I am on a make up No Buy, sort of, because I am really at that point where I just have so much make up there’s little else I need to buy (I have actually been culling my core collection as I’d love to just have 1 make up tower and a few additional baskets where I once had 6 sets of drawers at the peak of my make up ownership!). However, when this stunning image popped up on my Twitter timeline I knew I had to make a purchase;
The product is Charlotte Tilbury’s new Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, a long wearing ‘mirror free application’ cream shadow which comes in 6 shades. I just adore the way it makes the brown of the model’s eyes pop out. Cleopatra is described as a peacock shade inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s classic film role.
So off I scuttled paying £22 for a jar of this cream eyeshadow. At £22 it’s not cheap but also not out of the regular price range for this kind of product – I am a big cream eyeshadow fan but the rules are it must not crease on me because I have a deep fold where only the strongest of cream shadows will survive.
So, here it is. The shadow was not what I quite expected in the jar compared to what is on the model – I wanted a truly lush peacock which errs on the green side as that i what I can personally see on the model. What the colour looks like to me is a petrol blueish green with a touch of grey. Bearing in mind I only bought this for the COLOUR not the formula, because I have plenty of cream shadows that I like already (NARS, MAC, Shiseido, Chanel all do highly wearable and long lasting cream shadows).
The text of this cream eyeshadow is super soft and creamy, reminding me of the Max Factor Excess cream shadows the most. Despite feeling like it could be mousse, it’s quite dense and really pigmented to swatch. On applying to the eye it is still pigmented but spreads out thinly, so to get a deep colour you need to layer and pat it on to build it up – for me at least I wouldn’t say it is an easy peasy cream shadow I would find something like Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre more swipe and go. I found this stayed wet for a while which is a blessing but also a curse if you need to just apply and run.
How the colour looks on me – you can see the tone is definitely more blue than green.
I really wanted to adore this; after all I just rushed to purchase is as soon as I saw the stunning swatches. But for me, the problem is the colour doesn’t look like the emerald green I wanted, and the longevity is questionable. At the end of six hours the colour was still there but had definitely settled in to my crease:
I have plenty of £5 eye crayons from Innisfree and Tony Moly that set and don’t budge at all so I don’t think a £22 eye cream should.
The eyeshadow I bought is here and if I were to buy another it would be the gold but I’m not sure – I already have a gorgeous gold cream shadow from Nars and one from MAC.
I have tried just a few things from Charlotte Tilbury and I adore the lady and the look of her brand but have yet to find something I would repurchase. There must be something from the range I would absolutely love?! Ideas guys?!