When famed makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury first launched her namesake brand in 2013, her goal was to take the guesswork out of makeup. Her debut products were sold in pre-made sets packed with every item needed to create the looks her celebrity clients regularly requested, from the rock chick to the rebel to the uptown girl.
In sticking with that theme, she launched her convenient Instant Look in a Palette last spring, billed as a “5 Minute Face on the Go.” Its theme? Natural Beauty, with seven ultra-blendable pressed powders (three eyeshadows, two blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter) all in the light brown and pink family. No surprise: It sold out in a flash.
Now, the hit kit is back—along with a nighttime version too. Like the original, Seductive Beauty comes in a square compact with a large mirror inside the top flap (if you’ve ever done your makeup in the back of a cab using a typical compact’s mirror that only lets you see one feature at a time, you’ll seriously appreciate its size).
Inside, its colours—which, again, all have stamped-on lettering to describe their function (ex: Eye Brighten, Eye Enhance and Eye Smoke)—are significantly deeper, with slightly more shimmer.
The eyeshadows in the Natural Beauty palette are matte petal-pink, pale gold and light warm brown. They all get dialed up notch for Seductive Beauty, with champagne, taupe and chocolate, all with a shimmery finish. Similarly, Seductive Beauty’s blushes are brighter (more coral than Natural’s rose tones), its bronzer deeper, and highlighter slightly more pink.
The textures are buttery smooth, blendable and have great pigmentation. Just add mascara and lipgloss and you are good to go.
Overall, the Natural Beauty palette is very true to its name—this is no-makeup makeup through and through.
Although the Seductive Beauty name suggests more of an evening appeal, if you keep the brown shade right in your crease or along your lash line (rather than blending it out into a larger wing), it can definitely work as a slightly stronger daytime look, making it even more versatile—always a plus when traveling.
So—which palette would you prefer?
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palettes retail for $75 each and can be purchased for a limited time only at select counters and online at charlottetilbury.com.
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