Charlotte Tilbury is a another new brand for me. After living under a rock (read Carlisle) for the past four years, we didn't even have a mac counter. So now in Glasgow the opening of a new House of Fraser Charlotte Tilbury counter is most welcome. I've had a look and picked up The Uptown Girl Luxury Palette of "colour-coded eye shadows" as last weekend I was heading to a wedding and fancied a treat. After using the palette that very afternoon and then a few times since for day time looks here I am sharing my thoughts.
Firstly the packaging is beautiful as all of the collection is. It has an art-deco feel and looks so pretty in photos and on my dresser. The colour coded eyeshadows are a brilliant idea as you move through the palette you can create a desk till dusk to disco look (their words, not mine!) It goes prime (top left hand), enhance (top right hand), Smoke (bottom right) then finally pop (bottom left). Obviously you can use them in what ever order you wish and you dont have to follow the rules in terms of where you want to put each colour. Thankfully all four are more than enough to create several looks.
The colours themselves are beautiful warm tones. Golds, greys and an almost pink champagne colour to finish these colours were perfect for pairing with my evening wedding outfit (gold and pale grey). For day time the prime and enhance have been great when teamed with a matt transition colour too. The formula is creamy and buttery and easily blended. Ive been using my Spectrum brushes and my Urban Decay Primer potion (as with all my shadows) and after a party or all day, these shadows dont budge, crease or flake.
Whats impressed me about the palette is its expiry. I've recently decided buy less and invest more and having a high-end make up product which has 30 months before it will need to be banished from my collection is very impressive. To achieve that length of time and still have a butter formula is even more impressive. At £38 for the palette, one use a month works out at £1.26 per wear. Factor in that most of the colours can also be used everyday then its probably even cheaper per wear. £38 also works out at £9.50 a shadow which is cheaper than the likes of Mac & Illamasqua which both expire quicker too.
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