Charlotte Tilbury "Eyes to Mesmerise" Cream Shadows
Yes, I know.. It's been a while! Sorry it has taken me so long to post. While the holidays are normally a busy time of year anyway, being sick with the flu definitely throws a wrench in the works. But I am back! Slowly but surely, I am mustering up the energy to write about my favorite beauty products.
But first thing's first. Congratulations to Sarah Johnson who won my first skincare giveaway! PS... I do have a few more giveaways up my sleeve... including products from Stila, Bite Beauty, and Glossier. So make sure you stay tuned and are subscribed to the blog. You never know when another giveaway is going to pop up!
Now onto your feature presentation... I wanted to spotlight one of my favorite eye products: Charlotte Tilbury's 'Eyes to Mesmerise' Cream Shadows. If you're someone who is in touch with the beauty blog-o-sphere, you've most definitely heard of these already. I recently purchased 4 of these babies from Beautylish, and I honestly cannot stop using them! I purchased the shades: Veruschka (khaki/mossy grey), Marie Antoinette (soft rose gold), Mona Lisa (amber bronze), and Cleopatra (slightly dual-chromed peacock shade: turquoise/brown).
Loads of companies do cream eyeshadows well: Mac has paint pots, Georgio Armani has the "Eyes to Kill" line, and Maybelline's Color Tattoos are a great drugstore option. And they're all kind of similar in my opinion. However, I have never used a cream eyeshadow with this kind of formation before. It's so unique. I actually think that the term 'cream shadow' is sort of a misnomer. These eyeshadows are more the texture of a mousse - whipped, light, airy, and very blendable.
The pigmentation is good. It's not a full-blown color from the get-go. But that's probably more so because these shadows are meant to be used in different ways. Because of the texture, these cream shadows are incredibly versatile. Want a quick, no-fuss, effortless look? Use your finger or a shader brush (ever so lightly) and blend an even layer all over the lid to achieve a sophisticated wash of color. Want something more glamorous? Intensify the color and add rich pigmentation with an additional layer or two. Blend out the edges with a fluffy eye brush. Because it's so light, it's easily buildable. These eyeshadows work well as a base product for powder shadows as well.
I didn't have a chance to photograph swatches (there's not enough daylight during the winter!), but Temptalia has some great swatches on her website!
The shadows are long lasting and wear beautifully. So far, I haven't had any issues with flaking or creasing. The only thing to watch out for: they set pretty quickly! There's not a ton of playtime, so work on one eye at a time. Charlotte, herself, has a few videos on how to use these products.
All in all, I think these are hero products from Charlotte Tilbury's (ever-growing) range. Yes, the price tag is a little bit daunting. But in my opinion, the high quality + multi-use properties of this product make them worth the splurge! They're a fool-proof way to achieve an effortlessly glamorous look. Cleopatra & Veruschka are definitely going to become staples in my make-up bag!