Chantecaille Protect The Lions Palette. Is It Worth $85?

    It took a few months for me to gain the courage to pay $85 for these four eye shadows. The only reason why I bought them eventually was the fact that they look so out-of-this-world beautiful. They look like they can go with any outfit, any skin tone, any occasion, so maybe I can justify the price this way, I thought. 

    When I got it in my mail and opened it for the first time, I swear I've heard angelic music playing and a beam of holy light was pouring down onto this wonderful thing I was holding in my hand. I couldn't get enough of this stunning view and I definitely was afraid to touch it. Well, my fear lasted at least for a few minutes before curiosity took over. I started swatching the shades and was swooned once again. They were perfect, just as I hoped they would be.

    Here comes a BUT, after a few swatches I've noticed that the intense shine was a lie! An overspray, AN OVERSPRAY on a palette that costs $85. Are you kidding me? I don't mean to be dramatic but it's just so low for a luxury brand to do such a thing without mentioning anything in the description. The only hint that they give on the web-site is in the description of the gray color as "soft matte". But I don't want to play a guessing game when I am paying $85 for four eye shadows. I want them to be exactly as they are in the picture. Without this shimmery overspray, these colors are simply boring, the wow factor is gone and you're left with an average looking palette.

   This review took me so long because I was so frustrated with the palette I didn't know what to do with it. I almost forgot about it but now as I'm writing the fury is once again awakened. I won't be able to return it because I bought it on net-a-porter and they don't accept returns of items that were used. Well, I was pretty happy with it before I used it and wouldn't have returned it for the world.

    Another disappointing factor for me was the ingredient list - they all have talc in them as a base ingredient (the cheapest base ingredient on the market). Drugstore makeup brands use talk in their eyeshadows, but those retail for $10 max.
   Do I have anything good to say about this product? Well, it's not all that bad. The shades are very wearable and pretty. You can create a chic look for any occasion with it. Are they in any way unique? Absolutely not. And they also crease pretty easily. So there you go.
   Anyway, to sum it up, for me this Lion Palette from Chantecaille was total and utter disappointment. I would even say that it was the most disappointing beauty product I've ever bought. There is nothing special about it and the cheap trick with an overspray to attract customers is disgusting. I think I'm too traumatized by it to ever try anything from Chantecaille ever again, even though I liked their Mermaid eye colors. 

What are your thoughts on this palette?

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