Charlotte Tilbury makeup review
Sometimes I’m the first to jump on the new launch bandwagon, and other times I sit back, wait and watch for the first few months of the debut to decide if I will end up getting anything. While I thought I was going to pounce when Charlotte Tilbury first launched, I surprisingly decided to wait and test out the product in store rather than buy sight unseen. Fast forward a few months and I’ve finally found the products from the line that really wowed me. Here is a look at my initial stand out favorites from the Charlotte Tilbury line:
1. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – This bronzer/highlighter duo was the first product offered from the line when it initially hit the US market, yet I was skeptical about it. Bronzers can be hit or miss with me first because I’m so pale and second because I have oily skin and don’t want anything too frosted. But all the reviews were so stellar that I finally had to try it for myself – and I now know why it’s so loved. The bronzer works perfectly for my fair skin and the highlighter gives a gorgeous glow to the cheekbones. It must be noted that when dabbing my brush in, a lot of powder is picked up so I need to dust off the excess before applying. But once I do, my cheeks look like they’ve had a mini vacation.
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow on fair skin

2. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate – I will be the first to admit that I was not totally jazzed about the eye palettes when I first saw them simply because they all seemed too shimmery. While I can do sparkly occasionally, I really wanted something I could wear every day and matte is always the answer for me. Then I saw this eye palette in Sophisticate and knew I had to have it. When I first dipped my finger into the formula to swatch it, I literally had to take a second look to make sure it was in fact a powder. It was THAT smooth and creamy. And as I suspected, it blended beautifully and has quickly become a palette I enjoy wearing regularly. As you can see from a few pictures below, the pigmentation is medium – not too intense and not too sheer. Exactly the way I prefer it.
Charlotte Tilbury eye palette in Sophisticate - swatches on fair skin

3. Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love – This was the first CT product I owned and fell in love with it immediately. The idea is to use the two colors separately as a cheek color and apple-of-the-cheek color, but I just love swirling the two together. I have to definitely tap my brush after one swirl around the compact because the intensity is strong and a lot of product gets picked up. But once the excess is dusted off, the color looks beautiful on the cheeks. It’s a nice neutral and pairs well with both nude lips and bold lips.
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic swatches on fair skin

4. Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Dark Pearl – I’ve professed my love for jumbo eye pencils a million times before, so it should come as no surprise that I adore this product. Out of the entire range, this will be for sure the product that I buy multiple colors of for my collection. This particular shade, Dark Pearl, is a stunning plummy brown that wears as a lid color as well as a liner color. The texture is super creamy making it easy to blend, but thankfully it dries down shortly after to a more budge-proof finish. I already have my eye on a few more shades and my poor online cart at Nordstrom is itching for me to check out already!
Charlotte Tilbury makeup swatches on fair skin

5. Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher in 1 Fair – I love me some concealers and especially ones that I can use in a pinch as a foundation. This Retoucher is designed the mimic the retouching that a photographer does when editing a photo – and after test driving it for a few weeks I can say that is exactly what it does. The formula is the perfect mix of creamy yet lightweight and provides the perfect amount of coverage for my dark circles and specific areas of redness that plague my nose and chin area. And in addition to the flawless finish it provides, the staying power of this pen is quite intense. I found it to last a good 8 hours if not more without any signs of fading or disappearing. The true test will be when the summer comes around and humidity gets to it. That is when the product will really be put to the test.
6. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara – I knew I was in for a treat just from the name of this mascara. It perfectly described how I like my lashes to look – full and FAT! I may wear my makeup more on the natural side but I like my mascaras intense and bold. No wimpy lashes here. And true to the Charlotte Tilbury look which is often quite bombshell and sultry, this mascara does not disappoint. It makes lashes look thick and long while still managing to do a great job at separating and not adding any clumps. It almost makes me want to wear a smokey eye more often. Almost. 🙂

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