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.

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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.

Skips

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 CharlotteTilbury.com, HoltRenfrew.com, 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?

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask review

One of my most anticipated products in the Charlotte Tilbury range was this Goddess Skin Clay Mask. It’s a clay-based mask that also contains sweet almond oil (4th ingredient) to hydrate the skin.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from CharlotteTilbury.com): Forget everything you think you know about clay masks. My fabulous new formula will leave you moisturized, dewy and glowing whilst also tightening your pores and clearing imperfections. This supercharged Goddess Skin Clay Mask is based on an ancient Mediterranean beauty recipe, which combines gentle yet nutrient-rich Spanish clay with Sweet Almond Oil, prized for its nourishing properties.

Working with the world’s leading laboratories, I took this centuries-old remedy and added the latest anti-age breakthrough ingredients, such as the BioNymph Peptide Complex to create a glow-giving formula your complexion will drink in. Try it using my patented Tilbury Tap Pro-Collagen facial massage for boosted results. Celebrity facialists have been sharing the formula with their clients to use in between treatments leading up to a red carpet appearance. Now everyone can have flawless, glowing Goddess Skin – discover the rebirth of your skin, the results are breathtaking.

Price: C$80 for 75mL

Texture/Scent: Light creamy clay texture with a very strong jasmine scent

How to use: Apply this mask all over the skin after cleansing, wait ten minutes, and off using warm water or a muslin cloth.

The good: The first thing I noticed about the Goddess Skin Clay Mask was how incredibly amazing it smelled. The strong jasmine scent was extremely relaxing and felt super luxurious. As a clay mask, I didn’t feel like it dried out my skin at all, rather the sweet almond oil kept my skin feeling soft and supple, and also prevented the clay from drying out too much. After washing this off, my skin looked smoother, albeit a tiny bit dry from the clay but not too dry, and provided a good surface for moisturizer and makeup application.

  • Not drying
  • Incredible jasmine scent
  • Skin looked smoother after application

The bad: I didn’t notice any long term effects from the mask at all. My skin looked good after each application – sadly not amazing, just relatively good, but it basically stayed like that and didn’t get any better with multiple uses. I tried to use this twice a week where possible, and even after a few weeks, my skin didn’t improve in texture by much. The packaging, while very pretty, feels almost cheap to me, especially for a $80 luxury product.

  • Didn’t notice long term effects or skin improvement over time
  • Packaging was pretty but felt cheap

Overall: Not sure if I just hyped it up a lot for myself, but I found this mask overall to be a disappointment. I feel like a lot of Charlotte’s products, especially her skincare, are good for instant brightening, or instant perfecting, but in the long run they don’t improve the situation of the skin. I wasn’t too surprised by this because her products were developed to use by her on celebrities and models for red carpet and fashion week where they don’t have weeks and weeks to prep, and are more in need of instant fixes. These products are definitely more instant fixes than long term improvements, which could be good and bad, depending on what you’re looking for. One thing is for sure though, I will definitely be using this (with Charlotte’s Magic Cream) before applying makeup for a special event or a night out. I might just save it for the special occasions and not use it regularly though.

Product: 14/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 20/30 | C
Repurchase? No

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum (fragrance), Hexy Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask review

A proclamation of love for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

Charlotte Tilbury‘s launch in Canada has created a whole new list of products that I really want, and that are now finally accessible. On the top of that list is Filmstar Bronze & Glow, which I quickly acquired on the first day of their e-commerce launch. This purchasing decision was quickly influenced by a free shipping promotion, as well as a free gift with purchase (mini Magic Cream) for the first 150 customers.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

Even though it’s touted as a bronzer and highlighter, I actually use it as a contour and highlighter (like most people). The sculpt (i.e. bronzer) colour is a beautiful warm medium brown with a smooth, satin finish. It’s not too orange, and it’s not too grey; it’s just perfect to use as a contour on my Asian skintone. I prefer using a neutral to warm contour because I find the cooler contours almost too editorial-like, which is great for when you want that big contrast in photos, but might look a bit deathly in person. Even though most people say ideally you want a matte contour, but the satin finish of the sculpt shade still works beautifully on the skin to create that subtle contour, without sacrificing the skin’s natural luminosity, especially in the summertime when you want that natural-looking glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

The highlighter shade is a shimmery warm champagne that doesn’t have noticeable shimmer or glitter particles on the cheeks, just a beautiful warm glow that looks incredible all year round, especially in the summer. The highlight also looks great in photos, helping to blur out any imperfections and create a more flawless look.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

