So just last month, I officially turned 22! And amongst all the Taylor Swift repeats, glasses *bottles* of prosecco, and general birthday festivities, I found the time to make a cheeky shopping trip to one of my favourite places on earth.. Selfridges, London. This is one of the few department stores which actually stocks my current favourite brand of cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury and I was determined to invest in something new for my collection.
The Filmstar Bronze & Glow has to be one of her most raved-about products. I feel like it’s been everywhere on the bloggershere over the past year, but I was never sure whether to take the plunge myself. Well, what better time to splurge than your 22nd birthday??
Ok, let’s talk about the packaging because I feel like Charlotte Tilbury is just the Queen of this area. I love the signature rose gold, and the way that every product just feels so luxurious and high-quality.
This palette has to be my favourite from the whole collection. It comes in a gorgeous sleek container that feels durable but not so heavy that you can’t carry it around in your handbag, and I love the antique quality of it which gives the impression that it could easily have belonged on the set of a 1940s glamorous Hollywood film. Even the cardboard boxing it comes in demonstrates how much time and effort goes into making it an experience for the customer.
So how does it apply? Because we all know that at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how gorgeous the packaging if the product inside is rubbish,,,
Well thankfully, it’s just as beautiful on the skin as in the palette. The bronzing shade is just perfect for a really natural contour – ideal for autumn. I’ve actually put away my Clarins Aquatic Treasures Bronzer for this season and just reach for this in its place. Yes, the bronzer isn’t really going to be effective if you have olive or dark skin, but thankfully Charlotte Tilbury listened to the feedback and created a “Medium to Dark“ alternative. Similarly, if you’re someone who likes their contour to be very intense and matte, this probably won’t be for you. It’s more of a subtle, glowy bronze – although I actually love this as it helps to give some dimension to your face. Completely matte can sometimes look quite flat.
The highlighter is where it gets truly exciting though. I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a pearly sheeny shade that looks so flattering but not at all sparkly. I like to apply it lightly down my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on my cupid’s bow and right in the inner corners of my eyes. This just instantly brings a lovely glow to my skin and looks amazing when it’s reflected by the light.
I also purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush alongside this. Yes, it’s expensive compared to the Real Techniques ones I usually use, but I love the softness of the hairs and its shape fits perfectly under cheekbones for contouring.
Overall, I would definitely say that this palette is worth the hype. While it’s expensive, I’ve already had so much use out of it and I can see myself buying it again and again. With Christmas coming up, it seems like the ideal special gift! What do you guys think of it? Would you like to try it now?
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx