I've had several weeks to play with the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette - The Dolce Vita, see what it can and cannot do, and decide how best to use it while adjusting some expectations. There's no doubt that it's a beautiful makeup set: gorgeous neutral colors, delicate textures that yield to most brushes. It's good. The two main issues are the sizes of the pans, making standard makeup brush a less-than-ideal tool. Then there's the depth of the colors themselves,which is much more accommodating than the original Instant Beauty Palette (as stunning as it was Scandinavian-friendly, which certainly has its place. I can't see ethereal blondes slap on the colors I use on a daily basis). Yet, it's still not quite as richly pigmented and deep as I would have preferred for my own little green face.
I used as many Charlotte Tilbury products as I had around, which is not that many. My admiration of Charlotte's hustle and work far surpasses my appreciation for many of her products. But that didn't stop me from eventually getting a makeup look I'm happy to share with you.
Shu Uemura Stage Performer Primer Instant Glow. It was a sample (I've finished off my tubes eon ago, and was reminded why I didn't repurchase: I suspect it clogs my pores).
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 5.5. I know that Charlotte pushes her face and base products very aggressively, but I just can't get over the feeling she knows diddly-squat about skin.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30.
By Terry Hyaluronic powder. It's always there on my dresser these days and sees a scary amount of use.
From the Instant Beauty Palette, I used the bronzer shade in the crease, to map out the perimeter.
I used eye shadow no.1 from the palette on the 2/3rds of the inner lid, and no.3 on the outer part,not taking it too far towards the brow bone. The eye shadows are shimmery and I wanted it contained.
No.2 is completely invisible on my mobile lid or anywhere above my eye. But I've discovered that it's brilliant for lining and slightly smoking the lower lashline without making my eyes appear even more like a hollow skull. I used a Z10 Chikuhodo brush and on another occasion a Suqqu M, and loved the lightly diffused result. A complementing product for this look is Rimmel Waterproof Kajal in taupe on the waterline (it's as waterproof as a cat, but the color is unique and the texture is soft and gel-like).
My eyeliner was Bare Minerals Lash Domination. Not miraculous but it works.
The mascara I picked against my better judgment was that new Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes that came as a freebie. It was the fourth time I used it, and at this point I'm over the flakes and mess that the mascara creates right at application (not to mention as the day goes by. No, Charlotte. Just No.
Cheeks & co.
I used a small Yachiyo brush to mix bot blush colors together and swirl them on my cheeks. I loved the result, but those tiny pans drive me nuts. There's no way I will use them individually. The pictures shw you that I'm very light handed, but you ca always go to tow.
I used a Hakuhodo G528 to highlight the high point pf the face, and whatever fluffy brush that jumped into my hand to add the subtle and very flattering bronzer where my face desperately needed it. The problem is that unlike my face, I don't prime and spackle my neck enough to make the bronzer grab and last there, hence a perpetual shade difference. I can only care so much.
I mixed on the back of my hand a drop od Charlotte Tilbury's Bond Girl lipstick (it's one of her Perfect Mattes or whatever she calls them) with a good amount of her lip liner in Pink Venus and applied the goo with a brush. Bond Girl alone would have been too brown for the delicate glow of the palette colors. I finished up with defining the edges with more Pink Venus (my lower lip is thick yet somewhat amorphous, and my cupid bow could use all the help it can get).
Striped dress by Sonia Rykiel
Slouchy cardigan from Joyous
Vintage necklace was a thrift store find
SotD was Vintage by Chabaud.