beige/pink undertones
- 2 Enhance – rust shimmer with slight pink reflects
- 3 Smoke – mink brown shimmer with slight copper reflects
- 4 Pop – bronze shimmer with flat golden flakes
Charlotte Tilbury | The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette (macro)
Charlotte Tilbury | The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette swatches (direct sunlight)
Charlotte Tilbury | The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette swatches (alternate light)
INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Hydroxystearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Polyethylene, Isononyl Isononanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Methicone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zeolite, Dimethiconol, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, [May Contain: Ultramarines CI 77007, Carmine CI 75470, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Iron Oxides CI 77492, Iron Oxides CI 77499, Iron Oxides CI 77491]
Charlotte Tilbury | The Dolce Vita looks
As a long time fan of Charlotte Tilbury (there’s just something about the looks she creates, which are at once wearable and just so lush), I was so excited to lear she had created her own beauty line and couldn’t wait until it arrived on my [Canadian] side of the pond. The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette is spectacular if I’m to judge by the performance of each shade, but as my subsequent reviews will show, this isn’t the only item worth investing in. Breaking into the luxury cosmetics market is not for the faint of heart, but Charlotte Tilbury has definitely begun giving the other high-end brands a run for their money. Things are about to get hot in here …
The Charlotte Tilbury beauty range will be available next month at select Holt Renfrew stores across Canada. The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette can also be purchased through beautylish.com and charlottetilbury.com (link provided for convenience)
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