Over the years, I have made a number of confessions in this blog. Like, the one that involved an embarrassing number of Vogue magazine issues, or the one about my strange hunting habits. Hence, it won’t be a total surprise if I reveal another one. So, here it goes guys. Ready? When it comes to makeup, I am weird.
This might require a bit of clarification, though. I don’t mean I enjoy painting my face green or drawing a clown smile around my mouth (no, the lockdown hasn’t made me lose my senses quite yet). What I mean is I can be rather peculiar and picky about makeup. Let me illustrate with an example.
As a teen, my friends and I would visit the closest drugstore together. They would spend a little fortune there every single time, getting as much mascara and blush their pocket money could buy. As for me? I would spend one hour looking for the perfect berry lipstick and leave the place with my wallet intact and the heaviest disappointment. So at the end of the day, I would spend the money on the movies or another book simply because, in my mind, those things were easier to get.
For starters, the young me did not understand a thing about skin undertones or chromatic palettes (as much as this might surprise you, I wasn’t very girly as a teenager) but my issue with makeup was deeper—as a matter of fact, I wouldn’t choose a lipstick simply because none was special enough. All those inexpensive plastic tubes looked the same on the shelves, and so did the never-ending variety of cheerful red shades. Everything was dull and, funnily enough, felt colourless too.
As I grew up, this feeling never disappeared and I made it all the way through my early twenties owning an eye pencil and half a dozen lipsticks that spent most of their life forgotten on a dusty vanity bag. I didn’t apply foundation until I was about twenty-five and didn’t even enjoy it that much back then.
In my mid-twenties and during a casual conversation, an old friend from my uni days suggested that the reason I could not find anything I liked was I was probably looking in the wrong place. “Drugstore makeup it´s all well and good”, she said, “but it’s not for everybody. Have you tried high-end makeup? ” And guys, I hadn’t. As a matter of fact, it hadn’t even crossed my mind until she mentioned it but at that moment, something clicked in my mind.
Now, I am not suggesting the moment I entered a high-end store my attitude towards makeup changed overnight. However, I felt more and more attracted to certain brands and products and, eventually, I started buying makeup on a regular basis. To this day, my tastes are still quite rare but as time goes by, I have built a solid relationship as a customer with a few brands and my makeup collection has benefited from it.
Over the years, Charlotte Tilbury has become one of my favourite brands and I totally trust her as a customer. Not only does the packaging and design offer that wow factor I was always looking for, but their product range is unique, and they feel truly good when applied.
I’ve always been fastidious about eyeshadow palettes, specifically. Like, I always find a way to hate at least half of the colours a palette displays. As a consequence, I rarely can justify the expense of a good palette because I do know I will only use half of the colours (and by that, I am being very generous here…). So I was shocked when Charlotte Tilbury launched their Pillow Talk Instant Eye Limited Edition Palette and I loved every single colour. For a moment, I thought I was suffering a stroke or something.
Charlotte Tilbury’s website describes the palette as follows: “From the shimmering rose gold, peachy-caramel and dreamy champagne pink eyeshadow shades of the Day and Desk looks to the soft tawny brown, shimmering rosy pink and blushed berry-rose of the Date and Dream looks, create a Pillow Talk gaze that takes you ANYWHERE”. It brings four different looks—day, desk, date, and dream, each of them designed for a different occasion.
The first thing to catch my attention was pigmentation. All the colours are super intense and you need very little product to finish every look so, I can feel this palette is going to last for ages.
Regarding texture, the shadows come in a shining and matte finish, leaving a soft and light feeling when applied. I have very sensitive and dry skin and even so, I didn´t notice any discomfort or creasing around the eyes area which is always a nice extra touch. When it comes to eye powder, most products don’t look good on me—and by that I mean I usually end up looking like a white walker, only OLDER— but to my surprise, I haven’t experienced this issue with the Instant Eye palette.
As for lasting power? I applied my make up at 10 in the morning and took these pictures about three in the afternoon. It looked exactly the same at that point. I removed it about 7 that evening and by then you couldn’t say there was much of a difference.
Overall, I would say this is a new favourite of mine so I am going to give this guy a 5/5.
I am impressed in terms of packaging and presentation, chromatic palette, pigmentation, and lasting power. Actually, I am already checking the Charlotte Tilbury website looking for other palettes and guys, the young me might not have given a damn about her makeup collection, but this thirty-something woman is about to expand hers… Beware of the beauty category extravaganza coming your way.
What about you? Any interesting beauty purchases lately?
20 thoughts on “I Tried The Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette And These Are My Honest Thoughts About It”
I rarely wear make-up these days and that which I do own, fits in one small purse! Bobbi Brown foundation, eye brightener, powder, a couple of lipsticks and a couple of eyeshadows including a sparkly one for nights out. That’s it! – and these are likely to last me for several years lol. I like to look as natural as possible. One thing I did buy to try recently was Thin Lizzy puffy eye remover, which made all sorts of promises but to be honest I can’t see any difference. Might give it to my husband to try 🙂
It sounds like you have a nice selection of basics, to be fair. Bobbi Brown offer such a nice product range too. And yes, looking natural is always a nice idea, especially in a day-by-day basis.
Ooo this palette is so pretty and it’s been on my wishlist for ages! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
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I think you should give it a go, Katie. I is such a nice addition to your collection.
I don’t really wear eyeshadows, but the shades of this palette are great! I love that there’s a different shade for different occasions in the same palette. Thanks for sharing!
I agree Cristina! I think it’s so practical to have a set for every occasion.
I’m someone who would much rather buy one high quality item than multiple cheaper options so I completely understand your struggle with drugstore makeup! I don’t wear a lot of makeup but whenever I buy something new I often go for products that aren’t from drugstores. That Charlotte Tilbury palette is absolutely stunning! Maybe it’ll be my next beauty purchase haha x
I agree, I will choose quality over quantity every time. I do think money-value is better since you will enjoy using your makeup every time.
This palette is gorgeous in so many ways, I love it! Brilliant review too – I’m glad you found a palette for you xx
Thanks Della. It did took a while but this is the palette I had been waiting for.
I like the colors in this palette. So shimmering, shining, and stunning. It gives your the natural glow look.
It is definitely designed to give you a natural glow. The effect looks good in mostly any complexion.
I absolutely love this palette. I also love the soft pinks on you, it suits you perfectly!
Thank you Rosiee, I have been experimenting with rose tones lately and I must say I am all about them at the moment.
This is such a pretty palette and it’s got such beautiful packaging too! Sadly, pink eyeshadow always looks a bit weird on me for some reason! But I love every single colour x
I know what you mean, certain colours will suit you better or not depending on your skin undertone. I cannot pull off blue/purple for my life.
This palette looks so gorgeous and the packaging is top-notch. I don’t wear makeup these days lol. Quarantine has messed up with my makeup routine but this has made me wanna make up again. I love this review so much and the soft pink looks so fab on you. Great review x!
Same here! I didn’t use makeup for most of last year but I’ve been missing it lately, so I’ve been experimenting a lot in the last few months. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello!
what a great blog post! Again …
I know exactly what you are talking about, because this is how it works with these combination pallets! It’s really a matter of luck when you find one that you like all colors. I have a couple of Charlotte Tilbury palettes of four and I actually use every color of them.
The colors of this great piece of jewelry suit you perfectly.
I love Charlotte Tilbury products too, her Very Victoria lipstick is my absolutely fave! I have so many of that lipstick shade in my collection in various bags just in case, I can’t live without it aha. This eyeshadow palette looks stunning.