Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise review and photos.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury has indeed made a name for herself in the beauty community.  Since her YouTube debut on Lisa Eldridge’s channel (here), many beauty enthusiasts were instantly captured by her magnetism.  Her descriptive and engaging dialogue is the epitome of English charm.  So when I discovered Amal Clooney used Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise Long Lasting Cream Colour ($32 USD/ 7mL) on her wedding day, I knew I had to experience this beautiful color for myself.  Will this golden truffle truly mesmerize or leave me feeling less than dazzled?  🙂   You’ll see.  I hope you enjoy !

 Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

  • Without a doubt, I am quite late to the Charlotte Tilbury bandwagon. In my defense, the way Mrs. Tilbury promotes her products as “fabulous, gorgeous, amazing, magical and miraculous,” automatically triggers my inner skeptic.  I’m all for believing in your brand, but this type of “soft sell” marketing is not my thing.
  • Despite my reservation towards the brand, I could not help but admire the sophisticated makeup look Tilbury created for Amal Clooney’s wedding (here), featuring this color.
  • The line debuted six colors as, “the ultimate foolproof product.  Simply add a sheer wash of color with your fingertip for a flattering finish for day, or add drama for evening by applying with [a brush] for high-impact, high-shine lids.”
Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise directions.

Marie Antoinette ingredients

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients.

Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients.

The Pros to Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette:

  1. Marie Antoinette is described as an “antique oyster gold.” I would say this golden/bronze color is one of the most flattering golds for olive and medium complexions.
  2. The smooth silk-like formula glides on lids with the greatest of easy.
  3. Feels lightweight on the lids.
  4. Can be built up, by using thin even layers.
  5. Delicate cooling sensation is felt immediately and is quite refreshing early in the morning.
  6. The smallest amount is needed to achieve a lovely metallic sheen.
  7. Eyeshadow is housed in a frosted glass pot.
  8. Fingers or a flat brush can be used to apply the color.
  9. Does not crease or flake when used over a primer.
  10. Ideal for drier and youthful eyelids.
  11. Formula is paraben-free.
  12. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette:

  1. Formula does not fully set.  On my deep-set eyes, color transferred from the outer corners to my orbital bone (see photo below).
  2. Not recommended for oily lids or hooded eyes.
  3. The highly reflective sheen is not the most flattering for mature skins.
  4. According to Nordstrom, Eyes to Mesmerise “blurr(s) lines and imperfections for a visibly more youthful finish.”  I did not experience this effect at all.
  5. Formulated with mineral oil (C13-14 Isoparrifin) and a plethora of silicones.
Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

  • The above photo shows what Marie Antoinette looks like when freshly applied.  As you can tell, the golden hue possesses just the right amount of depth for my olive coloring.  Anything brighter would look too harsh; I suppose that is why this color was chosen for Amal.
Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise after 11 hours.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise after 11 hours.

  • As you can tell from the photos above, Marie Antoinette held up well, over a primer, for eleven hours.  Visible signs of wear can be observed towards the outer corner; the color transferred to my orbital bone, leaving some bare spots on my lid (photos were taken in the evening with minimal room lighting).

Comparison:  Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

  • I have seen many videos and read many blogs comparing these two colors.  Granted, the textures are undoubtedly very similar (predictable, considering Charlotte helped design the Tom Ford makeup line), however the color is not.  Tom Ford Platinum ($45 USD/ 6mL) has silver pearl scattered throughout and a distinct mauve undertone.  Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette is clearly more golden and warm.
  • The formula’s mousse-like consistency is evident in both, but Charlotte has Tom beat when it comes to color concentration.  You literally need a small dot of Marie Antoinette to get a full metallic sheen.  Tom Ford’s formula is a touch more transparent and requires a bit of build up.
  • Both formulas perform exactly the same on my lids.  The smooth whipped texture does not fully set and inevitably transfers to my protruding orbital bone by day’s end.  I have read many blogs stating CT’s formula creases, but if applied in thin layers and over a primer, creasing is greatly reduced.  Regardless, for the price charged, a primer should remain an option rather than a prerequisite.
  • Although, Platinum and Marie Antoinette are stunning on the lids, without proper prep both formulas can present issues for some, especially oily hooded eyes and mature skins.
  • Notably, other effective alternatives exist for these cream formulas:  Maybelline Color Tattoos, Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks (reviewed here), Bobbi Brown Shadow Sticks (reviewed here), Mally Eyeshadow Sticks (reviewed here), Burberry Eye Contour Pen (not reviewed but loved), and even MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Stick.  All these brands provide budge-proof results in a variety of finishes and colors.

**Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise line is sold at Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bloomingdales and charlottetilbury.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise is a without a doubt a beautiful color with an enchanting finish.  Personally, the lack of setting properties is a bit concerning, especially when there are other impressive alternatives on the market.  Although, this color was “inspired by the hypnotizing beauty of the infamous Queen of France” (what does that even mean?),  I cannot help but feel this line could have used a bit more tweaking.  Have you been bedazzled into purchasing from this line?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow review, swatches
and looks.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow.

