Well, look what Charlotte did next! I knew there was something lovely coming for summer, but didn’t imagine a complete bonne mine palette. The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Palette is exactly the kind of edited palette that you can just chuck in your away bag and not have to think much further about your make up, especially if you’re off somewhere sunny.
Speaking of sun, a glimmer came out of the sky just as I was taking pictures so I think it’s useful to see how it looks in the light it’s intended for. I love that there is a step-by-step process (although feel free to go off piste as much as you’d like) that actually works – and you can cover off eyes, cheeks and a highlighted complexion all in one place.
The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Palette is really all about an understated ‘healthy’ look – that just got back from a sunny walk kind of look which, in reality, never does quite come together without a little help! The texture of the powders is smooth (very smooth actually) and it has a very decent pigment level. It’s a million miles away from the over-bronzed, St Tropez ‘goddess’ look and everything about a real and honest boost using colour to enhance rather than over-ride.
So this is the sunlit swatch using the shades in numerical order (memorise – they won’t last forever!) with No. 1 to act as a lid brightener, No. 2 as a lightly sheeny eye enhancer and No.3 as a socket shader or full lid if you want. No.4 is bronzer, No. 5 is a peachy-pink cheek pop, No. 6 is a fresher, baby pink cheek pop and No.7 is a golden highlighter. I should say that in this swatch, No.1 isn’t showing up very clearly, so start from No. 2.
The swatch without light gives you a better idea of how gentle it can look and how it all blends together to create its own colour palette.
There are lots of different ways to use this palette, from defining the nose and cheekbones with bronzer, creating a gentle smoky lid or even just flushing up cheeks. You can take it up or you can take it down (I instinctively want to take it down). There is so much information on the formulas – hydrating polymers, Light Flex technology – but each one is different and designed to work best to its particular function. In other words, not a same formula palette.
This is a definite yes from me – it’s the kind of palette I’d love to (and will) use. I know there are more products to come for summer from Charlotte Tilbury, and I’ll be able to to report on those later in the week. But, cracking start!
The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Palette is £49 and launches on 11th April.
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