The texture of Filmstar Bronze & Glow is smooth, very finely milled, and just pigmented enough so that you can control where you apply the colour, but not too pigmented in that you will easily overdo it. I apply this with a small tapered face brush (currently loving the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush), which will help deposit the colour precisely where I want it, and also blend it out so that it looks natural on my face.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

In summary, you need this because:

  • Super natural looking contour
  • Contour colour is great on Asian skintones that’s a bit warmer, but not orange (and not too cool either).
  • Amazing glow that just looks like your skin is lit from within
  • Highlight colour blends in really nicely with the skin, with no visible shimmer particles

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review swatches

The look

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow to contour and highlight, with Charlotte Tilbury Swish & Pop Blush in Sex on Fire on cheeks. On eyes, wearing Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze on lids and Full Fat Lashes Mascara on lashes, and Paul & Joe Liquid Liner to line.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

Soft, romantic birthday look featuring Charlotte Tilbury & Shu Uemura (with some mini reviews)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

My birthday was this weekend! To celebrate, the boyfriend took me to one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver to celebrate. I put together a soft romantic look for the occasion, featuring products from Charlotte Tilbury and Shu Uemura.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

On face:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to prep
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer to smooth
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 to cover
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

On eyes:

  • Shu Uemura Shu:Palette in ME Medium Brown 856 on inner corners and 1/3 of eyelid, M Soft Brown 851 on rest of eyelid, M Dark Brown 895 to smoke out the look on the upper and outer lower lashline
  • Paul & Joe Liquid Eye Liner to line the upper lash line
  • Anna Sui Mascara Primer & Top Coat, with one coat Length & Separation Mascara and topped with one coat of Curl & Volume Mascara
  • False lashes from Daiso
  • Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03

On cheeks:

On lips:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Some mini reviews

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is seriously amazing, especially when used with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. Magic Cream is very thick and great for dehydrated or dry skin (like mine); it just melts into the skin, and if you give it a minute to soak in, it will give you a plump, smooth canvas to apply makeup on top of. Wonderglow primer works very well with Magic Cream because it is silky in texture, blends in very well, and leaves skin looking glowy and healthy.

Light Wonder foundation in #2 is a good match for my NC25 skintone. Coverage is light to medium, and it’s extremely buildable without ever looking cakey or feeling heavy. It doesn’t really do a good job at covering imperfections or spots, you’d definitely need a separate concealer for that, and it’s just okay in covering redness (I built it up around my cheek area where I’m the most red). The texture of Light Wonder is where the magic lies, so if you have relatively good skin (not much redness or spots), then this foundation would be good for you. Compared to other foundations I’ve used, this one is more like a BB cream than a true foundation, but the light, watery texture is just really great for those hot summer months.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect is the perfect pink nude for my skintone. It works amazingly with Pillowtalk lip liner in that they just complement each other so well. Texture, again, is very creamy with great coverage in just one swipe. I absolutely love Charlotte’s lipstick formulas, and I can’t wait for her Matte Revolution lipsticks to make their way across the pond.

What do you think of this look?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Celebrating the Charlotte Tilbury Vancouver launch with the Sophisticate look

charlotte tilbury the sophisticate look set review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury officially launched at Holt Renfrew Vancouver on Monday, July 13. Visit the counter all week for festivities including a DJ and goodies (in makeovers and snacks). Call (604) 681-3121 to book your appointment for a Charlotte Tilbury makeover.

To celebrate that launch, today I’m showing you the Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate look. This is one of Charlotte’s more natural, daytime looks. Charlotte says her inspirations came from classic beauties such as Audrey Hepburn and modern day role stars such as Natalie Portland. I previously also recreated Charlotte’s The Bombshell Look, which was inspired by iconic divas such as Marilyn Monroe. Read until the end to see swatches and also see my top picks from the entire range.

The Sophisticate set (C$275) comes with everything you need to create this look:

  • LUXURY PALETTE – The Sophisticate (Eyeshadow)
  • THE CLASSIC – Audrey (Eye Liner)
  • FULL FAT LASHES – Glossy Black (Mascara)
  • CHEEK TO CHIC – Sex On Fire (Blusher)
  • LIP CHEAT – Pillowtalk (Lip Liner)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G – Hepburn Honey (Lipstick)
  • LIP LUSTRE – High Society (Lip Gloss)

charlotte tilbury sophisticate palette review and swatches

The highlight of this kit are the Luxury Palette in the Sophisticate, which is the only all-matte palette released in Charlotte’s collection, and the beautiful Cheek to Chic blusher in Sex on Fire.  Charlotte’s palettes are all colour coordinated 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). Having everything in one palette is extremely versatile and very foolproof, so that you can create the best looks to suit any occasion, and taking around just one palette.

