I’ve written about Charlotte Tilbury products on this blog for quite a while (and feel very lucky to do so), but in all that time, I’ve never reviewed the Instant Look in a Palette. And why not? It’s everything you need for a full look (minus non-powder products like foundation, brows, mascara and lipstick). Well, that ends today, because I’m reviewing the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look of Love in a Palette in the shade Pretty Blushed Beauty.
For the uninitiated, Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look of Love is a palette that contains powder products for the face. This includes 3 eyeshadows, 1 bronzer, 1 highlighter, 1 blush and 1 translucent setting powder. If you are someone who is looking to travel and pack lightly, a face palette like this is your BFF.
The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look of Love in a Palette in the shade Pretty Blushed Beauty is the most recently launched face palette from the brand. It comes in this very cute pink and red box adorned with hearts, roses and wings, looking like a gift from Cupid himself.
The palette itself is the traditional Tilbury gold with a heart and the CT logo in the centre.
For the eyes, this palette includes a sparkly peach eyeshadow (with that unmatched CT sparkle shadow formula that somehow glistens and glimmers), a toasty metallic eyeshadow, and a warm matte brown eyeshadow (a matte brown transition shade is a must in every eyeshadow palette if you ask me). For the face, there is a light matte brown bronzer (this bronzer is slightly cooler than the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer in Medium Brown – read my review HERE), a very wearable white-gold highlighter, a sparkly coral-pink blush and the famous Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder.
My favourite part of this palette is the eyeshadows. Yes, I’m a sucker for eyeshadows, but the proof is in the pudding – just look at those peepers in the photo below! Are you hypnotized?
For the swatches, I had to dip into the pan a few times. That’s not to say that the shadows aren’t pigmented, but they don’t pack an initial punch and need to be built up.
I had an interesting time with this palette. I definitely needed to test it out for a few weeks before I posted this review because I had to try different ways to apply the products.
On my first try, I did a very quick look using my regular old brushes and wasn’t happy with how it turned out. Fortunately, I played around with it and got this gorgeous look below.
The secret with this palette in my opinion is taking your time and using good brushes. Charlotte Tilbury is a luxury brand, so you should have a luxurious experience applying it – take your time and enjoy the process. I applied the products with a light hand and built up the product with gentle blending in circular motions. I found that using higher-quality brushes really helped the product lay down nicely. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of my go-to drugstore brushes from elf, NYX and Target, but they’re so worn down (and that’s totally my fault) that they don’t give the powders in this palette a chance. I swapped in higher-end brushes including the Charlotte Tilbury Air-Brush and my beloved Sigma brushes, and what a difference they made!
It took me a bit of time to get there, but I can say that with the right brushes and some time on your hands, you can get a lovely and elegant look from the Pretty Blushed Beauty palette.