MAKEUP | Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation


I wasn’t intending on reviewing this foundation, but I’ve been seeing nothing but raves about it (mostly from girls who received this in their Influenster box or as PR samples) so I felt it was only right to share my views. I’m talking about the recently(ish) released Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE CHARLOTTE TILBURY. I have to yell that at the top of my lungs because it is true. Her products have quickly become an absolute staple in my makeup kit, for example her pressed powder is the first pressed powder I ever finished. I also use several of her other complexion products because most of them are AMAZING. That being said, the Airbrush Flawless Foundation has failed me in many many ways.

The TL;DR version of it is that it oxidizes poorly, sinks into pores, and doesn’t sit well on my dry skin.

The shade I have, which I received from Sephora as a deluxe sample with purchase, is 4 Neutral. When it goes on my face, it is way too light, as if I’m wearing a mask, but 20-30 minutes later, the shade has oxidized to the point of it being perfectly suited for my skin. A foundation should not oxidize that much, especially since I have dry skin so it’s not like it’s mixing with the oils on my skin to create something else. The brand says this is the foundation ‘adjusting’ to you skin, but really it’s just oxidizing. I don’t own any other foundations that oxidize like this, which is several shades deeper than what it looks like out of the bottle.

The first thing I noticed wasn’t even the oxidization, but rather how much this stuff sinks into pores. Again I reiterate I have dry skin, and I generally have pretty poreless skin. I’ve never owned a foundation like this that accentuated all of my pores, especially on my nose and cheek area. Thankfully I wear glasses so that area is a bit harder to see, but I know it’s there, and it’s not pretty. Charlotte Tilbury says to use this over the Magic Cream, which I haven’t tried yet and don’t plan on trying. I don’t need to use a specific skincare routine to make my foundation work – it shouldn’t be like that. I did try this over the Wonder Glow, which is Charlotte’s primer, and even then it sunk deep into my pores.

Charlotte advertises this as a hydrating foundation for those with dry skin. Unfortunately I didn’t find this to be the case at all. My skin felt dry and tight when I used this, and not skin relieving or hydrating. Even the long-wearing foundations I have that aren’t supposed to be hydrating feel more comfortable on my skin than this one. I didn’t change up my skincare routine at all when I used this, and even added a hydrating serum at night (which was washed off in the morning) to help my skin feel more comfortable. Unfortunately my skin was still dry feeling.

I’m not really sure how Charlotte got it so wrong this time. I have the Hollywood Flawless Filter and I love it. I also have the Light Wonder foundation and I also use that once in a while; it’s not my go-to foundation but it fills a need in my foundation collection.

If you’re looking for a foundation, stay far away from this one. I rarely write about a product with no redeeming qualities, but unfortunately this is one of them.

NEW IN BEAUTY | Charlotte Tilbury Genius Magic Loose Powder, Stars in your Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, Pillow Talk Luxury Eye Palette and Blush


I have a few Charlotte Tilbury reviews for you today. I first posted about these a few months ago when the photos were posted on Instagram. I’m so excited that I now have all three products that I wanted from the new releases in my hands!

The first product is a release that is permanent (not limited edition) – Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder (C$58). When I first heard that Charlotte was releasing a new loose powder, of course I got excited. I LOVE the Airbrush Flawless Finish pressed powder, it is one of the only powders that I’ve finished completely and then repurchased. It is so finely milled and skin smoothing, while setting and mattifying my face. It is one of the top items I highly recommend from the brand. When the loose powder came out, I received a jar from PR to try out. I read some reviews on the Charlotte Tilbury website that said it had a really strong scent, but I didn’t think too much about it. When I first opened it though, I was completely taken aback by the scent. It is super strong and smells really terrible, like chemicals or plastic or something. Over time it does dissipate, but it’s still a bit unnerving especially if you aren’t expecting it.

I’m just… okay about this powder. I don’t think it’s finely milled or smoothing as the pressed version. It does have a bit of micro shimmer so you get a bit of glow to your skin after you apply this, but that’s not something I tend to look for in a powder. I wear shade 1, which is a pretty good match for my light skin tone, and the same shade I wear in the pressed powder version. Comparing the two, I still prefer the Airbrush Flawless Finish.


