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Charlotte Tilbury has recently launched Hollywood Flawless Filter, a new complexion product that delivers glow and plenty of Charlotte’s patented ooh-la-la. As an extra treat, I’m also including some other faves in this post: one I refuse to be without, and one I am currently totally obsessed with. Have I piqued your curiosity yet?
Hollywood Flawless Filter (CAN $50.00/each) | Available in 7 shades, this is a product that aims to add radiance to the skin in a customizable way. Housed in a glass bottle, it comes with an oversized flocked applicator that’s easiest to by dabbing the product on the skin, and then going in with either fingers (use a tapping motion) or a beauty sponge to blend in by tapping as opposed to swiping. There are several ways to wear this:
- blended in with foundation (for an all over luminous/dewy finish)
- dotted over foundation in key areas (as highlighter)
- on its own (for when you’re feeling a little bit extra)
I have plenty of similar products in my beauty stash that I don’t really reach for — mainly because I have normal/combination skin and always feared that adding something like this would make me look, well … greasy. That said, I was curious to see how Hollywood Flawless Filter would perform and as of right now, it’s a 100% WOW. My preferred method is to dab this product along my upper cheekbones and also sometimes lightly along the length of my nose and cupid’s bow, then I blend it out with my fingers using a light tapping motion. Mixing it with foundation is a good option as well, although I add just the smallest amount for the job and I offset any areas that are too glowy with a touch of either bronzer or setting powder. As to wearing this solo all over the face, I go in with a very light layer that I buff in (I’m not ready for “statement skin” just yet), and while it’s definitely luminous, the finish is less over the top this way and becomes quite wearable, in fact.
The verdict: the finish provides skin with the most gorgeous luminous effect, without emphasizing pores or moving foundation around (when Hollywood Flawless Filter is layered on top) and actually gives that red-carpet look Charlotte Tilbury has become synonymous with.
TIP: the easiest way to know which shade will work best on you is by checking out the colour matchings on the website — I found it super helpful. I’ve linked it for your convenience & easy access.
3 Light/Medium – pale pink cast, best paired with cooler toned makeup
4 Medium – neutral beige tint, universally wearable with all makeup colours
When I began preparing for this post, I wanted to include some other Charlotte Tilbury products that I’ve been loving. In truth, the Goddess Skin Clay Mask (previously reviewed here) is hands down my favourite mask of all time and I’ve already gone through multiple tubes of it — NOTHING shrinks the look of my pores better. The Magic Foundation is one I’ve been ambivalent about, probably because the shades I’ve previously tried did not match my skin. That said, shade 6 is a winner (for me) and while the coverage is more than I usually prefer, I’ve been really loving the effect on my skin when I throw in a touch of the Hollywood Flawless Filter. Finally, the product I’ve recently become totally obsessed with, is the Unisex Healthy Glow; a pea-sized amount is seriously all that’s needed for the entire face & neck (trust me on this — I used more the first couple of times and it was way too much), for a finish upon the skin that’s nothing short of magical. When my husband comments (twice — and he rarely says anything) on how amazing my face/skin looks, I sit up and take notice. By the way, there’s some king of magical ingredient in Unisex Healthy Glow, because I swear that it looks equally amazing (if not even better) at the end of the day as it does when first applied.
As the go-to makeup artist for celebrity red-carpet appearances, Charlotte Tilbury certainly knows exactly how to bring on the glam — and make it look like you were born that way. I may have indulged in a bit of eye-rolling when I first heard of the Hollywood Flawless Filter, but let’s just say that any skepticism was promptly shut down the second I began testing out … and now, these are the ones I reach for over & over again. So if you’re wondering whether the Hollywood Flawless Filter is worth the hype, the answer is a resounding YES. Oh, and you definitely need the Unisex Healthy Glow; trust me on that.
Available online & through Holt Renfrew (Canada)
Kindly provided by Charlotte Tilbury for my unbiased consideration
For Holiday 2016, Charlotte Tilbury has released several gift sets at varying price points; one such item is The Legendary Muse Eyeshadow Palette that is not only filled with four party-ready shades, but comes adorned with a festive star pattern on the lid. A new discovery for me is this Black Diamonds Colour Chameleon, a combination of smokey, sexy, sophisticated, and glam all housed in once pencil. Sounds almost too good to be true, right? It’s not.
