Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

The first eyeshadow quad from Charlotte Tilbury I'd like to showcase today is The Golden Goddess — a collection of shadows with warm golden tones designed to create the “goddess” look!

Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette

The rich brown, resin-like outer packaging has a retro 1940s glamor vibe to it. It is made of lightweight plastic which honestly surprised me. I expected it to be slightly heavy like the packaging of most luxurious brands but I suppose being plastic and lightweight makes it convenient for travel purposes. The compact opens and closes with a simple click (non-magnetic). The interior features a reflective rose-gold platform with the brand's logo engraved below the shadow pans. The mirror is full-sized and has that tiny little star signature of the brand on the upper right corner (cute!). Applicators and protective pouch are not included.

Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette

The golden shadows are all warm-toned and arranged strategically in the quad — Charlotte Tilbury's style. There are 4 steps to creating the golden goddess eye look (indicated on the back of the palette): Prime (top left), Enhance (top right), Smoke (bottom right), and Pop (bottom left), hence the name “Color-Coded“. This easy-to-follow arrangement makes the palette foolproof for anyone — beginners or pros — no more guessing which color to use and what for!

The Golden Goddess combines two different finishes — satin (x3) and glitter (x1). Though these colors may look distinguishable from one another on arm swatches, on my medium yellow-toned skin, they appear very, very close to each other. If you have a skin tone close to mine, go easy on the blending or everything could turn into one-dimensional haziness! :)

Shade breakdown

Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette; top: Prime (left) and Enhance (right); bottom: Pop (left) and Smoke (right)
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette;
top: Prime (left) and Enhance (right);
bottom: Pop (left) and Smoke (right)
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette; L-R: Prime, Enhance, Pop, and Smoke
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette; L-R: Prime, Enhance, Pop, and Smoke
  • Prime: top left – pale golden champagne; satin
    This shade has the creamiest, most velvety consistency with highest pigmentation. It can be applied sheer all over the lid as a base and concentrated under the brow bone and inner corner as a highlight. It blends beautifully and feels super soft on the skin. I have nothing but love for this shade! :)
  • Enhance: top right – light golden taupe; satin
    A taupe that looks so pretty in the pan but on my lid, I find it to be too sheer. The pigmentation is on the light side which I did not expect at all. It does “enhance” the overall look but unfortunately not by much. The consistency is decent although a little bit dry. Due to the light color payoff and the nature of the color that is so close to my skin tone, I have a difficult time getting this shade to show up on me even after some serious layering.
  • Pop: bottom left – light golden bronze; glitter
    OK, I need to be honest with you and just say it. This color is a total disappointment for me. :( First of all, I initially thought this shade was a typical “darkest shade” for creating the outer V, but the color payoff is so sheer (almost non-existent) that it's impossible to create anything with it, let alone the famous V. Then I realized the color was not meant to be used that way. It was meant to be a “pop” color, or in this case, a pop of glitter applied as a final step to finish the look. However, I didn't find it very easy to transfer those glitter to the eye. The consistency is so dry and grainy that whenever I try to use it, it mostly results in major fallout.
  • Smoke: bottom right – medium golden copper; satin
    This is the second most pigmented shade in the palette. It doesn't feel as dry as the Enhance shade but not as creamy as the Prime shade, either. The color payoff is buildable and super blendable. It is not my favorite coppery tone but still looks pretty on the eye. The consistency is soft and very smooth.
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette

In terms of longevity, I have no complaints. :) They stay on beautifully over eye primer — no creasing but maybe some slight fading at the end of long days. The Pop shade (bottom left) has the shortest longevity and fades significantly faster than the rest of the shades.

The eye look

I tried my best to apply these colors in a way that you could see the difference between them but it was very difficult! They seem to meld into one color on the finished look (or maybe it was just my lack of skills!) but hopefully you can still kind of see where I placed each color on my eye — Prime: all over the lid, inner corner, and brow bone; Enhance: lid color below crease; Smoke: outer C and into the crease and along lower lash line; and Pop: center of the lid and over the outer C.

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette

The Golden Goddess didn't quite work out the way I had hoped. It is a palette full of easy and wearable colors, no doubt about it, but it's not effortless to use for me. For everyday eye look, I think it is a perfect quad, but if you are looking to create something dramatic out of it, you may need to incorporate more colors from other palettes. Eyeliners are also a must to enhance the finished look and prevent it from looking plain and one-dimensional.

If you have The Golden Goddess, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, especially if you have different skin tones. Do the colors show up better on you? Do you find the Pop shade difficult to work with as well? If you don't have The Golden Goddess, are you still planning to get one? Have you tried anything from the brand? I'm seriously thinking of getting the Magic Cream but the price tag makes me hesitate a little bit!

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  • Ah I’m sorry to hear that this wasn’t exactly what you had hoped from the palette! :( So far, I’ve had mixed experiences with the brand — I’m really liking the Filmstar Bronze & Glow and her lip liner, but I just tried the kohl liner today and it smudged badly on me, unfortunately! Oh well, they can’t all be winners, right?

    • Same here, Carolyn. I love the Marlene Midnight eyeliner but I’m not too crazy about the eyeshadow quad, at least not The Golden Goddess. I bought my friend the Ecstasy blush but she didn’t like it very much, either. She ended up exchanging it for something else. :-/

      Sorry to hear the eyeliner smudges on you! :( :( :( Which color(s) did you try? Are all of them smudge-y?

  • Hey Jaa, hmm I think this looks really good on you! These quads really remind me of TF ones for some reason, and perhaps it’d be great to have just one matte shade in there. I haven’t bought any because none of them really speaks to me (the warm ones seem way too warm and cool ones too cool). It’s money saved for the moment!

