Charlotte Tilbury Eye Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows

August 21, 2015
Charlotte Tilbury launched her new Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows several months ago ($32 each for 0.24 fl oz/7 ml). I bought five of the six shades as soon as I saw them at my local Nordstrom counter but then went on vacation, took photos, but never got around to reviewing them. I’ve been playing with these for quite some time now and think they are really amazing. I think they are little pots of magic for the eyes. If you’re a fan of the Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadows, you will love the ones from Charlotte Tilbury. The concept and texture of the Charlotte Tilbury’s are similar to those of Tom Ford’s. They both have a super creamy feel, they are easy to blend, they layer quite beautifully and you can control the pigment. On my lids they last all day without budging as long as I don’t rub my eyes. They feel weightless and have the most beautiful shimmer. A quick note on cream shadows – I don’t have oily lids and I rarely wear a primer because I find most drying on my skin. I like creamier eye bases such as the one from Edward Bess or cream shadows in general because they help powder shadows adhere to my lids better.

The Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise wear well alone or layered together. I am thoroughly impressed with how easy it is to layer and control pigment. Some cream shadows disappear or sheer out a lot once you blend. The ones from Charlotte Tilbury can be sheered out, but they still have extremely good pigment. Some close ups, descriptions and swatches of the 5 shades I picked out below.


Norma Jean is a pale golden champagne color. It has the most beautiful shimmer in it. I love this all over the lids or as a base color. There is a bit of champagne pink mixed in a tiny bit of peach in the shimmer. It’s really quite stunning.

Marie Antoinette is a sparkling golden brown taupe color. This one looks neutral-warm in the pot but goes on my skin more neutral-cool because of the silvery shimmer particles. This one will probably look very different on your skin if you have cool tones or fair skin. On my medium/olive skin it’s a gorgeous my lids but better kind of color.

Bette is a warm coppery gold. On my skin this pulls very warm and very gold. I like it layered on top of either Norma Jean or Marie Antoinette to create depth or a soft gradient.

Mona Lisa is a shimmering soft brown with plum undertones. It’s pure genius with the complex mix of cool and warm sparkles. It’s like a chocolate color, bronze shade and plum all mixed in one.


Veruschka is one of the most interesting khaki shimmers I’ve seen. This one is a bit sheerer in finish compared to the others with one swipe but it is easy to layer. I have a hard time wearing olive colors. The olive + olive skin combo sometimes makes my face look very tired and sallow. This one has a beautiful mix of gold, green, olive and silver shimmers to make it more complex. It’s not a color I can wear on its own. I’m still experimenting with color combinations on this one.


The colors I picked all lined up side by side. The teal shade Cleopatra is beyond gorgeous. I was very tempted to purchase but it’s not a color I suspect I would wear frequently. I might go back for it because it’s so striking, but for now I’m really happy with the five that I have. They are among the best in cream shadows that I’ve tried (tied with Tom Ford).

Swatches heavy:

Swatches heavy but blended:

Comparisons to some other shades, both sets are the same, one is just a close up:

Armani Eye Tints 12, 9, 11 and 5 (reviewed here)
Tom Ford Escapade (discontinued, reviewed here)
Tom Ford Spring 2015 (reviewed here)
Chanel Caroube (review + swatched here)
Tom Ford Platinum and Spice (reviewed here)

One last shot lined up:

I can’t rave enough about these. I think all five are outstanding. Veruschka is the only one I’m a bit iffy about mainly because I don’t really love olive colors, but there is a lovely complexity to the color that makes it really unique. I couldn’t find exact dupes with Tom Ford, Chanel or Armani. There are similarities in a lot of the colors so you may want to shop your stash before splurging. I give each one a huge thumbs up. For those curious, I’ve been applying them with my fingers but brushes work too. If you’re looking for pretty cream shadows with really good pigment and sophisticated shimmer these are really fun. The colors are gorgeous. You can use them as a traditional cream shadow for the lids or as a highlighter for the inner corners.

You can find the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Eyeshadows at all Charlotte Tilbury counters now. Online at Nordstrom, Beautylish, Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman and Charlotte Tilbury.

