I own A LOT of eyeshadow palettes, but I have fallen for cream shadows for a quick and easy look over the past few years, and it's hard to find any to beat Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise. In fact, I love them so much that I have every shade (except some limited editions that I was gutted to miss out on!). The reason I love these particular ones so much, is that despite the fact that I have oily lids, they don't crease on me and are pretty much budge-proof for the day. That, and the fact that they are ridiculously quick and easy to use and look put together, even when you don't have the time/energy/enthusiasm to make an effort! They also seem to make lids look smoother than they actually are - ideal if your lids aren't line-free, and they even feel cooling when applied. They're all round winners to me, so if you have yet to try them, I really urge you to and maybe these swatches will help you to find your perfect shade.
|All swatches are completely unedited. From left to right: Rose Gold, Star Gold, Pillow Talk, Walk Of No Shame, Champagne, Oyster Pearl, Chocolate Bronze, Amber Gold|
Rose Gold: My most worn shade and one that I bought a backup of, because it was originally limited edition. It literally is, as the name suggests, a rose gold shade, which works well with my green eyes but I think would suit all eye colours. It has a metallic sheen, but isn't glittery and can be built up, or worn as a one wash colour. I always get compliments when I wear this shadow and it's perfect for both day and night.
Star Gold: This was released around the same time, as far as I can remember, and although the name says gold, it's actually more of a copper-toned gold. Again, I think that this would suit all eye colours, and it's a perfect festive shade - ideal when worn with a red lip, if that suits you, but looks equally good with a nude lip, cat flick and lots of mascara!
Pillow Talk: The classic shade that runs through all of Charlotte's line, this shade is more dusky pink than the Rose Gold shade, and also has a muted brown running through it. This combination means that it doesn't give the pink/red eye look, which can accompany being ill - you know what I mean! I personally don't wear it with the other products in this line (apart from the lip liner, which is my most worn shade), as it just looks too full on for me, but I have seen plenty of people rock this look. It depends on your skin tone (and makeup skills!), but anyone can wear this shade, either alone or as a base coat.
Walk Of No Shame: I absolutely LOVE this russet/light burgundy tone, and know that I'll wear it more in the Autumn months. It has a copper tone to it, which prevents it from looking too red, but gives the eyes a nice warm depth, that requires little other makeup, apart from mascara. Of course, a vampy lip would look great with this too, but being a creature of habit, I like to pair with a nude (one that isn't too pale or peach in tone).
Champagne: A light champagne gold, with a hint of peach/pink. For me, this is a base coat that I can still create a quick and easy eye look with, with some bronzer in the crease, or applied over it. It's also a beautiful inner eye highlight. I think this would work as a one wash shadow on those with blonde hair and a lighter eye colour than mine.
Oyster Pearl: This has a khaki/taupe shift to it, which I absolutely LOVE! I'm a sucker for any sort of hint of green eyeshadow - I even wore green eye shadow on our wedding day! That said, I don't think that you need to have green eyes to wear this. It is beautiful worn alone, built up, or even as a base for a smokey eye. It really is one of the most beautiful and underrated shadows on the market.
Chocolate Bronze: This is literally as the name suggests - a chocolate bronze. Decadent, rich, creamy and perfect for a night out. It looks so smooth on the lid and is very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It's the ideal way to create a smokey eye in less than a minute.
Amber Gold: This is probably the truest gold of all of the shades, which is universally flattering. It's beautiful when worn alone, but is also a gorgeous base shade for metallic shadows, or even when worn with just some bronzer in the crease.
If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Rose Gold, followed closely by Oyster Pearl, but as you can see from the swatches, there is a shade for everyone. I'd love to hear what your favourite is? Are you a fan of cream shadows?
Available from Charlotte Tilbury, Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique.
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