Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette - Review, Pictures, Swatches

image from chantecaille.com
Chantecaille's Spring offering is another limited edition palette with a theme of conservation as many of their palettes have been in the past. When I found out about this palette, I ordered one directly from the Chantecaille website, un-swatched and untested. I couldn't wait for my Local Neiman Marcus to get it in. I had to have it NOW!!  This year the cause is Save The Sharks. And Chantecaille has partnered with the BLOOM Association for this effort.
Box that the palette comes in. Gone are the days of the leatherette and satin pouches

This non-profit organization, created in 2004 BLOOM solely focuses on marine conservation.  Over-harvesting, destructive fishing, unsustainable consumption, illegal fishing, lack of education, weak governance, and plastic and chemical pollution are all taking their toll on marine life.  BLOOM is dedicated to fighting destructive fishing practices carried out in the deep ocean as well as to shark conservation and the defense of small-scale fisheries. BLOOM in Hong Kong has one major goal; reduce the consumption of shark fin by producing pertinent, independent research and raising awareness and education amongst the general public and decision-makers. While working with other shark conservation groups, BLOOM has successfully orchestrated a top-level ban on all Hong Kong Luxury Hotels from serving shark fin soup.  Chantecaille, in the interest of helping this organization, will donate 5% of proceeds from the Save the Sharks Palette to the BLOOM Association to ban unregulated shark fin trade.

The front of the palette. Almost cartoonish, which is unusual for Chantecaille Palettes.


I'm going to be honest with you. I own and use every limited edition 4 pan Chantecaille palette ever produced.  I LOVE these palettes.  Not only for the beautiful designs in the pans of powder, but for their impeccable quality and stunning colors.  When the Elephant Palette came out last year, I purchased it as soon as I could.  Don't go looking for a review, you won't find one.  You see, the quality of the Elephant Palette was so incredibly bad I could not bring myself to write a review.  The powders were chalky and unpigmented. The shadows, when applied to the eye felt chalky, the overall color scheme was poorly realized and it just plain sucked.  I chalked that up to an anomaly as all the other palettes have been so wonderful in their quality and colors.  So when the Save The Sharks Palette arrived on my doorstep, and I started to swatch it, I was hoping it would not be a repeat of the Elephant Palette.

Standard velum that shows the names of the colors and how they should be used.

I can keep silent no longer.  I would feel responsible if one of you purchased the Save The Sharks palette unseen and and unswatched, only to be disappointed because I didn't warn you.  I still feel pangs of guilt for not warning you about the Elephant palette, I hope none of you purchased it based on my previous glowing reviews of other Chantecaille 4 pan palettes.


Here's the basis of my disappointment.

The shadow quality is different from that of the original Silvie Palette or even the Tiger Palette (which has similar colors to the shark palette). Somewhere between the Turtle Palette and the Save The Sharks palette the eyeshadow quality went down.  No longer were the powder shadows almost creamy to the touch, they were now harder and not as pigmented in some cases.  They applied well enough with sponge tip applicators, but when using a brush, the shadows were inconsistent in quality. It seemed to me that the formula of the shadows had changed. The shadow quality in the Save The Sharks palette are not bad, they just arent as good as other palettes in the past.


According to Chantecaille the Save The Sharks Palette was "Inspired by the Spring ’13 runway trends, a graphic and alluring palette that fuses on trend colors from the catwalks with the freshness of the oceans, in a bold yet feminine way."  I can see the colors going well with the Pantone Color Of the Year (Emerald Green). And basically what doesn't go with taupe?  (Don't answer that)


The Palette has three eye shades, but if you are persnickety you could say there are 6.  The fins in the middle of the palette are not overspray they are an actual different color than the larger part of the eyeshadow in the pan.  


There colors are:

Great White - Recommended as an all over or highlighter, this satin formula white and sandy beige color is a decent color.

Grey Reef - Is described as a "a glistening sandy grey". Which translates to TAUPE!  In fact,  every Chantecaille 4 pan palette with the exception of Elephant has a taupe in it.  I personally like that, but I realize taupe is not every one's cuppa tea.  The fin in the middle is a tan color and is fairly well pigmented.

Black Fin of the navy blue color.  Left=3 swatches, right=1 swatch. Not the best matte black I have seen and almost the worst.

Black Tip - Described as a "deep ocean blue", this eyeshadow is navy blue and looks a lot like the navy blue in the Tiger palette.  The fin in the middle is a matte black but lacking in pigmentation and so chalky to apply. However if you swirl your brush between the two you have a nice result.


The Blush is called Sea Anemone.  This Peachy pink blush has a light pinky peach fin in the center that seems to be slightly shimmery. The main part of the blush is matte. It can apply heavy so use a light touch.

EOTD using the "eyeliner" shade as a crease color and liner under the eye

I have seen reviews that praise this palette to the rooftops. It puzzles me.  Perhaps they praise it because they are beholden to the Chantecaille brand. Sure, I would like to continue getting PR from Chantecaille (They send images and information only; never had a sample), but if this less than glowing review takes me off their list, so be it.  I would rather save you money and tell you honestly what I think, than to leave out the negatives and carefully word my reviews, so I'm can stay on their "good side". I'm more concerned with staying on YOUR good side, the reader.

