Charlotte Tilbury is my favorite brand. Yep I said it. And if you’ve been on my Instagram at all you know I talk about it weekly. It all started when my friends started posting about the brand. My insta bff Ellie finally convinced me to make my first CT purchase. After two purchases I was hooked and it hasn’t stopped since then.
For those that don’t know Charlotte Tilbury was actually a makeup artist for years. She did the famous Victoria Secret makeup for the fashion shows. She’s known for her Hollywood glam. Now she’s famous around the world after starting out in the UK. For those that like a classy yet, glam look, this is the brand for you. Now I haven’t loved every product I’ve tried from her. But I have loved the majority of them. So let’s break down my hits and misses from the brand.
Filmstar Bronze and Glow Duo
I know I know. Is $68 really worth it? The answer is, hard yes. It is thee most gorgeous bronzer ever. I am pretty pale and I have neutral undertones, so a lot of bronzers tend to go orange on me. But not her. Not her. This one is just so smooth and buttery. It is really easy to layer up and apply in layers. It plays with creams well too. The highlighter that comes with is also equally amazing. It is really subtle but can be built up if you want to be extra. I love to apply this on my cheek bones, cupids bow and eye brow bone. There is also a ton of product in this as well. I use this weekly and it’s been about 6 months and I haven’t even made a dent yet. This is really worth in my opinion if you can get it.
Light Wonder Foundation
Hear me out. If you always loved the idea of a tinted moisturizer but hated all of them because of the coverage and the pilling. This is your girl. This is light to medium coverage. I say medium because it can be built up very easily. I apply this with a brush as well, my Temptu buffing brush. When I use a sponge it soaks up all the product and then doesn’t get onto my skin so a brush is my favorite way. I also had one tube last for like 4 months which is pretty impressive for using it everyday. A little does go a long way.
12 Pan Palettes
Charlotte knows how to do shadows. Wow. I have two of her 12 pan palettes, the 2019 Christmas one and the new Pillow Talk one that just came out. I love both of them! I love all the shades in the pillow talk palette and only dislike 3 in the Christmas one (the greens look like poo on me). The mattes blend out really well and the shimmer satin shades are very buttery. I like to apply them fingers to get them on your eye better as well. The packaging is also soo cute and luxe, I love it.
Hot Lips 2
Name a better lipstick formula. I’ll wait. JK Magic, is actual magic. Aside from the fact that it looks like a Harry Potter book on it, its wonderful. This shade is her satin formula and I really love it. She does mattes very well as well, I have one and might pick up another. But I love the satin because it’s more creamy and hydrates my lips more.
Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder
A setting powder to end all setting powders. I am on my second one and it’s amazing. One last a whole year for me. Granted I only apply it to my under eyes, tzone and eye lids to set my concealer. This helps your oil stay at bay while not looking cakey. It’s truly magical, I don’t know how people use anything else. 1000000% recommend.
Hollywood Flawless Filter
This is something else that I really love. Some people mistakingly think this a foundation. It is not. This is a highlighter. You can put it under foundation but it would feel really heavy. This highlighter is amazing. You put it on the top of your cheek bones, cupids bow and more. I wear the lightest shade but this blends out so well, that it’s hard to get shade matched wrong.
Magic Vanish Color Corrector
I have never found a color corrector that I like. They rarely check all the boxes. I need one that: doesn’t crease, doesn’t look orange, last all day long and that actually hides my dark purple circles. I have tried a wide range of ones from the drugstore and a few high end ones. But this one, is the one to end all my search!! It is hydrating, never creases and it literally makes my under eye creases disappear. I honestly look like I got a full night of sleep and it plays well when you just want to wear concealer or no base too!
I love a blush that has color and a little bit of highlight. Which is convenient because these blushes have a dark circled ring and a highlight in the middle. It perfectly blends together and makes you look so glowy. I only have the shad pillow talk, but there are a ton of changes. So you can find a perfect shade for you! These do have some shimmer so if that’s not your thing you might want to pass. But this is the only powder blush I have and it’s so good!
Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder
The best setting powder to hit the market. This is a gorgeous powder that sinks into your skin and leaves it looking like you didn’t put any powder on it! It doesn’t make your skin crease and it last a whole year when used daily! It does lack a shade rang, but if you can find one that works for you definitely try it!
Legendary Brows Eye Brow Gel
Okay I’m sorry. Don’t @ me. This did not work for me. For reference my eye brow type is: sparse brows and abnormally grey looking. So I have zero eye brows because the early 2000’s were a b*tch and I over plucked. They just haven’t been seen since, SOS. So from the models on their site I was like “this is going to be so super model like voluminous”. Nope it did not do that for me. It actually weighed them done and they felt so heavy all day long. My brows looked really bad. Even though the gel is a tint the brown got everywhere. It was wild. So sadly this did not work for my brow type. It may be better for someone with big brows already.
Full Fat Lashes Mascara
Again this is one of those “it looked great on the models but not me product”. I have straight lashed and they don’t stay curled very easily. So I need a voluminous mascara that doesn’t transfer or flake onto my skin. This did all the bad things. It flaked, weighed down my lashes and smudged onto my lids. Sadly this was a miss.
This is a thickkkk moisturizer. It feels really luscious upon initial application but the hydration fades after a few minutes. I tried to use this in morning and the evening. This also broke me out a little. I don’t know, I think you can get a better moisturizer at a better price!
Okay so I have used this in my stories, and yes I still use it. But the reason it’s a miss is the applicator and how soon it expires. The shelf life isn’t too long and it’s honestly hard to get through this product in enough time. I am wayyyy past my expiration date and I should probably toss it. But it does contour very very nicely. It’s the perfect tone. However the applicator is a sponge tip and it leaks really easily. So if you don’t close the top it will leak once you put the cap on. I also generally don’t like sponge applicators since they aren’t very sanitary but it probably still won’t stop me from getting the new pillow talk highlighter hahah.
Magic Away Concealer
She’s thick! I liked this initially but it’s honestly too heavy for me to use every day. It looks pretty cakey on my skin and is very full coverage. The packaging is horrible and is in a sponge tip applicator, it gets SOOO messy. I am so sad this doesn’t work with my skin type!
You can see that I am a total Charlotte Tilbury Fanatic. You get really great quality with gorgeous packaging. The things I put as hits are all things that can last a long time too. So it is an investment if you do splurge. Hollywood soft glam is so my vibe so that’s why I love the brand. Now all the things I listed may not work for other people or may work for others. I did my best to explain my skin or brow type so you can find something that works for you! My favorite place to try a new product of theres is Nordstrom because they have reps that have been trained from the brand so I find their shade matching and application techniques the best. Sephora is good if you want to use your points but CT is new to Sephora so I feel like most employees are not super familiar yet. Let me know if you try anything from them!