This is the first in a series of reviews for Charlotte Tilbury’s new makeup line (which is finally shipping to the United States… YIPPEEE!). Based on my first shipment, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the collection runs the gamut. Some things are mediocre, some are good, and some are hands down excellent.
This is what I started with:
I got the Filmstar Bronze & Glow set (with the sculpt and highlight bursh), Full Fat Lashes, and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose.
The Filmstar Bronze & Glow is exquisite. It’s about what I expected from Charlotte Tilbury (who previously was completely dipped in Tom Ford). The quality of the powders is excellent, and they feel like silk going on. Now, the sculpt shade is tricky because it’s really not designed for warmer skin tones. This works very well on pale to light/medium skin tones. It’s JUST enough of a go for me… and I mean JUST. If you’re even a quarter shade darker than me (I’m NC43 for comparison), this is a waste of your money. The highlight shade is a gorgeous warm champagne color, that is so subtle that you’ll think you were born with a glow. Charlotte’s team did extremely well on this one. Kudos.
Same for this brush. Now, I don’t think I’m going to be a fan of Charlotte’s brushes in general because they lack the weight that I’m accustomed to in a quality makeup brush. They are like Beaute… sort of hollow. The handle feels that it may be made of cardboard. Not a fan. BUT the head on this brush is absolutely perfect for sculpting. It’s like the perfect crease brush, but made larger for the cheeks. Once you use this brush, you’ll never use an angled contour brush again. This thing is genius. It gets ‘right’ into the hollow of the cheekbone,and blends out beautifully. Massive fan of the brush head. I just wish it was on a better handle.
Dear Charlotte: I need you to stop embellishing about this mascara. Seriously. It’s not THE ONE. Not even close. It does 2 of the 5 things you claim. It lengthens and separates. Period. It DOES NOT curl, it DOES NOT volumize… and whatever else you’re saying it does… it doesn’t do that either. Cut it out, and go back to the drawing board. Try Volume de Chanel, reformulate, then get back to me. This is very much like Shu Uemura Basic mascara. The formula is very clean and takes about five coats to make a difference. I dare say it’s for people who don’t like wearing mascara. It looks very natural and lovely on, but it is NOT dramatic. Not even close. There’s no volume to speak of. I’d wear it with a bit of lip gloss and cream blusher for a ‘flushed’ natural everyday look. If I’m looking for drama, I’ll go for Volume de Chanel, Too Faced Better Than Sex, or even Dior Backstage.
Now this… THIS IS WHAT YOU BRAG ABOUT! K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick is THE TRUTH. OMG. This might be the best lipstick I’ve ever used. Not kidding. It’s AMAZING. The formula ‘binds’ to the lips and feels so wonderful and comfortable on. I want every shade. I’m so serious. I can’t stop wearing this lipstick. Stoned Rose is so flattering on me… you can’t imagine. I love the way my lips look in it. It’s like my lips… but under a beauty filter. Just gorgeous. Charlotte really hit it out of the park with this lipstick. I am thoroughly impressed. I will definitely be going back for more.
Shipping to the states is pretty quick (one week),and so far… I’m pretty happy. I’ll just use the mascara for casual purposes. Rock n’ Kohl is coming next… so when that gets here… I’ll let you know how the pencils perform. Ciao for now!