The Perfect Palette? Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette

Hello new beauty friend! Another palette for my collection. Yes, I already have a full drawer dedicated to palettes and it’s almost full but there’s always room for another. Especially a do-it-all palette. Palettes that have essential light and dark eye shadows, completion powders to contour and highlight plus a pop of colour of possible. 

There’s nothing I love more than do-it-all palettes but is it possible for a perfect palette that has everything? Well the new Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette is pretty close!

An everything palette for a 5 minute face, this handbag sized glory features 3 eyeshadows and four complexion powders for everything that you need to perk up your face. Just add mascara, brows and a bit of lippie for the full look.

What’s in the box?

Eye Shadow – Brighten: A pink toned priming powder, used to even out and brighten your eyes before applying colour. 

Eye Shadow – Enhance: An oyster gold powder – I apply it all over the eye up to the brow bone.

Eye Shadow – Smoke: A neutral brown tone, use it around the eye socket and to add smoke to the outside edge.

Face Bronze Powder: Contourrrrrr time. Cheekbones, nose, temples – you know the drill.

Cheek Swish: A blush powder with a slight shimmer, it adds the illusion of glowing, healthy skin.

Cheek Pop: A pale pink powder which instantly brightens and lifts.
Face Highlighter Powder – A staple. Enough shimmer to pop, whilst still looking natural.

The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette

With additional liquid eyeliner

Is it any good?

As always, the Charlotte Tilbury powders are finely milled, perfectly blendable and all-day lasting. If you haven’t tried an eyeshadow quad, then hop to it already!

Personally, I would have wanted a darker smoke colour as the smoke colour here is pretty natural for me. But I think that’s the look – your natural look but better.

The cheek powders are great and super long lasting. If you’re considering getting the Filmstar Bronze and Glow, then it’s probably worth getting this instead as you get a mini bronze and highlight within the palette which will take a while to use (I have barely made a dent on my Filmstar and Glow (review here) since getting it for Xmas)

The cheek swirl is alright but it’s all about the Pop! We all underestimate what a too-light pink can do for your face on the apples of your cheeks. I found out when using this Lancôme In Love blusher. You may never reach for light colours, in favour of contour but seriously, a pop of light pink really does brighten your face.

The only downside is that my usual go-to blusher brushes are too big for theses squares without causing fallout into the other pans so it’s not one for everyday use for me. However it IS definitely something I’d slip into my handbag to touch up my face at work – or to take on a quick weekend away break where travelling light (what IS that? does it exist) is a must.

Would I Buy Again?

Definitely really glad I purchased it, as with all of my Charlotte Tilbury buys but I think 20% of it is because IT IS CHARLOTTE TILBURY. If you wear a lot of makeup, this might be too natural for even your natural look. It will be best for fair skin tones but they should have done this palette in at least two colour ways.

The Instant Look Palette is definitely coming with me next time I head to visit my parents for a quick overnight. If you’re obsessed with palettes and convenient beauty, you won’t be disappointed. I just wish there had been a tiny black pan in there so that I could line my eyes or add it to the brown to make way for a brow powder. The search for the PERFECT PALETTE continues….

What do YOU think? Can a palette ever replace the other products? Have you found one that does it ALL? Tweet me your thoughts @FaceValueBlog or send me a comment on Facebook!

Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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