I received my palette as a birthday gift from my friend Val a couple of months back, and of course she fished around to see what I had my eye on from the Tilbury collection, and I am happy to say I was ‘consulted’ before she purchased this for me and therefore it was exactly what I wanted! 😛
I like many, was so intrigued to try Tilbury products as I heard she was one of the core consultants who put together those fabulous quads by Tom Ford. Needless to say expectations were sky high when these hit the market and everyone wanted a piece of Tilbury to add to their makeup collections!
My review was based on it’s individual performance as well as a comparison to Tom Ford palettes.. hope you enjoy.
The packaging is a sleek mahogany, and has a strong retro look with it’s rose gold accents, I love how it doesn’t retain fingerprints and is pretty easy to keep clean. It’s not as weighty and large as the Tom Ford palettes, although I love this size as this is ‘just right’ and perfect for traveling with.
The eyeshadow palette consists of four beautiful shades (no matte shades, just varying degrees of satin and shimmer),
a. A pale pearlescent warm pink which felt silky and very smooth to the touch, however it didn’t swatch as pigmented as I expected. And looks more ivory than pink on me as I am of a medium complexion. (In the swatches you can clearly see that it goes on sheerer compared to the other two shades)
b. A Rosy/taupey shade, which was the best performing from this palette, it had a significantly higher shimmer content and was buttery smooth. I LOVE this shade! (Though it looks pretty basic in the pan, it swatches very differently)
c. A warm grey satin shade, a little less buttery and creamy compared to the other two mentioned, and was just alright.
d. A glitter amethyst purply shade, which i’d like to call ‘the dud’ . This eyeshadow performed so poorly I was surprised and let down, It actually sucked on a monumental level! And while trying this out, I had to pack on the shadow so much, my eyelid hurt from all the tapping! Ultimately I think the best way to apply this is with your fingers cos a brush does a lousy job.
The glitter somehow gets lost in application and looks nothing like the pan, and there was a notable amount of fallout which led to a slightly lower score as far as the overall palette went. Another thing to mention is that, this was the colour that took this palette from boring to fresh, so when that shade doesn’t perform I feel this palette looses it’s appeal.
Here are the swatches for your viewing pleasure! All taken outdoors in natural light.
* Note that the purple had to be built up significantly to get it to look presentable in this pic
Overall I’d give this palette an 7/10 simply because the colours worked well together and blended easily as they were so silky smooth compared to the dryer texture of the Tom Ford satin shades (I swatched a few in comparison just for kicks n giggles).
What I disliked was as I mentioned before, the less than impressive glitter shade being SUCH a dud, and compared to the glitter shadows that Tom Ford makes, this was lacking pigmentation as well as glitter, the whole purpose of this shadow might I add.
But purple shade aside, it’s a great palette to own if you just want it for the neutrals and you can do a great day look with this quad. I see myself reaching for this just for the rosy/taupe shade.
The eyeshadows wore pretty well on me and didn’t crease (I used it over my By Terry Hyaluronic primer btw). And lasted well over 8 hours, which is great.
Net wt. 5.2g
Available at Selfridges.
Hope you enjoyed this post and please suggest in the comments below what products or brands you’d like featured, i’d try my best to review them for you if I have them in my stash.
Wishing you a great day!
27 thoughts on “The Glamour Muse eyeshadow palette by Charlotte Tilbury”
Nice review 🙂 interesting bunch of colors together! I think you would like her blushes best.. It’s like Tom fords insane shimmer shades but without the shimmer! *score! And as a gloss fan yourself her lip glosses are supposed to be insanely good! You do swatch photos great 🙂 Xoxo
Had to use guest log in cause I’m commenting from my phone .. Haha
Thank you Monsieur 🙂 Yes, must check out the others bit by bit, I love the bronzer palette so far! It’s quite amazing!
The eyeshadow quad looks amazing! Especially the shimmery shade so what a disappointment. Looking at some of the items, it appears her line is influenced by TF. I’ve read horror shipping stories from Selfridges to the US and therefore placing a modest order, still unsure. The packaging is so glamorous and thanks Michelle for your detailed review.
Yes I know! That’s what really made this palette special but oh well.. still a good neutral quad! 🙂
And omg yes! Ordering from the UK is such a hassle, good that you are only ordering a few to start off, I know that the blushes are amazing and can’t go wrong there.. Plus the bronzer palette!
P.S- Can’t wait to see your haul 😛
I absolutely love this!!!! Purple is such a gorgeous color. Those other colors are absolutely perfect too!
