Monday, 27 June 2016

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Light Medium review

Anyone else have a thing for do it all face palettes? Here are two new ones to my collection and a rundown of my thoughts on them!

Charlotte Tilbury Instant look in a palette review

I finally caved and bought my first Charlotte Tilbury products about a month ago after seeing this palette online. I had held off buying any CT products up until now because the prices are extortionate but I love palettes like this as they give you the chance to try a few products from the brand in one go so I bit the bullet and ordered it! First things first this, the palette is small, smaller than it looks! It is split into different steps so steps 1, 2 and 3 are for brightening, enhancing and smoking out the eye, step 4 is for bronzing, steps 5 and 6 are for a swish and pop of blush and step 7 is highlight.

charlotte tilbury instant look in a palette eyeshadow swatches

 I have to say that I am disappointed by the eyeshadows – they barely show up on my fair skin and the first two aren’t different enough in colour for me. They are super finely milled though, blend well and don’t crease – you just can’t see much of a contrast between the shades!

charlotte tilbury instant look in a palette blush swatches

As well as this, the blushes are not as pigmented as I would like them to be and the size of the pans is disappointing – they are the same size as the eyeshadow pans and I would have preferred smaller eyeshadow pans if there was a way to make the blush pans bigger. Again the formula feels lovely and they do always say it’s easier to add than take away which is definitely something to stick to when it comes to blush!

charlotte tilbury instant look in a palette bronze and glow swatches

Onto the positives - I LOVE the bronzer and highlighter. Way more than I thought I would! These are meant to be the same shades as the infamous Bronze and Glow which I don’t have to compare but I do know that I absolutely love this combo! I’ve been using the bronzer under my cheekbone to contour as well as over the high points on my face for a bit of an all over colour and it’s so subtle but noticeable if that makes sense? It looks very warm toned in the swatch but on my face it looks so natural, I love it!

I’ve then been using my Morphe fan brush to very lightly highlight my cheekbones and I love the effect, super subtle as I use a light hand but I’m sure you could go heavy handed and still look amazing!

This is more than I would usually spend on a palette this size considering pan size but the quality of the products is lovely. I do wish there was more variation in the eyeshadow shades though and this palette might not be an option for those with darker skin as you do have to build up quite a lot of product to see a result but it does hit the natural beauty term it’s aiming for on the head.

I ummed and ahhed for weeks before splurging and it is limited edition so not available at the minute but who knows, it could make a reappearance in the future – and hopefully with some new darker shades!

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue palette review

Unlike the CT palette, this is one that does come with different shade variations! The one I have is Light/Medium and you might have seen it featured in my last wishlist post. I wasn’t actually planning on buying it, however, Cult Beauty had a GWP (I’m a sucker for offers and the last 2 have been amazing!) so even though basically everything I needed wanted was out of stock I still found my basket full and this was in it!

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue palette review close up

Now I’m not a massive fan of the Stila products I have tried in the past – the lip glazes and In the Light palette being massive disappointments for me - but when I saw these Perfect Me/Perfect Hue palettes I got heart eye emoji’s.

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue palette review eyeshadow swatches
l-r: Artistic (base), Dazzling (highlight), Ambitious (lid), Spontaneous (crease), Mischievous (liner)

Five eyeshadows and 2 blushers for £28 seemed like a decent price point and once I had a swatch I could feel the quality! The shadows are silky soft with good pigmentation although again I wish there was more of a mid-tone shade option instead of two very light shades. The shimmer colour (Ambitious) is not as warm toned/orange in real life as the swatch and I don’t normally wear shimmer during the day but this is nice and subtle and quite golden.

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue palette review blush swatches
l-r: Charming, Angelic

Again, this palette is smaller than I was expecting and the packaging was plastic so it feels a bit cheap, I was expecting it to be metal for some reason, I think because of the colour of the casing, but I can’t fault the formulation! The blushers are lovely and pigmented too and I love that they are both matte shades.

Overall, I really like both palettes for different reasons but I find that with the Charlotte Tilbury palette, I am reaching for mainly the bronzer and highlighter and passing on the eyeshadows in particular. The Stila palette is much more affordable and I love the fact they have thought through a range that caters to more than one skin tone.

