Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London - The Smouldering Eye Palette Review, Swatches and Photos
I have quite a few eyeshadow palettes, but that doesn't stop me buying another if it catches my eye. I had seen several of the Ciaté London palettes on Sephora’s website but never took the plunge to buy, until now. The palette looked beautiful, so I convinced myself I needed another palette, in fact I purchased this one along with the Fearless Palette and now I am ready to share my views with you.
I admit to never having heard of Olivia Palermo, but apparently she is an American socialite, model, and actress who is currently a Guest Creative Director of Ciaté London. Her first collaboration with the brand was the Smokey Suedes Eye Palette and has now launched this Smouldering Eye Palette. In the USA and Canada they are available at Sephora, but in Europe you can purchase directly from the Ciate London website.
First off the palette is much smaller than I expected and much smaller (12 x 6 cm) than most other palettes I own such as the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette (19 x 9 cm). You can see the comparison in this photo. However the actual pan sizes compare favourably with 5 x 0.052 oz and 4 x 0.042 oz compared with the KVD palette of which the smaller pans are 0.04oz. The size of the palette does mean it is light and compact enough to travel with.
The box it comes in is pretty with details of the colours on the back. The actual palette is very classy looking with faux leather top and gold accents. The clasp feels very secure and a full size mirror sits inside the lid. As I mentioned above the actual eyeshadow pans are generous in size and completely fill the interior of the palette - no wasted space here! There is no brush or applicator included with the palette, but I always use my own so this was not an issue for me. Another thing to note is that the eyeshadow names are not printed inside or outside the palette, only on the box, so you will need to keep the box if you want to know the names.
So, onto the eyeshadows themselves. They are described by Ciaté London as nine fabric-inspired, suede-like textures for simple to smoky eye looks in matte and pearl textures. They are very soft to the touch and easily blendable - almost too blendable as you have to be careful not to overblend as they can become muddy looking. I found that using a stiffer, flatter brush to pack the colour on the eyelid then blend with a softer, fluffier brush worked the best.
So, starting on the top row left to right:
Camo: Described as deep olive pearl, this khaki shade goes on smoothly and has a metallic shimmer to it. It blends well and has very little fallout with good colour pigmentation.
London: Described as deep grey matte which fits it perfectly. Very good pigmentation, easily buildable and blendable. I love the fact it is a true matte.
Pisces: Described as light grey pearl, this is bordering on silver with quite a bit of shimmer. It blends well and is buildable with very little fallout.
Double Denim: Described as blue shimmer pearl, this has an almost iridescent shimmer to it. It is pretty, but not a colour I would personally use on a regular basis. I also found this to have a lot of fall out.
Bottom row left to right:
Amaretto: Described as aubergine/brown matte this is a very pretty matte which blends well and had no fallout.
Mulberry: Described as cranberry pearl this, for me had the least pigmentation but could be easily built up. It is very soft and blendable with just the right amount of shimmer and no fallout.
Penny Jar: Described as purple grey shimmer pearl it really is quite a mixture of colours depending on how you view it and how packed on you wear it. It has a high shimmer with a definite brown undertone.
Blondie: Described as grey/purple matte, I personally would call it matte taupe. It is less pigmented than the others and needs building for good colour. I also found it had quite a bit of fall out.
In the centre of the palette is Butler which is described as bone matte. It is a very soft, blendable cream which is ideal for a base colour or browbone shade.
I have been using this palette for a couple of days and as long as you are careful with the blending they work well. I used them on top of NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and they lasted a good 7-8 hours before starting to fade. Some of the shades have some fallout issues, but all performed well and were easy to use.
Overall I am very happy with this palette and will enjoy using it. I am looking forward to using and reviewing the other Ciaté London palette I purchased called Fearless. So watch this space.