Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Spring 2011: Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette ($79.00 or 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition color palette for spring. It is a refillable palette, and the eyeshadows are easily removed if one desires. Inside, there is a base color, eye color, cheek color, and eye definer. There is a raise turtle design on each shade, and the turtle itself has a metallic sheen overlay (which disappears upon first swatch).

The base color is a pale, gilded beige with pale gold shimmer-sheen. The eye color is a medium-dark brown with slight warm undertones finished with a soft satin sheen. The cheek color is a pink-peach with a peach-gold sheen–think shades like MAC Springsheen, NARS Orgasm, etc. but less shimmer, less golden, and pinker. The eye definer shade is a charcoal forest green with a frosted finish. All four shades were silky smooth and nicely pigmented; there were no issues with the textures or the colors at all.

The three eye colors can all be used wet or dry, though I had no issues with pigmentation and they went on so prettily dry I didn’t even think to use them wet until I read the description of Chantecaille’s eyeshadows online! Funny enough, this palette is cheaper (by the ounce, at $188/oz.) than MAC ($290/oz.), Make Up For Ever ($238/oz.), NARS ($228/oz.), and Urban Decay ($340/oz.).

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

final thoughts: I think it’s a really well-done palette with not just a lovely set of colors presented with beautiful decor, but the quality of the eyeshadows and blush is fantastic.  Very smooth, soft, and easy to use.  They blend effortlessly and pack quite a bit of pigment.  I’m also happy to see how much product was included in the palette and love that it is refillable.

where to buy: Nordstorm

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Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette

Base Color, Eye Color, Cheek Color, Eye Definer

Base Color, Eye Color

Cheek Color, Eye Definer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase the Sea Turtle palette? How much is it?

Nordstorm, $79.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

The beige shade is similar to NARS April Fools, the brown shade is similar to NARS Key Largo, the blush shade is similar to NARS Orgasm/MAC Springsheen, but I can't think of a dupe for the eye definer shade.

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54 thoughts on “Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I love Chantecaille, colors are wonderfull

  2. Desiree Torres

    Does the eye definer look similar to Too Faced’s Label Whore? Maybe a bit darker? Well, this a beautiful palette. Thanks for reviewing :)

    • It’s not quite that kind of shade – Label Whore is a brighter, deeper shade – not as black, more shine, more color. I initially was thinking something similar (also along the lines of Deep Blue Green, Club, Loaded, etc.) but it’s so much darker and has just a faint hint of green.

  3. meri

    the blush is so pretty !!

  4. Polly

    Ack… can’t use it… too cute :3

    79$ is much, but 0.42 Oz. sounds not bad at all.

    Overall, need one please!!

  5. I can’t BELIEVE you dared to dig a brush into those turtles.. Haha!

  6. Deb

    Wow, the eye definer is gorgeous! It looks like a sea turtle’s shell. But even if it is cheaper by the ounce, $80 is a lot for me to spend on something that won’t have those cute little turtles anymore after a couple uses…

  7. Lacey J.

    I would completely buy this palette if it was closer to $50. It is completely adorable. I love turtles… meh…

  8. JessL

    Is it me or is this really similar to Chanel’s Perles Quad?

  9. Dianna

    Oh, I am tempted. This seems perfect for me for travels!

  10. anonymous

    Save the TURTLES! Stop touching them or you’ll KILL them!!! :-(

  11. Rachael

    They are beautiful colors… and I love the turtles on them (so cute!!). But that is alot of money to spend at once on one palette of colors… what a shame. I wish I had the $$$ for it.

  12. tpiece

    The colors looked a bit familiar and sure enough, when I went to look, I realized it looked very similar to my Chanel Regard Perle quad!

  13. I wish I could afford this! Especially since there’s so much product for the price. If it’s still around after I save up some money I’m definitely buying it, especially since it helps marine life!

  14. Hilary

    The price is a little high but I am such a sucker for packaging but those turtles are really TOO cute!

  15. I’d be way too scared to mess up those gorgeous turtles!

  16. This palette is breathtaking.

  17. i would love it, but could not afford it, even in English pounds it would be alot of money but it is really pretty, i love it.