The next product is the Stars in your Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (C$95), a 12-shade palette comprised of four different eye looks. I skipped on last year’s 12-shade palette, but I’m really happy I purchased this year’s. It has a rose gold, blush, and purple theme to it, which is completely up my alley. I love Charlotte’s eyeshadows, they are essentially the only shadows I wear now (unless I’m wanting to be super adventurous one day), because they are incredibly foolproof, have amazing staying power (without primer, and I have relatively oily eyelids), and come in a variety of shade combinations for basically any eye look. The Stars in your Eyes palette has the same amazing quality of Charlotte’s normal quads, which is really nice because sometimes limited edition palettes tend to not be as good quality as the regular collection. My favourite daily eye look is Love Eyes, the first set of colours, for a super easy girly eye look.

Compared to a normal Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette, this actually is incredible value. A normal CT quad is C$66, whereas you get eight more shades in this palette for an extra C$30. This is currently still available on the Charlotte Tilbury website, and will also be available in stores at Nordstrom Canada and Holt Renfrew. I highly recommend buying this in stores, because I had a pretty bad experience ordering from their website (see my mini-rant later in this post).


Lastly I have two products from the Pillow Talk collection, which sold out online in a matter of days, but I have heard rumours that it will be at Nordstrom in January / early next year. I have the Pillow Talk Luxury Eye Palette, a quad of blush pink shades with rose gold shimmer, as well as the Pillow Talk blush. I originally only had my eye on the Pillow Talk eye palette but then after seeing a tutorial on Charlotte’s Youtube channel, I had to order the blush too.

The Pillow Talk Luxury Eye Palette is GORGEOUS. I LOVE rosy blush colours right now and it is such a beautiful, foolproof, easy to apply, eye palette. I have my eye on this for future wedding makeup inspiration. I was surprised at how similar it is to the earlier limited edition Exaggereyes palette, so if you have Exaggereyes you won’t need Pillow Talk. Pillow Talk is slightly warmer and more rosy and Exaggereyes is slightly more cool-toned, so you’ll get a more neutral look with Exaggereyes but a more romantic, girly eye look with Pillow Talk.

The Pillow Talk Blush is a nice every day neutral blush to warm up your skin. It’s not anything too special though, like I didn’t notice that it was particularly amazing on me. It does help me look more alive and healthy, which is nice, but I can achieve a similar look with other neutral blushes. I probably prefer the look of Charlotte’s Sex on Fire blush over this one.

In conclusion? Buy the Pillow Talk Eye Palette, the Stars in your Eyes Palette, and the Airbrush Flawless Finish pressed powder, and skip the Genius Magic Powder and the Pillow Talk Blush.

Semi-related to this, I had a horrible time ordering from the Charlotte Tilbury website for the Pillow Talk products. Long story short, I ordered off their official website, but there were delays left and right, no communication from their customer service, and then the product was sold out. There were a few days when I thought I wouldn’t even be getting the product, which caused me quite a bit of stress. I heard from others who have purchased from the official website during a popular product launch that this is not uncommon. The customer service during this time was slow and basically nonexistent (you try calling their customer service line and you get a recorded message saying to e-mail them… ouch).

When I get my packages from her, it comes from a third party logistics provider, i.e., the Charlotte Tilbury company itself doesn’t ship out your products, which isn’t uncommon either. Also, I got a sense that the customer service was provided by a third party call centre company too, because they seemed a bit disconnected from what was actually going on, and the messages going out on social media. It seems like the only thing that was actually done by the Charlotte Tilbury company was the social media aspect, which is why they were constantly promoting products even though they weren’t able to fulfill them – because the fulfillment wasn’t in their hands. When you tweet at their official Twitter, most companies provide support directly on their social media, but their Twitter also tells you to just e-mail the customer service – likely because they are run by different companies with different mandates.

All in all, after the stress, I did get my products, but it made me think twice about order off the official website. I’d rather purchase from Nordstrom or Holts where they actually have dedicated customer service agents who are responsive, and real people you can talk to. It doesn’t affect the products themselves, but of course the experience will always affect how you view or support / don’t support a brand.

Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder was sent to me by PR, everything else I purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

SNEAK PEEK | Charlotte Tilbury releases for fall 2018, including Pillow Talk Luxury Palette, swatches and MOREEEE

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk collection, including Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Luxury Eye Palette and Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blush

I saw these photos on Instagram of the new Charlotte Tilbury collection that is coming out later this fall and I am OBSESSED. I LOVE my Charlotte Tilbury and every time she releases something, my heart just skips a beat. They were on Instagram stories so I wanted to make sure that I saved all of the photos (and SWATCHES) so that all Charlotte-obsessed fans out there, like me, can have something to look forward to!

