No secret here, I’m a big Charlotte Tilbury fan. Her products are luxurious and incredibly easy to work with. The formulas are both forgiving and flattering. Whether you are a makeup newbie, or a veteran pro, the Charlotte Tilbury range is a pleasure to use. Charlotte Tilbury has taken luxury beauty to a new level by creating incredibly convenient, and travel friendly, Instant Look in a Palette 5 Minute Face on the Go palettes. She recently relaunched the Natural Beauty Instant Look in a Palette from last year and added a new amped up version, the Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75 US/$85 CAD).
The palettes are beautifully packaged in Charlotte’s signature smoky amber with rose gold accent packaging. The compacts are very thin and sleek. Ideal travel companions. These look palettes include seven shades custom to the palettes. Each palette includes three eyeshadows (Eye Brighten, Eye Enhance, Eye Smoke) as well as four face products (Face Bronze, Cheek Swish, Cheek Pop, Face Highlighter Powder). We know Charlotte is all about that makeup magic and she touts that the formulas are enriched with, radiance-enhancing, color-correcting magic ingredients.
They really are a full look in a palette. All you need to complete your look is your complexion products (primer, foundation, concealer, powder etc.), brow products, liner and mascara, and of course lips. The products do, in my experience, perform on par with Charlotte’s regular line products. Smooth, buttery texture, great pigmentation, and effortless to blend.
The Charlotte Tilbury Natural Beauty Instant Look Palette is a soft natural everyday look. The shadows include a matte light, pink toned ivory, shimmering champagne, and matte medium neutral brown. The perfect quick and easy natural eye look. The bronzer and highlighter shades are actually quite similar to the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Light to Medium palette shades. So in other words, gorgeous. The cheek pop shade is a beautiful light bright warm pink and the swish shade a warm peach. Flattering, soft, and effortless.
The new Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette creates a sexier, sultrier look. All three shadows have a shimmer finish. There are champagne, taupe, and deep brown shades that create a stunning smokey eye. You can also create a more subtle look by focusing more on the brighten shade for your look and using the enhance shade just on the outer v and using the smoke shade to line the eyes. The bronzer shade is a little deeper, warmer, and has a bit more shimmer than the Natural Beauty palette. The cheek shades are the same mix of peach and pink but in deeper hues. The highlight shade in this palette is gorgeous. It’s a bit more pinky peach toned than the Natural Beauty highlighter but still has the same naturally luminous finish.
With both the palettes you can add to the versatility by using the highlighters on the eyes (inner corner and brow bone) and even trying out how the blush and bronzer shades play on the eyes.
The only drawback with these palettes is that it can be a little tricky to get your face brushes into some of the products. The highlighter is no problem. It’s a large, long pan and all of my highlighter brushes sneak in there with ease. The two blush shades in the centre of everything else are a little trickier. Still I have many blush brushes that I can use that pick up the brush shades without picking up any other products. It just takes a little more care than my normal wild way of swishing my brush around a blush. The bronzer is probably the trickiest for to pick up product on the brush as most of us like a larger face brush for bronzer application. Again, it’s a good sized pan, so it’s easily doable, it just takes a little more time and care.
I think the Instant Look Palettes are so perfect for travel or those mornings you’re in a rush and just don’t want to have to think about your makeup. Now call me crazy, but I think these face palettes are actually a great value. Considering the price point of Charlotte Tilbury, and other luxury brands, getting a palette that includes three eye shadows and four face products for $75 is a deal in my book. The palettes are even made in Italy. Now doesn’t that just sound swanky. 😉
The palettes are limited edition and are CharlotteTilbury.com exclusives.
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