Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette Review & Swatches
Following the crazy success of the previous Instant Eye palette, Charlotte Tilbury released another one in time for fall. New Limited Edition Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette ($75) features 12 pans broken into four complementary trios that follow Charlotte’s signature Prime, Enhance and Smoke method. The finishes vary and include mattes, metallics, and shimmers.
First, the packaging. The palette itself comes in a high quality, beautiful burgundy sparkly plastic case. I tilted it for the photo so you could see the detail more clearly. It’s nice to see a magnetized clasp as well, because I tend to break my nails on the mechanical ones.
Individual colors don’t have names, but the trios are clearly labeled.
A closer look at the first trio – Love Eyes. The mattes are pretty good, although not the best I’ve ever tried. The shimmers are fantastic and very smooth.
A closer look at the last trio – Confident Eyes. I am impressed with the shimmers, the formula is very lush and has a pleasant, almost creamy texture to it.
Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette in all of its glory!
The palette follows a rose gold color scheme, and I am totally into those shades right now. Comparing it to the recent popular releases, it’s reminiscent of Urban Decay Naked 3, Backtalk, Naked Heat, and Naked Cherry. If I was nitpicking I would say it feels a little incomplete without at least one dark shade; a deep eggplant or dark brown would work nicely with these colors IMO. But I think Charlotte Tilbury selected the current shades based on the assumption that you already have those ‘missing’ colors in your collection – which I totally do.
Mattes. While I am forever spoiled by Viseart mattes, Charlotte Tilbury formula is pretty solid too. Viseart mattes are softer and more blendable, and the mattes in Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette are denser, highly pigmented, and more buildable. I had no issues with fallout or longevity, and have not experienced any creasing whatsoever. The color stayed vibrant on my lids throughout the day as well.
Shimmers. The formula of the shimmers in Stars In Your Eyes Palette varies slightly. Both shimmers in the second trio – Power Eyes – offer medium pigmentation, and one of them is not really buildable. It works more like a shimmery topper, which is fine with me, because it adds some variety to the palette. The only shimmery shade in the last trio – Confident Eyes – is an opaque one-swiper. But I’ll say, regardless of their pigment concentration, all of the shimmers were buttery soft and lend themselves easily to all kinds of brush bristles.
Metallics. To achieve metallic coverage you will need to either a) apply the eye shadows directly over primer; b) apply wet; or c) apply with fingers. These are very pigmented, soft, and totally creaseless. When I was testing them for wear time I noticed a bit of a fallout on my lower lid, which may be due to me applying too much product. Still, I wanted to give you a heads up just in case.
The swatches are single swipes over bare skin, double swipes for mattes.
Who will love this palette? Charlotte Tilbury fans and collectors, anyone who loves all things rose gold and appreciates quality product packaging. It’s a good choice for someone who likes to stick to one color scheme and play with a variety of different finishes.
Is it worth buying? Obviously ‘worth’ is a relative term, but if you already have dupes for most colors, then I would say it’s definitely not worth it. Also, if you are tired of warm neutral palettes in general, this one is not for you. It’s not a cheap palette by any means, so buying it just to sit around collecting dust wouldn’t be very practical.
I hope you enjoyed this brief review! At the time of this blog post Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette is already sold out at charlottetilbury.com, but Nordstrom still has them in stock. According to CT, this is a VERY limited edition release and once the palette is gone, it’s gone forever.