The main thing that I am super excited about is the Pillow Talk collection, which includes Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic blusher and a Pillow Talk Luxury Palette!!! Charlotte’s Luxury Eye Palette’s are my absolute go-to eye palette whenever I want to create a fool-proof look, and even though most of them are “neutrals,” they all very different and create very different neutral, but still amazing eye looks.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Luxury Eye Palette swatches

Next we have some new concealer! The Magic Away Concealer comes in 16 different shades and this looks to be Charlotte’s first full coverage concealer. The shade range is pretty impressive, going from very very fair and even white, to very dark.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer swatches of all shades

Next, we have some Star Lips. These appear to be sheer lip balms with a glossy finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Star Lips

Lastly, we have another long multi-look palette – the Stars-in-your-Eyes Palette. Similar to the Instant Eye palette, this one comes with four different eye looks in one long palette. Different from the Instant Eye Palette is that this one is more pink-toned, whereas the original is very neutral.


Charlotte Tilbury Stars-in-your-Eyes Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Stars-in-your-Eyes Palette swatches

Hopefully this gives all Charlotte fans something to look forward to in the coming months. I already have a few items on my to-buy list. I love both of the original Pillow Talk products. The lip liner is my go-to, and I also picked up the lipstick TWICE because I misplaced my first one (it was still brand new too!).

Photos are courtesy of Glamalyst on Instagram, who reposted it from someone else (may have been reposted a few times actually).

NEW IN BEAUTY | Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-Eyes, L’Occitane en Provence Almond Delightful Body Balm, and Givenchy Le Rouge Liquid

Review of Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-Eyes, L'Occitane en Provence Almond Delightful Body Balm, and Givenchy Le Rouge Liquid

A few beauty products launched earlier this spring that I wanted to share with you guys! First up is the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Exagger-Eyes (C$66). When I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was bringing out additional Luxury Eye Palettes, I was absolutely elated. Charlotte Tilbury eye palettes are one of my absolute favourites; I take them with me everywhere I travel because I know I can rely on them for a beautiful, long lasting eye look. She released two new variations – Transform-Eyes and Exagger-Eyes – both aimed at creating bigger, brighter eyes. I received Exagger-Eyes from PR and I can’t be more happy about it.

Of the two new palettes, Exagger-Eyes is the more neutral one (Transform-Eyes is very warm-toned). It is a fantastic palette to create a subtle, natural eye look that still has a bit of pop. If you love neutral palettes, you gotta pick this one up. Charlotte’s palettes are also completely foolproof and can be used by anyone with any makeup skill, so even if you are a complete makeup newbie, you can create a beautiful look from this one. Including this one, I own five of Charlotte’s eyeshadows so you know that they are definitely good enough to collect.

Next is a luxurious body care product from L’Occitane’s almond range, one of my favourite body care collections. I LOVE the Almond Shower Oil and it is a constant staple in my shower, both at home and on travels. The new Almond Delightful Body Balm (C$44) is such a luxurious treat. It is incredibly moisturizing and great for those with dry, scaly skin. I use this all over my legs before bed and I wake up with super soft, silky skin. It is a bit heavy for the summer, so I only use a little bit, and it can also be used to boost the moisture properties of your other Almond body products. I can see myself really indulging in this during the colder months. For now though, I’m using it sparingly both because it is so effective and because it is such a treat for the skin.

Lastly, we have something that I’ve been anticipating for a while – the Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide (C$44)! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Givenchy lipsticks. I own several of the Le Rouge lipsticks as they are one of my absolute favourites. They released a liquid version of this amazing formula that is housed in the same gorgeous leather case. At the media launch in Vancouver, received a PR sample of this lipstick in #412 Grenat Alpaga, which is a deep garnet red. I later went back a few days later and purchased the shade #101 Nude Cachemire, which is a gorgeous my-lips-but-better nude pink.

The formula of this is great – good coverage but still lightweight, and dries down to a powdery matte. It’s not drying at all, compared to other liquid lipsticks, and feels very comfortable on the lips. For a liquid lipstick, the applicator is great because the product twists up, but you can actually wipe clean the applicator so that it doesn’t get gunky. Overall recommend!

You can purchase Charlotte Tilbury and Givenchy at Holt Renfrew. L’Occitane products are available at their retail stores or online.

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Top 10 splurge-worthy luxury products, featuring La Prairie, Guerlain, Vintner’s Daughter, Charlotte Tilbury, and more

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

On this blog, I feature a ton of beauty products all the time. A lot of them are luxury products, some of them are worth buying, others not so much. I wanted to do a quick roundup of some of the luxury products truly worth picking up, and also give you guys a quick guide as to what to invest your money in to get the best bang for your buck.

