It’s a love-affair that started at Christmas last year. I was so intrigued to try Charlotte Tilbury’s range of make-up and was giddy to receive two lipsticks as a gift. I was instantly smitten with the luxurious gold packaging and excited to find that both shades totally lived up to their reputation. I’ve sinced purchased a blusher and lip liner, but the Film Star Bronze & Glow sculpting palette was constantly catching my eye with its beautiful gold casing and shimmering contents. On a recent trip to Selfridges, I had one thing on my mind…
Last weekend Charlotte and I hopped on a train to shop for her wedding make-up (very exciting)! It was a well-organised trip, and we knew what we were after. As well as a new foundation for Charlotte, and waterproof eyeliner and mascara – Plus a cocktail or two – we were definitely taking a visit to Selfridges to visit the Charlotte Tilbury counter. It was the first time I’d had the pleasure of seeing the whole range in real life; and rather than just browsing online I was able to test out and see exactly what all the shades were like and how the products felt. It’s safe to say that my wish list has since grown!
Talking of wish lists, this was the one. I’ve been into contouring for just short of a year but often found that I’d love one – but not all elements of many all-in-one palettes. My Seventeen Define and Contour kit has a great highlighting shade but the contour powder is too harsh, and Sleek FaceForm kit too glittery. I’ve found products I really love, the Too Faced’s Milk chocolate Soleil is easy to blend with matte finish and a new favourite Pur Minerals Afterglow Illuminating Powder which has the most beautiful sheen – but I really wanted a complete kit.
The product is presented in the most beautiful metal packaging and promises to be your best friend for slimming, sculpting, shortening, trimming, and highlighting features – for red carpet facial illusion. The bronzer is more subtle than I thought it would be and looks fairly pale at first, but it’s actually beautiful to use and really easy to build which means a more natural finish and seamless blending. The highlighter is built from a golden base and uses “Light Flex Technology” to capture light and radiate it out for a luminous complexion – apparently! Staying true to the fancy description this stuff is incredible!
In the above picture I’ve used Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation in shade 010, with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish foundation in shade Porcelain on my jawline to create a smooth base. The Bronze & Glow palette is so easy to blend it’s not even nessecary to add powder first – you can just brush straight on. I used a large brush and swept the bronzer from my ear across my jaw line, blending up to the temples.
I then used a softer fluffy brush to sweep the highlighter over my cheekbones and then a smaller eyeshadow brush to highlight my brow bones and cuspids bow. The consistency is so beautiful and I would definitely recommend this palette to those new to, or nervous of contouring – you really can’t go wrong or be too heavy handed – it’s quite a forgiving powder.