Just in time to add to our Christmas wish lists (if we can wait that long), Charlotte Tilbury launches her highly anticipated Instant Eye Palette this October. For those of you that already follow me on Instagram, you will have seen how excited I was to add this little gold package to my ever-growing CT collection. I managed to grab myself an early release in the 24-hour presale this month, to do a first look review and give my thoughts on it. So here it goes…
Ever since her makeup brand launched in 2013, Charlotte Tilbury has been releasing one award-winning product after another. The only thing that has been missing from her much-loved line of products, was a large eyeshadow palette. Charlotte describes it as the ‘complete eye makeup wardrobe’ …and I can see why. It’s the perfect combination of gorgeous natural shades and wearable Glitz.
What you need to know about the CT instant eye palette:
Release date: Mid-October. But this is Limited Edition, so it could sell out fast. Get your credit card ready!
Where to buy: When it is launched it will be available here. But I would also sign up to her newsletter if you’re keen to get your hands on it fast, as they are sure to send a reminder.
Price: £60 (*gulp – looks worryingly at bank balance*)
Shades: 12 very wearable neutrals, made up of 6 mattes and 6 shimmers. These are made up of both warm and cool tones so works for all eye colours and skin tones.
Layout: Separated into 4 looks, each with a Prime, Enhance & Smoke shade. The looks are aptly named Day, Desk, Date & Disco.
- Prime – all over lid colour
- Enhance – in the crease and outer corners
- Smoke – along the top and lower lash line
Packaging: Beautiful Gold 1920s inspired case, with the CT logo on the front and includes a full-width mirror on the inside. It is plastic which makes it light, so would be perfect to carry in any handbag or clutch.
Instant Eye Palette Review
It’s definitely no secret that I am a huge fan of the whole Charlotte Tilbury brand, with the shiny packaging, art deco vibes, and quality products…I can’t stop obsessing over her range. But I feel like a large eye palette is definitely open to more scrutiny from everyone, because of the sheer volume of great palettes on the market. A palette now has to dazzle us in a number of ways, before it can be considered a beauty must-have. And dazzle…this really does!
Apart from the gorgeous packaging that just looks like the perfect clutch accessory…My favourite thing about the palette is the simple grouping of colours into the 4 occasions. The 4 different looks take you from the very natural daytime makeup, right through to the glammed-up New Year’s Eve party eye. This layout makes it easy for everyone to use and achieve an effortless but beautiful look. The Naked Palette used to be the ‘starter’ palette for the eyeshadow rookie…but this is like the Naked Palette’s grown-up, much more Glamorous older sister.
Day – cream matte, champagne gold, taupe matte
Desk – pink/peachy champagne shimmer, burnt orange matte, warm mocha matte
Date – rose gold shimmer, brown shimmer with silver reflects, dark brown matte
Disco – pale gold shimmer, olive/taupe shimmer with gold reflects, black matte
My favourite look so far has to be the Desk look. That warm, burnt ginger matte in there (pumpkin spice…if I had to name it) gives a lovely Autumnal vibe, and really makes blue eyes pop! But as we get further into the holiday season, I can see myself leaning towards the Date and Disco looks more for that sultry sparkle.
The pigmentation is pretty sheer in the Day look but does get stronger the further along the looks you go. This makes sense to me, as it is designed for anyone to pick this up and achieve perfection. Even a heavy hand is still only going to get a relatively simple day look…although do go easy at Disco if you are!
At £60 this palette does sit at the pricier end, but of course you also receive up to 6 different little testers…and to be honest I feel this is the perfect Christmas gift and has the quality to match the price tag. No, it’s not going to give us the crazy colourful festival eyeshadows, but it feels more sophisticated and grown-up than that. This palette isn’t wading through mud in soggy wellies…it IS, however, running back from the office to throw on a sparkly dress and heels and go for some cocktails!
Overall, I feel like this is a great palette that I can see working for everyone from complete beginner to the beauty junkie. The looks are wearable and easy to use. I see this riding out the tide of palette trends and still being one I go back to again and again. For a mum who’s always on the go, but still wants to glam up on occasion…this palette is perfection!
This is a first look review as I’ve not had much time to play with all the different looks yet, but let me know in the comments below if you want to see an update or more details on this palette. Is it one you have tried, and what are your thoughts? Let me know if you have any other favourite palettes you are lusting over at the moment.