Full Face Of Charlotte Tilbury Bestsellers
Darlings, let's dive into the rose-gold world of Charlotte Tilbury
What do Penelipe Cruz, Charlotte Tilbury and a 18-year old have in common? Love for a "feline flick", of course. Before online tutorials were a huge hit, I would draw makeup inspiration from magazines and ads; my favourite piece being Penelope Cruz' look for Mango. I was absolutely in love with her Bardot-esque hair and mesmerizing cat-eye makeup in particular. Back then I had no idea how to apply makeup, but I still wanted to rock that look on my best friend's wedding day. So, I went to a "professional", showed the image and closed my eyes, imagining how gorgeous I would look (while "the makeup artist" kept on eye-rolling and unenthusiastically slapping on a smelly foundation). When I looked in the mirror, I did not just look like a bad carbon-copy, but I was also left with a wobbly-liner-mess on my eyes, detaching strip lash and hundreds of ugly photographs. That day I've decided that I would become my own makeup artist and little did I know who was the key source of my inspiration - Charlotte Tilbury, darling.
Charlotte's Magic Cream (100 USD for 50 ml/ 1.7 FL.OZ; Made in Switzerland) is certainly the most expensive product in her line, but it is indeed magical. This used to be Charlotte's secret backstage weapon for a long time. Fast-forward to 2013, the formula finally became available to us [mortals] and looking at the ingredients, I spot a lot of hydrating oils (various types of Rosehip Oil, Camellia Oil, Shea Butter, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil), multitasking anti-aging BioNymph Peptide Complex and Hyaluronic Acid (aka my bae). Texture is quite rich yet never greasy. Little goes a long way and it blends seamlessly, leaving you with instantly smooth/baby-soft skin. There is a faint floral scent here, but it never lingers.
Final Thoughts: I absolutely love this cream as it transforms my Sahara-skin into a perfectly hydrated, plump canvas in one step. I see it more as a skincare item and would totally use it without any additional moisturizer. It also has SPF 15, which is an extra bonus. I think it would be brilliant for those of you with normal, normal-dry, combination-dry, dry, very dry skin types. However, it might be a bit heavy for someone with oily skin. Now, whether you want to spend hundred dollars on a cream is totally up to you; personally, I will be waiting for the Sephora sale. A- (minus for the price).
Wonderglow Face Primer (55 USD for 40 ml/ 1.4 FL.OZ; Made in Switzerland). Sorry Backlight Priming Filter, a better rival has arrived. You guys know how much I love my hydrating, glowing primers - but this one takes the cake! It is not only full of amazing skincare/anti-ageing ingredients (Wild Pansy, Camellia, Rosehip Oils plus Hyaluronic Acid) but it also gives your skin a very subtle, lit-from-within kind of glow. Feels very balmy, almost gel-like and smooth. Absorbs in seconds and creates a perfect base for foundation. It sets very fast and despite microscopic golden particles in it, it is pretty much translucent and has a natural (non-greasy/sticky) skin finish; that being said - I believe it should work for all skin types.
Final Thoughts: I think this must be my new favourite primer. It doesn't just add glow, but it also improves skin's quality and I don't mind spending a few extra dollars on a product that actually lives up to its claims (I normally pay 38 USD for a 30 ml primer, which lasts a year; here you get more product and potent ingredients for extra 17 dollars). Again, little goes a long way and I believe this primer is seriously amazing for brides and busy girl-bosses on the go. On a good skin day you can wear it alone, without any foundation and still look fabulous. If you are 25+ and don't mind spending a bit more cash, I would highly recommend this A+ gem.
Filmstar Bronze & Glow (68 USD for 16g/ 0.56 oz; Made in Italy) has won a ton of awards and I can see why - it is fabulous. I regret not trying it earlier, mainly because I have only swatched it on the back of my hand and that, my dear friends, is not how you should judge a face product. It might look mweh on your hand, but it will look wow on your face. Trust me.
The packaging is so timeless and chic, but the formula is what matters the most: ultra smooth, blendable, long-lasting, finely milled powder with a subtle golden sheen that should brighten and illuminate the skin in the most flattering way possible. There are two colour versions of this duo; one for fair-medium and one for medium-deep skin tones. The latter version is what you see on the image above; it is not a perfect colour-match for me since I am on a light side. That being said, I apply bronzer with a light hand and can only use highlighter as a blush topper. Quality is impeccable though; I gave this compact to my mom, who has a medium skin tone and she absolutely loves how both powders warm up and enliven her complexion.
Final Thoughts: I will be getting a fair/medium version for sure, because I absolutely love how effortlessly chic my skin looks whenever I use a bit of bronzer from this palette. Great product here, totally worth every penny. A+
Cheek To Chic Blush (40 USD for 8g/ 0.28 OZ; Made in Italy) has quite an intriguing, certain lady-part-like design but! Sexy innuendos aside, this "swish and pop" technique is hands down one of the smartest, easiest ways to apply blush without running a risk of looking like a clown. The one I have is called Ecstasy and it is a perfect peachy/pink nude that will go with every single makeup look possible. If you are looking for a true multi-tasker, this is it!
Swish outer shade up your cheek bone and pop middle shade right on apple of your cheek - voila! You're ready to conquer the world and your blush will stay put for 6-8 hours minimum. Powder has micro-shimmer particles in it, is sheer/buildable and blends seamlessly; does have a bit of kick-up but I am not mad at that. I also love mixing two colours together. Again, try these on your face, not your hand (swatches don't really do them justice).
Final Thoughts: Ecstasy is a perfect all-round blush and I almost feel like I want to get my hands on Sex On Fire next, as it looks like such a wonderful, slightly deeper shade for winter (not going to lie, I am a huge Kings Of Leon fan, so that is also part of the reason). These little guys are 100% user-friendly and look uber-smooth on the skin. Are they the most revolutionary blushes ever created? No. But they are still pretty fantastic. In two words: solid A.