Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Champagne Diamonds

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon - Champagne Diamonds

I just couldn’t resist purchasing this eyeshadow pencil in the shade ‘Champagne Diamonds‘ when I saw it on Charlotte Tilbury’s rather fabulous (and time devouring) website.

Cheat your way to intense, bedazzling eye colour in the stroke of a pencil! Bring out your eyes’ natural gemstone sparkle with my COLOUR CHAMELEON eye shadow pencils, infused with synthetic sapphire. Enhance your natural eye colour with clever lighting tricks I’ve learnt over 20 years in the industry: using the laws of contrasting colours and light flex technology you can literally transform and enhance your natural eye colour.

• Infused with Synthetic Sapphire, a mineral gemstone with natural soft-focus powers, for a smooth, perfect finish.
• A long-lasting, easy-glide formula that smoothes on and stays in place for up to 10 hours, or until it’s time to take it off!
• Do not use inside the eyes. In case of contact with your eye, rinse thoroughly with water.
• Always make sure the cap is firmly shut to ensure your COLOUR CHAMELEON lasts as long as possible.

APPLICATION TIPS
Make sure your pencil is as sharp as possible! Run the eye shadow pencil along the lash line and blend upwards and outwards across the socket. Sweep, blend or smudge with your finger – apply it any way you want to. Work quickly as this brilliant formula will set after 30 seconds and stay in place until it’s time to take it off!

Colour Morphing Eye Shadow Pencil for Blue Eyes

Colour Morphing Eye Shadow Pencil for Blue Eyes

The thing is, I hadn’t realised ‘Champagne Diamonds‘ wasn’t just the name of the shade, it referred to the kind of lifestyle needed to fund this make up buy. It is VERY expensive for what it is and I do feel a bit silly for buying it now, but only for that reason, the price.

Does it live up to expectations? Well, yes indeed. I was looking for a way to line my upper and lower lids with just a hint of shimmer, (a fantastic trick to brighten older eyes, the colour catches the light and makes them sparkle), but I wanted it to be subtle enough to wear during the day, I didn’t want any fallout and most importantly, I wanted it to last all day. This eyeshadow pencil ticks all those boxes.

The colour is exquisite, it’s a sophisticated, ie not ‘brassy’, gold, with the faintest hint of silver running through it. I was originally looking for something slightly more pink and if Charlotte produces a ‘Pink Champagne, Pink Diamonds’ version of this, I’m putting it on my Christmas list. I can’t bring myself to part with another £19.00 but I’ll happily accept one as a present!

The quality is not in doubt. Money has been spent on production and research and it shows. But it’s not perfect. The official blurb says ‘Make sure your pencil is as sharp as possible’, but even though it’s not ‘soft’ in texture, it blunts rapidly, as in after two uses. The photograph below was taken on day two.

Talking of sharpening, the ‘useable’ part of the pencil is 3 inches long (just over 8cms in ‘new’ money), but look at the end of the pencil, that last inch is just a plastic end piece. This is a pencil that’s going to run out very quickly.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon - Champagne Diamonds

My other gripe is the sumptuous but superfluous, packaging. I should’ve taken a photograph, this tiny pencil arrived in its own little box, nestled in a large, artfully scrunched up sheet of aubergine tissue paper; wrapped in two more huge sheets of tissue paper; a heavy cream envelope with the receipt tucked into it and placed into another box and then in a plastic protective mailing bag. That’s a lot of packaging.

Normally, I would love such care and attention to detail, (‘signed for delivery’ too), it makes the buying experience so pleasurable and yes luxurious, but come on, it’s only one item. There are so many online retailers who offer free postage as an incentive, including a Recorded Delivery service because it’s so attractive to buyers.  I would’ve preferred a system in place that recognises that as it’s only one single item, there should be minimal packaging (less labour intensive as well, which will keep costs down) and offers free delivery.