Ack my comment got cut off… so sad about it being a dud!!! But the other colors are perfect! 🙂
Yeah, I was so bummed haha, but still the neutrals are gorgeous and good quality.. So not complaining… too much 😉
Awww Bubs what an amazing blogpost! I’m so happy that you like it, but then again, you did pick it out yourself 😉 Too bad the “star” shade turned out to be not so star like 😦
Congrats on the blog, perfect addition to your lovely IG page!
Thank you!!! 😀 !!! Glad you enjoyed reading it! But seriously, everything else in the palette makes up for the glitter shade… I know I will get great use out of it, so THANKS! ❤
How are you liking your quads? I wan't to know more about how the others perform
Love your review on this product 🙂
I have not tried any CT products yet and would love to try one. What would you recommend?
Thank you so much dear, it’s a big compliment coming from a seasoned blogger like you :-D! Kisses!
I think you would be safest with the blushes, cos Alex told me it’s AWESOME and I have tried the bronzer highlighter duo as well, and that’s a must have from this collection 🙂
Let me know if you are getting any, would love to see a review from you 🙂
I was pretty disappointed with that quad too because the purple is so eye-catching but doesn’t deliver. The Chameleon pencils are fab though. I think everyone thinks that she copied Tom Ford because they don’t know she actually created the Tom Ford beauty line. Great clear pics -thanks!
Thank you so much 🙂 And yes, it’s a bummer that it didn’t work out that well.. I wonder if the other quads are the same glitter wise…? hmmm
The green one Rebel seems much better.
Those colors are beautiful
I love the ratings, Bubs! Super helpful round-up of your full review. 🙂
Super thankful for your honest reviews too because everyone seems to be raving about these palettes like it’s the end-all be-all palette of the beauty world. LOL. Boy, am I still so glad you finally got a blog! I cant get over. I’ve been praying for it to happen since I discovered your Instagram! Heehee.
Hope you had a happy holiday season, Michelle!! KISSES!:*
That is so sweet of you! I am super excited about it too 😀 Gonna be more into it come 2014, been a bit busy with holiday chores lol.
And thank you! I try to be as unbiased as I possibly could, I mean that IS the whole purpose isn’t it? Don’t you just hate it when someone reviews something extra favourably and you go out n get it with your hopes up and then be let down! I love reading yours too! Always an accurate review:-)
P.S- I love your style of writing! ❤
And, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! Hope you have a rocking one babe! xx
So bummed to see the most beautiful color, the amethyst, was a dud 😦 Still waiting for you to put your lovely blog on blovlovin 🙂 Hope you had a great holiday.
Hi! I did have a great holiday! Hope you did as well :-* And still learning to work with WordPress, no idea how to add that widget yet! 😦
Visit bloglovin.com and they’ll walk you through it. I am not a coder by any means, but it was fairly easy. Regardless, I have your blog bookmarked so I don’t miss any posts 🙂
Thanks! Awesome, now I can get on it. And thank you, you are so sweet! I appreciate your support and continuous encouragement 🙂
The colors look great, and very pigmented! Pity about the fall-out though…
Happy Holidays Michelle! 🙂
Happy holidays to you too beautiful 😀 And yes, bummer indeed! But overall I still love the other colours,.. so it’s still not a complete let down! ❤
hey Michelle, lovely photos as expected!! Hmm… i think the glitter shades in those CT quads are meant to be somewhat sheerer… If you read her “application instructions” or the videos, you are supposed to dab the glitters on with a finger just for a “pop”. Definitely different from the current TF glitters (but then again, not that diff from the initial batch of TF quads!)… Anyway, sorry this Glamour Muse turned out to be a disappointment for you! I actually thought the colors looked awesome in your swatch!
Aww thank you dear, I actually used my iPhone to take all the pics, being the lazy girl I am 😉 hehe. Must switch to my camera for my next couple of posts!
And yes, the swatches did look lovely, but it never really applied that good! maybe next time I shall include a pic of how it swatched with one swipe so that the actual performance of the shadow is visible! hehe
But like you said, if I used just a dab of that glitter one, nothing would show up on my eye 😦 Truly wish it was more like the TF glitters… spoilt girl I am lol!
I’m glad we agree on that purple shade. I bought the palette primarily because the purple takes it to the next level, but dang it if it was the worst one. It does make it a more wearable shade for work since it’s not PURPLE but purple; however, I wasn’t expecting this at all.
I know right? Such a let down when the shade you love the most is a dud.
I haven’t actually used the palette since reviewing.. disappointed.