  1. La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation* (C$295 for 30mL) – Starting this list with a bang is my all-time favourite luxury foundation. I’ve talked about this a ton on the blog, and you can see my original in-depth review here. This is what I use when I need a guaranteed good skin day and night. It lasts all day and into the evening, and wears beautifully on the skin. It is expensive, and the price has actually gone up since the last time I reviewed it. Your foundation covers your face for usually 12+ hours a day, you really want something that will not just cover up your skin, but also treat it at the same time. If $300 is just way too much for you, I also love Guerlain Parure Gold foundation. It doesn’t have quite the level of skincare benefits in it, but it also gives me a flawless complexion that I can count on.
  2. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls* (C$76) – I love these and I’ve talked about them extensively on the blog as well (one review here). They are the perfect finishing powder to give you a blurred, glow from within look. They are truly the real life Instagram filter. I love them so much that I own four jars of the Pearls from the different releases, as well as two variations of the pressed version (the first few I purchased myself so I’m not just saying that because I received some as PR samples!). If you have the extra budget, the Meteorites Voyage Compact is the ultimate luxury version, but will set you back C$200.
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (C$80) – My favourite bronzing, sculpting, and highlighting compact, reviewed here. Actually, my favourite highlighter of all time. Mine actually cracked recently and the highlight is now missing a big corner of it, so I can’t travel with it. I’m so devastated that I might actually go pick up a brand new one just so I can take it around with me.
  4. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum* (C$240 for 30mL) – The ultimate in face oils, this is the best of the best. I originally reviewed it here, so you can hear my backstory about how I started using this. I love this for when I have tired, stressed, dry, or angry skin that just won’t cooperate. It has amazing active ingredients in it, and is so nourishing. It feels amazing on the skin, both during application and afterwards, and then the morning after. It also smells incredible. I use this whenever I need that extra oomph!Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary reviewLa Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation review
  5. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL) – Another favourite face oil / balm is this blue cult favourite. I’ve talked about May’s products repeatedly on the blog, and I can’t rave about it enough with my friends. I love using this when my skin is feeling congested, as it has amazing healing and soothing properties. Compared to Vintner’s Daughter ABS, it’s lighter and more soothing, less nourishing. Both are moisturizing, but I like them for different purposes. I love using this to de-stress, and the scent alone calms me. Yes you need both, yes both are simply amazing.
  6. La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil* (C$430 for 30mL) – The last oil on this list, this relies on high tech and science, rather than natural botanicals. Different than the other two, I love this one for its versatility. It is a very lightweight oil that dries down almost immediately, with no residue or leftover greasy feeling. It’s fantastic for mixing in with your foundation or moisturizer, or used on its own. It also smells really fresh, and I love that for my mornings when I want something lighter. I mostly use this in the morning, compared to the other two that I use exclusively at night.
  7. Diptyque Room Spray (C$89 for 150mL) – I used to love burning candles, until I got my princess Noodles the Siamese cat, and then I got really paranoid about candles because she might hurt herself (or burn our home down if she accidentally knocks one over). I fell in love with Diptyque Room Spray on my trip to New York. The one I picked up was Baies (berries, which is scented with rose and blackcurrant), and it smells so good. One spritz is all you need for a medium sized room and it lasts a really long time. The bottle is pricey but we’ve used it every night since we’ve been back from New York and we’ve barely made a dent. I plan on picking up Figuier next; that was boyfriend’s preferred scent when we went to try it out, but I really loved Baies and have been wanting a Baies candle for a long time, so I had to get it. Well now I have an excuse to pick up Figuier too!
  8. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser* (C$104 for 125mL) – The only cleanser on this list because I don’t generally believe in splurging in cleansers, but this one is SO GOOD. It’s a physical scrub and enzyme-based cleanser in one, and it’s pretty much the only physical scrub I use. I actually have the 50mL one because I couldn’t bear to spend over $100 on a cleanser, and I’ve been using it sparingly. I really love it, and you can also layer it with the Resurfacing Mask for a deeper cleanse.
  9. T3 Featherweight Blow Dryer (C$320) – I’ve never talked about this on my blog, but I have a T3 Dryer that I purchased from Sephora in 2012, and it’s still my favourite hair tool. I’ve used other blow dryers after that but I always still go back to this one. It’s lightweight, relatively quiet, hot, and dries my hair in record time. I have the older, original model, the current one is the Featherweight 2i, so I don’t know how this one performs, but I really love the original. With a good hair dryer, you save yourself a lot of time every time you wash your hair.
  10. Laura Mercier Body Souffle (C$72 for 355mL) – It’s a pain for me to say this because for a body cream, it is SO exorbitantly expensive. It is so good though, which is why I have to put it on this list. I purchased a set of six minis during the holidays, which came with six different “flavours” of the famous LM Body Souffle. I really wish I didn’t, but I fell in love so quickly that I had to buy the full size. Thankfully I did have the $20 VIB gift voucher from Sephora so I paid “only” $52 for this. I love this stuff because it’s so moisturizing, but it absorbs really quickly without feeling sticky. I have perpetually dry skin and this body moisturizer lasts until I wash it off, leaving my skin feel silky and hydrated, and also prevents itching. I compared it with the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream that a lot of people are obsessing over, but I actually prefer this one. The Bum Bum cream leaves weird residue on my skin that never fully absorbs, whereas this one will absorb fully. Both smell AMAZING, but the Bum Bum cream scent will pretty much never dissipate, whereas this dissipates after an hour or so (which is my preference).

