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Product Review: Charlotte Tilbury (Haul #2)

Well this couldn’t have come at a worst time. 🙂 All this lovely eye makeup that can go NOWHERE NEAR MY EYES! Boo! At least not for another week or so. The next ‘installment’ of my Charlotte Tilbury exploration arrived at AIM Towers… featuring a selection of ‘not so basic’ shades of Rock n’ Kohl, Brow Lift (in Cara), Feline Flick (duh), Eyelash Curler and Bar of Gold.

As I get to experience these products, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line is very much like Rock n’ Roll. The scene can be ‘glamorous’ and give off the illusion of perfection and freedom in every conceivable way. Everything (and everyone) is awesome, beautiful, amazing, perfect… and then you sober up. And you realize that while some of it might be cool, some of it is tacky as hell. And that’s about right for this makeup line. Some of these products are ON.POINT. But some of them really have you  like WITEFH………………..

I’ll leave you to figure out what that means.

Onto the haul:

I absolutely did not need this eyelash curler. But I gave it a try anyway, and I am so glad I did! This is actually a really good curler. It’s ‘looser’ than your standard variety (Shu Uemura), but is really gentle on the eyes and gives one hell of a curl. Works better than my Shu Uemura, and that’s SAYING something. No ‘pointy’ looking lashes when you’re done. You get an amazing curl with little to no pressure. This thing is excellent.

This is decent. Not fall out of your seat amazing, but not horrid either. It’s a good eyeliner. Better than NARS (well, they all are), but not as good as By Terry (still the best). Good mid-range eyeliner. Easy to handle, and very precise. Not a ‘must have’ unless you’re in the market for a good eyeliner pen. I’m not mad at it.

Now THIS is nothing short of AMAZING. The Brow Lift is GENIUS. Seriously. Charlotte took the Anastasia and Tom Ford sketch for eyebrow pencils and improved it 100 times over. Stuff’s PERFECTION. Sheesh, I can’t get over how good this thing is. First of all, the color is on point (Cara… for brunettes). It’s cool and a little grey and works perfectly with my dark brows without making me look a mess. The pencil itself separates into THREE sections, with a highlighter in the middle (that actually works and doesn’t look a shimmery mess), and a brush on the other end.

The best part is that after 16 hours of wear, my brows look like I JUST DID THEM. I’m the oiliest girl on the planet, and even after my skin has turned into an oil slick, the brows are perfectly combed, filled in, and NOT GREASY LOOKING. This is key. No matter what I use (from pencils to brow powders), my brows look oily by the end of the day. Not with this stuff. It doesn’t move until you take it off (not the highlight either). Highly recommend.

Haven’t tried these yet (can’t). But these are the colors that I got. I figure a basic eyeliner is like a cheese pizza; if you can’t get the basic formulation and performance right, then it doesn’t matter what else you pile on it… it’s still gonna be garbage. That’s how I feel about colored eyeliners. If your black is trash… I’m not even going to bother with the rest. I’ll try these out and get back to you.

And now we arrive at what may be the tackiest and most trifling thing in the entire line. This damn Bar of Gold. Charlotte… for real… just NO. Let’s see…where to start:

This packaging is cardboard. CARDBOARD. C.A.R.D.B.O.A.R.D. Once I got over the size of this tiny little annoyance (the pot is actually on par with a standard highlighter, but most companies have the good sense to put said pot in a more substantial package), I realized that the thing was cardboard. OMG. So pissed.

There is nothing, NOTHING luxurious about this product. It’s BASIC in the most BASIC of ways. You can get better packaging at your local drugstore. There is no weight to it, no beauty, nothing. It’s a basic highlighter in a cheap cardboard box. If it hadn’t cost so much… I’d give it to my niece. She’d never know the difference from the Wet n’ Wild and NYX stuff she currently sports.

And the product itself… not amazing. The highlight portion of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow is MUCH MUCH better. It’s actually warmer, if you can believe that. This ‘gold’ goes ashy on me. WITEFH for real! How does gold go ashy on a warm skin tone? SMH There was little to no thought put into this product. Maybe after one too many shots of gin (and some other stuff) …  the Tilbury team thought this might be a fantastic idea. It is not. Not by a long shot. Ya’ll stop getting drunk and brainstorming! Dammit.

This product just pissed me all the way off (as if you couldn’t tell). I want an apology to EVERYONE who paid for this because it is absolutely shameful.

Thus concludes my thoughts on Haul #2. Swatches next. Ciao for now!

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9 comments

  1. Reese says:

    Thank you so much for this in-depth and hilarious review! I’ve been lemming that Bar of Gold for a while, so sad that it not only doesn’t work for us brown beauties, but the packaging is cheap to boot! I expected more from CT, especially since the Filmstar Bronze and glow comes in such an exquisite compact!

    • You’re so welcome! I was very emotional about that Bar of Gold. LOL You’re right, we should expect better. And it’s such a far cry from the FilmStar Bronze & Glow (which is utterly beautiful) in terms of both packaging and performance. I’m really sad that they decided to release such a substandard product. The Bar Of Gold needs to be re-imagined and repackaged. It might have been a good idea on paper, but the execution is severely lacking.

  2. That bar of fool’s gold wasn’t in the lineup of original products. I think it was released for the Christmas period when everyone is not of sound mind.

  3. Yep! You’re right! It DID come during Holiday when folks are insane. LOL Bar of Fools Gold… indeed!

  4. Rimmed Sugar says:

    Thank you!! I was going to have a friend who lives on the other side of the pond to send me the bar of gold. you’ve saved me so much time and money!

  5. africanorchid2005 says:

    Great reviews. What i don’t get about this bar of “gold” is that it is really a bar of silver not gold. the color looks very silver to me. also the stamp on it..999.9 signifies the amount of pure silver not the amount of gold. Just a fail from all directions from CT on this one. sigh. lol

  6. […] makeup makeup.’ Charlotte did really well on this one. I nearly forgive her for that heinous Bar of Gold… […]

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