Product Review: Charlotte Tilbury (Haul #1)

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!

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8 comments

  1. That lip colour looks perfect! When the range launched I met Charlotte and mentioned the one thing I was a little disappointed at the lack of dark shades in the bases and she said she was working on it. Overall a pretty impressive new line.

  2. I absolutely LOVE the color and the formula of this lipstick! It’s really divine. I’m glad that Charlotte is listening to her fans… and working on more universal shades. I’d love to see a ‘deeper’ version of Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

  3. ahhhsoneo says:

    I love how honest your reviews are. I’ve heard so much about this brand, all of it extremely positive:( Glad I came here and got an honest opinion. That lipstick looks good on you!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you found the review helpful! I’m not a fan of gushing about everything (because everything is not gush-worthy). When you’re dealing with brands that many people cannot try in person before buying, it’s extremely important to be honest. I rely on honest reviews for things I can’t try before I buy as well.

  4. Natalie KayO says:

    I’m so glad I’ve seen a review from a WoC, it’s been so hard to judge whether some of the products would work with me, I was wishing the bronze and glow would work on my skin tone, very wishful thinking! Haha! Love what you said about her mascara, she does big it up a lot! Really want to pick up Night Crimson lipstick, cant wait to see pt 2!

    • Hi Natalie! I’m glad the review was helpful! I would LOVE to see the Bronze & Glow in a darker version (sort of the way Tom Ford does two versions of Shade & Illuminate). It’s such a fantastic product, that EVERYONE deserves to be able to use it. Charlotte should really look into that because I think she’d have a potential winner on her hands. I’m just not a fan of that mascara though. Like I said, it’s OKAY. Not amazing. Now, that lipstick is EVERYTHING. I’m definitely getting more colors. I will be ordering Night Crimson (and a few others) in a couple of weeks, so I’ll definitely review them!

  5. I LOVE the lipstick ahhhsoneo! That mascara… not so much. But the lipstick is on point.

  6. Sun Lee says:

    I LOVE Stoned Rose on you! I’m in San Francisco and just attended Beautylish’s preview of Charlotte Tilbury’s line last night. I was so tempted by Stone Rose, but decided not to get it… and now I’m regretting it! What I did pick up: 1) The Sophisticate eyeshadow quad (the only matte palette); 2) Pillow Talk Lip Cheat lipliner; and 3) the pencil sharpener. Even those three items set me back just over $88 with tax, but the quality is amazing. The eyeshadows blend like “buttah” which is quite surprising for matte eyeshadows. I love the Pillow Talk shade and once it’s on, it doesn’t move. Even the pencil sharpener is great! I’ve tried my share of crappy sharpeners that never actually sharpened my pencils. This one sharpens nicely and has a little stick that slides out to help you keep it clean.

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