Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (Natural Beauty , Beauty Glow , Seductive Beauty)

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette BeautyGlow

CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Beauty Glow Palette

When I get an email about a new launch, it’s relatively rare that I immediately click the “SHOP NOW” button, travel to the website and checkout all in one go. Yet this happened with the Charlotte Tilbury Look in a Palette Beauty Glow face palette (and that in itself should be enough indication for you to prepare that wallet).

A couple of weeks back, Charlotte Tilbury launched their third face palette, Beauty Glow, an all-in-one palette comprised of rose-gold and bronze tones to achieve a healthy, glowing look in just 5 minutes. The Beauty Glow is inspired by Poppy Delevingne’s wedding makeup but works for any occasion where you want dreamy, ethereal perfection.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Natural Beauty Beauty Glow Seductive Beauty

Similar to the first and second palettes of the collection, Natural Beauty and Seductive Beauty, these palm sized compacts include three eyeshadow shades to brighten, enhance and smoke out the eyes; a bronzer for contour; two blushes; and a highlighter.

The eyeshadow and blush compartments hold 2g each and the bronzer and highlighters have 6g of product.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette BEAUTY GLOW
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette BEAUTY GLOW Swatches

I have been a fan of Charlotte’s beauty line every since her best-selling Filmstar Bronze & Glow. I love how her formulations don’t emphasize imperfections or create texture that you never knew existed. I have dry/combo, acne-prone and sensitive skin thus anything that aggravates these factors quickly end up abandoned in my makeup collection.

CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette MACRO
CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette MACRO on texture (no primer / base)

This post will be photo heavy mainly to compare the three palettes and hopefully aid in your selection of the perfect one for you… or see if you need the Beauty Glow if you already own one or two of the others (the answer for me, in short, is yes).

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Natural Glow Seductive
CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Natural, Glow, Seductive

The eyeshadow formulas are similar to her eyeshadow quads. Good pigmentation with minimal powder kick-up, practically undetectable fallout, and splendid blendability. I would recommend using a primer with these eyeshadows for longevity, especially if you have oilier lids.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Eyeshadow Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Eyeshadow Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Eyeshadow Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Eyeshadow Swatches (shade)

Comparing the three palettes, they all veer towards the warmer spectrum. Shades 2 (NB), 1(BG) and 1(SB) are all very similar and to be honest, you can’t tell much of a difference once applied. If we were talking about eyeshadows alone, I’d choose the Beauty Glow for daytime and Seductive Beauty for night.

Face Bronze and Face Highlight both have the same formula as the Filmstar Bronze & Glow. I have not tried any Charlotte Tilbury blushes so I can’t make a comparison for the quality to her existing line; however, they blend nicely into the skin for a natural flush. My only complaint is the size of the blushes since I can’t really swirl my blush brush in each individual shade.

CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Bronzer Highlight Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Bronzer Highlight Swatches & Filmstar Bronze & Glow
CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Bronzer Highlight Swatches
CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Bronzer Highlight Swatches (shade)

Let’s put it this way… if you are pale-skinned and want a very natural contour that is neither warm nor cool, Beauty Glow (BG) is for you. Medium skin tones may prefer Natural Beauty (NB) and summertime tans would enjoy Seductive Beauty (SB). The bronzer in BG is very similar to the new Hourglass Cosmetics bronzer in Nude Bronze Light.

NB and BG highlighters are virtually the same. SB highlighter has more rose tones and the filmstar has more champagne. Which means … if you already own Filmstar and either one of NB or SB palettes and the eyeshadows or blushes don’t catch your eye… then you can pass on the Beauty Glow.

CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Blush (Swish & Pop) Swatches
CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Blush (Swish & Pop) Swatches
CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Blush (Swish & Pop) Swatches
CharlotteTilbury Instant Look in a Palette Blush (Swish & Pop) Swatches (in shade)

When comparing the three palettes, the blushes are what makes each palette unique. I really enjoy the darker blush (5) included in the Beauty Glow palette that holds more mahogany undertones. I can wear this alone to double as a contour and blush. I don’t tend to wear blush on a daily basis because I’ve been having issues with my skin on the cheeks but the SB combo is my favourite out of the three.

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In the end, it really boils down to what you already own and what shades match your style. If I could only have one palette, the Beauty Glow would have most of my favourites. I believe it has the greatest variety of shades that compliment each other and complete a healthy visage.

The CT face palettes are perfect for travel, especially short trips where everything you need is neatly packed in this slim case. The snap closure ensures the lid won’t open inadvertently in your bag, and the full-sized mirror is also a plus. You can purchase all three from CharlotteTilbury , Holt Renfrew , and your local counters (85$ each, Made in Italy).

What would be your pick?

Kelly |

NARS Laguna Tiare Bronzer

Already halfway through summer, I can safely say that my favourite seasons are still Spring and Autumn where the sun is bright yet accompanied by a cool breeze. This constant humidity where just a few minutes outdoors makes you feel all sticky is just not my favourite. Nevertheless, summer means bronzer galore and here I am presenting the NARS Laguna Tiare Bronzer, part of the Tahiti Bronze Collection 2016.