For the past couple of years, the buzz surrounding Kiko cosmetics has been inescapable.  This affordable Italian based makeup company apparently manufactures products that rival higher-end brands.  Last year while in Italy, my sister was kind enough to bring back some Kiko goodies, sadly those items failed to impress.  So rather than write-off the brand completely, I decided to visit one of their newly constructed free-standing stores and pickup some of their more popular items.  Kiko Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadows ($12 USD/ 1.64 g) are highly regarded across every blog and YouTube channel in existence.  Will these robust Italian beauties live up to their rep or will their American and French counterparts kick them to the curb?  You’ll see.

Kiko 28 Bright Ivory.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory.

Kiko 04 Golden Chocolate.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 04 Golden Chocolate.

Kiko 06 Golden Brown.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 06 Golden Brown.

Kiko 38 Golden Taupe.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 38 Golden Taupe.

The Pros to Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow:

  1. Amazing color range–32 colors in all.
  2. Formula is smooth and pigmented.
  3. Can be applied with fingers or brushes.
  4. Golden micro shimmers feel undetectable and add a sophisticated radiance to all the colors.
  5. No shimmer fallout.
  6. Layers well without any patchiness.
  7. Darker colors do not leave a stain on the skin when removed.
  8. Dries down within a minute, enough time to devise a shape.
  9. Cream stick design is travel-friendly and fits in the smallest of handbags.
  10. Kiko free-standing store (in the Queens Mall) is immaculate with the friendliest staff.
  11. Manufactured without parabans and mineral oil.
  12. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow:

  1. Colors 04, 06, 38 do not last 8 hours–rather only 4-6 hours over a primerWHAT!!
  2. Darker colors are prone to fading and/or flaking–(perhaps topping these off with powder eyeshadow will help, but that would seriously defeat the intent of these types of eyeshadows.)
  3. Not ideal for hooded and/or oily lids.
  4. When fully dried, colors flake off if you accidentally touch your eye.
  5. Colors do not last well on the waterline–maximum 35 minutes.
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, 06 Golden Brown, 38 Golden Taupe.

  • #28 Bright Ivory is a beautiful beige/pink matte base color with the finest golden pearl scattered throughout.  Out of all four colors this is my favorite–very pretty when applied under my winged liner (see look #2 below).  Over a primer, this one lasts quite well compared to the others.
  • #04 Golden Chocolate is a gorgeous milk chocolate-brown with the smoothest golden shimmers.  When I swatched this in store, I thought I found gold.  When applied on the upper lid, the effect is enchanting–sadly, this color lasts full strength for four hours before starting to fade.
  • #06 Golden Brown is a unique combo of gold and bronze.  The metallic finish is quite soft, however this too suffers from fading on the upper lid.  When used on the lower lash line, the lasting power is greatly improved.
  • #38 Golden Taupe is too gorgeous for words.  The mauve/brown based color is perfectly accompanied by the beautiful golden shimmers.  Sadly, this too fades when worn on the mobile lid–another color relegated for lower lash line use.
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow ingredient list.

  • In my experience, these sticks are nowhere near the quality of my beloved Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, and Mally Eyeshadow Sticks.  Oddly enough, all of these companies manufacture these types of eyeshadow sticks in Italy, however I can only presume due to licensing deals and such, each company must produce slight variations of the formula.  The Kiko formula clearly has some ingredient(s) omitted that prevents the color from lasting as long as the other brands mentioned.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow Looks:

**NYX Eyeshadow Primer was used for all the following looks** 

Kiko 38 Golden Taupe

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 38 Golden Taupe all over the mobile lid.

  • For the above look, #38 Golden Taupe was applied over the mobile lid.  Mac Uninterrupted was placed in the crease and socket bone. #06 Golden Brown was applied over MAC Uninterrupted on the lower lash line.  Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick (reviewed here) was applied on the lower waterline.
  • This simple look was completed in a matter of minutes.  So pleased was I with the results, I immediately began planning another trip to get more colors.  However, by day’s end, my joy quickly turned to disappointment when faced with faded eyeshadow.
Kiko 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown used.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown used.

  • For the above look, #28 Bright Ivory was placed all over the mobile lid and blended.  #04 Golden Chocolate was applied (with a brush) along the lash line and blended up with my Shu Uemura #10 brush.  #06 Golden Brown was applied over MAC Uninterrupted on the lower lash line.  Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick was applied on the lower waterline.
  • Admittedly, this is one of my favorite looks.  Even my husband commented on how flattering the warm golden tones appeared against my brown eyes.  I was in complete euphoria, until six hours later when I noticed #04 Golden Chocolate faded into oblivion.
  • The silver lining was #28 Bright Ivory held up remarkably well–I would recommend this color wholeheartedly.
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown.