  18. Addison

    I love this palette, and even though it is cheaper per ounce than most company’s I still can’t justify buying it…*sob*
    But it was really nice to see your review and thought’s on the palette!
    Thanks Christine!

  19. Beautiful! I’m sure this would sit unused for quite a long time with me, too pretty to touch. Just like MAC’s Marine Life was, hmmm…maybe I have a problem using sea-based items? Maybe I was a sea creature in another life!

  20. chibaraki

    Ohhhhhh, I love it, but it’s just too expensive for me! It seems like a really good deal as far as price per ounce, but since I never use anything up, overall price is more of an issue for me. (Also I love those cute turtles so much I wouldn’t want to use it…!)

  21. Mariella

    Just a bit too pricey for my budget, especially when I’ve got a list of other makeup-y stuff I want to buy. While it might be a good amount of product for the price, $79 US will probably translate into close to $90 or $95 CDN (even though our dollar is at or close to parity) and that’s a bit steep.

  22. It’s lovely, but $79 are just too much for a palette :/

  23. Carrie Ann

    This palette is gorgeous and I love sea turtles, but $79 is just too much for a product I’d barely use. I wouldn’t even want to touch it for fear of ruining the beautiful turtle design. I’m glad this palette is in support of marine wildlife, though. I hope it sells out.

  24. Kelly C.

    I love the choice of colors, but not the price. I’m also a little miffed at how gimmicky the turtles are. They go right away! Bah.

  25. Coraline

    Just wanted to let people know, you can get this off the chantecaille site and since it costs $79, you’ll automatically get free shipping.

  26. Naz

    Wow, that’s horribly expensive…but the colors and presentation are so gorgeous!!

  27. Those turtles look so cute!

  28. Ann

    Those are gorgeous, but 70 dollars. Too expensive for me.

  29. Ariel

    That is gorgeous!

  30. Mariana

    so pretty! i wouldn’t want to touch it though LoL

  31. Emily

    Gorgeous! I’m shocked about the price per oz, though. Very usable colors!

  32. This looks so gorgeous I wouldn’t dare to use it!

  33. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this palette but it’s more than I typically would spend on a palette. I normally don’t go beyond the price of a Chanel quad, but your pictures and swatches have convinced me to splurge!

    thank you!

  34. Rosanna

    I’ve been waiting for this at my Holt Renfrew…I need to save up first though! I’m glad you’re finally doing a review on Chantecaille’s palettes that donate portions of their sale to charity. They need more PR so more people will buy them (for charity)!

  35. Lisa G

    Oh my, I think this palette is gorgeous! I’ll have to add it to my wish list. Even though it’s pricey, I think it’s worth it. I really don’t own anything like it (except NARS orgasm).

  36. Ashley D.

    Are the turtles over spray?

  37. nani36

    Are you going to do a look with this palette?

  38. Jen

    I really don’t see what’s so amazing about this palette, especially at $79. I think I’m alone on this one, though.

  39. Oh my gosh.
    This is too cute for words.
    I wouldn’t even be able to use it.
    It would break my heart to see the turtles withering away! haha

  40. Perri

    gorgeous palette! I <3 turtles.

  41. Jesselyn

    please do a look for this!

  42. Mary

    I ordered mine from Neiman Marcus for their beauty event..I can’t wait to pick it up!

  43. Jamie

    Me, too! I would love to see this as a look.

  44. Musebeliever

    I love the colours !!!
    Too expensive for me though…

  45. Mrsb

    Mine came today and it is sooo gorg in person! I agree that you should def do a look with this baby!

  46. The colours in this are beautiful, though I’m not a fan of overspray sheens. I’d much rather just have the shadow in it’s true form.

  47. emily

    Ahh I want this so bad. Since it’s cheaper than MAC, why not?! The inclusion of a cheek color makes me want it more for easy travel.

  48. Kelli

    While contemplating buying this, I tried to think of any dupes I had. The only one that came to mind was the MAC Burmese Beauty Quad – those shadows seem similar. Anyone else think so?

  49. Judy

    the little turtles are so cute, great design!