Ladies (& husband… the only man I know that reads my blog) I saved the best for last. After two extremely disappointing run in’s with other face palettes I finally have a winner – the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in Beach Glow. Thank heavens because I was starting to feel like the biggest negative Nancy this week.
If you missed my previous two posts in my little made up face palette series, you can catch up on the madness below:
I was so excited for those two palettes. Particularly for the Becca x Chrissy Teigen collaboration. It was like the gateway drug into face palette addiction. Unfortunately (and for different reasons), neither of those palettes worked out. In fact, I was ready to go back to the usual – opening about 15 different compacts for a full face of makeup.
However, after returning the Tom Ford Soleil palette, I decided to take a quick stroll through Nordstrom to see if they even had the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette. This launched in early May and is limited edition. To my luck (and my bank account’s destruction) they had it. I did a quick swatcharoo in store and took it home.
This palette has a bronzer, highlighter, two blushes and three eye shadows. It retails for $75.
+ The color selection in this palette is extremely well thought out:
Although the bronzer is a relatively light cool toned shade, the palette also has a bronze cheek color. It’s a deeper, warmer golden shade that you can easily mix with the bronzer to alter the color. Plus, the darkest eye shadow is a cool toned, matte dark brown shade. Therefore, you can use it to deepen the bronzer shade for light-medium to medium skin tones.
Further, the actual highlight and the two shimmery eye shadows all work as highlighters. The actual highlight is the lighter of the three, but depending on your skin tone, you could mix it with any of the eye shadows to deepen the color, or just use the eye shadows. On the flip side, you could use the bronzer, cheek or highlight shades as eye shadows.
I’m so freaking impressed with the color and finish selection. It’s not a coincidence that the second blush option is on the bronze side, or that the darkest eye shadow is a matte AND cool toned brown, while the lighter shadows are champagne/gold & shimmery. A much wider range of skin tones can use this because of those choices. All I can say is #genius.
+ Sticking to the shades themselves, this is a perfect, every day palette. Unlike the Becca and Tom Ford palettes, nothing is here is too bright, or too dark. I could wear any of the shades on the daily.
+ Both the bronzer and cheek pop have a really nice satin finish. They aren’t completely matte, but they aren’t shimmery either.
+ I LOVE that the bronzer is cool toned. It’s perfect for contouring. This particular shade is really nice & subtle on my skin tone, but I’ve mixed in a pinch of the cheek swish and the darkest eye shadow to test it out. You can easily make the bronzer/contour around three shades deeper just by mixing a little of the other colors.
+ I actually really like the size of this palette. Even though this one has 7 shades, it’s actually the smaller of the three in the series. There’s no unnecessary bulk to the packaging.
+ Umm, have I mentioned you get seven shades in here? The Becca palette has 4 while the Tom Ford has 3. I can contour, bronze, blush, do eye shadow and use the darkest shadow as eye liner.
Top to bottom: Eye enhance 2, Eye enhance 1, Cheek Swish 5, Cheek Pop 6, Face Highlight 7, Face Bronze 4, Eye Smoke 3
+ Out of the three palettes, the packaging on this one is the least visually appealing. Not necessarily a deal breaker for me, but considering it’s $75, I would expect something that looks a bit more luxe.
+ There’s no pop of color in here other than the blush. Yes I realize that adding another color is a lot to ask for considering how much you are already getting.
+ This could be good or bad depending on your perspective, but in the spirit of being thorough – the only matte shade in here is the dark eye shadow. Everything else has a slight shimmer to it. NOT overwhelming shimmer or glitter, but still a shimmer.
+ The fact that the Beach Glow shade is limited edition. That my friends, is terrifying.
Charlotte Tilbury’s come out with several iterations of this same palette, a few with glowing reviews, and other’s not so much. I’ve never tried any of the other releases so I can’t speak to those. Just keep in mind everything in this review is specific to the Beach Glow shade release.
I love this palette so much I want to get a backup of it. Yes, you read that right – a backup.
I’m beyond impressed with the strategic choice of shades and finishes. Unlike the Becca or Tom Ford palette’s, this would suit a much wider range of skin tones. Instead of going with a really intense warm toned bronzer, they went with a very subtle and cool toned one that you can alter by mixing in with the cheek swish or eye smoke. Same idea with the highlighters and shimmery eye shadows.
I also love how convenient it is for travel, or days when I’m in a rush and don’t want to open 15 compacts to get everything I need. It’s basically perfection in palette.
My recommendation: this is totally worth the splurge!