There are rather a lot of pictures, I hope you'll forgive me, but I was very excited. I denied myself the Tigers palette last year so there's been rather a big build up to this Chantecaille purchase. The only thing stopping me before has always been the price. These palettes retail for £73, so they're even more expensive than the Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleur palettes (£52.50) and the Le Metier Kaleidescopes (£65). I bought this for less than retail, but I don't mind admitting that I think these would be better priced around the £50-60 mark.
The colours are housed in an attractive high shine case with sizable mirror and good size pans of each colour. One thing I did notice was that the pans twisted around in the palette as I swatched. My first attempt at swatching didn't go very well. I used my fingers to apply to bare skin and as the eyeshadow colours are a little sheer, I struggled to get the base colour to show up.
I decided to re-do the swatches using a brush to apply to the colours to primed skin (TFSI). Unfortunately, as the base colour is so close to the colour of my skin, it still doesn't show up well. On my eyes it applies as a sheer pale gold with some shimmer. The other colours in the palette are a warm mid-brown crease colour, the stunning blackened teal liner and a warm peachy pink, orgasm-esque cheek colour.
I think this is a nice palette, but when I try and consider whether it's worth £73, I inevitably want to compare it to my other high end brands. I think the colours are more interesting than the Guerlain palettes and the eyeshadows aren't dissimilar to the finish of those in my Le Cirque Kaleidoscope. I don't think they hold a candle to my RBR eyeshadows, but I appreciate that not everyone gets on well with very pigmented colours. I think the bottom line is that this is good, but not great and I think this experience might stop me from lusting after another one of these, unless I was utterly wowed by the colours. I actually wonder whether the Tiger in the Wild might have been a better choice for me.
I will leave you with a little look at how the wee sea turtles look after a couple of uses. Poor little things, it almost makes me feel guilty for having touched them!