Charlotte Tilbury’s New 12-color Instant Eye Shadow Palette
Because I am such a massive fan of the Charlotte Tilbury (CT) brand and recommend the products constantly, I felt I needed to share my thoughts on her new Instant Eyeshadow Palette ASAP. And, here is what I discovered.
Looking at the photos online, I assumed it was the same size as the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. It's actually a bit smaller, thinner, and lighter making it better for travel. The size of the shadows are also smaller. The CT shadows are 0.7 grams while the UD ones are 1.3 grams. So, you'll pay almost twice as much for nearly half of the product amount.
I love CT’s Instant Looks in a Palette and how effortless it makes makeup application. No thinking or planning necessary, you just slap on the three shadows in the same order every time – each labeled not by names, but by jobs, “brighten, enhance, smoke” – and whal-la, you’re a beauty queen. In a good way, of course. This palette lives up to the same smart layout where there are four different eye looks (Day, Desk, Date, Disco) each with three different shades.
The shades totally sucked me in. I love creamy neutrals and have started to relearn how to wear shimmer and sparkle as my hooded eyes become more pronounced (hint: the center of mobile lid). There were a few more shimmer/sparkle shades than I would have liked, but I will address that in a bit. I really fell in love with the Enhance shade in the Disco Eye series. It is a beautiful black/gold/khaki green colors that would look good on my green eyes. That was the only shade out of my comfort zone, and I was quite satisfied with that.
Now, here is where things went wrong. When I refer to color payoff, I mean the saturation of the pigment in the eyeshadow. For example, when applying a super pigmented shadow and you add too much or accidentally place it in the wrong spot, sometimes the easiest thing to do is to start over because it is impossible to blend. If you are new to CT Shadows, the color payoff is normal. They are buildable, and therefore, forgiving. In the new eyeshadow palette, I would say the color payoff is weak. As much as I try to build up some of these colors, like the khaki green, I just can’t get it dark enough, even using Mac Fix+. It was very frustrating, especially on the two evening looks.
Matte, Shimmer, and Glitter
One of the things that I have appreciated most from CT eyeshadows is the sophisticated formulation. While I haven’t tried her four-quad eyeshadow palettes, I do have 12 of her shadows, which are included in the three Instant Look palettes I own. From what I understand, this is the same formulation in the quads. Now, in the marketing materials for the Eye Shadow Palette, it speaks of the new control-pressed formula which is supposed to prevent fallout. The word “new” should have warned me. The amount of fallout is shocking. The matte shades are ok, though not as good as before, but the shimmer/sparkle shades are nowhere near the sophisticated “grown-up shimmer” I’ve come to expect from the brand. And, have I mentioned the fallout? I looked liked Tinkerbell attacked me with her wand. So not the look I was going for.
There was just so much potential in this palette, and it could have been amazing. But, it just wasn’t. I feel like it was rushed to get out for the holiday season rather than meticulously produced like most of her other products. Sadly, I ended up sending this Eye Shadow Palette back. Booo. But, this story doesn't end on a sad note. I exchanged it for the “Seductive Beauty” Instant Look in a Palette – the only shade I didn’t own. :)