I was so excited to get the much anticipated Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette. It looked so glam and a must have item that every makeup junkie an beauty addict should have. The shadows are so pretty that you think twice before you actually start using the palette. Since everyone is talking about this Charlotte Tilbury instant eye shadow palette, I thought I would share my humble opinion about the instant eye palette by doing a review. If you are interested in my Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette Review continue reading below.
The 12 shadows
The idea behind this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette is that you get everything you need to transition your eyes from your day to night look. There are 12 shadows in the palette that are divided in four categories: Day Eye (neutral browns), Desk Eye (pink/caramel shades), Date Eye (earthy chocolate shades), and Disco Eye (dramatic black and gold). Within their category the eye shadows are also divided into three steps each by labeling them prime, enhance or smoke. That is pretty cool if you have no idea what you are doing when you are applying eyeshadow. The palette walks you through the process in a very easy manner which is amazing.
Pigment of Shadows
The colour selection of the eye palette is beautiful, but when it comes to using the shadows the colours are not very pigmented. The lighter shades are more loosely compacted to give that natural soft wash, but I actually love very pigmented eye shadows that kinda look like paste on your eyelids. lol. I know! I would have preferred if the shadows were a bit more pigmented, but if you are shy about eyeshadow then this is perfect for you. The eye shadow I am wearing in the photo is the day time shimmer. Even though the colour looks very vibrant and opaque on the palette when I applied the shadow it seemed very faint. If you want your eye shadow to be seen then you better be applying a LOT of shadow (at least for the lighter primer shades).
I expected the packaging to be the rose gold metal like most of the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick packaging. Instead it was a lightweight gold plastic. I mean, I am pretty sure it is plastic.Unless they have come up with a ground breaking super lightweight metal formula, I am pretty sure the casing is plastic. The casing is still beautiful but not what I expected. I was also disappointed that the palette does not include a brush or applicator, but then again that is the case of all of Charlotte’s palettes. So no surprise there.
The palette is ok. Considering the price range I was a bit disappointed. Although you have to keep in mind that just the smaller palettes are $65 so if you think about it the $95 price tag for 12 shadows is not bad pricing overall. The shadow colours are beautiful, but not very pigmented if you like a noticeable effect like myself. I would have loved if the shadow palette had an applicator or even a velvet pouch to place the palette in. I can foresee the palette getting really scratched during my travels. That is my honest opinion. I am obviously no makeup artist so maybe they have a different opinion about the product, but as an everyday consumer that likes to keep makeup on the simple side I think it is not the end of the world if you decide not to invest in this product.