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  • I bought four of these on release……Bette, Jean, Marie Antoinette & Mona Lisa. These are going to last forever so little goes such a long way. I'm really happy with them in that they require little effort to look good. Some have complained there are creasing issues after prolonged wear but I don't tend to wear cream eyeshadow for more than evening so not a huge issue for me. Burberry have just released 8 cream eye shadows and I'm looking forward to comparing them with these. As a huge fan of Burberry Beauty I'm expecting great things. I think these CT cream eye shadows might actually be in my Top 5 favourite products from CT as I have been fairly ambivalent about the brand of late…..too gimmicky and marketing led. But given a choice between these and Tom Ford, Tom Ford still wins for me. Just by sheer virtue of the fact that it is Tom Ford and he leads where others follow. Xx

  • Such delicious pictures!!! I really love them too. My favourite is Marie Antoinette, which is funny because I thought I'd like Mona Lisa best. But I wear all the ones I have!!! They are the perfect one swipe eye colours.
    In fact, I applied Marie Antoinette at 7am this morning and it's now past 10pm and it still looks perfect…. (I use primer though).

  • These are absolutely stunning, I like the look of the champagne toned one the most so I think I will be picking that up some time soon 🙂 it's gorgeous!

    Just Little Things xo

  • I really like Verushka! I'm NW45ish, so I think that shade would look great on me.

  • They all look BEAUTIFUL, especially Bette! x

    TR's Thoughts

  • Anonymous

    Ohhh goodness!!! This post! I've been trying my best on holding off on getting these…so gorgeous. I'm making myself try them on at Nordstrom before I get a little to giddy online. I love one stop cream shadows and these colors are just calling my name! Cheers, Cherie

  • I have Bette and Mona Lisa and wear them all the time, I'm eyeing Marie Antoinette :p

  • Omg, these are stunning!! I want all! I'm so in love with cream eye shadows at the moment and I think I need more. Beautiful photos and a great review!

    Nicky | Zeeb Likes It x

  • great post, thanks for the comparisons xxxx

  • These look so good, haven't tried anything CT yet 🙁

  • These are beautiful! Definitely want to go to the counter to see them in person..

  • These are all really beautiful, the texture is gorgeous.

  • These shadows look absolutely gorgeous!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

  • It's really interesting to see how polarizing these eyeshadows have been. People seem to either love them and have great success with them or they are a complete disappointment. I'm in the latter camp. I was given two shades to blind test by a friend of mine who is a well known and respected MA. He applied them and sent me on my way with two small unlabeled pots; told me to play around with them for a week and then get back to him. I also have dry lids and seldom wear an eyeprimer. The CT shadows did apply beautifully and looked gorgeous but only for a couple of hours before the colors started looking a bit muddied and began creasing. For me, they were a completely fail 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Marie Antoinette is a very intriguing color. I am not very skilled with these cream eyeshadows in pots. My one and only Tom Ford is rarely used and my Chanel Illusion d'Ombre are challenging in their application. I find the Laura Mercier Kaviar sticks easier to use and longer lasting. Thank you for this beautiful review.

  • I've got Verushka and I love it – I can see that it might be a difficult colour for some, but for me, it's perfect for a cool, casual eye (I'm pale with very light grey/blue/green eyes). As I mostly keep it close to the lash line, creasing has not ben an issue.

  • Lovely! Do you happen to have the Ombre Blackstar from By Terry in Blonde Opal? I'm trying to find a very light, shimmery but not over the top ever day lid wash (my eyes are dark and deep set, so that's about all I can do without looking exhausted). Has to be a cream. Wondering how it compares to Norma Jean. I'm very fair, about NW20.

  • These are lovely! I especially love the khaki one but I also have problems wearing olive tones. I think my skin is a bit olive and my eyes are green so everything starts to look a bit muddy to my dismay. Beautiful swatches!

  • Sabrina these look wonderful but I think the TF Escapade would be the one for me….was it a LE?

    • Hi Sunnykm,
      Escapade was LE from the Summer 2013 collection as was Pink Haze. TF brought Pink Haze and Spring 2015 out again as part of his shadow duos for Summer 2015 and prior to that, TF reissued Platinum so you never know!

  • It took a long time for me to decide which shade i wanted (mona lisa) and I also wanted marie antoinette and veruschka. In the end, I skipped marie antoinette because I have TF platinum and thought maybe verushka might be too cool or wouldn't pair well with other shadows I have. What do you wear Veruschka with?

  • OMG!!! I want these!!! I want to try them out. Well, this is something worth checking out.

  • Wow! These look gorgeous. I'm sold after hearing they don't budge!

  • The only reason I haven't purchased one of these yet is because I can't decide what colour I want! The shade range is so gorgeous

    Ash / The Beauty Collection