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.
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!
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 makeup 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 pinker 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.
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 makeup 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.
- Champagne Diamonds Eyeshadow Pencil £19.00PS 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!