    • You’re right! The warm ones are really warm and the cool ones are really cool. I have had my eyes on the Rock Chick palette since I usually have better luck with gray-toned shadows. I’m a little hesitant now, though, because I might not like the texture of the “Pop” shade so much.

  • Hhmmm…. I’ve read mixed reviews about this brand, and I think one of the better ones is called Dolce Vita? The pigmentation from the swatches doesn’t look too impressive to be honest, but the look you created is beautiful nonetheless :-)

    • I think I would have like the Dolce Vita much better but this palette was given to me so I didn’t have a choice. LOL. Thanks, Lily! ❤

  • Oh, you temptress! You, with your gorgeous photography and detailed review… Sigh… I’ve been seeing this Charlotte Tilbury makeup popping up quite a bit lately but we don’t have it available in Malaysia. By the way, the eye look you did is so beautiful. I know what you mean about shades getting muddled when worn and it tends to happen when they are from a similar colour family. I still think you did a wonderful job in showing this palette off :-)

    • Aww thank you so much, Lyn!!! ❤❤❤ I’m always happy to hear that people like my photos. It means the world to me. ^_^ I think I’ll be more careful next time when choosing eyeshadow palettes full of browns….

  • CT does not particularly pull me although I’ve been enjoying the reviews and beautiful looks created lately in the blogosphere. I’ve seen lots of warm palettes like this, but would love to see if she offers some cooler palettes as well. The quality seems to be very there.
    Your eye makeup look is so gorgeous. Gilded and luscious! :)

    • Thank you, Lena! ❤ There are some cooler palettes in the collection, too. I like The Rock Chick the most and was planning to get it but now I’m not so sure. LOL.

  • You wear it well but based on the swatches, the shades seem to blur together very similarly without much distinction. That’s a shame as the colours are quite basic as well. Did you get any of CT’s other palettes? I had my eye on the one with the green/teal tones.

    • Thanks, Liz! I was planning to get The Rock Chick but I’ll probably wait a little bit until I see more swatches! :) I think you’re talking about The Rebel palette. I’m not sure if I can rock all-green myself but if you end up getting it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)

  • At first sight: Prime and Smoke are such wonderful eyeshadows and the palette looks like a chocolate box! Your photos are just the greatest, how you get everything so sharp.

  • Aww, I’m sorry this one didn’t quite have the oomph that you were hoping for! You created a beautiful look with it nonetheless (as always, {{{{{Jaa}}}}} )!

    I have my eye on the green palette of hers – I think this one would be too warm for me in any case.

    Also, I’m going to say ‘OOMPH’ again, because it’s a super fun word :-D

    OOMPH!

    • Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph!!!! LOL! Fun word indeed! The green palette looks nice! But I’m not sure if it will be too green for me…. might have to balance it with a black from other palette…

  • I think overall the effect is nice. Probably better for pale or dark skinned folks though. The better question is why don’t I have friends giving me makeup!

  • Oy, this is beyond gorgeous! Such a fun look you did, Jaa! You are becoming quite the artiste!
    I really want The Rock Chick. The glitter shadow in that quad has me drooling, but I’m hesitant to spend that much on 4 eyeshadows when I’m used to getting 12 for the same price or less. It’s going on the super wish list, the one I have for when I win the lotto! ;)

  • Looked very pretty in the pan ( still not super unique). But I was all “ooh CT pretty quad lemme see”. I came, I saw, I’m not impressed lol ( not with your post Jaa…its amazing as usual lol)..the quad isn’t what I expected once I see it swatched. And on the lid I have so many shadows that can easily dupe the colours. Lovely photos as usual tho:) ty!

  • Aww, what a bummer. This quad looks gorgeous (by which I mean: dude, you make this quad look GORGEOUS), but it’s too bad to hear that it under-performs. I was really expecting better from this line!

  • Hi Jaa, it’s my first time reading your blog and can i just say that you take amazing pictures! and i like your layout, your blog reminds me of temptalia. anyway i appreciate your honestly here, i was eyeing this exact palette. i havent tried the brand yet ever so i didnt hop on buying it. i thought the shadows were going to be more pigmented / less sheer, and that the packaging is heavy lol.

    • Hi Shayne! Welcome and thank you! :)

      Yeah.. I expected a little more from The Golden Goddess but I am still hopeful that The Rock Chick will perform better and the colors should be easier to work with! I wouldn’t mind if the packaging would be slightly heavier, too. LOL.

  • Even if you had a hard time getting the shadows to work, you did a great job. I think your look is gorgeous. I’ve had my eyes on the CT quads ever since they first launced, but they are on the expensive side. I do want three of them, The Vintage Vamp, The Glamour Muse and The Uptown Girl. I also want some of the new matte lipsticks and, oh a lot of other stuff. :) I only have the eyecheat pencil, the skintoned one for “bigger, brighter eyes” and one of the lip clush/bronzer combos. I really like them both, but nothing really lasts on my waterline, not even the CT pencil, at least not in that colour.
    I hope you get to try The Rock Chick, it’s really a nice palette.
    Thanks for the excellent review and the amazing photos!

    • Hey Helene! Wow, you have so many CT palettes on your wish list! Decision decision decision! :D I want to try the new matte lipstick as well but will probably wait to see swatches first. Do you like the square shape of the tip of the bullet? I do for some unknown reason! LOL.

      Are you talking about the Eye Cheat on the waterline? Nude liners don’t usually last that well on my waterline, either. Have you tried running the Q-tip over your waterline before lining? It might help just a bit! :)

      Thanks so much once again for visiting and commenting! ❤

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