I’m someone who is all for cutting down time and number of products that I use, especially in the mornings. When I was approached to try out the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette*, I immediately thought of my morning routine for work and how this would surely help out.
Before we get into the thick of things, the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette is a limited edition item and retails for $99 on the Charlotte Tilbury website here. It’s a product that has came out before, but has been re-released due to popularity. Who know’s whether they’ll bring it back again!
I also want to bring to your attention the Charlotte Tilbury brand philosophy. I’ve touched on it in a past CT post, but I want to mention it again. Don’t walk into this review or pick up this product thinking that this will be the most pigmented palette your eyes have ever seen. That won’t happen. Charlotte Tilbury isn’t designed to be intensely pigmented to the stage where it covers your natural beauty. It’s all about enhancing what you already have.
This palette is broken up into seven little sections. Together, this palette will help cover your contour, highlighter, blush and eye makeup needs. It has been designed to help you and I create a “perfect chic, effortless look on-the-go”, to add extra colour and a bit of something a little special to what “nature has naturally blessed” us with.
There’s no shade in this palette that I don’t like. They’re all smooth, buildable, blendable and make sense. It isn’t one of those palettes where I can say ‘it needs X shade’ or, ‘I wish X wasn’t in here’. Every colour works.
Eyeshadows 1, 2, 3 | Bronze 4| Cheek 5 | Cheek 6 | Highlight 7
Beginning with the top row, there are three eye shadows. There’s a champagne shimmer shade, mauve greyish brown shimmer shade and a slightly shimmery brown shade. I’m absolutely obsessed with the first eyeshadow. I use my finger to pat it all over my lid. I then put the second shadow on my outer corner and slightly within the crease. The third eyeshadow ties the look together and I use a slight amount of that also on the outer corner to deepen the look. The three colours look fairly simple, but they work really lovely and make my eyes look larger, which is always welcomed.
The next numbered product is their bronzer. Looking at it in the pan, I thought it would be a little too orange toned or be a little too shimmery for me, but nope. It looks a little too strong in the swatch, but once it’s on a brush and blended it, ah it’s lovely. It transfers to the skin quite naturally and the shimmer that you see in the pan isn’t offensive. It’s a lovely light contour on my skin tone that still also adds a little bit of a bronze at the same time.
Now, the next thing is something I absolutely love. I am so happy that they’ve included two blushes. And, the two blushes that they’ve picked are basically a holy grail for somebody. I personally opt for a coral toned blush every single day for my olive skin tone. But, I know lots of people that rather pink blushes instead. It’s great to include two because it would be sad for people to turn away such a lovely palette because there isn’t a pink or coral blush in there. They blend in really well, but they’re more pigmented than something like a Benefit blush.
Last up, the highlighter. Well, I do love layering my highlighters by placing a cream down as a base. But, I forced myself to just use the pressed highlighter in this palette. It’s a stunning shimmery ivory cross champagne shade. It’s really a hybrid I think! It doesn’t quite match anything else that I have in my collection. It’s a lovely shade, but maybe a little too natural for my liking. I might have to still pop a cream under this.
This palette has been an overall hit for me, except for one small thing. Something that I’m not the biggest fan of is the sizing decisions of the pans. Whenever I try to use the blushes, my blush brush is so big that it doesn’t really fit into the small pan. I personally think the palette would have made a lot more sense if the blushes were in the highlighter and bronzer slots and vice versa. A highlighter or bronzer brush is a lot smaller and precise, so to me it makes sense to make that pan smaller. It’s something I can work around, but I personally just would have found this palette that little bit easier to use if the pan sizes were the other way around.
I’d honestly recommend this palette for anyone that is looking for a one stop shop palette and loves to travel.
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