So those are the two newest face palettes to my collection, have you tried either? What did you think?

Danielle xx



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  1. ive not tried either and the the CT one seems like one to pass as I feel I can get a nice bronzer and highlighter elsewhere :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Definitely pricey for what it is! I totally get the hype with Bronze and Glow now though! Xx

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  2. I love face palettes, they are great for travelling or easy everyday makeup.

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  3. i love the orange-y blush on the stila palette! Really love this review format!


    Passion Blog | BCfactor.blogspot.com

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  4. So disappointing that the shadows and blushes aren’t that great! I can definitely see what you mean in your swatch pictures. I have the CT Filmstar Bronze & Glow and I’m obsessed. I completely agree, when the contour shade is applied to the skin it looks natural and soft. The highlight is also one of my favourites, so subtle or pigmented - whatever you prefer. That shimmer shade in the Stila palette looks super pretty. Also the blushes look a lot more pigmented than the CT palette too. I haven’t tried either but I think I’d go for the Stila one.xx

    - www.veebzboo.com
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    1. I totally get the hype over Bronze and Glow now! The other products weren't as pigmented as its hoped but I'm still glad I have it in my collection now as I probably wouldn't have bought bronze and glow on its own! Xx

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  5. I love face palettes so much! I'm after the Becca Champagne Glow face palette when it gets released, I really want it!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. Ooh did you get it! It looks gorgeous but I think it's a little too glowy for me! Xx

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  6. I picked up the Stila palette in another shade recently but haven't actually had a chance to try it yet! It does seem very good value for money though :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I thought so too! Love that they do a shade range in it! Xx

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  7. I have the CT Bronze & Glow palette which I LOVE so I couldn't justify splurging on this new face palette but glad I didn't now since the eyeshadows are such a let down. I have been tempted by the Stila palette but then again stopped myself as I just have enough similar shades as it is x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I wish I had your will power! I couldn't justify splurging on the bronze and glow on its own so glad I have this little palette even though it is extortionate! The quality of the Stila palette is brilliant! Xx

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  8. I really want both of these palettes, they're so stunning!


    xo, Liz

    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  9. I also made my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase the other day! I'm so excited to receive them in the mail! I have been wanting to go back to get that bronze and glow palette and reading another positive just tempts me more lol. Both blush shades in the stila palette are so pretty!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. They are such gorgeous shades! Ooh what did you get? Xx

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  10. So many raved about this CT face palette but I gave it a miss because I know the shades won't show up on my skin tone. I really like the Stila palette though, I think the shades are better than the CT one.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  11. Thank you for your honest review! As a pale skinned girl, it's good to know that the CT palette won't really work for my skin tone. I love Stila palettes! This one looks beautiful!

    www.thebeautydojo.com

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  12. I passed on purchasing the CT palette as I have lots of similar shades and products from her line already, but I'm quite glad about that if the eyeshadows aren't great. I haven't even seen the Stila palette before, but it's shot straight to the top of my current, beauty wishlist! So stunning!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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    1. The shadows are so buttery they are gorgeous! Xx

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  13. The few products I have with any sort of eyeshadow/blush/bronzer combinations in them, I never reach for. I'm not sure why but I prefer choosing each individually! I do love Stila products, though, especially their eyeshadows so I would go for the Stila palette over the Charlotte Tilbury one!

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. I love do all palettes for trying brands I haven't before to get a feel for the products! The Stila palette is gorgeous quality! Xx

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  14. I love the look of that CT palette, but those colors would barely show up on my skin. Such a bummer.

