Starry Eyes to Hypnotise
Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotise 12-Pan Eye Palette is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette for the holiday season that’s split up into four trios. The formula the brand uses in these larger palettes seems to be one of their best; I find the quads to be hit or miss with the more matte shades being a little powdery and prone to sheering out, while the three matte shades in this palette are intense, velvety, and finely-milled–they have a sumptuous feel to them.
The shimmers, with the exception of the two from the Seduce Glow trio, are fantastic. They’re richly pigmented, creamy without being heavy or thick, and easy to work with on bare skin. The two shimmers in the Seduce Glow trio have heavier sparkle and feel more silicone-heavy so they have more slip and feel less like a traditional powder. They felt smoother and were more yielding than the Pop shades in the brand’s quads but are in a similar vein. If you like sparkly top coats, they should perform well enough in that capacity.
Happy Glow (Prime)
Happy Glow (Prime) is a bright, medium peach with strong, warm undertones and a soft, metallic finish. The eyeshadow had a soft, lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t too dense or too firmly pressed in the pan. It picked up easily with a brush and dispersed even, opaque coverage in a single layer. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed any fading.
Happy Glow (Enhance)
Happy Glow (Enhance) is a light-medium copper with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented where a little went a long way. The color applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges as it had a lightly creamy, smooth consistency to begin with. It wore beautifully for eight and a half hours before there was visible fading.
Charlotte Tilbury Happy Glow (Smoke) Eyeshadow
Happy Glow (Smoke)
Happy Glow (Smoke) is a light-medium brown with warmer, orange undertones and a matte finish. The velvety consistency made it easy to work with on bare skin, as the edges blended out seamlessly without the product losing its coverage. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, but it could be used with a lighter hand for softer coverage if preferred. It lasted well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.
Love Glow (Prime)
Love Glow (Prime) is a pale, rosy copper with soft, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque color coverage that adhered well to bare skin and blended out well along the edges. The texture was smooth to the touch, creamy without being heavy or too firmly-pressed into the pan. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly on my lid.
Love Glow (Enhance)
Love Glow (Enhance) is a medium, rusty copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a creamier, more emollient texture to it than most of the other shades in the palette, so I was surprised that it still managed to apply flawlessly: smooth, even coverage that was opaque in one layer. It wore nicely for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly on me.
Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (Smoke) Eyeshadow
Love Glow (Smoke)
Love Glow (Smoke) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich color coverage that applied evenly and blend out well along the edges. It retained its intensity while the edge was diffused. The consistency was silky-smooth, velvety and denser, but it wasn’t prone to fallout or sheering out. It lasted well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Dream Glow (Prime)
Dream Glow (Prime) is a light-medium peach with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one layer, while the eyeshadow had a soft, lightly creamy consistency that picked up well and applied even, smooth coverage onto bare skin. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading slightly.
Dream Glow (Enhance)
Dream Glow (Enhance) is a light-medium olive green with strong, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out almost effortlessly. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly on my lid.
Dream Glow (Smoke)
Dream Glow (Smoke) is a medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft, lightly creamy without being too dense or too thick, so looked “melted” against my lid when applied. It had rich pigmentation that lasted well for eight and a half hours before there was noticeable fading.
Seduce Glow (Prime)
Seduce Glow (Prime) is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, high-shine finish. It had medium coverage in a single layer, and it had semi-opaque coverage in a single layer when applied with a dampened brush or a fingertip. The texture felt smoother and more emollient, densely-packed into the pan, which made it harder to pick up with a dry brush without jabbing it into the surface to dislodge product. I found applying it with a dampened brush and patting a bit more on top using a fingertip yielded a sparkling, shiny effect that was even. It stayed on well for eight hours with slight fallout over time.
Seduce Glow (Enhance)
Seduce Glow (Enhance) is a dirty pewter with subtle, cooler undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it looked nothing like the color in the pan. The actual color was several shades lighter with a slightly warmer undertone and less of a blue/gray cast overall. The texture felt more emollient and had more slip, which resulted in a thinner consistency that applied better with fingertips or a dampened brush. I was able to apply it with a dry brush but felt like I had to use a heavier hand to pick up product. It wore nicely for eight hours with slight fallout over time.
Charlotte Tilbury Seduce Glow (Smoke) Eyeshadow
Seduce Glow (Smoke)
Seduce Glow (Smoke) is a deep, inky black with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but the texture was incredibly dense and firmly-pressed in the pan. It seemed to soften slightly and was easier to pick up product from after two uses, though. The texture was velvety but almost emollient; almost as if it was 25% cream and 75% powder. It applied fairly evenly and was blendable to my surprise. It lasted well for eight hours before fading visibly.