Saturday, 30 September 2017

First Impressions of Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Eye Palette

It's here! I'm actually holding the new Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Eye Palette in my very own hands! I was lucky enough to purchase this in the pre-sale at the beginning of this week, but the official launch will be at the beginning of October. I grabbed mine from UK stockist, Cult Beauty, which states they will be on sale on the 12th October. So before that date, I thought I'd give you my first impressions on this palette and hopefully help you decide if you want to get your hands on it too!

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, review, swatch, swatches, shades, colours

Packaging
The palette comes in a protective cardboard sleeve in the signature Charlotte Tilbury colours of deep burgundy and gold, whereas the palette itself comes in the form of pure golden goodness. It's a slim and compact palette, giving it a sleek and sophisticated look and feel; as to be expected from Charlotte Tilbury. This palette definitely radiates luxury and elegance and for the price tag, it should! The lid lifts easily, with a magnetic opening which I was pleased with as it saves me chipping a nail (like I usually do!). In the lid you will find a lovely, slimline mirror which covers the full width of the palette.
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, review

Set Up
Now, this palette is slightly different from other ones I own as the individual shades do not appear to have names. Instead, you will find the shadows have been grouped into four categories; each containing three shades. Each category is meant for a different purpose and time of day, giving you a variety of looks to create. The four categories include: 'Day Eye', 'Desk Eye', 'Date Eye' and 'Disco Eye'. Each of the three shades in any category has a specific function. As is stated on the back of the packaging, 'first use the 'prime' (1) shade to prep the eyelid; then blend the 'enhance' (2) shade across the lid; finish with the 'smoke' (3) shade, blending into crease line and under the eye'. There is a combination of both matte and shimmer shades in the palette, allowing you to use some shadows as a base and others to enhance the look you are going for. 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, review

Colours and Swatches
Day Eye
This trio is the most cool toned in the palette and offers a bright neutral shade to prime with as well as a cool toned brown shimmery shadow to enhance with. The 'smoke' shade is also a brown shade with cool tones which would be very subtle on the eyelid and enhance the natural shape of the eye. As you can tell from the swatches, the first shade is very subtle and is barely visable on my arm, which is why I would use it as a base shadow or to highlight my brow bone. The enchance shade is a lovely champagne shimmer and could be used as a subtle cheek highlight as well as on the eyelid. The cool toned 'smoke' shade could be used to deepen the crease of the eyelid and would be subtle enough to wear throughout the day.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, shades

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, swatches, shades, colours

Desk Eye
In comparison to Day Eye, the Desk Eye trio is the most warm toned bunch of shadows in the palette. This trio definitely gives me Autumnal vibes, with the golden highlight shade, orangey brown enhance shade and the warm toned brown to smoke out the eye look. These shades aren't as subtle as the Day Eye shadows, but can be used if you would prefer a more noticeable look.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, shades

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, swatches, shades, colours

Date Eye
This trio of colours are noticeably darker than the last two and the swatches felt much more pigmented and creamy (as can be seen in the photos below). The Date Eye shades provide you with two shimmers and a dark matte shadow. The intensity of the 'enhance' shadow in the trio would definitely give you that sultry look and you could smoke it out easily with the dark brown shade.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, shades
 
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, swatches, shades, colours

Disco Eye
Finally, we have the Disco Eye which offers three shadows that I wouldn't have necessarily put together myself, but find they do compliment each other nicely. The first shimmer shadow is a very light champagne shade similar to the one in the Day Eye, but with a bit more oomph! The second shadow is probably one of my favourites in the entire palette and is a gorgeous green-brown shimmer; perfect for Autumn. The final 'smoke' shade is a deep matte black and can be used to really intensify the look when used on both the crease and lower lash line. This trio is definitely more suited to an evening makeup look, however, I would probably still use the lightest shade throughout the day.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, shades

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, swatch, swatches, shades, colours

Price and Product
So, when purchasing this palette, you get twelve individual shadows, weighing in at 0.7g each. They are almost identical to the shape and size of the shadows in the Urban Decay Naked palettes, just to give you an idea! The price of this palette comes in at £60 (I know, a little steep...), making it £5 per eyeshadow. I guess when you break the price down, it doesn't seem as expensive, especially when you compare it to other individual shadows from high end brands, for example, Anastasia Beverly Hills or MAC, which cost £10 each.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, review
 
Overall, do I think this palette is worth it? In some respects, yes, it is a lovely palette, offering some stunning shimmery shades and some great matte shadows for every day use. I think for a beginner in makeup, this palette would be extremely easy to use as it has already grouped the shadows for you, making it quick and simple to apply. However, I would say that this palette is overpriced for what you get and you could definitely find dupes for the shades selected. For £60, I would have expected a few more unique shadows and a bit more intensity, especially from the first two categories! With that being said, I have not had a chance to play around with the shadows yet and this review is based on first impressions and swatches only. Let me know if you would like to read an updated review in a few weeks time!

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, review

What are your thoughts on Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Eye Palette? Will you be purchasing this in October?

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2 comments

  1. Ooh this palette is gorgeous, perfect colours for beginners as you pointed out! I think 'enhance' is my fave. Might have to put this on my wishlist! Lovely post & photos x | https://aoifeloves.com

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  2. Aww thank you so much! Yeah, the enhance shades are lovely! x

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