charlotte tilbury sophisticate palette review and swatches

The prime shade (top left) is used as an all over base that’s sweeped across your entire eyelid. In the Sophisticate, the prime shade is a beautiful beige-ivory that would work great as a brow bone highlighter as well. This was the most powdery of the four eyeshadows, but still felt incredibly creamy and smooth for a powder eyeshadow. The enhance shade is used to accent the contours of the eyes, including to darken the eye socket to create more depth. It’s a yellow-beige brown in the Sophisticate set, and is also incredibly smooth, as is the smoke shade, which is a rich brown. Lastly, the pop shade is a tawny brown that’s great to add a bit more colour and dimension to the eyes. The pop shade was the driest of the four shades, and dragged a little bit when used or swatched on the skin.

The Classic Eye Liner in Audrey is a deep brown pencil liner. It’s one of the more creamy pencil liners I’ve used, and it doesn’t drag when applying on the eyes. It’s also very pigmented in that one or two swipes is enough to get rich colour. In terms of lasting power, it actually lasts a few hours on my eyes smudge-free, which is impressive because my lids get oily very quickly. Sex on Fire was reviewed in my previous post here and has quickly become one of my go-to blushers for that incredible glow. Full Fat Lashes was also previously reviewed, so please take a look at my review on the Bombshell look for more info.

charlotte tilbury blush in sex on fire with lipstick in hepburn honey and gloss in high sosciety

One of the products I was most excited for was the Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillowtalk. This is Charlotte’s go-to lip liner to create a fuller lip, as the colour matches very closely to the colour of lips and also helps to even out the natural lip colour. Pillowtalk is a beautiful nude pink colour that looks great layered under any nude lipstick. I’ve been wearing mine under Charlotte’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Bitch Perfect or Hepburn Honey and it looks great when worn with both. You can also wear the lip liner with a gloss on top as well (such as the High Society one included in this kit). The texture of Lip Cheat lip liner is incredibly soft and creamy, and also helps your lip products last longer.

The K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Hepburn Honey is a beige-toned nude lipstick. It’s more yellow-toned compared to Bitch Perfect, which is pink toned. The lipstick case that I received was broken and the bullet wouldn’t turn, so I have to apply this with a lip brush. As with my other Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, I’m super in love with that creamy formula. Lastly the Lip Lustre lip gloss in High Society is a pretty rose-nude lip gloss. It’s quite pigmented for a nude lip gloss, and the texture is relatively lightweight.

Bottom line: I’m SO in love with all of Charlotte’s products. The hype is real – they just work beautifully on my skin creating that everlasting glow. Everything is user friendly and foolproof, so anyone can create a gorgeous look for any occasion. With 10 different looks to choose from to suit any personality type and mood, you know you’ll fine the one (or two, or three, or moar) that works perfectly for you.

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in the Sophisticate with the Classic Eye Liner in Audrey

charlotte tilbury sophisticate palette review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Swish & Pop Blusher in Sex on Fire

harlotte tilbury blush in sex on fire review and swatch

From left to right: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillowtalk, K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Hepburn Honey, and Lip Lustre lip gloss in High Society

charlotte tilbury lipstick in hepburn honey with lip liner in pillowtalk and gloss in high society

Charlotte Tilbury collection is available starting July 13 at Holt Renfrew Vancouver.

Visit the counter all week for festivities including a DJ and goodies (in makeovers and snacks). Call (604) 681-3121 to book your appointment for a Charlotte Tilbury makeover.

Sheila’s Charlotte Tilbury top picks

To help guide purchasing decisions, I’ve put together my top picks in the Charlotte Tilbury collection that I think everyone should own (EVERYONE!!!):

  1. Filmstar Bronze and Glow – to be reviewed soon, this just creates the most incredible glow that can be used both as a subtle contour and as a bronzer, plus highlight.
  2. Swish & Pop Blush in Sex on Firereviewed here and swatched above, is a beautiful rosy pink cheek colour that works amazingly on any complexion.
  3. K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick – absolutely love Charlotte’s lipstick formula, it’s super creamy, pigmented in just one swipe, and feels incredibly comfortable on the lips. I have So Marilyn (bright red, reviewed here), Bitch Perfect, and Hepburn Honey (above), all of which I love and wear on a regular basis.
  4. Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk – the perfume nude lip liner to use underneath your favourite nude lipstick, it’s so creamy and not drying at all.