EOTD using the eyeliner as a liner and the taupe on the outside edges and in crease with the fin color in the middle of the lid. This look was not as successful.

Do you NEED this?  NO.  It really pains me to say this because you all know how crazy I am over Chantecaille 4 pan palettes.  I'm sad to say this, but it is just not worth the $83 that it retails for.  I have had better overall quality from less expensive brands and the colors are not so unique that you couldn't find suitable duplicates from other brands. I will continue to use this palette, but I will not have as much enjoyment out of it as I have from previous Chantecaille palettes. Will I buy from them again?  Of course I will. But I will be more careful to test the item in real life before I purchase.  I suggest you do the same.

FOTD using the shadows and blush

51 comments:

  1. I love all of your posts. Thanks for being so honest with your readers.

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  2. Not only did I buy the elephant 4-pan palette, but I also bought the blush compact that they released (separate from the palette). But I collect elephants, so there was no way I was going to pass it up. I thought when I swatched the shadows they felt stiff and a bit sheer, but figured it was my lack of experience with eyeshadow; after all, I read some glowing reviews of it. I'm still not regretting I bought the palettes, because I didn't buy them intending to use them, just because I love elephants and if I could contribute a bit of money toward saving them so much the better.

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    1. Nope. it wasn't lack of experience w/ eye shadow. The elephant palette is really pretty, so almost worth it....almost. ;-)

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  3. I love you, your honesty and your super fierce pose in the last picture. #amaze

    I haven't tried any Chantecaille shadows (love their glosses!) but I almost broke on the elephant one. I shall wait and see what they come up with next.

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    1. LOL! I can't be as fierce as you, my dear!

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  4. Thank you for your honest review! I have the Coral one and the sea turtle one, and I nearly caved on the shark one... sad b/c that taupe is to die for! No chantecaille for hundreds of miles around where I live so I have to rely on web swatches and reviews of it so I really appreciate your honesty and the excellent swatches! I think I will pass on this one, unless somehow I would get an astonishing deal on it. Thank you again! I appreciate your website (am a constant lurker!) and your excellent reviews!

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    1. If you get a great deal on it, get it. It's just OK and for $83 I want something more than just OK. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Looks like they "saved" money on the cost of production rather than letting the high quality product "save" the sharks...see what I did there? :)

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    1. LOL! I DID see what you did there, you scamp you!

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  6. It does look nice, but not $83 nice. I've never had one of these so perhaps I'm not really entitled to an opinion on them but I much prefer the look of the pans with more of a relief pattern on them - although I suppose I wouldn't touch them them!

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    1. Of course you are entitled to an opinion! Just b/c you haven't purchased t doesn't mean you can't say what you feel about it. And you're right about it being nice but not $83 nice. There are some that buy 2 palettes. One to use and one to just look at. I don't have that kind of money. LOL

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  7. Thank you for this review. You saved me $83.00 I really can't (okay, definitely can't) afford to blow on an eyeshadow palette just because it is shark themed.

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  8. That blue shade is so beautiful, but I'm not so much if I like the rest of the palette or not.

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    1. The blue shade is really nice and the taupe shade is great too. But if you don't like the rest of the palette it's not worth your money.

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  9. I'd normally be all over this because I have a soft spot for sharks, but only 5% of the proceeds go to the cause?! Way to shoot for the bottom, Chantecaille.

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    1. Well. at least they are donating something....I guess. :-/

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  10. I agree 100%, nice palette but not worth the $83...but still very pretty.

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  11. I have the Tiger one and I like it. I am rather unimpressed that only 5% of the profits goes to the charity....makes me wonder what the yearly total is. Anywho, I know they're a small company and I hope they pay attention to these reviews. Thank you for your honest opinion. The Tiger palette is gorgeous, but didn't blow me away.

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    1. I have the tiger one too. It's very nice. While only 5% goes to the charity that's more than 0%. I doubt they will even see this review, but thanks for hoping for me. :-)

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  12. I totally agree with you - I bought the elephant palette - the first chantecaille purchase and I'm so disappointed. All the colours are so dark and chalky as you said. :(

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    1. So sad Elephant was your 1st Chantecaille experience. That has to be the worst palette yet. :-(

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  13. Wow this makes me sad! I really wanted this one. But it just looks so chalky! I wonder why the quality is so bad...

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    1. I'm not sure why the quality seems to have changed. I wonder if they changed ingredients/formula for cost purposes or something.

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  14. Thank you for your honesty. I have several Chantecaille palettes and have always been very pleased with them. It's sad to hear that their latest offering is of such poor quality. Actually, if truth be known, I wasn't all that impressed with the quality of Chantecaille's holiday palette. The three colors were gorgeous, but they seemed a bit grainy. This is the third palette that has had texture problems. I hope Chantecaille gets back on track.

