The Charlotte Tilbury luxury palette was on my wishlist for a long
time, so when my blog recently hit a milestone I decided to finally
treat myself. I justified the £38 spend by the fact that I had wrung every ounce out of my last two makeup palettes, both of which were over 2 years old!
I placed my order online and it arrived beautifully packaged in a huge box containing a froth of tissue paper in a deep aubergine hue. The receipt was even presented in a parchment envelope embossed with ‘Charlotte Tilbury’ in gold.
The casing of the palette felt just as luxurious; solid, smooth and weighty. I had chosen the Golden Goddess quad as I thought that this would best suit my skin tone (there are no Charlotte Tilbury stockists in my area annoyingly so I couldn’t try anything out beforehand).
The reviews had been glowing, convincing me that the colours would glide
on like a dream and that in a few small flicks of my brushes I’d achieve the effect that Charlotte herself
demonstrates on the website.
The colours are lovely. A good light base colour with a subtle sheen to it, then two deeper shades for the sockets and lining the eyes. I prefer shade 3 to shade 2, it’s a more bronzed colour that suits me better.
The fourth colour stands out the most. It’s a different texture to the
others, rougher and with a gorgeous glittery sparkle. It’s best applied
with your finger. I’d recommend reserving this for after dark when it will really come to life in ambient lighting – it’s a bit too much for daytime.
The colours apply well and last all day when I use a primer underneath.
So… is it worth the hype?
If I’m completely honest, I see very little difference in quality or texture
between these and my favourites from Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden,
which are in a similar price bracket (you can buy the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Trio in Amber Alloy for £28 which seems a pretty good dupe).
Personally I think it is a bit overhyped, but it’s still very high
quality and I will buy another quad at some point… I just no longer
feel the desperate need to purchase every single CT item I’ve ever seen
In conclusion – Charlotte: You make me feel like a moviestar… even if in my hands your makeup can’t quite make me look like one!
P.s. Here’s how it looks on me anyway (excuse the kitchen background – it was a lighting thing!) so that you can be the judge. (Used in conjunction with the Stila Smudge Stick Eye Liner, which I shall be reviewing shortly. Spoiler: it’s amazeballs!).