Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

 

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Charlotte Tilbury’s products. The beautiful packaging and down-right mesmerizing videos she posts on her Instagram suck me in every time. Whenever Charlotte launches a new product, I tell myself that I don’t need it, but I always have that little voice in the back of my head saying “Go ahead, treat yourself”. That little voice can be pretty pushy sometimes.

 

The Instant Eye Palette is a new and limited edition shadow palette that consists of 12 brand new eye shadows, and they are categorized into 4 different looks. Of course you can mix and match the shadows, which is exactly what I do when I’m creating a look. I find that the shadow formula in this palette is a bit different from the typical quads from Charlotte Tilbury. The shadows swatch horribly, but once applied to the eye they really do blend very well. The matte shadows are packed pretty tightly and I don’t notice much fallout upon application. The shimmer shades are very beautiful, however I would definitely apply them with your fingers or a flat synthetic brush. I tried using my Sigma E55 brush and noticed I only got a very sheer wash of color. There are also two “glittery” shades in the Date Eye and Disco Eye section of the palette. I found the glitter in both shades to be very refined and wearable. I do appreciate that there is a selection of both cool and warm toned shades represented, since almost every palette that has been released in the past 3 years has been warm. I love warm shadows, but I really appreciate having a mix of everything.

 

All in all this is a very nice and cohesive palette, however would I purchase it again?

 

Probably not. I was expecting the some of the shades to have more of a “wow factor”, however every look I have created turned out to be quite subtle. This is great for day to day wear and I will still get use out of this product, however I felt myself wanting something a little more. I realized that this was a neutral palette when I purchased it, however after wearing it for a few months I don’t find that the product itself truly justifies the price. I guess that was to be expected when a single shadow from the same brand will set you back $27.

 

Have you tried this palette out? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Wet N Wild Favorites

 

If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll notice that I primarily wear high-end products. There’s just something about stepping into a Sephora or Nordstrom that makes me feel like I belong on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I mean I can’t afford a Bentley, but I can afford to buy the same lipstick as Kyle Richards (which is probably as close as I’ll ever get to Beverly Hills Housewife status).

I used to relate Walgreens and CVS with two things: cold medicine and greeting cards. Shockingly, they are now the primary stores I go to for my favorite drugstore brand: Wet N Wild.

I’m no stranger to Wet N Wild products, since they were really the only brand I could afford when I was in grade school and middle school. For a while their products were really marketed towards pre-teens, since everything was dirt cheap and they had a diverse color scheme in terms of eye shadows and lipsticks. When I was 12 I could buy all the icy blue eye shadow and bubblegum pink lipstick my heart desired, and still be able to afford to buy my Michelle Branch and Incubus CDs – I was a super weird kid apparently.

Not long ago I saw reviews popping up on Youtube for the Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation, and everyone was talking about how much they loved it. One day while I was in Walgreens buying cold medicine (of course), I saw the display for the foundation and figured why not.

I have been wearing this foundation almost every single day since I’ve bought it – it’s that good. And for $6 a bottle? I honestly feel like I’ve struck gold since this has a very similar formula to my NARS Sheer Glow which is $47 per 1 oz bottle. I find that the formula provides a nice satin, matte finish that doesn’t cling to dry patches and is pretty long wearing. The only real issue with this foundation is the really bizarre smell it has when you first apply it. The smell disappears once you work it into your skin, but at first I was really worried that I would break out or have a bad reaction. Luckily, my sensitive skin has been fine and I’m really enjoying saving $41 on my everyday foundation.

 

Since I had such great luck with the Photofocus foundation, I decided to give the new Wet N Wild MegaCushion foundation a try. It’s a bit pricier at $8.99 and only contains 0.52 oz, which is half of the amount included in the Photofocus foundation. I’ve tried the Maybelline cushion foundation in the past and was pretty unimpressed with how it performed on my combination skin. Luckily, the MegaCushion foundation is another win for me! I find that the formula is more of a medium coverage with a slightly dewy finish, and it actually has a very pleasant scent. It’s not something I would wear on a long day in the heat since the staying power isn’t amazing, but I do think it’s great for the dry winter weather.

