I started my internship on a full time basis this week (woo!) Unfortunately for me, I have to correct my student sleep schedule (aka 4AM-12PM…or later lol :x) to fit in with the real world. I always sleep in until the last possible minute, do my makeup in a flurry, and then rush out the door. Fortunately for me, Charlotte Tilbury has created the Instant Look In A Palette, all for the woman on the go! The newest release, the #GLOWMO palette, is a dream come true. Let’s take a look at this thing of beauty!
First of all, let’s take a look at the packaging. Ya’ll know I’m a total sucker for sleek, luxe packaging. I love the deep aubergine and gold case, very classy. The palette itself is the perfect size for work or travel, and features a selection of powders which put together a classic and fool-proof look. I’ve been testing the #GLOWMO Look In A Palette out over the past week and I can safely say this is going to become my new go-to daily palette.
The whole idea for the Look In A Palette is that you can throw together a multitude of looks in seconds, , which she describes as “colour by numbers”… all thanks to the carefully coordinated colour palette chosen by Charlotte. There are two other palettes that you can view here. The inspiration behind this was the #GLOWMO – the moment when women are glowing from within. Let’s take a look at some #GLOWMO swatches!
From left to right: 1-3 (eyeshadow shades), 4 (bronze), 5 (cheek swish), 6 (cheek pop), 7 (highlight)
First we have the prime shade, which is a lovely satin ___ colour. The second is a soft rose-gold pop shade, which looks lovely by itself as a wash across the lids, and the third is a gorgeous deep brown “smoke” shade. I love the smoke shade because it isn’t too dark, which is an issue I have with palettes… I never really wear dark shades/ do smoky eye looks very often, so these shades are right in my comfort zone.
The formula itself is quite soft… Think “safe” pigmentation – easy to quickly slap on when you’re running out the door. It applies quite sheerly and pigmentation can be built up. I actually prefer this because I tend to learn towards more natural eye looks. However, you can achieve more colour payoff if you use an eye primer. In this case, I have applied Urban Decay’s Primer Potion as a base.
If you’ve watched any of Charlotte’s makeup tutorials, you’ve definitely heard of her swish and pop technique. Swish the first base shade across the cheeks and add a pop of colour. The swish shade is a spice brown nude, and the pop is a bright melon pink. While the two shades are quite different, they mix together to form a lovely warm nude shade. When the colours are diffused together, they create a lovely gradient across the cheeks.
BRONZE & HIGHLIGHT
The bronze and highlight shades work very well if you have more of a fair/light complexion. The bronze shade is more cool toned which is why I think it makes a fabulous contour shade on me – I use it for a quick nose and cheek and it doesn’t look too warm on me. The highlight is soft and glowy – I would compare it to something like the TooFaced Candlelit Glow or the highlighter in the Tarte Rainforest palette. The bronze and highlight shades are quite sheer and require building up. I like this though because pigmented bronzers and contour powder scare me LOL…
So my favourite parts of this palette? Firstly, the convenience. I love how everything is in one compact. When I travel, I usually carry my trusty Tartelette in Bloom palette, and various other products for contour and highlight. In this palette, everything is together and I don’t have to go digging around, reducing the size of my on-to-go makeup bag to about a quarter of its original size lol!
Secondly, I absolutely love the eye shadows. This palette basically took my favourite eyeshadow shades and put them together to form a dream trio. I have also used the bronze, highlight, and blush shades as eyeshadows as well!
It’s a gorgeous palette, and probably my favourite of the three she’s released so far.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of Charlotte’s Look in a Palette? Have you tried any of her other makeup products? My fellow CBBer Julie from Swatch and Review posted her review of this palette here, check it out!
*This post features press samples.