"Not with a fizzle, but with a bang." That's exactly how Charlotte Tilbury will be making her blog debut today- with a bang. One, two, maybe three Charlotte Tilbury products... That would be nice, but oh no, I've got seven (eight if you count makeup bags, do you count those?) Why the excess? The short answer is why not? The actual answer though is much simpler, because you can take all the work out of choosing makeup with pre-designed look sets. Charlotte Tilbury has created ten looks, based around ten different types of women. Each have their own shades to achieve the look for day and night. I've got The Uptown Girl Set and it's all kinds of pretty. Read on for more info and of course, swatches.
As mentioned, there are ten looks with curated products to create each one. All of the products in the set are available individually as well. I love the way the looks have been presented on the Charlotte Tilbury website, as you're able to see each look on various models and there are full instructions and video so you can easily create the looks. Each look is also created to work for day and night with a few small changes. While the full set isn't exactly wallet friendly (at all), it is kind of nice to have everything you need all in one.
The namesake piece of each look is the shadow palette, so let's start there. The Uptown Girl Luxury Palette combines mostly shimmering shades that create a soft or smokey grey eye. The shadows aren't individually named, but are designed for easy application and to take you from "desk to dusk to disco." The first shade, a warm champagne is softly pigmented and to be used all over the lid to prime. The second shade, a silvery-taupe, is used on the outer lit to enhance. The third shade is to pop and gives a glittery, golden pink effect. The last shade, a deep, purple kissed grey, is used to smoke.
The palette itself is gorgeous, and while the shades aren't my usual, they do create very pretty looks. I will admit I was surprised that the first two shades are lighter in pigment than I expected for a palette at this price point, but they do build well on the eyes.
The product I was most excited about-the Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher. The Uptown Girl look uses the shade Love Glow, but the range is also home to five other shades. The Swish & Pop blushes are a bit more unique than your average in the fact that they combine two shades for a perfect flush of colour. You're to swish your brush through the outer shade and apply to cheek bones. You then dip the tip of your brush in the centre shade and add a pop of that shade to the apples of your cheeks. You can also just swirl them together, but you get the idea.
Love Glow combines two similar shades- of the range it has the least contrast between shades. The outer shade is a peachy shade while the centre is a more pink with just a touch of a peachy tone. While the blush applies beautifully to cheeks, with a radiant finish that blends well, this shade does not swatch well. The blush seems very sheer when swatching and needed to be built up to get a good idea of the shades.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect 3.5 g $32 USD / $38 CAD | Lip Lustre Luxe Colour-Lasting Lip Lacquer in Sweet Stiletto 3.5 ml $22 USD / $28 CAD | Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner in Pink Venus 1.2 g $22 USD / $27 CAD
Lips get a trio of products in a natural pink hue. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect has a retro feel with it's all gold tube. The vanilla scented lipstick is full on perfection is a creamy, smooth texture that applies with the utmost of ease. The lipstick feels lightly hydrating and gives an easy wearing, opaque colour with a bit of sheen.
Gloss girls will enjoy the Lip Lustre Luxe Colour-Lasting Lip Lacquer (which needs a longer name, if you ask me.) Non-gloss gals might not however, as the texture is a bit heavy on lips and a touch tacky. The gloss is long wearing and gives a good amount of colour and shine. Sweet Stiletto gives a semi-opaque wash of peachy-pink and pairs perfectly with the liner and lipstick.
The trio isn't complete without liner, and the Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner in Pink Venus does the job well. I love that this liner is quite creamy and applies smoothly and easily. There is zero tugging, but it still has a matte finish. Pink Venus was designed to work with the other shades shown and is the perfect natural pink shade. I would have liked a twist up pencil, especially as this is a luxury brand, but what can you do?
Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil in The Audrey 1.1 g $22 USD / $28 CAD | Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara in Glossy Black 8 ml $29 USD / $34 CAD
As I mentioned, this set does include pretty much everything, including liner and mascara. Oh, and a very cute lipstick print makeup bag. A nice addition! Anyway, The Classic Eye Powder Pencil in The Audrey is a pretty classic deep, chocolate brown. What makes it a bit different is that it's a powder pencil. The powder formula makes it an easy going liner that applies easily even with it's drier feel. The liner intensity can be built up and the line can be smudged for a softer or smokier look.
Lashes gt an all-in-one mascara that promises everything- curl, separation, volume, length, and drama. The Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara has a wand that is a fairly basic, wire brush, but it's not too big, and nicely tapered at the end to grab baby lashes. The formula is pretty good! It does add a lot of length and volume, but I don't find it curls my stubborn lashes and can bring them down if I add too many layers.
Overall, some great products, but I'm not blown away by them all. With any popular brand, there is some level of hype, which is definitely at play with Charlotte Tilbury. All of the products work well, but that's not to say that they are all worth the higher price they command. Of this selection, you're best splurges are the blushes- I have my eye on Sex on Fire- and the lipstick. The eyeshadow is nice, but you can get more for your money with better formulations. What do you think of this set? Have you tried anything from the brand? Thoughts?