So Miss Charlotte teamed up with Norman Parkinson to release a limited edition Summer Collection, and all I could think was: I wonder if I’ll be able to wear anything from it? As a medium toned beauty, these things matter. Charlotte isn’t exactly known for her wide range of models of more than a singular… hue… so it’s important that certain things get road-tested before I plunk down massive amounts of change. Just saying. When the collection came out in practical application (once I actually saw swatches) the only thing that really stood out to me was the Bronze & Glow. I’m a huge fan of the original version (I’ve hit pan on the sculpt shade), so I was hoping to get some good use out of a cream version for the summer. Charlotte did NOT disappoint. She’s actually giving Tom Ford’s Shade + Illuminate a run for its money, and that’s saying something.
This stuff works for two reasons: the sculpt shade is universally dark. The undertones are pretty neutral. They lean a bit yellow, but definitely not orange or red (Ford has two different versions). It’ll work on light to medium/dark skin provided there are no really red undertones involved. The formula for the sculpt shade is not greasy at all, and a little bit goes a very long way. I overdid it a couple of times and ended up looking like Adele that one time at the Oscars…
The highlight shade is not gold or peach or pink, but some kind of hybrid of all three. Unlike the sculpt shade, it’s a little greasy for me… but I have oily skin so that’s to be expected. I honestly just top it with a little of the highlight from the original Bronze & Glow and it works like magic.
I really like it. I can wear it with the La Mer (damned La Mer) Skin Tint and my skin just sings to the high heavens with ‘no makeup makeup.’ Charlotte did really well on this one. I nearly forgive her for that heinous Bar of Gold… nearly.