 

The Wet N Wild Megaglo highlighters are the best drugstore value for highlighter in my opinion, and for $4.99 the pigmentation and blend-ability are pretty incredible. I feel like the formula can seem a little chunky when you swatch them, but once applied with a brush they look pretty seamless. I personally love both Precious Petals and Blossom Glow for everyday use, but I feel like this product is also a perfect way to save money on cool trendy highlighters as well. If I decide to go to a music festival this summer, I feel like a fun lavender highlight like Royal Calyx would be a great way to liven up my makeup. This way I can try something funky with my makeup, and save money on something I’ll only use once or twice.

 

Have you tried any Wet N Wild products that have become a favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

 

When it comes to liquid lipsticks, I’m not a huge fan. I have never felt like they were very flattering on me, and they made my lips feel like sandpaper. I received a sample or two from online orders and beauty subscriptions, and I decided this trend simply was not for me.

 

That is, until I encountered the Fenty Beauty Stunna Liquid Lipstick in Uncensored.

 

I was bored and browsing the Sephora website one night when I spotted this little gem. I saw that it was a new addition and already had a slew of positive reviews, so I clicked on it out of curiosity. The online description said it was a universally flattering red in a soft matte formula, so naturally I added it to my cart. “I have at least 17 lipsticks that are the exact same color, or at least close enough to where I really don’t need to spend $24 on this”, I told myself. While this is a 100% accurate statement, I still bought it.

 

This is hands down one of the best beauty purchases I have made in a while, and it is absolutely worth the $24 price tag. The formula is thin but not watery, and it is incredibly opaque with a single swipe. The doe foot applicator is really odd, but it hugs every curve of my lip making application a breeze (and I have very shaky hands). The applicator picks up a ton of product, that you can easily cover both lips completely without having to dip back in. I have only worn this a handful of times, but every time I wear it I experience a comfortable, even, and feather-proof wear. Typically all red lipsticks feather on me, regardless of whether I wear a lip liner underneath. While it’s not a completely transfer-proof formula, I have eaten a donut (a Stan’s glazed to be exact) and a breakfast wrap without ANY smearing or fading.

 

 

Usually I don’t post pictures of myself on here because I’m somewhat private, but I thought that seeing the product applied might be helpful. The lighting isn’t the best, but I also didn’t want to apply any filters so you could truly see what the color looked like. I swear, this lipstick makes my teeth look incredibly white!

 

The last point that I want to make is that this formula doesn’t ravage my lips after I remove it. Even with MAC or YSL matte lipsticks, I have to wear a thick lip balm for a few days after. to repair the damage from my lips being so dried out. I have been able to wear this multiple days in a row and my lips are still intact without major flaking or discomfort. The only advice I would give is to exfoliate your lips before applying if you do happen to have any flaking; it doesn’t look absolutely awful, however you will still be able to see any dry patches.

 

Hopefully this review has been helpful! This is my first purchase from this line, and I must say I am very impressed. I try to not give into the hype of celebrity lines since they can be major let-downs, however I think Rihanna truly put some thought and care into her products.

Lorac Mega Pro

 

About a month ago LORAC brought back their original Mega Pro Palette, much to my delight! The initial launch in 2014 was a bit of a disaster since some people were able to purchase the palette ahead of schedule, and quantities were very limited. I was bummed when I missed the first Mega Pro, so I made sure I purchased both the Mega Pro 2 and Mega Pro 3 the second they were released at Ulta. The Mega Pro 2 was a bit of a fail for me, however the Mega Pro 3 is my absolute favorite eye shadow palette. How does the O.G. Mega Pro Palette hold up in comparison?

