Charlotte Tilbury: Instant Look in a Palette


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I’ve been reading a lot about Charlotte Tilbury products recently and really fancied trying them out.  They are very pricey, though, and so I’ve held off buying any of the individual products.  The ‘Instant Look in a Palette’, though, really caught my interest as it contains smaller versions of some of Charlotte Tilbury’s most popular products – all in one handy travel-sized palette.

The palette is intended to give you just as it says in the name – an ‘Instant Look in a Palette: 5 Minute Face on the Go’.  This product is designed for women who just want a quick and easy way to look polished and naturally beautiful.  So an ‘Instant Look’ and a range of Charlotte Tilbury’s products in one palette – sounds good to me!

The palette comes packaged in a sleek deep chocolate-burgundy box with gold lettering.  The back of the box provides information on the products contained in the palette.  Each of the products are numbered and titled on the back, as well in the palette itself.

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (front of box)

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (back of box)









The colour scheme of the palette itself mirrors that of the outer packaging: deep chocolate-burgundy with gold lettering.   The palette is fairly dinky, measuring 4″ x 4″/10cm x 10cm and fits easily in the hand.  The back of the palette provides a breakdown of the products and their placement inside the palette.


Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (front)

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (back)









When opened, the palette has a large mirror in the top half and the products in the other section.  The numbering and product placement mirrors that on the back of the palette.  I like how the inner and outer packaging mirrors the layout of the palette contents; it makes everything very streamlined and cohesive.

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (opened)


















The products themselves are marked so it is clear what areas to use them on.  You can, of course, use them however you choose (that is the fun of make-up, after all!) but the marking helps if you don’t want to have to think about it.  It is worth mentioning that the numbering and letters do wear off the products over time with use.  If you want to remember the order, you might want to jot them down somewhere.

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (close-up of products)












The top row (numbered 1 – 3) of the palette contains the eyeshadows

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Eyeshadows from left to right (top row of palette): Shade 1 Eye Brighten; Shade 2 Eye Enhance; Shade 3 Eye Smoke






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Eyeshadow swatches from left to right (top row of palette): Shade 1 Eye Brighten; Shade 2 Eye Enhance; Shade 3 Eye Smoke














Shade 1 Eye Brighten is a satin-matte light cream-nude with a pink hue.  This shade can applied all over the eye to brighten the whole lid and give a neutral base for the rest of the eye look.

Shade 2 Eye Enhance is a shimmery champagne with a slight light brown hue.  This shade can be applied on the lid to add brightness and luminosity.

Shade 3 Eye Smoke is a medium satin-matte neutral cork brown.  This shade is intended for application in the crease to add depth and definition to the eye.  

All of the eyeshadows are very smooth, buttery and glide on effortlessly.

It’s worth mentioning that you don’t necessarily have to apply the eyeshadows in this order (1, 2, 3).  You can easily mix it up, depending on what type of look you are going for.  Here are some options:

  • If you want a smokier look, try applying Shade 3 to the lid, Shade 2 to the inner corner and Shade 1 to highlight the browbone
  • If you want a more satin/matte look, try applying Shade 1 to the lid and Shade 3 to the crease
  • If you want a reeeeeally simple look, just sweep Shade 1 all over the lid to make the eyes look brighter and more polished.
  • If you want to add a little extra definition to the eyes, try lining the upper and lower lashlines with Shade 3 (if using Shade 1 on lid and Shade 3 in crease or Shade 2 on lid and Shade 3 in crease)

The row underneath the eyeshadows (numbered 4-7) contains the bronzer, blushers and highlighter

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Left to right: Shade 4 Face Bronze; Shade 5 Cheek Swish; Shade 6 Cheek Pop; Shade 7 Face Highlight








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Swatches left to right: Shade 4 Face Bronze; Shade 5 Cheek Swish; Shade 6 Cheek Pop; Shade 7 Face Highlight









Shade 4 Face Bronze is a satin-matte light tan shade.  Whilst it does have some warmth, Shade 4 is neutral in tone and does not have orangey undertones.  This shade can be used as a bronzer or to contour the face (under the cheekbones, sides of nose, edges of forehead, edges of chin).  You could also use it on your eyes to contour the crease (try Shade 7 Highlight on the lid and browbones with Shade 4 Face Bronze in the crease for an effortless eye look).  This product is my favourite from the whole palette.

