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Yet another purchase based solely on the gorgeous packaging! ^_^” But that's not the only nice part about the Fallen Angel. Besides the beautiful stars fallen all over the palette, the eyeshadows inside are also covered in matching starry design and are “neutral” colors that I see myself wearing regularly. So not only is the palette beautiful to look at, it is also very practical and that makes buying it a no-brainer for me. :D
Just look at all the stars…
The inside is just equally breathtaking…
OK, now I think I'm ready to go on with the review! :D
The new Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette is the centerpiece of the Supermodel Look Collection for Holiday 2014. It is a limited edition neutral palette featuring a “breakthrough wet/dry formula” (her regular palettes have dry formula and do not have any stars on the packaging). I suppose the “wet/dry formula” thing is considered a breakthrough for the brand because this is the first palette from them to feature it. If you are a seasoned eyeshadow wearer, you know this feature is nothing new. The concept has been around for as long as we can remember.
The many little stars on the shadows themselves will unfortunately disappear after a few uses especially quicker if you use them wet but at least I did not see any texture change once the water evaporates. The formula seems to spring back to its normal “dry” state without affecting its performance in any way.
The palette features 4 coordinating “color-coded” neutral shades similar to her other eyeshadow palettes — Prime (top left), Enhance (top right), Smoke (bottom right), and Pop (bottom left). Besides the black, all the other three shades have a metallic finish, or according to the brand, “an irresistible liquid-metal reflective finish“. In my experience, it's quite far from it, though.
When used dry, these shadows feel so soft and buttery smooth but they apply with a shimmery quality at best, not metallic. The dry shadow color payoff falls on the “sheer” side and needs to be built for the most part. When damp, they become noticeably richer, more opaque, more metallic, and much more pigmented but I still honestly did not see anything close to “liquid-metal reflective“. Or maybe I just didn't pack it on enough. :D
- Prime / top left – pale beige champagne; metallic
→ Dry: It applies very light and basically sheers out to just a light shimmery sheen on my lids. I suppose that's why it was designed to be a “prime” shade! The texture is soft, smooth, and very blendable (or rather sheer-able!), though!
→ Wet: Shadow becomes opaque but the tonal difference is very subtle. The wet formula is perfect to use as a highlighting color.
- Enhance / top right – silvery brown taupe; metallic
→ Dry: I wish the color leaned more taupe and less brown but it's still a beautiful taupe nonetheless. It applies much more pigmented than the Prime shade but the texture is equally soft and creamy. This shade is a dream to blend and easy to build to a greater color payoff.
→ Wet: The wet effect is like woah! As you can see in the swatch above. The taupe comes out much stronger than the brown when wet and it turns into this gorgeous, full-on opaque silvery taupe that will take any eye look using this shade to the next level!
- Pop / bottom left – deep bronze; metallic
→ Dry: It is called a Pop shade for a reason! This is no doubt the star of the palette, both the color itself and the pigmentation. I did not need more than a light touch of the brush to achieve a nice, opaque color on my lids. To use it as a crease color, you might want to start slow and easy! The formula is buttery smooth with excellent blendability.
→ Wet: It noticeably becomes more opaque and more metallic. The tonal change is very minute, though.
- Smoke / bottom right – soft black; matte base with silver shimmer
→ Dry: I'm so glad black is included in the palette! For those who don't prefer black, you may still appreciate this one because it's not your typical harsh black. When applied, it sheers out quite a bit to a wearable black with a “soft” quality to it. Unlike the rest of the palette, this color has a matte base with visible shimmer in the pan but when applied on the lids, it appears mostly matte. The texture is a tad bit dry but is still very soft and smooth. It blends really well into the other shades and the best part is it does not produce any fallout!
→ Wet: When wet, it turns into a super intense, super opaque black! Great for adding dramatic definition to the eyes as well as lining along the lash lines.
All four shadows glide on beautifully on the skin and I did not experience any uneven finish at all regardless of the amount of effort I put into making a look! They somehow manage to go on very smoothly and usually just blend themselves as I apply. They do fade and crease slightly when applied on bare lids, though, so I always apply a quality eye primer underneath to help boost the color vibrancy as well as to extend the longevity.
The eye look
In this eye look, I focused on the taupe color and used it as a main lid color over the champagne base which I applied all over the lid up to the brow bone prior. I darkened and carved out the “curvy” winged look with the black shade. I also extended the black down to the outer lower lash line to give my lids a good definition. The bronze shade was used only slightly as a sheer crease color on my imaginary crease line. I finished the look with the champagne shade again in the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone to highlight.
And here are a few full-face shots! :)
The last aspect I'd like to touch on is the price versus quantity. Fallen Angel has less amount of shadows (0.1 oz) than the brand's regular palettes (0.18 oz) but it is $13 more expensive (US$65 vs. US$52). At a glance, the difference may seem a little much but honestly I'm not sure if they should even be compared on the same scale because the formula of the Fallen Angel is different (wet/dry vs. dry) and I feel that I use much less amount of shadow for my eye looks than I do her regular palettes. I also think that the new formula performs much better. Here's to hoping that the brand will release more palettes with this formula again in the future (but perhaps with a lower price, one can hope!).