Cheating My Way to Bigger and Brighter Eyes…
Anything limited edition normally sparks my attention. It’s that feeling of missing out, the fancy packaging and yes, the hype. But when it’s Charlotte Tilbury often that hype is real, which is why I was even more intrigued, (after first saying I wasn’t interested), by the new Bigger Brighter Eyes range from her Beauty Filters Collection, which retail at £39 each.
These limited edition eyeshadow quads are designed to create that wide-eyed and as the name suggests, brighter-looking eyes. There are two quads to choose from – Exagger-Eyes and Transform-Eyes. I went for the latter, the warmer-toned of the two even though at first glance Exagger-Eyes looks more sparkly and perhaps more akin to that bright-eyed look.
Both are different palettes and it comes down to personal preference and to some extent your skin tone if you are very pale or at the deeper end of the spectrum. As someone who could have got away with the two, I felt I would get more wear out of Transform-Eyes.
But Doesn’t It Just Look Like Any Other Warm-Toned Palette…?
Bar the fact that it’s encased within Charlotte Tilbury’s sleek and gorgeous packaging, there’s not anything that screams limited edition and the colours, whilst beautiful, aren’t necessarily wow. At least that’s what I first thought. I also couldn’t help but think at first that this was just like any other warm-toned palette, with those reddish and gold tones that I’ve become accustomed to seeing.
The true beauty of this palette, however, reveals itself upon application. You come to appreciate the tones of the shadows and the way they blend and work effortlessly together is a delight. And as for the illusion of bigger and brighter eyes? Yes, it very much does do that.
A Low Down on the Colours
If you are familiar with Charlotte Tilbury’s line, these eyeshadow quads mimic her trademark style of creating an easy to use, versatile palette, particularly for those who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. Each shade has its function – Prime, Enlarge, Define and Pop. See below for more detail on the colours and swatches.
A warm, champagne gold shimmer. Great to use all over the lid, particularly the inner corners to open up the eye.
This deeper, coppery-gold shimmer lifts the eye when used to contour the outer socket.
A matte, chocolate brown best used to define the upper and lower lash line but also makes for a great all-round crease colour.
A matte brick-red, which to me is more like a terracotta and is the star of the palette. This makes the iris appear whiter when worked from the centre of the lid and into the outer crease. You can also apply this with your ring finger to the centre of the lid to really make the eyes pop.
And The Final Impressions Are…
Now whilst I wouldn’t say that this gives me the biggest, most sparkly eyes ever, I do notice that the whites of my eyes look whiter and brighter and I can only put it down to the clever blend of colours. With everything I need when it comes to the warmer tones in one, does-it-all palette, I haven’t needed to turn to much else. It’s a fool-proof method for that wide-eyed sparkle to the eyes that’s day and night appropriate. Equally, you can play around with the shades to create a variety of looks.
With buttery-soft and super blendable shades and with the mattes and shimmers in equal proportion, this is a welcome addition to my eyeshadow palette collection. Great for all year round and especially very fitting for creating that sun-kissed and bronzed look, I think you may have guessed that after what was a little scepticism, I am a fan.
So have you tried any of the Bigger, Brighter Eyes palettes? x