Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette



Although the buzz I’ve heard around the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette ($95 CAD) shares one common theme: overpriced, I still had to try it out myself because Charlotte Tilbury rarely disappoints and the shades were right up my alley. The only true gripe I have with Charlotte Tilbury is how dramatic and over-promised all of her products are (“life changing”, “revolutionary” etc) – it’s annoying because her products are good but this is over-doing it. I digress. Back to the palette…

The palette does not swatch well at all (the colour barely comes through and the mattes look extra dry), but when applied onto the eye you get a much better effect. To this point, I captured images of the finger swatches, which give the truest depiction of the colour.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette

The shimmers in the palette are a mix between glitters (that release only sparkles and often require an adhesive to ensure they adhere to the eyelid) and true shimmer shadows (that release the base colour pigment with the sparkles). I get a slight colour to differentiate each shimmer from the other but not enough to be used alone if that makes sense. The shimmers are also packed quite densely but oddly enough, when scraped slightly the shadows are quite soft and crumble easily. To get the most out of these textures, pat them onto the mobile lid to add a pop of brightness to the eye.

The texture, pigmentation and composition of the mattes differ by colour. The warm palette (‘Desk Eye’)  has my favourite mattes: they’re buttery soft, packed for a medium density (dipping my brush in the shadow once is enough per eye) and blend out effortlessly.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette Desk Eye

The first trio (‘Day Eye’) has two mattes: a white that has low to medium pigmentation and a grey that is just perfect (buttery, soft and pigmented).

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette Day Eye

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette

The third set of trios (‘Date Eye’) has the driest mattes: they don’t blend out as nicely and are best used with a detail brush to smudge out the lash line (as a crease or outer ‘v’ colour, the shades are too dark,  dry and patchy for a subtle blow out).

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette Date Eye

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette Date Eye

The last trio (‘Diso Eye’) has one matte shade, which is the black and although rich in colour it is very dry and patchy so for me, I use it as a liner and it works quite well.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Palette Disco Eye

All in all, I love the colours, combinations and looks I get out of the palette. Although the textures are a bit too high maintenance, it’s been a while since I’ve been inspired by the colour composition in a palette so I look past it. If you’re interested in trying the palette but are understandably hesitant to fork out the $95 CAD to do so, I recommend looking for colour pop or makeup geek dupes to create your own palette. Chances are the colours will be more pigmented, easier to work with and the effect will be very similar. For me this is beauty swatched approved but certainly not necessary.





  1. October 21, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Now that you’ve mentioned it, yes CT is OTT with her descriptions. Have you seen her in videos etc? She has one of the most crazy, outgoing personalities that I have seen plus she calls everyone darling, but I kind of live for it. 😂

    I own the Instant look in a palette which I adore and feel is very true to its name, but definitely don’t think I’ll be forking money out for this one. I like the first half of the palette but I know for sure that I won’t touch the other half. Too dark for me and there’s just so many cheaper options.

    • October 21, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      You’re so right!! She’s dramatic but so fun and energizing to watch hahaha… yes! The last 6 colours will turn eyelooks dark quickly

      • October 22, 2017 / 8:27 am

        True and I feel like they wouldn’t be very beginner-friendly either!

  2. October 21, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    The colors are sooo pretty! The price tag is definitely not though.

    • October 21, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      LOL! I couldn’t have said it better

  3. October 21, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Great review! I totally agree about how she overhypes her products so much! I was eyeing this palette but agree it is over priced and there are so many similar palettes out there.

    • October 21, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Exactly- I admire your will power to not fall into the hype! Your wallet will seriously thank you

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