The Magic of Charlotte Tilbury

A couple of weeks ago, I popped into Selfridges with mum to pick up a sample of the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation. I’d been to Harvey Nics first, where they told me they had ‘run out of samples’. Run out of samples my arse, they just didn’t want to give me a freebie. Pro tip: take your own little pot, then they can’t be stingy about it. It’s only fair to give someone a teeny tiny sample before they spend thirty quid on something which might not suit them.

Anyway, I digress, which is also exactly what I did in Selfridges. Having caught sight of the Charlotte Tilbury stand, I was drawn to the rose gold packaging like a moth to a flame and promptly forgot what I’d entered the shop for. After 0.3 seconds of browsing, Mum and I were invited to sit down in plush black velvet seats under Hollywood-style mirror lights. Then a makeup girl showed us product after product, and we oohed and aahed.

The obligatory back of hand swatch. Amber Haze on the top, Bronzed Garnet below.

The obligatory back of hand swatch. Amber Haze on the top, Bronzed Garnet below, both £19. So shimmery.

I asked about ‘that eye thingy which matches your eye colour’ and she brought over the Colour Chameleon eye pencils. I’d been hankering after one of these since they launched over a year ago. There are two pencils for each eye colour, one for day and one for night, which are supposed to contrast with the colour of your iris and make it ‘pop’.

All three components of the Brow Lift pencil. Promises to make you look like Cara for £22.50

She used the shade ‘Amber Haze for brown eyes (night)’ all over my lid, before smoking it up with the ‘Rock ‘N’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil’ in Barbarella Brown. She did my brows- I say ‘did’, I have no idea what this involved. I always leave my eyebrows well alone- with the Brow Lift tool, which has a brush at one end, an angled pencil at the other and a nifty highlighter for the brow bone concealed in the middle.

The end result was really quite amazing. I’d been Tilburied and my eyes looked better than they ever had before. Maybe confirmation bias meant that I only saw what I wanted to see, but my light brown eyes looked distinctly more green and sparkly than usual. These pencils really do what they say on the tin. It’s astonishing. It’s witchcraft is what it is.

They’re also incredibly easy to use. I’ve tried and failed at blending and shading with eye shadow before, putting a darker contour colour in the socket line in a vain (in both senses of the word) attempt to look like a proper grown up. The Colour Chameleon pencil smudges on with a finger and stays put until you take it off, providing iridescent shimmer and dimension. The liner is creamy and glides on smoothly, giving you seconds to smudge before it sets fast. In less than five minutes, and with minimal effort, you’re transformed into a Sophia Loren look-alike.

1. Naked eye 2. Eye with Amber Haze 3. Eye with Rock 'N' Kohl 4.Finished eye with mascara. Sorry that eyes look really creepy when they're floating about by themselves..

1. Naked eye 2. Eye with Amber Haze 3. Eye with Rock ‘N’ Kohl (£19) 4.Finished eye with mascara. Sorry that eyes look really creepy when they’re floating about by themselves…

Mum bought the Brow Lift and the Colour Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet for green eyes, I got the Rock ‘N Kohl eyeliner and the Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze for brown eyes. This combination has become my go-to in the evenings. I may never wear a different eye colour again.

The hoard we came away with. We're so suggestible.

The hoard we came away with. We’re so suggestible.

Charlotte Tilbury has got it so right. The gorgeous packaging, the lovely experience at the glossy counter and most importantly, products which actually work well and do what they promise to do. They aren’t cheap, but they are long lasting, effective and beautiful. Have a look at her products here.

Next treat to myself: her ‘Full Fat Lashes’ mascara and the ‘Lip Cheat’ lip liner in ‘Pillow Talk’. Now to invent an excuse to spend limited funds on frivolous things…


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