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19 August 2017

Charlotte Tilbury - Instant Look In A Palette Review

The Charlotte Tilbury website recently had a sale on, in which you could buy her 'Instant Look In A Palette' for £29 as opposed to the original price tag of £49.
As I've never owned anything from Charlotte Tilbury, but always wanted to, I instantly bought this.
And, to be honest, I have a complete love hate relationship with the palette.

The palette comes with 3 eyeshadows (a very light pink 'brighten', a gold/champagne shimmery 'enahnce', and a medium-dark brown 'smoke' shade). Then underneath is a light contour shade, two pink blusher shades ('cheek swish' and 'cheek pop') and then finally a golden champagne highlighter.

My issues started when I swatched the eyeshadow shades. As you can see above, you can only just about see the first two shades, and the third 'smokey' colour has a decent pigment.
What's worse is that this isn't just one swatch of the finger, it took me 3-4 dips of the brush to get those colours above, and the first two are still didn't come out very well.

The contour shade was definitely better when swatched! It's a teeny bit orange, but not as much as Benefit's Hoola, so I knew my pale skin could work with this.

Again, the blushes had better pigment than the eyeshadows, but I did have to dip the brush in over 3 times to get the above colour. But, as this is the 'natural beauty' palette, I'm not too fussed as I do like a subtle blush, and the colours are so pretty.

The highlighter didn't swatch too great at first, but once I rubbed the brush in past the first layer of product it was much better! As this is the natural beauty palette, the highlighter isn't overpowering, and you can definitely tell it's a high quality product too!

So, I decided to include pictures of me actually wearing the product so you could see how it fared. This is my eyes with all three eyeshadows on, and as you can see, the only one you can really make out is the third one out of the palette. You can slightly make out the other two in real life a bit better, you can tell there is a slight shimmer from the second shade, but that's about it - and this is with me building up the product. 
I know this is called the 'natural beauty' palette, but this is less than natural, it's barely noticeable! I was so disappointed with the shadows, especially considering the brand and price!

The bottom half of the palette is much better, and is what saved this palette for me. The contour is quite light on the skin, so for anyone that has a dark complexion, I wouldn't advise this! But it works so well on pale skin, and the highlighter is beautiful, its subtle but buildable, and it actually looks more natural, it's such a gorgeous glow rather than a glittery shimmer! As for the blush, you can't make it out in this photo at all, but I could in real life, again they're subtle, they add a lovely bit of colour to your face, which again with being pale, I love!

So that's the whole palette! As I said in the beginning, I do have a love/hate relationship, as the eyeshadows were a big letdown, and if I had paid the original £49 I would have been even more disappointed. But luckily for me the rest of this palette made up for the shadows, and I do use the rest of it every day now! 

Have you tried this palette? I'd love to hear if anyone has tried the other two and how they fared? 
Let me know in the comments!