 

First off, the packaging of this palette is absolutely lovely. It is a sturdy burgundy cardboard with gold lettering on the outside, and a wonderfully large mirror inside. Cardboard packaging isn’t typically my favorite, but I feel like the shadows will be protected in case I dropped this on the floor (Update: I already have, and everything was safe and sound).

 

 

Now lets get into the important part: the shadows! I found that the shadows were pretty comparable to the formula in the original LORAC Pro Palettes. The mattes are creamy and the shimmers are striking and pigmented. The LORAC eye shadow formula tends to be a bit powdery and prone to fallout, however I always apply eye shadow before my face makeup no matter what. This allows you to be messy with your eye shadow without ruining your base makeup.

 

I did find that the darker shades in the palette were more dry in consistency and sheered out pretty easily upon application. The fact that the darker shades are sheer doesn’t necessarily bother me since they’re build-able, however the dry consistency is an issue for me. This means that the shadows will be more likely to fade quickly throughout the day. The “dud” shades that stood out to me were Black, Caviar and Espresso, which truthfully isn’t a huge deal  to me since most standard palettes have a black or dark brown included. I can easily use another palette for those colors and be able to complete an eye look.

 

 

The color selection was intriguing to me since this is a very neutral palette. There are three “pops of color” which are Mulberry, Merlot, and Deep Teal; All three shades are nicely pigmented and very pretty. Indigo is the only glittery shade of the entire palette (thank God), which is a black base with multi-colored glitter running through it. It’s a pretty shade, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll get much use out of this one since I’m not a big fan of glitter.

 

The rest of the palette is truly neutral; the majority of the mattes are a beige or brown of some sort, while the shimmers are also beige with a pink or champagne thrown in the mix. I have to say, this is the perfect palette for work – the colors are not too jarring and you can easily achieve a subtle or dramatic eye look. On one hand I can appreciate a well crafted neutral palette (which this definitely is), but on the other hand the color scheme is a tad boring to me.

 

I remember when the Mega Pro 3 came out, many bloggers and Youtubers were critical, stating that the colors were a snoozefest. I was personally obsessed with the Mega Pro 3 since the selection was neutral, but still somewhat bold. The colors were wearable for any situation while being different from anything else I owned. The shade Cider from that palette is still my favorite lid shade and Pecan is the most gorgeous matte shade I’ve ever seen.

 

Final verdict: would I recommend this palette? If you’re just starting out or you are drawn to shades that create easy but put together looks then absolutely. However, if you own a neutral palette or two then I think you can skip out (and buy the Mega Pro 3!).

 

An Ode to Glossier

 

If there’s one brand that speaks to millennials right now, it’s Glossier. Their “Skin First, Makeup Second” mantra caters to the young twenty-something crowd, who are way too busy going to school or work to spend 30+ minutes on a full face of makeup. And you know what? It has me hooked too!

I have only tried a few products from Glossier, but I can already tell that I like how the products perform and how convenient they are. So far, I have tested out: the Cloud Paint in both Puff and Beam, The Balm Dotcom in Coconut, and the Super Pure Serum.

Cloud Paint

This has been my favorite purchase from this brand so far, which is a big surprise to me. I hate cream blushes with a passion. Why? They fade, they’re patchy, and they’re so sticky. Somehow Glossier really hit the nail on the head with these little guys, because the formula is so incredibly dreamy. Both colors are gorgeous; Puff being a bright baby pink and Beam being a soft pinky-peach color. I love that you only need a teeny tiny amount for both cheeks, which will make each tube of product go a long way. My preferred method is to dot the product on my cheeks, and then go in with a flat stippling or kabuki brush to blend everything out. I love that I can get a light flush of color or layer for higher coverage without getting blotchy, which can happen with other cream blushes.

Balm Dotcom

I LOVE this stuff! First off, the coconut scent is amazing; It smells like actual coconuts rather than a cheap sunscreen like other lip balms. It also does a really amazing job with moisturizing my lips without being too thick. I sadly lost mine when I had half of a tube left, but I am definitely ordering another one in the very near future.

