Cream eyeshadows, cream blushes and cream everything is what’s doing it for me this Spring/Summer (in Australia). Not only can you apply everything with your fingers, it is super easy, super fast and most importantly helps to create an effortless and fresh makeup look.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise – Marie Antoinette – what a gorgeous colour; a vintage, bronzed golden hue that would complement most skin tones. It is very buildable so you can start with a sheer light wash of colour on the lids and build up the density to a metallic sheen. It is made up of incredibly finely milled glitter that gives a wet appearance to the lid rather than a glittery look. I like to call it the ‘modern glitter’ and I love it. This is a very wearable shade for both day and night.
I have been applying this cream eyeshadow over the top of the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and I find that it lasts quite well. This product is best applied using either fingertips or a synthetic brush. I generally reach for the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush (cheapest place to buy is here). Using a synthetic brush with cream eyeshadows works well to disperse and blend the product effectively without the cream absorbing into the bristles and the bonus here is that they are very easy to clean. Dip the brush straight into the pot ever so lightly and apply on to the eyelid, blending the product up and out. I usually go just past the crease line and then blend. To get more opacity, dip your finger into the pot and press the shadow on to your mobile lids for a more dramatic effect – a little goes a long way.
This cream eye shadow just feels so light. It feels very different to other cream eyeshadows that I’ve tried. It has an incredibly smooth, light, beautiful and whipped, airy texture. It simply glides on to the eyelid which feels really nice as you don’t end up pulling the delicate skin on the eyelid to blend, which I have unfortunately experienced with other cream eyeshadows….(Maybelline ‘Tough as Taupe’, I am looking at you!!)
Below are some swatcheroos for the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette and some very similar products to give you some comparison. I have a rather strong appreciation for bronze eyeshadows so I often buy shadows in very similar tones (ps. these hues look amazing on blue eyes and really make the eyes pop!). As you can see (and this is more apparent when in direct sunlight), Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ is the lightest shade of the three and gives off a soft, rose-golden cast. Whereas the By Terry ‘Bronze Moon’ is more of bronze shade and Maybelline’s ‘Bad to the Bronze’ is more taupe.
In terms of texture, Charlotte Tilbury is certainly the softest of the three. By Terry being the second, still being quite a soft texture to play with before it sets, with Maybelline in third place, where eyelid drag is definitely gonna happen.
Have you tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury range? Tell me which are your favourites (this brand is quickly becoming one of my tops!)