Thursday, 28 December 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette - Smokey Eye Beauty Review and Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Smokey Eye Beauty

Smokey Eye Beauty, you had me at hello.

Isn't she a looker?! Charlotte's latest Instant Look in a Palette, Smokey Eye Beauty (you can see her previous editions on her website) is a gorgeous, sultry take on the one-palette-does-all theme. The bronzer is CT's iconic shade from the Filmstar Bronze and Glow, and the highlight shade is her super-hyped Bar of Gold highlight. the palette contains 2 x 6g bronze/highlight shades (not bad value-wise if you never finish a bronzer, considering the full size Bronze and Glow is the same price and contains 8g of each) and 5 x 2g eyeshadows/blush shades. The blush is supposedly akin to Charlotte's First Love blush, a muted, nude, flattering shade, and I'd agree that it is very similar.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Smokey Eye Beauty
 First off - good things. I love the shade selection - for a light-medium skintone, this is bang on for a really easy, super quick face. The brighten shade is lovely for daytime just washed over the lid, or with a little of the enhance shade in the crease. I use the smoke shade as a liner for daytime, and it blends beautifully without ending up all over my face. The cheek shades are an absolute no-brainer to use. I can see this becoming an everyday one-palette wonder. I get a good 8 hours' wear from everything except the Cheek Pop shade, and found the eyeshadows gloriously soft, smooth, and a breeze to blend. The Enhance shade is cool enough to use as a subtle contour on the cheeks.

The black is more of a charcoal, so will require building up if you want a Makeup Geek Corrupt level of pigment. Personally, I find it easy and minimally scary to use, and it can be amped up easily for a mega-smokey evening eye. The highlight shade is a gorgeous, pearlescent, golden sheeny shade, and doesn't emphasise or sit in my pores at all. I use this as a statement inner corner highlight, too.

Size-wise, I have no issues using my usual brushes with this palette, though I tend to use a fairly small blush brush, so bear that in mind if you like bigger brushes.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Smokey Eye Beauty Swatches
You can see in the swatches above that this is a cohesive, flattering range of shades overall.

Now. Less good things. The Cheek Pop shade is pants. Gorgeous colour, lasts about three hours before it's disappeared (on my face, anyway). As for the palette as a whole: if you are darker than, say, NC35 in MAC - forget it. You'll not be on board. the face shades pitch on the lighter side, and I reckon in summer this will be a no-go even for me. Depending on your skintone, you may find that the eyeshadow shades aren't quite enough for a totally smooth transition for dramatic smokes, and could find yourself reaching for a few other transition shades (potentially negating the palette's compact value for you).

Personally? I freakin' love this creature. It's a really easy palette to navigate and use every day or for travelling. Ok, there's some dealbreakers dependent on preferences and skintone, but overall this is a winner for me.
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