[productsample/affiliate] Just as a general view, I feel that the Charlotte Tilbury brand has a lot less ‘Charlotte’ in it these days. I mean, it’s a fantastic example of a British beauty brand (and we really don’t have enough home-grown beauty brands that have made global waves) going stellar very, very quickly where very few can or do (Makeup Revolution is another…). The downside to that is that brands can lose their sense of self and identity is everything to keep a loyal customer base, especially when there is so much choice. I also have a spidey-sense that it’s gearing for sale but that is literally my gut feeling and not based on anything else.
When it comes to the Icon Palette – well, I cannot find anything not to like in terms of quality, pigment and application. These are solidly made shades that won’t let you down and there are any number of looks to be had from it. When I have looked around at other reviews, the only thing that seems to be a sticking point is price – this is £55 for 12 colours. Bottom line is, there will always be an infinite number of luxury consumers so this will sell and sell I am sure of it… the customer that’s going to baulk is the considered purchase customer; the one that’s a fan of Charlotte, loves the brand, aspires to the concept, but is being slowly edged out on price. This palette is also at odds with the trend for ‘less’ so I expect it will do better in some regions than others. Ultimately, it’s an absolute winner if you don’t have to think too hard about spending £55 and you don’t have these shades covered off in other palettes. It’s less painful if you consider the palette is laid out in rows of 3 (going down) and each downward 3 is a particular look.
So, the first three is Day Eyes, then Date Eyes, Diva Eyes and Disco Eyes.
I’ve swatched as top, middle and bottom rows because it’s so versatile that you don’t need to stick to the suggestions at all – everything goes with everything.
Next up, Latex Love – a collection of lacquer glosses that are super high on pigment (I’m in love with Berry Nude that has a golden sheen running through it for a twist on a basic neutral) and have just the right amount of tack to keep them in place for a reasonable length of time. The problem I find with the lightweight finish glosses is that they don’t stay and these certainly do. Despite the name ‘latex’ they’re not overly lacquered – the finish is mid-to-high shine; nicely glowy without looking like it’s going to slide down your chin at any moment. The brighter you go in colour, the more obvious the shine.
My top picks are Berry Nude and Studio 64 – a rocking, orange based red. The one thing about these is that there is a bit of an oily back-taste to them.
In the swatch, the colours are: Studio 64, Belle du Soir, Cannes Tropez, Video Vixen, Dirty Dancer and Berry Nude. They’re £24 each. I’m directing you to FeelUnique who have an offer if you’re feeling spendy in general – spend £125 on CT and get a free 50ml Scent of Dream worth £67 – perhaps a good opportunity to stock up on gifts and get yourself something for your generosity ;-). Find the palette HERE and the Latex HERE. Non affiliate HERE.