In terms of products I generally don’t prefer to spend too much money on, those are usually products that get washed off, such as cleansers or body washes. I review some luxury cleansers but only a select few will get the thumbs up from me, and usually because it does more than just cleanse. I generally use pretty inexpensive body products; I will buy LUSH shower gel but that’s pretty much it.

Facial mists are the other thing that I don’t spend too much money on, there are a select few that I think are worth the price (such May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden), but I won’t necessarily go out of my way to purchase it. You can get pretty inexpensive facial mists that do the same thing, and I’d rather spend my money on something more potent like serums or moisturizers. I was recently gifted a tube of Marvis toothpaste. They are $12 for a small-ish size tube here. While it’s a nice splurge once in a while, I don’t think it’s a total necessity, and in my personal opinion, I’d rather buy cheap toothpaste, then pool the savings together over a year and buy myself a nice serum, you know?

What are some luxury splurges you love?

Products that were provided by PR are denoted with *, others were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Sneak peek – quick review and swatches – Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

I was super lucky to get one of these not-yet-released Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks in my Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall media preview gift bag. This line of 10 liquid lipsticks is slated to launch on August 10 in the UK, so hopefully we’ll see them soon on this side of the pond as well. Pricing information is not yet known for Canada, but if it’s like all of her other lipstick products, it should be around C$39.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips features:

  • Cut-out doe foot applicator which is designed to mimic the curvature of the lips to create an ultimate volume boost
  • Sea Lavender SC, an anti-ageing ingredient that boosts collagen (more plump lips!)
  • Hyaluronic acid to firm and plump, also soothes and comforts

The doe foot applicator is very well designed in that one “scoop” is more than enough to cover the entire lip. I even had to blot because I found that it provided a bit too much product.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The shade I have is Charlotte Darling, which is a peachy nude brown. Charlotte does an incredible nude lip, and this one is no different. At first when I put it on, it looked SO orangey-brown, and it also felt way too drying, settling a bit into lines. After a few minutes, it really warms up beautifully on the skin and then it becomes a really nice peachy colour that’s very wearable and didn’t look brown at all. Despite it being a matte lipstick, it doesn’t dry down to be drying, and it is also very comfortable and weightless to wear. It has a moussey texture that kind of reminds me of the Jeffree Star liquid lips, but even more weightless. As with all matte liquid lipsticks, though, this doesn’t layer well on top of itself so I wouldn’t suggest this for touchups throughout the day.

You can sign up for advanced notice and sneak peeks of Charlotte’s new upcoming Hollywood collection, which includes this liquid lip.

You can pick up Charlotte Tilbury products at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, located at 737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4.

The swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

Product received as part of a gift bag from a media event; all opinions are my own.

Transform your rocker chic look from day to night with Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth’s Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

As you all know my crazy obsession with Charlotte Tilbury’s products, today I’m really excited to share with you the newest Charlotte Tilbury look that I’ve had the pleasure of testing – The Rock Chick! In addition to The Rock Chick, I also enjoy using The Vintage Vamp, The Sophisticate, The Bombshell, and my absolute favourite, The Dolce Vita.

The Rock Chick Luxury Palette (C$66) is coordinated like any other of Charlotte’s palettes to create a desk to dusk, to disco look – from the top left corner in a clockwise direction we have the prime, enhance, smoke, and pop shades, with the top two shades being the desk shades (most daytime appropriate), right two shades being the dusk shades (for after work drinks or events), and adding the bottom two to create the disco look (for those nights out).