Super Pure

So a quick back story: Last September I bought a Clarisonic and it completely ravaged my skin. My skin is pretty normal with only a few break outs here and there, but I have never had such bad reaction to anything in my life. Some reviews I read warned of a purge period during the first few weeks of use, but this was something else. For months I tried all sorts of treatments and pimple related products, but nothing really seemed to help the acne that had formed. I tried this on a whim since it’s reasonably priced and the modern packaging was right up my alley. I wouldn’t say it completely cured my skin issues, but it definitely helped calm things down a bit. I can’t use it all over my face because my skin is so dry, however when I see a new little pimple pop up I go after it with a few dots of this serum. I’m tempted to also get Super Glow as well since my skin is so lackluster now.

 

Have you tried anything from Glossier? Has there been anything from the brand that you loved or something you just didn’t click with? Let me know in the comments!

December Purchases

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December was quite the action packed month for me: I traveled internationally for the first time, I turned 26, and then there were the holidays. During my international travels to France and England, I picked up a few items that aren’t available to us here in the US. I feel that most the products I picked up were worth the money, but sadly there were a few items that turned out to be duds.

 

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I was really excited to go to Selfridges in London and check out the Zoeva products they had. As far as I know, Selfridges was the only store that was close to our hotel that sold Zoeva products so I made it my mission to swatch the Cocoa Blend palette. I so badly wish these products were easier to get in the US because they are spectacular. The two palettes I snagged were the Cocoa Blend palette and the En Taupe palette.

 

The Cocoa Blend palette is what eye shadow dreams are made of! The bronze shade in the top row is jaw dropping, and for being so affordable the matte shades are really impressive. The En Taupe palette is everything I could ever want in a cool toned palette. I feel like the shades are interesting and complementary of each other. The shadows in both palettes are extraordinarily pigmented and are really easy to blend. These are on par with some of my high-end shadows, and even with the exchange rate they were a bargain. I also picked up one of the brush sets (not pictured) and they’re incredible as well. The only issue I have is the foundation brush is a bit scratchy, otherwise they are very well made brushes for the price.

 

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I also made a point to stop in Superdrug and Boots while in Windsor while in England. I felt that Boots was somewhat disappointing, but Superdrug was my jam. In terms of lips, I grabbed a Maybelline ColorDrama lip pencil in Berry Much and the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper. The Maybelline lip pencil reminded me a lot of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip pencils, the color is gorgeous and the staying power is really impressive. The Bourjois Rouge Edition was really disappointing since it wasn’t fully opaque and has almost a soft whipped texutre. I know this sounds nice but trust me, it’s a weird feeling. I also ended up grabbing a few more products from Bourjois: Healthy Mix foundation, Healthy Balance powder, and the Bronzing powder. All three are outstanding! The foundation is one of my new favorites, and the Healthy Balance powder has really exceeded my expectations. They were all impulse purchases and I don’t regret them one bit!

 

Once I got home, I noticed that I was breaking out in the areas of my face that I used my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer on. I’m really bummed about this, because the color is so perfect for my skin tone and it smells like chocolate! I went out in search of a matte bronzer without harsh chemicals that might aggravate my skin. I landed on the Tarte Park Ave Princess in the matte version since it’s formulated without fragrance or other weird ingredients. I’ve really enjoyed it so far, since I find that the color is very realistic and the formula is a breeze to blend.

 

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One of the most exciting cosmetic launches of the year to me was the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush palette. I swear the people at Hourglass are wizards, because these blushes are absolute treasures. The colors in this palette are really wearable for a variety of skin tones,  since there’s a coral, nude, and deeper berry. I was heartbroken when I missed the first blush palette Hourglass came out with back in 2014, so I made sure to not miss out on this one. It’s pretty expensive for what it is, but truth be told I still think it’s a great value. I never hit pan on blushes even if I’ve been using some regularly all year. It makes sense for me to spend money on something like this palette if I’ll end up getting more variety. The actual blush colors are marbleized with the Ambient Strobing powders, so the blushes themselves are very glowy. Incandescent Electra is the only permanent shade available as a single outside the palette, however I noticed the single that I own is different from the one in the palette. I feel like the color in the palette pulls a little more peach, while the single I own is more pink.