NARS Laguna Tiare

NARS Laguna Tiare

NARS Laguna Tiare

The Tahiti Bronze Collection is composed of 6 items to compliment the best-selling NARS Laguna Bronzer including:

  1. Laguna Liquid Bronzer: a sheer bronzing fluid, a versatile innovation used over the skin as is or to blend with makeup for an allover, healthy-looking glow
  2. Laguna Tiare Bronzer: reviewed below
  3. Monoi Body Glow: a rich bronzed luster enriched with hydrating essences of Monoi (known to leave skin smooth and glowing)
  4. Monoi Body Glow II: a companion to the Monoi Body Glow without the bronze luster. Both Monoi Body Glow oils can be used daily after bath, shower, sun exposure, or as a massage oil
  5. Monoi Candle: A rich and enveloping bouquet of tiare blossom, white frangipani, ylang-ylang, and vanilla transport and transfix. Created with rich essential oils, allowing for an optimum burn time of 70 hours.”
NARS Tahiti Bronze Collection 2016
NARS Tahiti Bronze Collection 2016

I actually don’t own a full-size NARS Laguna Bronzer but I have a deluxe mini (0.08 oz / 2.5g). When I saw the launch of Laguna Tiare (LT) in all its gorgeous packaging glory and included mini ita kabuki brush, I opted to purchase this one rather than the original.

Retail: 59 USD / 75 CAD  (0.35oz / 10g) available at your local Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, NARScosmetics.com, and NARS counters. Limited Edition.

NARS Laguna Tiare / Mini Laguna Size Comparison
NARS Laguna Tiare / Mini Laguna Size Comparison

NARS Laguna Tiare

NARS Laguna Tiare

In terms of price, Laguna Tiare retails at 7.50 CAD/g whereas the full-size Laguna Bronzer (52 CAD/8g) retails at 6.50 CAD/g. At first glance, LT may seem more expensive; however, when you factor in the Ita Kabuki brush which retails at 70 CAD, you may reconsider.

NARS Ita Kabuki Brush
NARS Ita Kabuki Brush

Taking a closer look at the brush, the included Ita Mini brush head is actually full size with a smaller handle compared to its original counterpart. The bristles are very similar in material and texture to the larger brushes. It feels soft to the touch and blends well. The unique Ita Kabuki Brush head is ideal for sharp contouring; however, I usually prefer a fluffy round brush such as Tom Ford Bronzing Brush or ZOEVA 106 Powder Brush for an allover glow.

NARS Ita Kabuki Brush

NARS Ita Kabuki Brush Close-Up Details
NARS Ita Kabuki Brush Close-Up Details

Let’s talk about packaging. It’s gorgeous. Although featuring the classic NARS black colour theme, the rectangular case is, in fact, plastic with intricate tree bark wooden details and glossy NARS lettering on top. The compact is lightweight with a snap closure and a large mirror inside.

NARS Laguna Tiare Top View
NARS Laguna Tiare Top View
NARS Laguna Tiare Top View
NARS Laguna Tiare Top View

The powder pan measures 6 x 7.5 cm in diameter which provides ample space to swirl your brush and ensure proper powder distribution.

NARS Laguna Tiare Bronzer
NARS Laguna Tiare Bronzer with Mini Ita Kabuki

If you are familiar with NARS Laguna or any of NARS powder formulas, you can expect the same quality to be found in Laguna Tiare. The powder feels buttery to the touch and blends seamlessly.  I found this bronzer to be difficult to pick up using my finger but effortless with a regular synthetic powder brush. Be aware that, like most bronzers, it takes time after the initial application for the colour to settle in. If you’re looking for a subtle and very natural summer glow, then wait a bit before applying more.

In the pan, Laguna Tiare is a tone or two deeper than the original Laguna; however, unless you create intense layering on the skin, the colour difference is unnoticeable. It is marketed as a diffused brown with golden shimmer and tends to veer slightly towards the warmer spectrum.

NARS Laguna Tiare
NARS Laguna Tiare vs. original Laguna
NARS Laguna Tiare / Laguna Swatches (in indirect sunlight)
NARS Laguna Tiare / Laguna Swatches (in indirect sunlight)
NARS Laguna Tiare / Laguna Swatches (in shade)
NARS Laguna Tiare / Laguna Swatches (in shade)

The bronzer lasted easily for 6 hours on a non-powdered face with foundation and 8 hours on top of powder and foundation (I almost always use a setting spray overtop).

What sold me, aside from the packaging, formula and included brush, is the scent. The entire Tahiti Bronze Collection is infused with Monoï de Tahiti, a blend of tiare blossom, white frangipani, ylang-ylang, and vanilla found naturally in the Polynesian islands. It is a very calming and relaxing scent that is neither overpowering or non-existent, but rather a perfect balance between the two. The scent alone is making me want to purchase the candle and hydrating beauty oil from the same collection. Correction, by the time this review is posted I already ordered Monoi Body Glow II (aha!). If you already own the Monoi Body Glow from previous releases and fell in love with the scent, the Laguna Tiare would definitely be up your alley.

NARS Laguna Tiare Ingredient List
NARS Laguna Tiare Ingredient List

NARS Laguna Tiare

NARS Laguna Tiare

In all, NARS has continued to impress with a solid bronzer / brush duo cased within a beautifully crafted compact. I am very pleased to add this to my collection.

xx Kelly

GUERLAIN Terracotta Summer 2016 – The Bronzing Powder – 02 Natural Swatches & Review

Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 - Limited Edition, Summer 2016
Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 – Limited Edition, Summer 2016

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening!

I’ve been experimenting with my blog lately. I would like to make a combination of shorter reviews (maybe even just swatches or product shots etc. with a few words) because each comprehensive blog post as it is takes a good full day to complete (I’m very picky). I really hope my thoughts and swatches help you (especially for products you can’t physically test in store) so I would love to find a way to better convey that to you. I have always been a very visual person and followed the saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In the future, I may incorporate more photos in a creative manner rather than having many paragraphs to read (of course you can always skim though).

Without further ado, let’s introduce my first Guerlain Bronzer : The Terracotta in Natural 02.

Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 Box
Guerlain Terracotta Natural 02 Box

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