Anybody who has followed me for a while knows about my love for everything Charlotte Tilbury. I have a lot of her products but every now and then something comes along that even blows me away. That something this time around is The Icon Palette. As an avid viewer of Charlotte’s Instagram Stories, I spotted this palette pop up a few weeks ago so I knew it was coming.
The Icon Palette contains 12 shades that, as usual, are broken down into four different looks. The Day Eyes look, Date Eyes look, Diva Eyes look and the Disco Eyes look. You don’t have to stick rigidly to the looks though because most of the shades compliment each other. The shades in the Icon Palette can be used wet or dry but today’s first impressions is based on using them dry.
Let’s start off with some swatches. I’m swatching them according to each look so working from top to bottom and left to right.
The Day Eyes look was a bit of a disappointment especially the lightest shade. You can probably see what I mean from the photo. I found it difficult to get pigment from it which is such a pity because it’s a beautiful shade. The second shade in that look is slightly better but I still would prefer a bit more pigment. The darkest shade in the group is beautiful.
Next up is the Date Eyes look. When I started swatching these I was relieved because these shades were more the consistency I was expecting. The shades themselves are gorgeous. Perfect warm shades that suit pretty much every eye colour. This row really impressed me.
The third look is the Diva Eyes look. The shadows in this look are really soft to the touch and took very little to get great pigment from them. Again these shadows are of the warmer variety but this makes them more universal. I can imagine creating some gorgeous looks using these ones.
The final eye look is Disco Eyes and this row is my personal favourite. To be honest when I saw Charlotte Tilbury swatch this palette on her Instagram Stories it was the green shade that sold it to me. And happily it does not disappoint. The pigment in the green and blue shades in this row is phenomenal. I don’t wear blue eye shadow normally but that’s now about to change. The one thing I will say about this look is do not expect the black shade to be super dark, because it isn’t. Now this isn’t necessarily a negative because I think if it was darker then it may not work as well with the other shades in the palette. But just giving you the heads up. I used it today on the first eye look I created using the palette and it worked beautifully.
My thoughts on the palette are as follows.
- Not all of the shadows contain the same level of pigment but overall I’m pleased.
- The shades I have applied so far have blended well and have zero fallout.
- The formula is really unique, you may have similar shades to this palette already but I can guarantee you you don’t have anything with this formula in your collection.
- It is absolutely exquisite to look at. When I opened it up this morning, I nearly cried because it is so beautiful.
- It is expensive at €65 but considering Charlotte Tilbury quads are €50 each I think it is good value for money.
- I’m thrilled I bought it and I cannot wait to try some more looks with it.
If you’ve been thinking about investing in this palette, I think it’s worth the purchase. Also you need to remember that it is a Limited Edition release so it won’t be around forever. For the moment the Icon Palette is only available on charlottetilbury.com Selfridges and Sephora. It will be made available everywhere else later in March.
As always, let me know your thoughts below and thanks for reading.