29 September 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess palette, Bitch Perfect lipstick, Dark Pearl Colour Chameleon Pencil Review

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick, Dark Pearl Colour Chameleon, Golden Goddess Palette

I'm convinced that anyone who watches this Sali Hughes interview with Charlotte Tilbury will a) want every single product in her makeup and skincare line, b) have serious bathroom envy and c) want to meet the line's creator for a cocktail or two, and much enthusing over lipstick. (Call me, Charlotte - any time!)

If you get at all excited over makeup - and I'm guessing, if you're reading, that you do - then you'll know this line is finally available in Ireland (and you may have tried some bits and bobs yourself; if so please tell me all about them!).

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess look Face Swatch

From the art-deco inspired, burgundy and rose gold packaging (super shiny = hard to photograph but I've done my best!), to the colour-coded offerings right down to the layout of the counters, everything about this collection is thought through and considered.

There are ten iconic looks that you can purchase in one go - prices start from €190 - or you can pick and choose pieces from each. I walked away from the press launch clutching the Golden Goddess palette, Bitch Perfect lipstick and Colour Chameleon pencil in Dark Pearl - and have been completely and utterly obsessing over all of them ever since.

Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Palette

This palette, €50, is less intensely pigmented than some of the others - the look it corresponds to is all about a soft, natural and wearable beachy glow (check out the video tutorial). But make no mistake: it still has amazing colour payoff, and offers up a variety of day or evening looks.

None of the eyeshadows have names, but they're labelled as prime, enhance, smoke or pop. Golden Goddess has a warm champagne (prime), a minky taupe (enhance), a warm bronzey brown (smoke) and a gorgeous golden bronze glitter (pop) that looks like nothing much in the palette, but comes alive on the eye.

The glitter aside - it has a dryer texture and should be patted on with your fingertips - the colours are all finely milled, buttery soft and blend out beautifully. It's a very satisfying palette to work with because it takes minimal effort but delivers maximum results. I think we can all get on board with that.

Bitch Perfect Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

Despite constantly getting it wrong and calling it Bitch Please, I wanted this warm nude pink lippy, Bitch Perfect, €30, pretty much for the name alone; other (brighter) shades in the range seem much more 'me'.

But hey, that turned out to be a good thing - there's been a glaring gap in my collection for a wear anywhere, pair with everything, natural but flattering typa shade.

The formula? Lovely:with medium coverage and a satin finish, this feels lightweight and creamy on the lips. The one thing I could do without? That generic, sweet vanilla scent -  I mean, it's fine, but it's ten a penny, and this makeup is anything but.

With my slight obsession for cosmetic crayons I had high hopes for the Colour Chameleon cream shadow pencils, €25 - though I wasn't sure about the whole match-to-your-eye-colour shtick.

Well surprise surprise: world-renowned, legendary makeup artist 1, amateur beauty enthusiast 0, because Dark Pearl - one of two shades for brown eyes - definitely makes my eye colour pop; they actually take on a different tone when I wear this (which happens almost daily because, hello, obsessed).

Soft and creamy, it glides over the lid and the shade is a stunner - multi-tonal and glimmery and complex. You can read more and see this in action over here.

My next purchases will be the Colour Chameleon pencil in Amber Haze, and the mascara - I loved the effect when I had my makeup done on-counter (check out the results in the photo above; this happened at the launch, but makeovers will be £55 redeemable against product). My wallet is quaking in fear...but don't worry, Charlotte, I'll keep a few bob for those cocktails!

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