    Sam || Beautydetour

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    1. I know it is so disappointing, I really do have to dig in to them to get good payoff! Xx

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  15. I'm not really a fan of palettes like these, I'm one of the odd people that like to have a different palette for everything! But these types of palettes are ideal for traveling!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Yes aren't they! They're great for trying out products from a brand you don't own much from as well! Xx

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  16. They look so similar, but yes I agree I would have to go with Stila as CT palette doesn't work with my skin tone. A shame, because CT formulas are so nice. Didn't even know Stila had a palette like this! Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  17. I find Charlotte Tilbury so hit and miss! Glad the Stila one is good! x
    http://christbelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. I've been eyeing up the Stila one. I love the formula of stila shadows so hopefully this will be same. £28 Is i good price i think xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. The formulation is amazing, the shadows feel so soft! Xx

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  19. such pretty colors.. will have to try xxo
    Jamie
    www.jamieeverafter.com

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  20. I saw a YouTube review of the CT palette and it's really small and it's not a good sign that the eyeshadows are not the best. The Stila palette is much better value and it looks nicer. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Stila definitely gives more colour payoff! Xx

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  21. I have been looking for a good face palette and I love CT but the Stila one look even nicer.
    BEAUTETUDE

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  22. Such a great detailed review of the two palettes hun! I have to say the CT one didn't appeal to me based on the shades, I mean I do like the concept but for my warm medium skintone it just wouldn't have been worth it at all. The stila shades are much more up my alley!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

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    1. Thanks Iqra! Yes it definitely doesn't show up as well as I was expecting! The Stila is more affordable and comes in different shade ranges too :) xx

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  23. Ah I saw these both come out at the same time and wondered if someone would do a comparison post, super useful! It's a shame neither ticked all the boxes for you, especially the CT as it was expensive. I love Stila as a brand, I have so many of their products and love them all so I'm sure I'd love that one!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. It is such lovely quality, I'm so impressed! Xx

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  24. I love how ''Cheek pop'' looks like :) Great review x

    www.beautiliciousd.blogspot.com

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  25. Uhuh okay so is it weird that I find all that writing in the product SO DAMN CUTE. I love that!! So nice to have the names written into the products...LOVE!

    Katie xx ¦ ♥ La Coco Noire

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  26. Love these colours!!

    NatalyG.co.uk

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  27. Luckily for my wallet, I'm not really into all-in-one palettes. If I had to choose between these two, I'd probably opt for the Stila one, as it sounds better quality than the CT one.
    http://carolinapage.eu

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    1. It's definitely more pigmented and more affordable! Xx

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  28. These colours are gorgeous and they suit you so well!!

    Lots of love,
    Marshmallow Skye
    xoxo
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  29. For some reason I've never been particularly attracted to all in one palettes. The CT one does look nice, but it really is a shame that the eyeshadows aren't more pigmented. X

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. I know I was so disappointed! I love them for trying a few different products from a brand at once! Xx

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  30. These face palettes look gorgeous!!!!

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  31. I think I prefer the pigmentation in the the Stila palette more. Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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    1. They are definitely a lot more pigmented! Xx

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  32. I was tempted by the CT palette but the eyeshadows let it down I think - I'd prefer if the shadows were more warm toned. I like the look of the Stila one! xx

    Beautylymin

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  33. face pallettes are the best ! i have to give these a try

    http://www.carolinapinglo.com/

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  34. I haven't got full face palettes for ages and I am not really sure if I'd use them, that's why I keep skipping them. Shame with the CT eyeshadows, I'd expect more from it. for £28, Stila palette looks good!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. I was too! The Stila palette is great! Xx

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  35. That looks lovely! Wish I understood more about makeup ha! xx

    moorizzla

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  36. Love the shades! Would love to try the face palettes. :)
    www.isabellaschoice.com Isabella x

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  37. I didn't know CT had a palette; I have the stila one and it's not bad. Great comparison! The Stila packaging is A+!


    Macarons and Mischief

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  38. I haven't tried either of these, but I love the look of the Stila blush! The CT shadows definitely look disappointing- what a shame!

    She Likes to Shop

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    1. I know! Oh well, the Stila pigmentation made up for it! Xx

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  39. I love the look of the Stila one, I can't believe the CT is that pricey considering how many grams of product you get xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I know and not the pigmentation I was expecting! The Stila one is great! Xx

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  40. I really love the look of the Stila one, it looks so pretty! xx

    Jasmine / sweetaholic-beauty.com

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  41. Wow, amazing look of this stila one. Loved it.

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