The new Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette compact has no black or dark brown, and I love that. A flattering, foolproof combination of neutral shades and finishes for all ages and complexions from ultra-fair to medium-deep, it's one of the best face palettes I've seen in a long time.
Black and dark brown are safety eye makeup shades for so many of us, our go-to hues for defining creases and lash lines. The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette ($85 CAd and $75 USd at nordstrom.com) is a gorgeous lesson in subtlety, a reminder that small shifts in light and shadow can have large impact – and result in a more youthful effect than high-contrast hues.
Obviously, a touch of chocolate pencil or black liquid liner will look great with this neutral palette – Charlotte uses her Audrey pencil along the base of the lashes in two Instant Look in a Palette video tutorials. But just before that, she adds intensity along the base of the lashes with a soft taupe she refers to as her "smoke shade."
I bet that for many people, the words "smoke shade" conjure images of dark grey and black. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you're looking to erase years from your face – I'm all about that – Charlotte's taupe smoke is the smoke shade we really need.
Eyeshadows 1, 2 and 3 are matte, satin and matte; face powders 4 and 7 are the shades and finishes from the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow duo. The two blush shades are Charlotte's Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher; 5 is a velvet-y matte and 6 has a silky shimmer.
I couldn't resist including these Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (or Instant Beauty Palette) tutorial videos. I saw the poster for model Deborah's before/after at the preview in NYC; I love so much that she's not a baby-faced 20-something girl.
The same makeup application on Nicola shows the palette works on a nice range of complexions.
Mother's Day, birthday – whatever the gift reason, this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette is brilliant, great for makeup junkies and everyday women alike. Now that I've finished photographing it, I'ma try it tomorrow.