To see all previous reviews on this brand, click on this Charlotte Tilbury link
The Legendary Muse Luxury Palette, limited edition (CAN $64.00) | Four eyeshadow shades bearing varying degrees of shimmer (and one with glitter), housed in the brand’s signature deep burgundy & rose gold compact but prettied up for the holidays with a star pattern on the lid. The shade breakdown:
- top left – rose gold, shimmer
- top right – champagne gold, satin shimmer
- bottom left – gold with ultra fine glitter
- bottom right – peach/rose/gold, satin shimmer
Right on point with the rose gold trend that’s still going strong in both fashion and cosmetics, this palette is perfect for those who want a little bit of glamour to their look but still want it to be utterly wearable. All four hues apply smoothly and blend flawlessly with no fall down, although it should be noted that the gold shade is not as opaque as the rest due to its ultrafine glitter, but is made even lovelier because of that since you can almost ‘control’ the bling factor better — or even layer it over other shades to add a touch of sparkle. Staying power (over primer) is excellent, staying true until removed.
Black Diamonds Colour Chameleon (CAN $32.00) | An eyeliner pencil in a chubby stick format in a deep charcoal hue filled with finely ground silvery/gold glitter. The texture is incredibly creamy, which means it will apply easily and without any harsh tugging along the sensitive skin of your eyes. Once applied, you do have about a minute or so to smudge/blend it out; after that, it’s basically set in stone. What makes this standout for me, is the good ratio of glitter in the mix that gives a lift to what would otherwise be a run-of-the-mill blackened liner. NOTE: not to be applied to the waterline.
Shimmer aside, this palette didn’t initially feel very ‘holiday’ to me at first glance, but after swatching and playing around with some looks — then going in and adding Black Diamonds for definition and depth, I’m actually really loving the more subtle take on holiday bling The Legendary Muse provides. And while it may lean a little warm, the shades are not so scary pigmented that those with fair complexions can’t pull them off – it’s all a matter of application proportions. After all, makeup should be about fun & experimentation and there’s no better time than the holidays to do both! It’s almost law, in fact …
Charlotte Tilbury products are available at select retailers and online
PR samples/As always, all opinions are my own
Charlotte Tilbury · Legendary Lashes Mascara, Legendary Brows, & Hot Lips in Kim K.W. and Very Victoria
When I think of Charlotte Tilbury and her eponymous beauty range, I expect nothing less than full-on glam and in that regard, she never, ever disappoints. Today’s I’m exploring how to beautify my lashes & brows with her Legendary Lashes Mascara and Legendary Brows Gel, and I’ve said often enough that neutrals are my comfort zone, so here’s to Kim K.W & Very Victoria Hot Lips – both nudes with sass that fit right smack into my wheelhouse.
Charlotte Tilbury may be known as the queen of glamorous makeup and happens to work with some of the biggest celebrities today, but I applaud her for also wanting to do some good with her products and bring awareness to worthwhile causes. For example, during the first two months of release (July & August), $2.00 of the sale price of each Hot Lips shade was donated to Women for Women International, a charity that empowers women to rebuild their confidence after enduring major difficulties – nothing more awesome than beauty with a cause.
Kim K.W K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick (CAN $38.00) | A cool toned and white-based pale nude pink shade that I can definitely see Kim Kardashian West wearing. Made in the brand’s original K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Fallen From The Lipstick Tree™ formula, the texture is creamy and smooth upon application, leaving a buttery soft feel behind along with a light glossy sheen. There’s some initial patchiness and settling into lip lines, but that appears to level out to a more even tone with the wearing. Staying power is around 4-5 hours without eating and/or drinking, which is about what I expected from a shade this light.
With the light golden undertones in my complexion, pulling off that pale nude pout is tricky at best. That said, something about the coolness of Kim K.W does happen to work with my skin tone but it’s still just a fraction too light for me, although I can totally see it as being the perfect shade for creating that Bardot-sex-kitten look (paired with heavy black liner, maybe?).
Very Victoria Matte Revolution lipstick (CAN $38.00)| Inspired by Victoria Beckham, this is a soft nude shade with a mauve-taupe undertone in the base. Made in the brand’s matte formula (although a far cry from the traditional flat type of matte; think more satin/velvet), the texture is actually ridiculous easy to work with and glides effortlessly along the lips, leaving a nourishing feel behind.
On another note, I do believe I have now found my perfect nude lippie. The fact that it also comes tinged with a hint of Victoria’s über-cool chicness, only sweetens the deal further.
