Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils in Champagne Diamonds and Dark Pearl
Eyeshadow pencils are one of my all time favourite makeup items. I can never get enough of them, and they’re my favourite thing to try out new versions of from all sorts of brands, high and low end. I think these are the priciest ones per pencil that I’ve ever tried, but I’ve heard so many good things about Charlotte Tilbury’s range that I could hardly say no. I swatched all of the shades on no less than 3 occasions on various Selfridges trips before finally biting the bullet and buying a couple, and it did take a fair bit of deliberation before I eventually settled on Champagne Diamonds and Dark Pearl.
There are 8 Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils available, divided into four pairs, and each pair is meant to enhance a particular eye colour. Champagne Diamonds is meant for blue eyes, so I did that one right. Dark Pearl is a slightly purplish hue meant for brown eyes, but pfffft, I liked it and I wanted it. And it turns out, I actually way prefer Dark Pearl to Champagne Diamonds (more on that in a minute).
I knew they were long-lasting because they always took a bit of vigour with the Bioderma to get the swatches off the back of my hand each time I played with them in store. They last just as long on the eyes – provided you layer them over a good eyeshadow primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion, particularly if your lids are oily. In the interests of testing, I wore one sans-primer one day and the colour had all migrated to the crease within literally an hour or two. Not a good look. You can avoid creasing by setting these with powder eyeshadow, which I often do, but I do like eyeshadow pencils to be able to stand up on their own because covering them up with powder seems counter-intuitive. If you want to wear these alone, primer is a must.
All of the colours swatch so, so richly on one light handed swipe of the pencil. Champagne Diamonds was always the one that set my heart racing the most, with its seriously vibrant and brightening finish with just the right amount of sparkle. However, on the eye, I’m just not impressed with it whatsoever. The sparkly particles distribute fairly evenly as you scrawl the pencil across your lid, but naturally it then requires a touch of blending to smooth out the application and diffuse harsh lines. Unfortunately this is where it fails – the particles get pushed around as you blend leaving you with some super sparkly patches, and some area with no sparkle at all. I KNOW how pretty it is when you swatch it, but please don’t let that suck you in – avoid this one.
Dark Pearl on the other hand is pretty much as perfect as eyeshadow pencils get. I’ve been loving it in conjunction with a palette I’ve been playing with from The Body Shop (I have some photos of this look coming soon). Smooth, creamy, pigmented and crease free – provided a primer is worn underneath!
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils cost £19 each and can be found in Selfridges and online. It’s quite a lot for a pencil but these are definitely the best value for money and most reasonably priced items in the whole range. These are honestly fab if you use them right, and if you’re a shadow pencil fiend like me I would definitely recommend adding one to your collection. Avoid the difficult Champagne Diamonds though!
Have you tried anything from the Charlotte Tilbury makeup range yet?