Try Out Tuesday – Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

When I received this @ctilburymakeup Instant Look in a Palette in Smokey Eye Beauty ($75 on @beautylish) in my Beautylish Lucky Bag, I could hardly contain my excitement! A luxury brand that I’ve never tried in a palette perfect for travel?! I couldn’t wait to try it out!

What it claims:
πŸ”˜ Comes with everything you need to create a smoldering smoky eye in a snap
πŸ”˜ Never-before-seen shades meet cult classics for a mesmerizing look that you can dial up or down
πŸ”˜ Simply follow the foolproof color-by-numbers design to achieve a sculpted smoky look
πŸ”˜ Gild your skin in a sumptuous golden glow with Charlotte’s cult-classic Bar of Gold highlighter
πŸ”˜ Define and perfect your features with a cashmere-soft powder formula that buffs seamlessly into skin

My experience (in order of use):
πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Face Bronzer: It’s a nice shade and works well for my skin tone. I had to use a smaller brush to ensure I didn’t dip into any surrounding colors. I wasn’t wowed by the quality, but it did the job.
πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Cheek Pop and Swish: I really enjoyed the shade and pigmentation of the Cheek Pop, but didn’t see much of a difference when applying the Cheek Swish.
πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Face Highlighter: The shade works for my skin tone, but it took several swipes onto my cheek to show up. It’s glittery and fairly sheer. Just like with the Face Bronzer, I wasn’t wowed by the quality, but it did the job.
πŸ‘πŸ» Eye Enhance: I used this as an all over eye color and it was an enjoyable experience. The shade works well for me and the pigmentation was nice.
πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Eye Brighten: I used this as an inner corner brightening shade because I didn’t read what it was actually supposed to be used for. It is quite bright and pigmented, so I liked it in the inner corner, but the tone of the shade didn’t seem to go well with the color story of the palette. Maybe I wouldn’t feel that way if I had applied it as a base.
πŸ‘πŸ» Eye Smoke: I smoked out my upper lash line with this shade and it worked very well. It’s pigmented, blended nicely and performed just as I would have hoped.

My verdict?
I fell into the trap yet again of assuming that when something is expensive, it must be light years better than more affordable products. I was wrong. While this isn’t something I would throw away, I would have returned it had I paid full price.

I know there are so many other Charlotte Tilbury products that people rave about. Do you have a favorite from her line?


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