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!
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.
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! :)
- 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.
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.
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!