Unfortunate High End Products

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I feel slightly guilty writing this post because I don’t necessarily dislike these brands as a whole, but these specific products did NOT work out for me. Some of these products were really hyped up by the Youtube and blogging community, but for one reason or another they fell a little short for me. Let’s get started!

 

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – I was so excited to buy this palette in all of its neutral glory, but the dry formula and lack of pigmentation really disappointed me. I didn’t return it, and I do still try to use it just because I feel like I should really like this – I find the color selection so interesting since there are gorgeous neutrals and a few fun colors, but no matter what primer or brush I use this palette just misses the mark for me.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – It seems like everyone lost their minds when this foundation came out, including me. This is a medium to full coverage foundation that is supposed to have a natural finish, however on me it turned into one big ‘ol greasy mess. It separated on me pretty badly, and accentuated every imperfection so this product gets a thumbs down for me personally. (FYI – the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is amazing, so not all products from this brand were a fail for me!)

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in No. 02 Mocha – This was my birthday present to myself last year and I have used this exactly once. The packaging is so unbelievably gorgeous, but like the Too Faced Palette I had pigmentation issues with this one. I can totally understand the allure and purpose of a sheer shadow formula, however these lasted for about 12 seconds after I applied them (with primer). Sad, but maybe I just need to give this a second chance knowing that they will turn out looking more natural.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Shadow – One.Big.Splotchy.Mess. This little guy is so emollient! I first tried using this on its own and it was way too messy, but even used as just a base it didn’t work out either. The powder shadows I placed on top turned out blotchy, and everything ultimately creased on me so it’s safe to say I’m not a fan. The Laura Mercier eyeshadow sticks are fabulous though if you’re interested in a cream stick forumula!

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Street – I have a few UD liners and the formula on those are fantastic, so I had high hopes for this one. Sadly this is one of the toughest liner I’ve ever used. It’s pretty chalky, it drags, and it’s impossible to smudge out.

 

Special Bonus

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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection – I bought this palette a few weeks ago and ultimately returned it. The powders themselves were so gorgeous in person, but they were so incredibly dry and flaky. I used a few different brushes but they looked chunky and disappeared quickly, so back to the store it went. This palette was about $60 USD so for that price point I really didn’t think these were worth it.

 

LORAC Mega Pro 3

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PSA – I bought a new camera and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to remove the dumb date stamp in my pictures. Once I figure it out, I’ll swap the pictures.

 

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls – the new Lorac Mega Pro 3 has finally hit the shelves! Is is worth the $59? In short, yes – yes it is!

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First off, the packaging is very reminiscent of the first two Mega Pro Palettes – except this is so much easier to get dirty. Regardless, the palette itself is gorgeous with a creamy white base and metallic rose-gold lettering. I took this out of town with me over the weekend and I felt SO fancy pulling this bad boy out when I was getting ready.

I think that the formulation of the shadows (both matte and shimmer) are on par with the first two Pro palettes, in the fact that they are creamy, bendable and pigmented. There is fallout per usual, but it’s nothing ridiculous. The shade range this time around is a lot more universal in my opinion. I picked up the Mega Pro 2 last year and honestly, I have used it once. I find the shades in that one to be too light and dark (if that makes any kind of sense). I didn’t find there to be many mid-tone shades to throw on the lid, most of the shades were brow bone highlights or accent shades for me. Also, I initially appreciated the fact that the Mega Pro 2 included some unconventional colors, however after the first use I felt myself shying away from that palette. I don’t wear Lavender purples and bright oranges on a daily basis, so as an everyday woman I felt that the Mega Pro 2 wasn’t very versatile.