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

The Rock Chick is one of Charlotte’s only cool-tone leaning palettes. It contains a shimmery champagne (prime), a shimmery taupe (enhance), a matte grey (smoke) and a glittery silver taupe (pop). The texture of each shade is as amazing as every other Charlotte palette I’ve used – it’s smooth, almost creamy, and extremely pigmented with very good adhesion and staying power. This palette creates an amazing smokey eye that looks great on all skin tones. I don’t generally use glittery shades, but the pop shade in this one really ties the entire look together. The glitter does not migrate, and instead helps to create a very cohesive, funky chic look. I never use primers with Charlotte’s eyeshadows (I have to with other shadows because my lids are oily) and I always get a full day’s wear out of them with just minimal creasing and fading. They’re the one eyeshadow palette that I reach for time and time again.

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

During the day, pair your Rock Chick look with the ultra bright fuchsia Hot Lips lipstick in Bosworth’s Beauty (C$38). This is the most cool-toned lipstick in my collection, and honestly a bit too cool-toned for me. It is fiercely bright, and will definitely create a statement. In addition to it being so bright and cool-toned for my skintone, I actually found the formula to be a bit streaky and settle into lip lines. Sadly this one is a pass, unless you have very pale or cool-toned skin. I would prefer something more neutral like KISSING Lipstick in Bitch Perfect or Penelope Pink, or Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillowtalk.

At night, pick up a more vampy lipstick suck as KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson (C$38). Charlotte’s KISSING Lipstick is one of my all time favourite lipstick formulas – I think I own like 6 of the 10. I love that it applies easily, is lightly hydrating, and is very lightweight on the lips. Night Crimson is a beautiful vampy red that can be worn sheerly like a vampy stain, or with full on coverage.

I highly recommend you check out The Rock Chick palette, or any one of Charlotte’s Luxury palettes. The KISSING Lipstick is also a winner. If you need more Charlotte Tilbury shopping ideas, check out my shopping guide here.

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Ultimate shopping guide to Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury shopping guide

In the last year or so, my Charlotte Tilbury collection has gone from zero to something like 30+ products. After much trial and error, here are my top 5 must-buy products, as well as top 5 products that were duds for me.

Must buys

  1. Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in the Dolce Vita – My favourite Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette, and super wearable for all skin tones. The colours are so wearable for both day and night looks; it doesn’t require a primer to show up with full pigmentation; and it stays put ALL DAY without fading, creasing, or smudging, which is completely unheard of for an eyeshadow palette on me without primer. I’ve worn this for 10+ hours straight with no touch-ups and no fading, and the eyeshadow looked as good as when I just applied it. You need this!
  2. Filmstar Bronze and Glow – If you have a limited budget (okay I’m using a very liberal definition of limited), then you need to buy the Filmstar Bronze and Glow as the only Charlotte Tilbury product. The bronzer gives you the most incredible sun kissed look, while also doubling as a natural sculpt and contour. The highlight is strong and gives you a very beautfiul glow. The powder is ultra refined
  3. Cheek to Chic Blusher in Sex on Fire – My favourite all-rounder blush from Charlotte Tilbury. It gives me a gorgeous rosy glow that’s great for all year round. Charlotte Tilbury blushes are very finely milled and super long lasting, which is great for those hot summer months when makeup tends to melt off your face.
  4. Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder – You NEED to feel this the next time you’re at a Charlotte Tilbury counter because it is so finely milled it’s almost creamy. This is the powder that I can pile on without it ever looking cakey or heavy, and even after multiple layers, it still looks really natural, light, and gives you a very smoothed over look. This is the ultimate low maintenance powder, it’s also the only powder I’ve hit pan on.
  5. Magic Cream + Wonder Glow + Light Wonder Foundation – Okay this is kinda cheating since there are three products here, but I have a legitimate reason for this. I tried the Magic Cream, Wonder Glow, and Light Wonder foundation separately on their own, and they are just meh. I found that the Magic Cream was too heavy, Wonder Glow glowy but not special, and Light Wonder Foundation just not offering enough coverage. However when used together, oh my goodness I get the most incredibly soft focused, glowy skin with medium coverage.

Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations

Honourary mentions: Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy, what I’ve been wearing a lot this summer; K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, my perfect pink nude without washing out my features; Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk, a pretty pale pink lip liner that is creamy and easy to use.


Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations

  1. Goddess Skin Clay Mask – I wanted to love this mask so much, it was one of the first Charlotte Tilbury products I’ve ever purchased. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for my skin, and it was expensive ($80…). I will still use it because I can’t bear to throw it away (because expensive…), but it’s just not worth the money or the time. I’d rather spend a few extra bucks to get the Ila Skin Face Mask for Revitalizing Skin, which is AMAZING and completely rejuvenates my skin.
  2. Magic Eye Rescue – It gave me milia, that’s all.
  3. Colour Chameleon – I LOVE this eyeshadow stick, it is long wearing, easy to blend, comes in gorgeous colours, and makes my eyes pop. However I’ve had mine for just over a year, with the cap on, and it has already dries to oblivion and now is unusable. I like my eyeshadow crayons to be convenient for on the go, and I can’t bring this out with me because the cap just doesn’t like to stay on, which aggravates the whole drying out thing. For something that is $32, this is just not acceptable, so despite how awesome it is, it’s just not practical or wallet-friendly.
  4. Feline Flick Pen – I generally prefer a brush applicator over a foam one, so the Feline Flick Pen lost points there. It also smudges on me, which is a big no-no.
  5. Full Fat Lashes – I know that this is a cult favourite of many people, I just couldn’t to get it to work on me. My lashes are naturally stick straight and also very short, so I need something that is lengthening, volumizing, and also holds a mean curl. This is none of them. It also smudges a bit on my lower lash line. I tried using this so many times, I just couldn’t find myself loving it, which sucks because so many people rave about it.

Honorary mentions: Classic Eye Pencil in Audrey, smudges on me in the first few hours; Magic Cream, Wonder Glow, Light Wonder Foundation separately, I just get much better results with other day creams, primers, and foundations separately, but together it’s like they have some magic synergy power.

What are your Charlotte Tilbury favourites? What are your Charlotte Tilbury duds?

Sultry summer date night makeup with Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look kit review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury makeup looks in a bag are one of the most versatile and convenient makeup kits you will find on the market. Today I have the Dolce Vita Look to share with you, which is inspired by glamourous red carpet stars such as Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, and Monica Bellucci. The look focuses on sultry bronzes paired with a seductive, juicy pink lip. The Dolce Vita look is also Charlotte’s most popular look, being transformative on every skin colouring. Previously, I’ve also showed you my interpretation of the Bombshell Look, as well as reviewed the Sophisticate Look and the Vintage Vamp palette.

Spoiler alert, I wasn’t expecting to love the Dolce Vita look so much, especially the palette, but it has quickly grown to overtake the Vintage Vamp palette as my all time favourite Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette.

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look kit review and swatches

The Dolce Vita Look kit includes:

  • LUXURY PALETTE – The Dolce Vita (Eyeshadow)
  • THE FELINE FLICK – Panther (Eye Liner)
  • FULL FAT LASHES – Glossy Black (Mascara)
  • CHEEK TO CHIC – Ecstasy (Blusher)
  • LIP CHEAT – Pillowtalk (Lip Liner)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G – Penelope Pink (Lipstick)
  • LIP LUSTRE – Seduction (Lip Gloss)

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita palette review and swatches

The Dolce Vita palette contains a shimmery champagne prime shade, a shimmer warm copper enhance shade, a shimmery neutral dark taupe smoke shade, and a warm gold glitter pop shade. I’m a fan of Charlotte Tilbury eye palettes and I wish she would create more in other shade variations. The texture and pigmentation are just beautiful, and the quality is very consistent across all palettes, including this one.

My reaction when I dipped my finger in each of the pans was literally “ahhh.” It’s just so soft, smooth and pigmented. The champagne shade makes a gorgeous all over base and highlighter for the inner corner and brow bone. The warm copper is slightly warmer than what I’m usually used to, almost like a rusty orange red, but it’s simply beautiful and makes a very nice core shade. My favourite is the dark taupe shade, which is a very nice metallic that’s ultra smooth and works very well on its own as well. The warm gold glitter elevates the entire eye look, making it look luxurious and glam. I can easily see why this palette is a fan favourite, as well as one of Charlotte’s own favourite looks.

The reason why this has quickly become my absolute favourite Charlotte Tilbury palette is that the colours are so wearable for both a day and night look; it doesn’t require a primer to show up with full pigmentation; and it stays put ALL DAY without fading, creasing, or smudging, which is completely unheard of for an eyeshadow palette on me without primer. I’ve worn this for 10+ hours straight with no touch-ups and no fading, and the eyeshadow looked as good as when I just applied it.

I’m not going to lie, the colours are pretty dupeable, but the texture, finish, and overall wear time are definitely not, so you absolutely need to add this to your eyeshadow collection!