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    1. I never got to swatch the holiday palette. I'm sad t hear it wasn't all that great. :-(

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  15. Elvira, thank you! I commend your honesty. When I swatched the Elephants palette at my local counter I thought the quality was terrible, and was confused when I read glowing reviews of that palette too. I am grateful for honest bloggers like you! :)

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  16. thanks for letting us know, the colors look pretty in the product but I can see the chalkiness in your swatches. good to know you're on the side of the readers :)

    Miranda M | Pretty Squared

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  17. This is kind of heartbreaking - I was really tempted by this palette after seeing swatches and reading reviews on other sites. But, hey, that's $83 plus tax back in my bank account. Maybe I'll make a donation to the sharks independently, though.

    Thanks for the honest review!

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  18. Interesting. I can't speak for Sharks because I haven't tried it, but I just received Elephants in a swap and the texture and pigmentation on mine are FAB!

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    1. I'm glad the Elephant palette works for you. :-)

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  19. Thanks for the review. My last 4 pan from Chantecaille was disappointing to me so I haven't bought any since. This one appealed to me but it's just so much money for something not wonderful. I buy too many "not wonderful" items as it is.

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  20. This makes me so sad. I love sharks so very much, and I was sure this was going to be the one (and only) Chantecaille palette I actually coughed up the money for. But after reading your much appreciated review, it looks like I won't be buying after all.

    But as sad as I am, I am grateful that you were so honest. There's no way I would ever want to spend $83 on a makeup palette that was less than perfect. So, thank you.

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  21. Too bad about the quality because I went Squeee!!!! when I saw the shark fins. :(

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  22. And this is one of the reasons I love reading your blog - your honesty, well that and your love of taupe eyeshadow! You weren't mean or disrespectful in your post but gave your reader good points to ponder.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad my review came off as respectful. :-)

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  23. Most of the Chantecaille products I've bought have been very high quality but......!!!!!!! They are very expensive and what really turned me off was an interview with Olivia where someone asked her what she thought she was, beauty-wise on a scale of 1-10. She replied that she was an 11. Well, I think it's safe to say that she has her fair share of self-esteem. Anyway, thank you so much for your honesty and I am wondering what lip product you are wearing in this photo? It's gorgeous.

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    1. Oh. Well I suppose you have to have a certain level of confidence to run a cosmetics company. The lip color I'm using is a combination of Tarte LipSurgence lip luster in flashy and Chanel Lip Gloss in #89 Rose Sand

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  24. Thanks for the honest review. There's no Chantecaille counter near me, so I rely on internet blogs for swatches and reviews. Sea Turtle is still a top five palette for me, so I hope they improve their palettes in the future :)

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  25. oh dear ... thank you Elvira, too late I have ordered it last week and did not see your post before,, I wasn't impressed recently but I was hoping this beautiful palette was better. I think I am always tempted by their palette designs and since I cannot swatch them before purchase, it makes it very difficult to resist...
    The Sylvie palette is my go to, so sad that they are decreasing the quality. Hmmm just like it happened recently with some of le Metier de Beaute kaleidoscopes in my opinion...
    thanks again, I hope I will not be too disappointed when I receive it... :(

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  26. Well, we will just have to agree to disagree about Elephant and Shark, Ms. Sith. I used Sea Turtles and Coral Reef down to pan. The colors of those were better for my skin, but there is no objective difference in quality between the four. The blue is a little edgy for me but I like it and I appreciate that it applies soft. I think people will have fun with the soft, buildable blue. It's a good palette.

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  27. Thank you so much for your honest review. Yes, times are tough, economically speaking, which makes it even more important to know that if spending $83 for a special "treat", I want to be sure it is exceptional & of highest quality.Makes me wonder if personnel in Chantecaille's quality department have been dismissed? To maintain its place in the high-end field, it takes more than high confidence among those who create & finance cosmetics. For me, I purchase products because of exceptional color & blendability. And I need to save my pennies for awhile before purchase. I'm not in the business of selling cosmetics, but I'd rather spend $5-10 more if know my product will be loved. But to spend $83 for a less than stellar product is beyond disappointing! I've experienced this problem with other high-end brands and now feel great hesitation to try any new products, no matter how beautiful the presentation. Thank you so much for your honesty. I can only hope that those creating high-end products take notice of the need to ensure the highest possible quality. News travels fast in our now computer age global community. And many of us rely on honest reviews like yours before spending hard earned dollars. Please Chantecaille, bring back your much loved high quality. I will spend extra dollars if the lovely quality equals the beauty of product presentation!

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  28. Thank you so much for your honesty. I know it's a tough economy for all, but if spending $83, I expect a high quality product, not just beautiful presentation. I will spend $5-10 more if assured will receive beautiful, buttery blendable products (and product dealers, don't forget us mature buyers who need products that flatter & conceal the changes that come with skin that has seen more years than our 20 or 30, even 40-something daughters!);-)! I too, have experienced diminished quality among other high-end brands, and am now gun-shy of new purchases, no matter how beautiful the colors. Also, I understand that high confidence is important for cosmetics creators. But high quality products are essential for this buyer. Sadly, I need to pass on this palette. Perhaps the next palette will redeam the quality I've grown to love from Chantecaille. Again, thank you for your thorough and honest review! Reviews such as yours gain trust from your readers. I look forward to what you will next swatch & review!

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