Something else, ‘Always make sure the cap is firmly shut…‘ Well, mine is actually a bit loose, it doesn’t fit firmly, not enough to fall off in my make up bag, but enough to make me keep it separate if the lid does fall off, I can imagine, it’s completely ruined if it ‘dries’ out.

Oh and if I’m being really picky, the ‘e’ on the word ‘Charlotte’ on the lid, was already worn down and faded when I received it.

CONCLUSION – Gorgeous product, too expensive.

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Eyeshadow Pencil £19.00 + £2.95 P&P
Standard 2 – 5 Days Delivery £2.95
Delivery Free with orders over £50.00

PS The lipsticks (£23.00 seems reasonable), look absolutely divine, I would buy 6 of the 10 shades on offer in a heartbeat.

I know, I AM UTTERLY HOPELESS!

COACHELLA CORAL Fallen From The Lipstick Tree

PPS You don’t think the lipstick on show is all the lipstick you get, do you?

11 Comments

  1. June 8, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    This is why i have been put off her products. They are far too expensive and costly on delivery. I also don’t buy Burberry products for the same reason. Shame really because i’m sure these companies make gorgeous products.

    • June 13, 2014 / 1:43 pm

      I hear you Mandy, but check out the lipstick shades! I’m paying £30 a pop on the black market (well, eBay and Amazon) for the discontinued Chanel lipstick in Escapade. £23.00 seems almost reasonable.

      Then again, Tom Ford’s lipsticks are £36.00! I resent paying for expensive ad campaigns, celebs/press flying to Dubai for launches and ott packaging.

      Charlotte’s eyeshadow pencil IS perfect, it does exactly what I want it to, but the price is all wrong for the amount you get.

  2. June 12, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    I have two of the lipsticks, It’s only about a half inch more than shown in total!

    • June 13, 2014 / 12:12 am

      Oh no, don’t say that! What shades do you have and what do you think of them?

      • June 13, 2014 / 12:42 am

        I have Nude Kate and Hepburn Honey. I LOVE them. Nude Kate is the perfect nude and Hepburn Honey is like a 90s throwback brownish beige lip. They smell like MAC lipsticks but are much more hydrating! I would highly recommend them. If you have any other questions about the collection, let me know!

        • June 13, 2014 / 1:45 pm

          Oh great, now I want one (more actually). Are the shades true to the website? I can see they’ve used the same photograph for each lipstick and have just manipulated the shades.
          Have you tried the lip liners or any of the other items in the collection?

          • June 13, 2014 / 2:55 pm

            If you watch the tutorials on YouTube the lipstick colours are swatched there. I would say that it’s difficult to tell just from looking at images of the products. Have you seen the tutorials? I watch them about once a week haha.

            I have the Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk and I LOVE it. It really does mimic the natural shade of the lips.

            Other products I have are the eye palettes in The Uptown Girl, The Sophisticate, and The Dolce Vita. I have the Film Star Bronze and Glow palette, and the Powder and Sculpt brush. I also have the Colour Chameleon in Dark Pearl, the Rock n’ Kohl in Veruschka Mink, and the ‘Audrey’ Pencil liner. Check out my reviews if you’re interested! I swatched and applied them according to her tutorial 🙂

            Let me know if you want to know about any product in specific!

          • June 13, 2014 / 3:22 pm

            Safe to say you’re a Charlotte Tilbury fan! Following your blog, I’d be interested to see how ‘real life’ compares to a pro video tutorial.
            You don’t have the ‘magic’ cream though? What is that anyway, a moisturiser or a primer?

          • June 13, 2014 / 3:31 pm

            She’s my makeup hero! I don’t have the magic cream because I’m still quite young and I don’t believe I’ll need such a thick cream just yet as I have combination oily skin. I think it’s supposed to be mainly a moisturizer that really plumps up the skin. Apparently she formulated it herself and always applies it to her models (who tend to have dehydrated skin from lack of sleep and frequent makeup application) before makeup! I believe Wonder Glow acts as the primer in her range 🙂

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