Shade 4 Face Bronze looks incredibly natural and gives the most beautiful definition to the face.  It’s one of those ‘is she wearing make-up or is it just natural definition?’ types of products.  I would highly recommend it if you are someone who likes a very natural and soft look to your make-up, whether for contouring or bronzing.  I am now sorely tempted to check out the full-size version of this product called ‘Filmstar Bronze and Glow’ (which also contains the highlighter from this palette).

Shade 5 Cheek Swish is a light-medium satin, peachy-coral blusher.  This particular shade is intended for sweeping across the cheekbones to add colour and brightness to the face.  Shade 5 Cheek Swish is similar in texture to Shade 4, in that it is very soft and natural when applied to the face.  It gives the cheeks a beautiful natural flush, without being overly bright or ‘in your face’.

Shade 6 Cheek Pop is a light-medium satin candy-pink blusher.  This particular shade is intended for placing on the apples of the cheekbones to make them ‘pop’ more.  You can, of course, use this as a blusher (like Shade 5) if you prefer.  Again, this colour looks very soft and natural on when applied, so don’t be put off by the brighter candy-pink hue of this particular shade.

Shade 7 Face Highlight is a light, glowy cream-champagne highlighter.  This highlighter looks very natural on (like all of the other shades in the palette) and so it doesn’t give a really strong, shimmery highlight.  What it does do is make the face look extremely glowy, healthy and bright.  This shade can be used to highlight the cheekbones, middle of the nose, top of the cupid’s bow, browbones and centre of the forehead – anywhere that you want to glow.  You could even try applying this shade to the eyelids if you want an extra quick and easy eye look.  I think this highlighter is my second favourite in the palette, after Shade 4 Face Bronze.

Why I love this palette

This palette is so useful for days when I don’t want to have to think about what products to use (I just grab the palette for an all-in-one look) or want something light for travelling.  I’ve used it quite a bit when I have been wearing bold or bright lipsticks as it provides a beautiful backdrop and makes the lips really stand out.  It is also fantastic when you have an event or special occasion and want to look polished, without seeming overly made-up.  I can imagine it being really beautiful for wedding make-up as well.

Another aspect I love about the palette is that it is so multi-purpose.  You can use the bronzer, highlighter and blushers as eye products if you want to easily chop and change your look.  You don’t have to use the shades in the numerical order suggested either (see my suggestions for the eyeshadows above); have fun playing about and see what variations you can come up with.

All of the products in the palette are incredibly soft, finely milled and apply beautifully to the face and eyes.  The texture really lends to the glowy, natural and ‘is she wearing make-up or isn’t she? effect on the face.

As I’ve already mentioned,the palette also gives you the opportunity to try some of Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic products for less: the Filmstar Bronze and Glow (marketed in the palette as Face Bronze and Face Highlighter), her cheek products and her eyeshadows.


The palette retails for £49 which, whilst not cheap, does give you the opportunity to try some of the Charlotte Tilbury’s products for less than the full-size versions.  Charlotte Tilbury is a premium make-up brand, and so the full-size products are more costly (Filmstar Bronze and Glow costs £49, blushers cost £30, eyeshadow quads cost £38).  This type of palette gives you the chance to try a wide range of products for less and to see if you want to invest in any of the full-sized versions.


Charlotte Tilbury is available from John Lewis (online in Scotland), House of Fraser (online) and Selfridges.  I’ve just read online that Charlotte Tilbury will be opening a counter soon in Glasgow at House of Fraser, which is very exciting to me! If you live in or near Glasgow, this will give you the opportunity to try the products out in person as there isn’t currently a counter in Scotland (as far as I know).

Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette? If so, did you like it? Or have you tried other Charlotte Tilbury products? Let me know your thoughts on the brand in the comment section below.

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