Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette Review & Swatches

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…

 Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette

The inside is just equally breathtaking…

 Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette

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.

 Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette

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

 Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette

Shade breakdown

 Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette; dry (L) and wet (R)
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette; dry (L) and wet (R)
  • 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

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette

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! :)

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette

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!).




  • Every time I read your reviews, my excitement is building up as I scroll down the bottom because I am sure I will be blown away. :D I love what you did here! Smokin’ hot! Definitely Pop is such a beautiful shade! I think the price tag is okay for a quad that you can carry anywhere, wearable and not scary to wear. I am sold!

    • LOL it kind of just happened. I really didn’t know what I was doing to be honest! I don’t think I can do it again. Haha.

  • I haven’t tried anything from CT yet and while nothing really speaks to me at the moment, this palette is very pretty. I mean, shades are dupable, but the presentation is beautiful. And your hair looks great!

    • I’d definitely get this one if you are planning to buy your first CT quad! :) Better formula than her other quads imo. Thanks! :)

  • Such a damn pretty palette, the eye shadows look buttery smooth and the shades are so wearable! Loved the your look, some serious winging out there! :-D

  • Hey Jaa, you created such an interesting shape there! Stunning! I kinda want this palette but kinda can’t make up my mind, because I really don’t use black that much and I very seldom use eyeshadows wet. Definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more quads from the brand in this formula though!

  • What a beautiful palette. I love the star design. The shades are gorgeous but let’s concentrate on your eye look!! WOW! I love that winged look you created, Jaa! You look like a model! And I afree with Laarni, your hair looks gorgeous too!

  • I love how they show up wet! I also like that the quality of the shadows do not seem altered in the pan when used wet/damp. It may seem like a small thing but so many shadows seem the get majorly F’d in the A when used wet. It’s one of the reasons I rarely do it.

  • I like the colours in the palette but it’s just too expensive. I’ll be getting my hands on Dolce Vita soon so I’m excited to try that! :)

  • This palette has danced in and out of my shopping cart on several occasions but I’ve managed to hold off because I have similar shades already. I did break down and get one of her Cheek to Chic blushes in Love Glow and now I want them all! it is the most gorgeous blush I’ve ever owned, hands-down. And I’ve owned a LOT of blushes, 555! ;D You need to try one if you haven’t yet!

    • Oh I’d love to try her blushes, Kristen! I’m just a bit overwhelmed with the selection! Love Glow is at the top of my list of blushes to try in 2015, though! :D

  • You do know your photos are way better than the PR photos of the products themselves, always wonder how you haven’t been hired yet to shoot for one of these brands.
    The review is amazing, loved them both wet and dry! very useful shades indeed

    • Aww thank you SO much as always! Your comments always brighten up my day and keep me doing what I do! I appreciate it so much and I hope you know that! :)

  • Gorgeous! The difference between wet and dry for the black and the taupe is so striking – is it just me or is the black more of a ‘blue black’ when it’s wet? I love the look you did – it seems almost ‘ancient Egyptian’ in spirit, somehow, which will always be a winner for my somewhat (currently) neglected Egyptology degree. Sometimes I fantasize about writing a post on ancient Egyptian makeup (using the literature and research on it) , but I’m afraid if I started researching it, I’d never stop! Also, I’d never manage to write the post, LOL!

    I would love to try a CT quad sometime, but I think my heart is reserved for the green one (Rebel, I think?)

    • That would be an interesting post to read, Syl! I always wonder what kind of makeup they used back in the day! How did they get it to stay on since obviously there were no eye primer, face primer, lip primer, or any primer for that matter back then! ;D You should totally research! ;D

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