Charlotte Tilbury blush in Ecstasy review and swatches

The Cheek to Chic blusher in Ecstasy is a shimmery coral peachy pink blusher. Charlotte Tilbury blushers are some of my absolute favourites – they are ultra finely milled, very pigmented, and just create a beautiful warm glow on the skin. I also have the blush in Sex on Fire (reviewed here) and I just can’t stop wearing them. Ecstasy is the perfect summer blush because it just drapes my skin in warmth. While the shade is relatively dupable, the high quality in the powder texture makes up for that. It is super pigmented though, so just be careful when you dip your brush in this.

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look kit review and swatches

Charlotte’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick is also one of my favourite formulas. I own five of her lipsticks in this formula, So Marilyn, Bitch Perfect, Hepburn Honey, Kiss Chase, and now Penelope Pink. The formula is ultra creamy, very pigmented, hydrating, and generally very comfortable to wear. Penelope Pink is a pink creamy nude that’s a few shades lighter than Bitch Perfect (my favourite of the bunch). I think this colour is a bit too nude for me, so I don’t see it getting too much wear, especially because I am going through a bright lip phase right now, but it’s a great nude for those with very fair or light skin. Lip Lustre lip gloss in Seduction is a pale milky nude, which works very well with Penelope Pink.

Full Fat Lashes and The Feline Flick liner were previously reviewed, so please take a look at my review on the Bombshell look for more info (spoiler alert: not a fan of these two products). I’ve also previously reviewed the Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillowtalk in my review on the Sophisticate look, which is one of my favourite products in these kits.

Of the products in this kit, my must have is definitely the Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette, followed by the Cheek to Chic blush in Ecstasy.

You can purchase Charlotte Tilbury products online at,, as well as Holt Renfrew in stores.

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in the Dolce Vita (these are one swipe wonders!!!)

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita palette review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blusher in Ecstasy

Charlotte Tilbury Blush in Ecstasy review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick in Penelope Pink and Lip Lustre in Seduction

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink review and swatches

The look

Wearing the Dolce Vita palette on eyes, Cheek to Chic blusher in Ecstasy on cheeks, KISSING Lipstick in Penelope Pink on lips, as well as Filmstar Bronze and Glow to contour and highlight.
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look

Celebrating Chinese New Year’s reds and golds with Charlotte Tilbury, La Prairie and Guerlain

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch

It’s no secret that every since the brand has launched in Canada, I’ve been completely and utterly obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury. Today is Chinese New Year, and I’m sharing with you my Chinese New Year look featuring reds and golds from Charlotte Tilbury, accompanied by some of my favourite gold-based products from La Prairie and Guerlain. Valentine’s Day is also nearing, and this look with the soft eyes and lip will also make a great romantic look for a night out with your partner.

P.S. Happy Lunar New Year to everyone who celebrates!

On face:

  • La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold to prep skin (review to come)
  • Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate to prime skin
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation to cover (review to come)

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch

On eyes:

On cheeks:

On lips:

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

The Vintage Vamp palette is the star of my look; it is a beautiful palette containing four coordinating shades to create mesmerizing eyes. The shades are:

  • Prime shade: a shimmery metallic pink that feels ultra creamy and smooth
  • Enhance shade: a shimmery light burgundy that’s very smooth and pigmented
  • Smoke shade: a metallic dark burgundy that’s also beautifully smooth and pigmented
  • Pop shade: a glittery gold that has the hardest texture out of all of these. It has barely any base colour, and mostly is just chunky glitter

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

I love Charlotte Tilbury’s coordinating eye palettes because they are very easy to use with foolproof instructions, as well as excellent quality in terms of texture and pigmentation. I can also see why the Vintage Vamp palette is one of Charlotte’s more popular palettes. The colours are just absolutely beautiful together, with the ability to create a very soft and romantic look or an intense rock-and-roll look, depending on your mood of the day. Since I received this, it has quickly become one of my favourite eye palettes to use.

The light pink Prime shade is absolutely beautiful, applies smoothly (almost creamy) and adheres very well. There was a little bit of powder fallout with the two darker Enhance and Smoke shades, but it cleaned up easy. The only colour I wasn’t super fond of was the Pop shade of this palette because it felt a lot drier and was chunky compared to the other shades, but even then it adhered very well to the middle of my eyelid. For the Chinese New Year look I put together, this pop of gold glitter worked really well with the rest of the look.

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

How would you recreate your own red and gold look?