An introduction to Charlotte Tilbury

To be honest, I’m not really one for high-end beauty. I couldn’t tell you anything about Chanel or Dior because I simply don’t get near them. The high price tags associated with such brands stings me and I’d much rather spend the money towards a holiday quite frankly. That said, there is one exception…

A few weekends back, Matt and I were in Manchester for my birthday and part of our time was spend shopping at the Trafford Centre. We don’t actually have a Selfridges near us and therefore when I get the chance to be around one, I love to have a look around. Knowing I’d have some birthday money to spend, a few weeks beforehand I found myself lurking on the Charlotte Tilbury website. It was one of those brands I couldn’t help but be attracted to: rose gold packaging, the most beautiful array of luscious lipsticks and products like the coveted Magic Cream which has become iconic.
I’ll be honest that when the price of my items did total up, I inwardly winced. Never had I spent so much on so little items before. But still, I reminded myself, it was my birthday and a treat.
For some reason, it was the eyeshadow section I found myself gravitating towards. Problem is, the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow selection comes in various forms. You’ve got the Eyes to Mesmerise range which are six individual shades in a luxe glass jar, then twelve Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencils and finally the quads, comprising of four individual shades.
I had real trouble choosing between the palettes as they are all so beautiful, each pulling together a different look with a personal name: The Dolce Vita, The Glamour Muse etc. Charlotte offers a number of videos on her website which really helped me decide upon The Golden Goddess palette. With four shades, the idea is that they work together to take you from desk-to-disco in a day, evening and night look. I expected each shade to have a name but instead you get a prime, enhance, smoke and pop shade. Still being a bit of a novice, I actually really liked knowing where each colour went and what it should do. The idea is that it’s a fail-safe way to get a sophisticated eye look which is exactly the kind of thing I want from a palette.
The pigmentation of each shadow is flawless and they are so easy to work with. You can tell just by looking at the swatches just how they are made to work together and it really is such a lovely product. Admittedly, at £39, it’s not cheap considering how many shadows you can get for less in a Naked palette in comparison but I find you only use three or four colours in one of those anyway! I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the palettes, with so many there is bound to be one to suit everyone.

Next up on the eyeshadow front was the Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow pencils. Charlotte has done the hard work and coded the pencils depending on your eye colour – the idea being that the right shade will enhance the colour of your eyes. Better yet, there are two for each eye colour (blue, brown, hazel and green), one perfect for a day-time look and another for night. My eyes can’t seem to decide whether they are hazel or brown so I’m fortunate enough to fit both categories. However it just so happened that my colours of choice were Dark Pearl and Amber Haze, both of which were for brown eyes.
As the name suggests, Amber Haze is an antique amber huge with plenty of pink and gold shimmers while Dark Pearl is a taupe-gold beauty that I just couldn’t resist. Just so pretty. I adore these for ease, you literally draw with the chunky nib on your eye lid and you get this instant shock of colour which you then blend out. Pop on a bit of mascara and you’re done! They glide on so wonderfully, so effortlessly that if you struggle with time in the morning, these are going to be your best friend.

I’ve cheated a bit because I actually received these lipsticks Christmas 2015. That said, I’ve never actually spoken about them and I believe they’re always available as a Christmas gift to buy anyway. These three little beauties are part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Mini Lipstick Set. They’re teeny weeny but still ever so gorgeous. For £29 you get the popular shades Bitch Perfect, Penelope Pink and So Marilyn. The formula is smooth and non-drying, applying really nicely to the lips. I actually find the small size helps when applying to your lips as it’s just the right size to perfect your pout. Penelope Pink is definitely my favourite as an every day shade. I could quite honestly go without Bitch Perfect as it ‘s a bit too nude for me however So Marilyn is a must for an evening, sexy siren vibe. Such a vibrant red, you certainly won’t go unnoticed! If you’re after a range of b-e-autiful shades, I’d definitely reccomend checking out the whole range of lipsticks. I’m certainly lusting after them, I mean have you seen Pillowtalk!?

I hope you’ve enjoy this little introduction to the wonderful world of Charlotte Tilbury make-up. I’m still very new to it myself but very much enjoying getting to know the products! If you’ve got any recommendations, I’d love to know – though my purse, not so much!

Emily x

  • Och, perfect! <3

  • I've had the same reservations about buying Charlotte Tilbury, the products all have great reviews but I haven't yet bought any because of the price tag! I keep saying one day I'll buy Glastonberry though!

    Gabrielle Isabella x

  • I am just like you. I can't bare the thought of spending fortune on brands when I could spend that money on travels. But I do agree that it's nice to treat yourself once in a while. Loving the sound of that palette and other products. I'd love to try out Charlotte Tilbury one day 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • I love what you picked out. These products are definitely out of my budget right now, but a little splurge here and there is always alright 🙂

    Sara |

  • I've always been interested in her makeup. The pigmentation of everything is so beautiful. Great color choices and what a nice gift.