The Mega Pro 3 has an unbelievable amount of brown/bronze shades, so if you have 1 or more neutral palettes than I doubt this will be something you need. I have enough neutral shadows to provide a bronze smokey eye for every woman in North America, so this was not a necessity for me. But have I gotten use out of this for the past week or so? You betcha!

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I swatched a majority of the shades, and I haven’t found a true dud yet. I find that the shimmers are exactly that – shimmers. No chunky glitter in ANY of the shimmers, which is a major plus for me. A few colors like Cider and Rose Quartz come off a little more metallic, but they’re not too over the top. Also, there are a few muted pops of color (Pomegranate being the loudest color of the palette) that keep things from being too boring, which I appreciate. All in all, I feel like Lorac produced a well made and well thought out product that actually got me excited to wear eyeshadow again.

 

At the time of this post, you can find the Lorac Mega Pro 3 at Ulta stores and at Ulta.com for $59.

 

New Finds

 

It’s that time of year where I finally feel like I can start wearing my Spring and Summer products! Naturally I needed to find some new products to spice things up a bit, and the Sephora VIB Rouge sale gave me a good reason to go a little wild.

 

 

Two foundations I picked up to try are the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ and the reformulated YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat. I grabbed the It Cosmetics CC cream at Ulta, and it’s going to be perfect when the weather gets warm since it gives great coverage and has a high SPF! The shade medium is a pretty solid color match for when I’m a little tanner so I’m very happy about that. For the YSL foundation I’m not sure I’m completely sold yet – call me crazy, but I feel like it’s not dewy and radiant anymore! The old formula was so creamy and hydrating and I feel like the new version is more satiny. I’m going to play around more, but so far it’s just alright.

I just bought this Milk Makeup cream highlighter today, so I can’t necessarily say how well it performs yet but I still wanted to make mention of it. It’s the typical pearly champagne highlight, reminiscent of the Benefit Watt’s Up – I just wanted to try something different and I haven’t heard much of this brand yet. It does seem to be very promising based off of an in-store swatch though! I also repurchased the St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse and trust me, if I repurchase something it means it’s worth it. It gives a nice olive tan that lasts for 5 days, and if I exfoliate and use the mitt it doesn’t get streaky.

 

Way back in February I decided to pick up my first Tom Ford makeup product and it did not disappoint! I grabbed the Nude Dip palette from Neiman Marcus and while it was ridiculously expensive, it is just stunning. All shades are shimmers, but I find them to be very refined and flattering shimmers that don’t lean too young.

While we’re on the subject of eyeshadow, I also grabbed the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette during a lunch break at work. There are 8 shadows, 6 being shimmers and 2 being “mattes”. The mattes seems to have a hint of  glimmer, but honestly it keeps them creamy and not looking flat – so I’m okay with it. The texture and color payoff of these is unreal, they are so smooth and pretty! It’s out of stock on Sephora’s website so hopefully it comes back in stock soon!

I decided to bite the bullet and finally get the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – does it live up to the hype though? Sort of. I actually like the sculpt side for contouring, but the glow part doesn’t amaze me unfortunately. One of my new favorite things ever – bold statement there – is the limited edition Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo. Holy Moley this is the most stunning blush and highlight duo! The raspberry blush and pale pink highlight work beautifully together to give supermodel skin and cheekbones no matter what skin tone you are.I am highly thinking of getting a back up of this product! LOVE THIS STUFF.

Charlotte Tilbury: Brand Spotlight

There are few things in life that tug at my heartstrings like a well packaged product, and Charlotte Tilbury is one of the masters of product packaging when it comes to makeup.

I have a weird obsession with font and colors, and I adore how Charlotte Tilbury products ooze  1920s glamour. Aside from the packaging, Charlotte Tilbury products are now some of the most prestigious and coveted makeup items on the market. For a few products I can see why, and others I’m not so sure about – let’s take a look at the little collection I’ve accumulated over the past year!


