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 |

JOUER Powder Highlighters Swatches & Review

Jouer Powder Highlighters

Jouer Powder Highlighters

Earlier in September, Jouer launched powder highlighters to compliment their best-selling line of creme highlighters. The Jouer Powder Highlighters contain ultra-fine pearls and luminescent pigments, perfect to be worn alone or layered on top of the cream highlighters for a radiant finish and “lit-from-within” glow.  I’ve always been more of a powder highlighter girl as opposed to cream highlighters so I was thrilled for this launch. These highlighters claim to be long-wearing, paraben- free, gluten-free and dermatologist tested.

Jouer Highlighters

Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighters Tiare Champagne Camellia Rose Quartz Citrine Topaz

Powder: 24USD each (0.16oz / 4.8g)

Cream: 22USD each (0.07oz / 2g)

Available at Jouer & Nordstrom

Jouer Powder Highlighters

Jouer Cream Highlighters Tiare Champagne Camellia

These highlighters come in three different shades: citrine, topaz, and rose quartz. Unlike the original brown plastic packaging with interlocking system, the new highlighters feature a sleek golden overlay when snap closure.

Jouer Cream Highlighters

Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighters Tiare Champagne Camellia Rose Quartz Citrine Topaz

CITRINE – shimmering gold

Jouer Powder Highlighter Citrine

 

TOPAZ – shimmering rose gold

Jouer Powder Highlighter Topaz

ROSE QUARTZ – shimmering champagne pink

Jouer Powder Highlighter Rose Quartz

Swatches below, applied heavily using my finger then blended out. When blended all the way, it almost disappears into the skin for a very natural and healthy sheen.

Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Swatches
Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Swatches (natural daylight)

Similar to the original three cream highlighters in Camellia, Tiare, and Champagne, the powder highlighters provide an illuminating sheen rather than full-on sparkle which suits me much more. Although the shades are similar, varied from a cool pastel to warm golden and peach tones, each product is unique.

Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Swatches
Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Swatches (flash)
Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Swatches
Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Swatches (indirect sunlight)

Camellia – shimmering pearl white

Tiare – shimmering gold (more of a true yellow gold compared to Citrine which has more peach undertones)

Champagne – shimmering pink (quite similar to Topaz but pulls a tad more salmon) I really enjoy this shade as a blush/highlight together.

My favourite out of the collection is Citrine. It matches my skin tone very well and blends seamlessly for a very subtle glow. I don’t wear highlighter every day; however, when I do, I definitely pick this one.

Jouer Powder Highlighters

As marketed, Jouer does recommend layering cream and powder highlighters together so I made some swatches below with this method:

Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Layered Swatches
Jouer Cream & Powder Highlighter Layered Swatches in natural daylight

When layered, the glow is definitely more pronounced. I typically use my fingers to pat cream highlighter whereas I use fluffy synthetic brushes for powder.

As with most highlighters, these don’t dry out my skin or accentuate dry spots and imperfections. I absolutely adore the smooth texture from the powder highlighters – they feel like butter in the pan.

Jouer Powder Highlighters

In all a very solid lineup of highlighters by Jouer Cosmetics with multiple shades for a variety of skin colours and undertones. For personal preference, I still like powders more than creams; however, I really enjoy Champagne from the cream collection.

Stay warm,

Kelly || takaraboxx