Is someone at Charlotte Tilbury a fan of soca music? Because that’s the first thing I thought when I saw that one of its newest Luxury Palettes was called “Super Blue.” The second thing I thought? Oh, this is about to look good on me.
The four-pan palette includes three shimmery shades and one matte. There’s a champagne color, a bronze hue, and a bright blue flecked with the tiniest of tiny blue sparkles. The rich, deep navy blue is the set’s only matte. Though they are powder shadows, they do go on with a bold creaminess that I enjoy, plus many a makeup influencer would be happy to report that the shades are, indeed, quite pigmented. Given that this collection of shades includes three shimmers and a lone matte, this palette isn’t one that I would personally use alone. If I were to create a look with it, I’d likely need to call in some reinforcements for a crease color.
But these days, crease colors aren’t really my thing. I’ve been more inclined to doing bolder, more graphic makeup moments. I’m more likely to draw a colorful cat-eye than I am to do a blended-out smoky look. When I opened the palette, my eyes immediately went to the bright blue, because, well, at the end of the day it is the hero shade of the lot. When I swatched it, I noticed that it’s got a slightly foiled quality to it, which meant I needed it all over my lids as soon as possible. But though it’s gorgeous on its own, I really wanted to be sure the color reached its full potential. So, I thought it would be best to use the color over a base.
I grabbed my Charlotte Tilbury Matte & Metallic Double Ended Eyeliner in Super Blue. It’s a pencil that has two sides — one is a gorgeous, deep midnight navy blue and the other is a bright, shimmery blue that matches the blues in the palette. Since I wanted the shimmer eye shadow to stand out, I used the matte side to draw a Cleopatra-like shape around my eyes, then filled in the lids entirely with the color. Then, I wet my MAC 242 Synthetic Shader Brush with a little Fix Plus, then dipped it into the bright blue shadow, gently patting it on. I did about two layers because I really wanted the color to show up, but if I’m being honest, one layer was good enough. It applied evenly with great pigmentation the first time and the results were absolutely gorgeous.
Now, did I go anywhere after getting all gussied up? Of course not. New York City is not exactly the kind of place you want to be walking around in the middle of a pandemic. But I did look good in the crib, and I’m satisfied with that.