  

For starters, I only own eye products from the Charlotte Tilbury range; Mostly because they are my favorite makeup items but also because they are the most raved about items from the whole collection. Aside from the Filmstar Bronze and Glow (which I think about purchasing to this day) and the lipsticks, I find that most people and bloggers rave about the eye shadow quads. They are just so aesthetically pleasing with the deep brown and gold inside. I’m usually tempted to use these quads just to feel fancy, and at $52 USD a pop they damn well better make me feel all giddy when I use them!

The first ever product I got was the Uptown Girl Palette for Christmas last year, and boy was I smitten. The purple/blue/grey shades are unlike anything I own and they are so soft to the touch. Sadly, they turned out to be a bit powdery and honestly I don’t find that they last long on my eye lids since they tend to blend away to nothing. Would I purchase this again with my own money? No, but I also do not regret having this in the least bit.

About a month ago I purchased the Smokey Bedroom Eyes Set, which included the Fallen Angel Luxury Palette and a Rock N Khol liner for $65 USD. I’ll get to the eyeliner in a second, but the real star of this set (and basically this whole post) is the Fallen Angel Palette. Based on the performance of the Uptown Girl palette, I was a bit hesitant to buy this set but naturally I crumbled when I saw how gorgeous these shades looked swatched on other blogs. This is now one of my all time favorite shadow palettes, it’s that good.

The highlight shade (top left of the quad) is perfect since it’s not too shiny and doesn’t lean to warm or cool. The taupe (top right of the quad) and the satin black (bottom right of the quad) are equally as stunning, and I love that you can create a sultry look from using just those two shades. The bronze (bottom left) is one of the most stunning bronzes I have ever seen or used. The formula of this palette is drastically different from the usual quads, in that the shadows are a little stiffer and they seem to adhere to my eye lids much better. Each shade has a gorgeous sheen to it, which makes this a very safe palette for more mature eyes since there is no chunky glitter or extreme frost.

Left to right: Uptown Girl Palette, Rock N Khol liner, On the Prowl shadow, Fallen Angel Luxury palette, Mona Lisa Cream shadow, Supernova eyeliner

Around October I purchased the Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotize set in On The Prowl and Supernova for $39 USD. What I find interesting about Charlotte Tilbury shadows is that they all have different formulas. The single shadow in this set was very stiff and is much thinner/less opaque than the quads, however it is still a lovely product. I feel like this is an excellent shade to use to smoke up a look, but personally I find it hard to wear all over the lid. I think the glitters in the shade make it tough to use on its own, but as an outer corner shade it really brings a smokey look together.

Next up is the Eyes to Mesmerize cream shadow in Mona Lisa for $32 USD. When you swatch this is, it really out of this world. I mean it is so silky, pigmented, and really stunning. But unfortunately, when I try applying this it always ends up patchy and ultimately creases on me. I’ve tried everything with this stuff – flat brushes, fluffy brushes, and my fingers but nothing gives me an even application! If anyone has a good way of getting this on my lids, please please please let me know because I almost always end up with patches when I use this product.

I only have 2 eyeliners from Charlotte Tilbury, and both of them are from sets – don’t let this fool you though because they’re two of the best eyeliners I own. The black Rock N Khol liner from the Smokey Bedroom Eyes set is the smoothest, creamiest, darkest black liner I have ever used. It beats Urban Decay’s Perversion liner by a long shot, and that’s really saying something. The other liner is a little mini one from the Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotize, and it is a dark purple with little purple glitters running through it. I wear contacts and have super sensitive eyes, so the glitter part made me very wary but this liner isn’t scratchy or uncomfortable at all. I love this liner when I’m feeling something a little different from a black liner, but nothing too in your face.

My top recommendation would be the Smokey Bedroom Eyes Set, since you get a stunning and versatile quad with a really great liner to go along with it. What are your Charlotte Tilbury favorites?