|Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette - £72|
Chantecaille regularly produces these kind of beautiful palettes where 5% goes to an endangered species, previous ones have included tigers and dolphins. They usually contain 3 eye shadows (one doubles as a liner) and a blusher. Although they look stunning initially with the shimmer overlay and embossed animal design, this quickly wears away (after around 2 uses) and you are left with more subdued shades. Therefore, it can be a little deceptive when you see the promo pictures and think you are getting very shimmery colours. However, less shimmer is not necessarily a bad thing.
|The overlay which shows what each colour is to be used for|
|How the palette looks after a few uses|
In the palette you get an all over base colour which is a shimmery nude, a light brown for the crease and a dark green which leans slightly olive to define the eye. The cheek colour is peach with a delicate golden shimmer. They are good quality but overall I am underwhelmed with this latest palette. I have been swatching a lot of different eye shadows today and these three colours are the worst of the lot when compared against Rouge Bunny Rouge, Le Metier de Beaute and MAC Mega Metals. My other issue is that these colours are not special enough to justify the high price. The blush is very similar to Nars Orgasm and I have an assortment of near identical nude and mid brown shadows floating around my dressing table. The green is the only item I would possibly have bought individually and even then I prefer the darker side of the Nars Cleo Duo to the shade included in the palette.
|Left to right: Swatches of cheek colour, base colour, crease colour, eye definer|
I imagine that Chantecaille has deliberately gone for shades that are universally flattering and suitable for everyday wear to maximise the potential market for this palette. I can't blame them, but I would prefer something unique. Once the pretty overlay has worn away, you are left with an ordinary, good quality palette. I prefer extraordinary when I am paying such a large amount of money.
I did like the previous Chantecaille release, the Tiger in the Wild palette, but maybe my opinion has been tainted since then by my new found love of the Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscopes. I simply cannot get enough of these as the colour combinations are always unexpected and the shadows are a generous size and high quality. Along with innovative packaging, these are what I call extraordinary. Sadly, Le Metier are withdrawing from the UK but the Kaleidoscopes retailed for £65, so cheaper than the Chantecaille Palette.
|Left to right: Chantecaille Blush from Sea Turtles Palette, The Balm Hot Mama, Nars Orgasm|
I could have found at least 5 or 6 similar shades to the 2 eye colours as well, mainly from Bobbi Brown, but I didn't think they warranted pictures. The green eye definer shade is the hardest to replicate.
|Left to right: Chantecaille Blush, The Balm Hot Mama, Nars Orgasm|
If you are anything like me, it is easy to be swayed into a purchase of an item like this from beautiful promo pictures, embossed sea turtles etc, without thinking it through and considering whether you already own similar items as separates. Having had a good rummage through my own makeup collection, I really didn't need this palette. It may come in useful when on holiday and needing to pack lightly, but I don't feel the Chantecaille products are vastly superior to my cheaper individual items.
I hope this post gives a realistic view of the palette and perhaps makes you think twice before parting with £72. I will still be getting one of these as a prize for my upcoming giveaway (I'll let you know the date by the end of the month) as I like prizes to be luxury items rather than essentials, ideally something you wouldn't buy for yourself but you would be delighted to receive it as a gift. I think this should satisfy that remit!
Chantecaille's Sea Turtle Palette is available from Space NK for £72.