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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.