I can see why her products are so popular. She really knows make up but also knows how to make it easy for us to use. Yes, Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon smoky emerald is just an eye pencil/shadow after all, but the consistency is such that it is soft on skin when applying, easily smudged so you can create a smokey eye, and stays on all night. No need to reapply. And the colour. She calls it a ‘colour morphing eyeshadow pencil for hazel eyes’ (I have brown eyes but love the colour on my dark skin).
It is hard to explain but it is a colour that changes as the light hits it (apt name of colour chameleon then), and thakfully this isn’t because there is glitter in it. The sparkle is created with the synthetic sapphire that is infused in the pencil, I think. Charlotte Tilbury explains it better here, although I still don’t fully get it. Regardless, she is using lighting tricks to make your eyes pop.
I love wearing this eye pencil on a night out, and I don’t bother with anything else except a slick of mascara. The fact you can smudge it easily and build colour just as easily means it is as good as, if not better, than an eye shadow. I am not skilled with an eye shadow brush, so this pencil teamed with my ring finger and smokey eye brush from No 7 just about do the trick in creating a grungy smudgy smokey eye 🙂
There are 12 shades in the range, so I have 11 more to collect! I love the fact that she shows how it looks on different skin tones in her swatches (see below). She claims that these eye pencil colours are created to bring out the natural sparkle in your eyes – blue, green, hazel, and brown – but I would imagine you could use pencils not specifically created for your eye colour too. I’ve got my eye on black diamonds, bewitching black, enchanting indigo, amethyst aphrodisiac, OK most of them! She has designed some of the colours in pairs – so a day and night shade for each eye colour.
They are £19 each, so not cheap, but it has been a purchase I haven’t regretted at all. I’ve had this pencil for 6 months already and have put it to good use! Charlotte Tilbury is building her empire, and can be found in most department stores. Her standalone shop in Covent Garden is a glamorous haven which I would encourage you to visit. Head downstairs to the boudoir to have their in-house make up artists teach you her tricks of the trade, or just revel in the gorgeousness of the decor. I’m adding their make up booths to my bedroom mood board!