Back in February I published a blogpost titled Charlotte Tilbury: Which Products Are Worth The Money? Since that day, Charlotte Tilbury have gone on to launch A LOT. And I mean a lot. From beautiful bronzers packaged in golden shell-inspired metal cases to new lipsticks with gorgeous lip-shaped imprints on the bullet, the brand have also extended their range of Luxury Palettes, which are a collection of eyeshadow quads with the hefty price tag of £40.
When I first heard that more of these palettes were being made, I was curious but not overly excited. In the aforementioned blogpost, I’d expressed my criticisms over these palm-sized palettes – specifically mentioning how only two of the colour stories had caught my eye, and that the formulas weren’t particularly amazing considering its price point. However, when the new images were released on Charlotte’s instagram page, my excitement picked up. Over the past few months, I’ve been consistently intrigued by the warm tones, deep purples and reds being shown, as well as (what I believed to be) better and more cohesive colour combinations. Now that I’ve got my hands on a couple of these bad boys, I’ve gone from a state of near disinterest to loving the anticipation of what’s going to come next.
Over the past year, the Pillow Talk Luxury Palette has been sat on one of the shelves in my bathroom, always in close reach. Whenever I want to just get my eyeshadow done quickly, but still want it to look really pretty, this is the palette of choice nearly every time.
I think the beauty of these little quads is that they give you limited options, but each option is as gorgeous and simple as the next. By providing a small handful of options, it makes deciding which colours to choose easy and fuss-free – that’s why I particularly love them for busy days and early starts, as I don’t feel like I have to waste time making sure my eyeshadow colours look good together.
In regards to the Pillow Talk Luxury Quad, it’s a cool-tone lovers dream which will also suit neutral to warm undertone complexions too. The muted rosy-mauve mattes paired with the beautiful creamy highlight shade and the sparkly rose gold gives you an effortless but naturally glam look that is stunning every time. This palette is definitely more ‘natural’ compared to the other two I’m discussing in this post, and the sparkly rose gold has an exceptionally fine formula, meaning that the glittery sheen given on the eyes maintains a toned down effect that still reflects the light in the most beautiful way.
As soon as I laid eyes of the Copper Charge Luxury Palette, I immediately knew I was going to get it. I adore copper tones, with the colour story being my go-to both for day-to-day wear and nights out.
For a long time I’ve been after the perfect palette that I could pack in my makeup bag for travelling and trips away (of course, neither of which are on the cards right now, but still!). I wanted something small and compact, but that had options for different looks, and for all those potential combinations to be ones that I’d love, and for me Copper Charge has fulfilled that wish.
The single matte shade has the potential to be worn sheerly, but due to its high pigmentation and exceptionally soft formula a little goes a long way, and it can be built up for an intense colour payoff too. Ideally, if you want to build the shade up to full opacity, I’d advise doing so in fine layers and with the smallest amount of shadow each time – yes, this will of course take longer, but considering the shadow blends so quickly, you’ll find that you get the best result through taking your time.
The top two shades are really creamy in consistency and, again, a little goes a long way so there is no need to take too much on your finger or brush when applying them to your eyes. Plus, with too much product there is some fallout, so I try not to go overboard, and since they’re so pigmented there’s really no need to. The final shade in the palette is a fine-formulated glittery golden shade that can be quickly and effortlessly pressed across the eyelid. It’s such a stunning quad.
Finally, I want to talk about the Desert Haze Luxury Palette, which is a completely matte eyeshadow quad. Personally, I never wear just matte eyeshadows without a sparkly or metallic shade on top unless I’m feeling really lethargic (that should be a warning sign for anyone who knows me haha!), but I was convinced to give this palette a try after I saw one of my favourite YouTubers, Mariah Leonard, wear it and I instantly fell in love with the colour story.
What I particularly liked about Desert Haze was the ‘creamy’ shade in the top left-hand corner, which actually isn’t cream at all (at least on my complexion) – it’s actually a true sand, which isn’t so shocking given the name of the palette, and it’s such an unusual colour that works beautifully within this combination of tones. With the two deeper warm colours in the outer corner and crease, I love to get this sandy shade with my finger and carefully press it onto my lid using my blending brush to diffuse the edges. The dark Americano-coffee matte is highly pigmented and works well as an eyeliner – it can take some time to build up the colour in this way though. My one criticism of the palette is that without a smudge-proof eyeshadow base, the shades start to gather and move, and this is due to the eyeshadows being so emollient and, therefore, easy to blend.
With any eyeshadow look, I always stress the importance of using an eyeshadow primer. My Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base truly is my holy grail product and secret weapon.
Over the past few months, while discussing with my Mum the products I’ve tried and what blogposts I’m going to write, I’ve often said that, in regards to eyeshadow primers, people often view them as an unnecessary step and purchase. But, isn’t it a waste of money buying an eyeshadow palette if it’s going to have smudged within an hour or two?! For me, eyeshadow primer is one of those steps in a makeup routine which means you’re not letting your effort go to waste, and allows you to feel the mood lift makeup can bring throughout the entire day, as it stays intact and looks as beautiful as when it was first applied.
If you get one of these palettes, I really hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. I can’t wait to try the versions in Walk of No Shame and Mesmerising Maroon, as well as what’s coming in the future. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think when I do.
Lots of love, T x