When you think of Charlotte Tilbury, you most probably think of luxury makeup and for most people their second association would be lipsticks, due to the success of her Hot Lips collections. For me, my first product thought will always be Filmstar Bronze & Glow. When Charlotte first released her makeup line, this product went straight to the top of my wish list but it's an expensive product so it took me a while to take the plunge and actually buy it. As you can see from the photo above, it's a well loved product and, in my opinion, it is totally worth the hype and today I want to tell you why.
As with all Charlotte Tilbury products, the packaging is a stunning rose gold, art deco style case with a full size mirror inside the lid. There are two pretty large pans of powder in the palette - 10g of highlighter and 12.5g of bronzer, both with a sunburst pattern, which is completely gone from my well loved palette at this stage. It is available in Light/Medium (which I have) and Medium/Dark.
The formula of both the bronzer and highlighter is beautiful and so easy to work with. They are very smooth and finely milled and glide onto the face so easily without any patchiness. The bronzer can be used to add some definition to the face without giving a heavily contoured look. It isn't ashy nor is it orange, it lies in between the two, adding warmth. It isn't completely matte but it also isn't shimmery - it just seems to add a natural warmth to the skin and due to the texture of the powders, there is no chance of any muddiness on the cheeks. It also works well as an eyeshadow.
The highlighter is a very flattering light gold/champagne colour, which looks very natural on the skin. Because it is so finely milled, it applies beautifully, without sinking into fine lines or highlighting any textured areas of skin. Those with mature skin who want to use a highlighter but don't want to look like a discoball, will really appreciate this product.
The two shades work beautifully together and once you blend well, I think they would suit everyone with pale to medium skin. To apply, I use Charlotte's Powder and Sculpt Brush because its shape makes it very easy to get into the hollows of the cheeks and it also applies the highlighter well with its precision tip.
I reach for this palette at least 90% of the time when applying makeup. I will try other products but this is my first love for cheeks. I even prefer it to her Lightgasm palette, which is a beauty but I find that I reach for Bronze & Glow more often. I have a massive makeup collection so the fact that I have hit pan on both the bronzer and highlighter speaks volumes. I will repurchase soon, even though I have so many other bronzers and highlighters because this is one that I could apply in the dark or with my eyes closed - it practically blends itself. I pray that Charlotte never discontinues this palette!
Do you own Filmstar Bronze & Glow? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Available from Charlotte Tilbury, Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, Selfridges, Arnotts, Brown Thomas, John Lewis and House of Fraser.
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