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.
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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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Mally Beauty Topaz Evercolor Shadow Stick review.

Mally Beauty Topaz

In keeping with the whole budge-proof eye makeup theme, I decided to branch out to another brand and sample Mally Beauty Topaz Evercolor Shadow Stick ($25 USD/1.6g).  This dazzling coppery/bronze shade was just as impressive as my other shadow sticks.  In light of this positive outcome, the only dilemma I’m now facing is what color to purchase next.   🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Mally Topaz Shadow Stick

Mally Topaz

Mally Beauty Topaz Evercolor Shadow Stick swatch unblended and blended.

  • Mally Beauty Topaz’s formula possesses the same outstanding endurance, color intensity, and creaminess as all of the other shade sticks in my collection.  For reference I own Laura Mercier Caviar Stick ($28) (reviewed here and here), Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($32) and Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow ($34).  Funny enough, each contain the same amount of product (1.6 g) and all are manufactured in Italy–perhaps from the same magical region in the same enchanted factory.  🙂

Mally Topaz

  • Other than the price, the only discernible differences between the lines is the packaging and the setting time.  Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow is more shimmery than all the others (similar Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks) and sets almost immediately.  Laura Mercier Caviar Stick has more concentrated pigment and sets within one minute.  Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eyeshadow is super creamy and sets within ten seconds.
  • For all intents and purposes, these shadow sticks are made to withstand humidity and oily lids.  The lasting power of Topaz, to quote Mally herself, is indeed “Bullet-proof.”  Once Topaz sets (less than 30 seconds) it does not budge–so work fast my friends.
  • To ensure optimal performance, I religiously apply my NYX Primer (reviewed here) prior to eyeshadow application.  This method gives me over 12 hours of wear without any creasing, fading or transfer.
  • Due keep in mind, Topaz’s blendability (as with all shadow sticks) is somewhat compromised when applied over a primer, especially in the crease area.  Based on my arm swatches, which required some serious scrubbing to remove, I’m sure Topaz would perform brilliantly on its own.
  • Despite the phenomenal wear, evening removal is unbelievably effortless with my dual action makeup remover.

Mally Topaz Shadow Stick

  • This color does not contain any large shimmer particles, however the sophisticated metallic finish is evident when worn opaquely.  Topaz would look striking against all eye colors.  The complex fiery copper tones bring out the amber hues of brown eyes, the golden warmth of green and hazel eyes and the brightening cool tones of blue eyes.
  • For the above photo, Topaz was applied opaquely all over the lid area and lower lash line.  Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick was added lightly to the outer corner and paired with Guerlain Liquid Liner in 02 Bleu Outremer.  LM Khaki Caviar Stick was added to the inner waterline as a finishing touch.
Mally Topaz

Mally Beauty Topaz Evercolor Shadow Stick worn on the lower lash line.

  • Should you find the intensity of this color not suitable as a lid color, Topaz looks beautiful when blended on the lower lash line; the warm tone adds a certain radiance to any eye look.  I prefer to apply the color straight from the tube, blending out the pigment quickly and adding an accompanying powder eyeshadow on top for added dimension.
  • For the above photo, Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow (reviewed here) was applied to the mobile lid. Topaz was added to the lower lash line and blended out with a small amount of MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow.
  • Also worth mentioning, all of my shadow sticks, with the exception of Chanel Stylo, seems to have dislodged from their bases. Perhaps the creamy formula coupled with pressure during application causes the stick to break off. To salvage the situation, I simply place the stick back into position and gently press down. This seems to hold in place for a few more uses before the stick shifts again. Regardless, I still love these types of shadows and cannot help but want more colors.

Mally Topaz Shadow Stick.

Ingredient List for Mally Beauty Topaz Evercolor Shadow Stick:

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 offers 23 colors in the Evercolor Shadow Stick line and can be found at Beauty.com, mallybeauty.com, QVC.com**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would state the obvious, Mally Beauty Topaz Evercolor Shadow Stick is just as richly pigmented, blendable, creamy and long-lasting as any other shade stick on the market.  The packaging may not excite the masses, however, as any after-school special would pontificate–it’s what’s inside that matters.  🙂 Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy. 

-Maria

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