These days, we are far too busy, and it’s nothing to brag about. Truth is, if we could buy ourselves an extra couple hours in the day, we wouldn’t turn them away. With so little time on our hands, it’s tempting to just throw our beauty routine to the wind and go out barefaced (which we do, all the time). Who has 30 minutes to devote to perfecting her face?

We want to look gorgeous but there’s no chance we’re going to sacrifice our precious time. Plus, there’s the matter of our skill. Or lack thereof. It’s not like we’ve got a makeup artist-in-residence, you know. We’re happy to work at something if need be, but if we can find a shortcut that makes us look like a pro, we are all in.

Enter Charlotte Tilbury’s newest and greatest beauty set: Instant Look in a Palette ($85). While it may not be exactly instant—as in genie in a bottle—it promises a 5-minute face that glows like JLo. We’re not saying no to going from blah to shazam in no time flat.


Does it deliver? You bet. And the compliments? We were wondering why everyone was going gaga over our complexion. And then we remembered. Ah… Instant Look in a Palette.

It’s literally a paint-by-numbers route to a fabulous and glowing face.

The palm-sized case goes just about everywhere you go—work, gym, your weekend getaway— and contains everything you need to enhance what your mama gave you. The colours are flattering to every skin tone, blend easily, and look great on everyone. All of which translates to a perfect all for one and one for all solution that we can share with our BFFs. Or not.

If you’re going to splurge on one beauty item, this is the one.

What it has:  7 of Charlotte Tilbury’s secret best-selling glow-enhancing products

What you also need to finish your face: concealer, foundation, eyeliner, mascara, lipsCharlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

What You Get:

1. Eye Brighten: A colour correcting, brightening pale rose-hued eyeshadow. This product primes the surface of the eyelid for an all day application.

2. Eye Enhance: Add a dreamy dimension to your eyelid in a natural glowing champagne shade.

3. Eye Smoke: Define your eyes in a universally flattering taupe shade. Go light, or build it up for a natural smokey eye.

4. Face Bronzer: Define your cheekbone hollows, jawline and nose shape with Filmstar Bronze & Glow, an all-natural, all skin tone bronzer.

5. Cheek Swish: For a healthy, happy glow, apply this tea rose hue to the apple of the cheek and blend it out.

6. Cheek Pop: Apply this uplifting pretty pink to the apple of your cheeks for a natural lit-from-within glow.

7. Face Highlighter: This stuff is candlelight for the skin. Apply to the outer C-section of the cheekbones, down the nose, on the bow of the lips and inner corners of the eyes.

We could tell you how easy this palette is to use, but instead, we’ll let Charlotte show you. Her tutorials are one of the reasons that we adore her entire line of cosmetics. Now don’t even get us started on the lipsticks…

Buy Charlotte Tilbury at, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.

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