Welcoming Charlotte Tilbury to Canada with “The Bombshell” Look

charlotte tilbury bombshell set review

I am so incredibly happy to share with you that Charlotte Tilbury makeup is now available in Canada at Holt Renfrew on Bloor in Toronto, and will be available next month in July at Holt Renfrew Vancouver. To celebrate, I wanted to share with you my interpretation of the Bombshell Look, one of Charlotte’s 10 iconic looks. The Bombshell Look is inspired by the glamour of Hollywood, think Marilyn Monroe and her classic red lip.

Charlotte Tilbury 10 iconic looks

The Bombshell set (C$245) comes with the following products, all housed in a very cute lip print canvas makeup pouch:

  • Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze, a metallic bronze eyeshadow pencil
  • Cheek to Chic Blush in Sex on Fire, a deep rose blush with some pearly shimmer
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn, a creamy deep blue-toned red
  • Feline Flick Eyeliner in Panther, a black matte liquid liner with a felt tip applicator
  • Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black, a black volumizing mascara
  • Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss ‘n’ Tell, a matte red lip pencil
  • Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Red Vixen, a high-lacquer red gloss

charlotte tilbury bombshell set review
charlotte tilbury bombshell set review

The stars of this collection are the Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze, Cheek to Chic Blush in Sex on Fire, and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn. Amber Haze is a beautiful metallic bronze eyeshadow pencil that’s extremely smooth and pigmented; the colour deposit with just one swipe is rich and intense. With the hot summer weather we’ve been having, I have found that it migrates just a smidge on the lids after a whole day of wear. It’s extremely minor, but I would have expected it to stay put for the entire wear. Sex on Fire has an outer ring of shimmery pink and an inner circle of shimmery deep rose. the powder is very finely milled, and the powder goes on and blends into the skin like a dream. Swatched, it’s not too pigmented – both shades required multiple swipes in order to get the colour to show up on my arm, but on my cheeks it was quite pigmented and a light hand is required in order to maintain a natural glow rather than create clown cheeks. So Marilyn is my favourite product (of course) and is a gorgeous blue-based true red with a satin finish. I absolutely LOVE this red, it’s just a beautiful, true red. My swatch photo below shows just one swipe of colour and it is truly intensely pigmented.

charlotte tilbury bombshell set review
charlotte tilbury bombshell set review

The Feline Flick Eyeliner in Panther is a black matte liquid liner. The felt tip applicator is stiff and deposits rich colour in just one swipe. While I dislike how stiff that felt tip applicator is, it really does do a good job at creating that cat-eye flick that is the liner’s namesake. After a full day of wear, though, it does migrate a bit to the top of my eyelid fold, which is somewhat disappointing. Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black is a nice mascara that creates good length, but is a bit lacking in terms of volumizing. It does a good job at maintaining a curl, and also leaves lashes feeling soft. It does feather a bit and bits of black mascara will end up on my lower lashline after a long day, but this is quite minor. Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss ‘n’ Tell is a good red lip liner that’s relatively soft in texture so it’s easy to use. Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Red Vixen is a beautifully vibrant gloss. It’s definitely not too sticky or thick, which is great for people like me who prefer lipstick over gloss due to that lack of stick factor.

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Overall, my favourite products in this kit are the Cheek to Chic Blush in Sex on Fire, which creates just a very natural looking flush of glowy colour on my cheeks; K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn, which is a wonderfully creamy lipstick formula that I’d definitely want to buy more of; and Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze, which even though it didn’t stay put for the entirety of the wear, I love the colour and how easy it is to blend this out on my lids to create that smokey look.

The swatches

From left to right: Feline Flick Eyeliner in Panther, Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze, Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss ‘n’ Tell, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn, Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Red Vixen, and Cheek to Chic Blush in Sex on Fire (outer ring, inner circle, then blended).

charlotte tilbury bombshell set swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell set swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell set swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell set swatches

The look

On eyes: wearing Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze on lid and Feline Flick Eyeliner in Panther to line. Lashes are coated with Full Fat Lashes Mascara.

On cheeks: Cheek to Chic Blush in Sex on Fire

On lips: wearing Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss ‘n’ Tell to line and fill in the lips, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn to colour the lips

charlotte tilbury bombshell look set review and swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell look set review and swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell look set review and swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell look set review and swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell look set review and swatches
charlotte tilbury bombshell look set review and swatches

Recreate the Bombshell Look with Charlotte Tilbury