  • Amazing stuff, would love to try it one day. Thanks for sharing.

  • Your pictures are so beautiful! I love them!
    I have always wanted to try CT, but the price hurts so bad!

    • Aww thanks Angie, that means a lot! Ugh I feel you, I feel like I've been burnt with just this lot! x

  • Love CT, I have only tried a few products but they have all been so beautiful. Great picks!

    Nicole xx |

  • Gosh, I have long wanted to try her makeup, the packaging itself is so lush.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Oh I have one of those colour chameleon sticks, I really need to use it! It is such a lovely brand, the packaging is beautiful. I won a LOT of it in December, I haven't used much of it yet although the cream eyeshadow was perfect for chinese new year celebrations! 🙂

    Hope you had a really nice weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • You got some amazing things and yes, having your birthday is the perfect excuse to purchase high-end products!! I am more into more affordable products too, I don't have a clue nor I have ever tried high-end products! x


  • Those lipsticks! So beautiful!
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | Diy & Lifestyle Blog

  • Lovey introduction! I've always wanted to try CT, specifically her lipsticks. Those are probably the items I am most drawn to here as well. They just seem so luxurious! And perfect for setting on your vanity because of the pretty packaging. 🙂


  • I definitely need to go out and get some CT products! I've heard such good things about them! x


  • I now want to order everything and anything!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • First of all you take AMAZING pics! And than I always never spend much money in thing (prefer use them for travel..). Happy BDay!
    With love Dasynka

  • That eyeshadow palette has perfect colors sweetheart

  • I have the same palette its amazing. I haven't tried the eyeshadow pencils but they are next on my list. The shades you picked up look amazing!

    Vanessa x |

  • I love CT, its such an amazing brand, one that you can never get fed up of and yes, I've seen pillow talk and I kind of wish I hadn't haha, because now I just want to go on a CT spree!! Have a great week 🙂

    Trishna xx

  • CT is one of my fave brands ever, so glad you liked the lipsticks I absolutely love them!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • Can't even start telling you how much I am swooned by all the beauty of this post, your photography, how stunning all the CT goodies are & your writing, hon 🙂 <3
    I am with you 100 % when it comes to shying away from certain high-end products. I always ask myself how long it will last and will I actually use it that much. It's not an easy battle to have in your mind when the price tag is ridiculously high & the product is STUNNING 😀 But then again, these are TREATS! And yes, you deserve them so much! Genuinely in love with that palette. The lippies are absolutely gorgeous. So nice to get such great Christmas gifts 😉 I have Penelope Pink and I am loving it to bits. As for Pillow Talk, it has my name written all over it <3
    Loved this review, sweetie!
    xox Nadia

  • Such a beautiful palette! I've never tried Charlotte Tilbury, I wish her products were cheaper 🙁 x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  • Ooh, I'm glad you decided to treat yourself – especially as it was your birthday! Gorgeous choice of eyeshadow palette, that has to be one of Charlotte Tilbury's dreamiest products 🙂

  • Wow ! Those eyeshadows are absolutely stunning, so sweet, I love those kinds of colours that can be used with lots of looks 🙂 It's so important to treat yourself every now and then, you really desserve it and I'm glad you had a nice time exploring the Trafford centre !

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  • I'm with you, I wince at the price of high end makeup but I absolutely love the look of everything from Charlotte Tilbury, the packaging draws me in every single time. I've wanted one of those eye quads for ages! You picked a lovely one!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

  • I haven't heard nor tried them before, but surely looks great. Thanks for sharing, Emily. Hope all is well at your end. 🙂

  • I can't really see myself spending so much on designer makeup either, but I do think that around Xmas you can get good gift sets that don't seem so steep. The mini lipsticks are something I'd look at because that's pretty good value for a range of shades! The eye pencil shades are perfect as well! 🙂 xx

    Velvet Blush

  • So glad you found something you liked! I also wince inside every time I leave Sephora thinking how could three or four little things cost so much? But CT makeup is so pretty and think of all the awesome beauty looks and Instagram flat lays you can create haha!

    xx Yasmin

  • I am obsessed with CT at the moment! However with that being said i do own a colour chameleon and i wasn't impressed at all! I was gutted! But everything else i love! i have my eye on the magic foundation & cream… my bank account won't be very happy haha!

    Darriyan xo

  • Absolutely love the CT brand, exactly why I hired a pro artist on my wedding day. Very impressed with the majority of her products they’re so gorgeous.

    Laura xo