l-r: Prime, Enhance, Pop, Smoke
Like each of Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palettes, they're colour-coded with a Prime, Enhance, Smoke and Pop shade. The four shades are designed to complement each other and work harmoniously to create a total eye look that can be taken from day to night. Charlotte Tilbury herself demonstrates ways to wear the quad in this video, starting with the "Prime" and "Enhance" shades for a daytime look, while amping up the drama and sultriness for the evening by adding the "Smoke" shade to the outer-V, socket and underneath the eyes, and dabbing the "Pop" colour all over the lid with the fingers.
"Prime" is a peachy, slightly pink-toned shimmery highlight shade. "Enhance" is a very warm-toned, richly metallic reddish bronze. "Smoke" is a minky chocolate brown threaded with gold, with slight olive tones. "Pop" is a copper/gold sparkly top coat, not much different to a fine, pressed glitter.
A lot has delighted me with the Dolce Vita palette. There's minimal fallout, particularly commendable for the "Pop" and the darkest "Smoke" shade, which isn't something I can say for the majority of eyeshadows I have. The shadows are extremely easy to blend and the colours are expertly put together. The wear time is also one of the most impressive aspects. The glitter stayed PUT and was glimmering past midnight like it'd been freshly applied. Shadows retained their vibrancy and pigmentation without fading. Even the highlight shade in the inner corner, traditionally the first to go, still remained after 15 hours. Say what?
The Dolce Vita reminds me a lot of Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in Cognac Sable, right down to the same coppery glitter top coat. I've always lusted after Cognac Sable (or Golden Mink), but it's an eye-popping $110 in Australia, so it ain't happening. The Charlotte Tilbury is equally luxurious, more compact and feminine in terms of packaging, and quite a bit cheaper (though both are crazily expensive). While I normally don't splurge on high end eyeshadow quads/quints, preferring instead to spend my money on palettes like the LORAC Pro Palette, Urban Decay Naked palettes or the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, the Dolce Vita has easily and quickly become a favourite.