  • For the above look, #28 Bright Ivory and #06 Golden Brown were mixed together (straight from the stick) and applied on the mobile lid.  #04 Golden Chocolate was placed on the outer corners and blended with my fingers. #06 Golden Brown was applied over MAC Uninterrupted on the lower lash line–see outcome below.

**photos taken in the evening in my dimly lit bathroom.**

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown after seven hours.

Photo taken in the evening of Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown after seven hours.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow after seven hours.

Photo taken at night of Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown after seven hours.

  • This time around, I was mentally prepared to take an “after” photo.  On this day, New York was a scorching 91 degrees, to make matters even more challenging, I was confined to a humid pool environment for two hours (duration of my sons’ diving practice).  Granted, these conditions are not your typical everyday events; however, what better way to test a product’s “8 hour, no-transfer, long-lasting” claim?
  • The above photo clearly shows significant fading–with #04 Golden Chocolate being the greatest offender.  Even though I have deep-set eyes, the outer corners of my eye rubs up against my protruding socket bone throughout the day–the area that usually show the most eyeshadow wear. Notice how my outer “v” color looks as if it is peeling away.  Those tiny dark specs are not mascara, rather flaking eyeshadow–not cute and a total deal breaker.

**Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows can be found at Kikocosmetics.com or any one of their free-standing stores (visit the location page on their website to find a store near you).**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows are not as fabulous as I was expecting. The only color suitable for my needs is #28 Golden Beige; the rest will either be given away or used strictly for the lower lash line.  In this one instance, I am reminded of a wise old adage I should have carefully heeded:  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”  Need I say more?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Mally Beauty Dusk Evercolor Shadow Stick review and photos.

Mally Dusk

Winter time has steadily become one of my most dreaded seasons of the year.  You may have noticed a brief blogging hiatus on my part–this was not due to boredom or laziness.  No my friends, I was and currently still battling a nasty chest cold and runny nose.  Even though my heart yearned to use my beloved products, my incessant coughing made for the ultimate buzz kill.  The silver lining during all this, was time to research (AKA: order) some goodies I have been eyeing for a while.  Mally Beauty Dusk Evercolor Shadow Stick ($25 USD/ 1.6 g) luckily provided me with a glimmer of happiness I needed to lift my spirits (and look).  I hope you enjoy!

Mally Dusk

  • My addiction to shadow sticks (from a variety of brands) is well documented throughout this blog. The ease of use and amazing wear time keep me constantly going back for more colors. Seriously, if one needs a product that will wear beautifully throughout the day into night, look no further than a shadow stick.
  • Dusk is a composed of a complex combination of brown, pink, and copper mixed with delicate silver shimmer.  The warm and cool aspect inherent in this shade makes for an attractive contrast against all eye colors.
  • Personally, I found this shade quite more versatile than expected.  On days when I just want to liven up some matte shadows, I simply apply a small amount on my ring finger and pat the color on the shadow.  The effect is quite subtle, yet the silver shimmers definitely brings a certain radiance to the look.  As an added bonus, shimmer fallout is non-existent with this method/formula.
  • Wearing Dusk full-on (see full face photo below) gives a beautiful gleaming look to the eye without appearing overdone.

Mally Dusk

  • Truthfully speaking, I did find Dusk to apply with a bit of drag, thus requiring a synthetic brush, or fingers to properly smooth out the color.  This was by no means a difficult task, but be forewarned a little extra effort is needed for this shade.  I suspect, the fair amount of shimmer in the formula could very well be the culprit for such resistance.
  • For the above photo, two coats of Dusk were applied to the mobile lid and evened out with a synthetic concealer brush.  MUFE M-600 mixed with MAC Uninterrupted was applied above my socket bone and lower lash line, with MUFE M-510 used to highlight the brow bone.  Laura Mercier Highlight 01 was used in the inner corner with Guerlain Black Liquid Liner and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (reviewed here)  to finish off the look.

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  • One can almost describe Dusk as having a mauve-like undertone, which in turn, pairs so well with a variety of copper shades.  For the above photo, Dusk was applied to the mobile lid and topped with the shimmery copper shade found in Tom Ford Cognac Shade Quad.  MAC Copper Reflects PigmentLaura Mercier Blazing Sun Eye Glace (reviewed here), or even a bit Mally Topaz Evercolor Shadow Stick (reviewed here) will make for acceptable substitutes.

Mally Dusk

  • The above look lasted 11 hours, with three of those hours spent in a humid pool environment.

Ingredients for Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Sticks:

Evercolor Shadow Stick Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Polyethylene, Lauroyl Lysine, Ozokerite, Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax

May Contain: Lecithin, Tocopheryl, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid

**Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Sticks are made in Italy, come in 24 shades and can be found at mallybeauty.com, QVC, beauty.com, and ulta.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you unequivocally, Mally Beauty Dusk Evercolor Shadow Stick is one of the best eyeshadow colors/formula on the market.  The long-lasting aspect, gorgeous universal color, convenient application, youthful finish and versatile use makes this one of my most treasured shade sticks in my collection.  Will I be getting more colors?  You bet your sweet bippy.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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