2.24.2015

charlotte tilbury: a review


So unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've at least heard of Charlotte Tilbury, one of the world's most sought after makeup artists. She has her own collection of makeup and skin care products and I can't tell you how excited I was to get my hands on some of the items to test out for a review. 


Every product was created with Charlotte's 20+ years of artistry tips & tricks in mind and trust me, they all look fantastic. I only wish I had a CT beauty counter nearby to play with everything and didn't have to ooh & awe over everything by just browsing online.



I'll go ahead and start off by saying this was my absolute favorite of the bunch. You've probably seen this cult-favorite product in magazines and maybe even on instagram. It's used all the time on the red carpet and adored by so many. Including me.

The bronzer is the perfect not-too-orange, not-too red shade. It creates the perfect shadow, while warming up the skin. The highlight is a beautiful pearl shade that will flatter any tone. It's not glittery at all, but is able to capture the light in the most luminous of ways using Light Flex Technology, which captures light and radiates it out, giving a super Giselle-esque look. It's by far my favorite highlight I've ever tried. Used together, these products work wonders in giving that sculpted and radiant look we all seem to be after.

You can see in this swatch that the highlight doesn't really look shimmery, but don't be deceived! When it catches the light in real life, it's glowing, stunning, radiant... all of the above.

At $68, yes it's a little pricey. But this product is so pigmented, you need just the tiniest amount. Also, when you think about contour and highlight, those aren't two products that you will need tons of, so plan on this lasting a long time. I've used mine almost every day for the past few weeks and I've barely even made a dent in the pretty design that is etched into the product. It applies perfectly with the Powder & Sculpt Brush, which is ideal for applying contour and highlight due to its tapered end. Having both products in one compact is very convenient and the colors apply so well together. The two combine to create the most gorgeous glow. It's really a lovely product and I don't hesitate one bit to say that this is one luxury product that is absolutely positively worth the price.



I was attracted to these colors because I felt they would take me from day to night pretty easily. There's a warm champagne color on the top left for providing a light base, a minky taupe on the top right for enhancing, a warm bronzey brown on the bottom right for smoking out the look, and finally, a darker golden glitter shade on the bottom left for a subtle pop. 

L to R, colors listed as described above: warm champagne, minky taupe, darker golden glitter (see, it's suble and the glitter only appears when catches the light!), and the warm bronzey brown

These shades blend in so well with one another and can provide many different looks. They aren't the most buttery or pigmented shadows I've ever used, but the colors are so unique and beautiful. I've been wearing them everyday and haven't found myself reaching for any other eyeshadow palettes at all. This one gives me everything I need for day to day—and even for a night look. 



Acclaimed to be the holy grail of foundations... let's just say that phrase set my expectations pretty high. This product is described as an air-light formula with wonder powers and according to CT, it illuminates, smoothes, hydrates, minimizes pores and reduces wrinkles for perfect skin.

Do I think it is a beautiful foundation? Yes. Is it my favorite ever? Not at the moment, at least. I'm looking forward to trying this in the summer because my favorite foundations change depending on the season and who knows, it might be my number one then. There really isn't any one thing I can tell you that I didn't like about this foundation—it's a beautiful one, but it didn't blow my socks off like I had hoped. I will let you know if my mind changes!

I have it in shade #4, which was spot on for me. I love foundations that get that golden undertone right. If you need help finding your shade, here's a great guide


This foundation allowed my skin to breath, but yet the coverage wasn't skimping. It was just enough. I would say that it's a light to medium coverage, yet it's buildable. On me, it wasn't very long lasting, but this could be completely different for you because the description claims that it should last for 18 hours. One thing I love about the formulation is that it contains a botanical alternative to retinol that is said to stimulate epidermal renewal by kick-starting collagen production, delaying the onset of wrinkles. Got to love a good multi-tasker.

Have you ever tried any Charlotte Tilbury products? Anything I've just got to try? Tell me, tell me!



This is not a sponsored post. I was sent the products to test out, but was not required to review. All opinions are my own!


8 comments:

  1. So happy to read this, I have been wanting to try some CT products but just haven't pulled the trigger yet. Really wanted to try the miracle cream but I will add the bronzer highlighter duo to my list!!

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  2. Woah I need that bronzer/highlighter combo!!!

    Annie Reeves

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  3. Wow looks like really nice stuff...I'd love to try the eyeshadow palette.

    -Lauren
    www.prettypiecesblog.com

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  4. Have you ever tried the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Foundation? I've been loving it for my oily skin and it lasts all day!

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  5. The eyeshadoe sticks are awesome!!! Love her stuff.

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  6. We're is the lovely makeup bag from, from the first picture x

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  7. I am so happy you reviewed her products. I was eyeing them the other day at BG, but didn't pull the trigger on anything. I really want to try the highlight/bronzer duo now! You always have great makeup reviews, love them!

    Thanks!

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