Black Vinyl Legendary Lashes Mascara (CAN $38.00) | With flirty eyes printed on the tube and the signature rose-gold casing, this mascara was created to give you major va-va-voom lashes. Inspired by red carpet beauties, the formula contains:
- Marine Glycogen – a hair tonic known for stimulating the hair follicle and increasing keratin production
- Tamanu Oil – with known regenerative properties to protect, nourish and strengthen lashes
- A blend of waxes – to give lash hairs flexibility, length and texture in a weightless feel
- Carbon Black Pigment – for maximum colour
- Multi-Bristle brush – varying sizes ensure the brush will grab & coat each hair
The first time I tried it out, I wasn’t sure if the volume factor was anything special plus I did notice smudging within an hour of application. The second & third times I tried it out was a whole other story: you see, once a little bit of oxygen gets into the tube (which is inevitable since you need to open it to remove the brush), the formula starts to thicken a bit — which is exactly how I like it, and I haven’t seen any smudges since either. Staying power is great and looks on point until removal, the latter which is easily done by using a dual-phase product for the job.
Legendary Brows in Linda (CAN $30.00) | A coloured gel available in 3 tinted and 1 clear shade to help fill in, shape, and sculpt your brows. Housed in the brand’s signature rose-gold metal casing, the Micro-Fine Miracle Precision brush is actually teeny-tiny and one of the most defined I’ve seen for the job. Several years in the making, the formula includes:
- volumizing Magic Elasticizing Wax
- nourishing Vitamin E
- strengthening Castor Oil
- natural pigments to lift and tint
Back when I was a teen and ridiculously thin brows were a trend, I plucked mine as well not realizing that at one point, the hairs would stop growing back. Needing to add back what I [stupidly] took away, my preferred tool is primarily a brow pencil. I now include a light coating of Legendary Brows to add some volume and depth, which in turn provides natural-looking hold.
It’s a simple equation: if you’re in a hurry (or just not the fussy type with your makeup), and are looking for a polished yet ‘natural’ look, then all you really need is mascara, some brow gel to add definition and a swipe of a neutral lip shade, and BOOM — done. Both the Legendary Lashes & Legendary Brows have been getting quite a workout from me, as they’re not only effectively easy to use, but provide results as well. As to the lipsticks, I have fallen madly for Very Victoria (Kim K.W isn’t quite there yet, but I’m working on it).
Available through select retailers and online
Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own
It almost goes without saying that Charlotte Tilbury, a woman whose name has become synonymous with major glam, would deliver her first fragrance along the same vein — and in that respect, A Scent Of A Dream Eau de Parfum hits all the right notes. Created in collaboration with perfumer François Robert, this is meant to envelop the wearer in an abundance of positivity … and that’s always a good thing, no?
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Kate Moss for Scent of a Dream
Scent of a Dream Eau de Parfum (CAN $119.00) | Ibiza-born, Charlotte Tilbury has long worn a ‘secret mix’ of essential oils as her signature scent, a combination that went on to become the inspiration for her first fragrance. Housed in an Old-Hollywood vintage style bottle that just begs to be displayed on a vanity, its heavy glass bottom is beautifully faceted although the cap is actually plastic — possibly to keep it from feeling top heavy. This original floral-chypre is meant to impart a sense of joy as well as attract ‘love, light, positivity and sex’ to the wearer. Ummm, ok.
Joy Top Notes:
- lemon, peach, black pepper, saffron, mandarin, bergamot
Fleurotic Heart Notes:
- tuberose, jasmine, frankincense, Hedione, violet, muguet, orange flower, rose oil, Tea Rose, green ivy, magnolia
Magic Molecule Base Notes:
- Fire Tree, ISO E Super, patchouli, Ambroxan,precious woods, cistus, amber, castoreum, musks
Out of necessity, I have to be extremely particular with fragrance in order to avoid triggering an instant migraine and thankfully Scent of a Dream passed the test, merging well with my body chemistry. The first spritz calls to mind something vintage-y and almost old-fashioned, but not necessarily in a bad way — more along the classic appeal of a black & white movie, if that makes any sense. As the fragrance progresses, it becomes at once softer but still retains its potency (true fact: I could still smell remnants on my wrist, even after showering!), reminding me of freshly done laundry, a scent that I happen to really like. After several hours of wear it rounds out further, leaving behind a fresh soapy vibe upon the skin. Personally, I find Scent of a Dream to be at once light-hearted and lingering, but not exactly ‘sexual’ as the brand’s copy alludes to. One thing I do wish, however, was that the cap were glass instead of plastic, as that would be significantly more in line with the entire boudoir luxe image.
Speaking only on what type of scents I like and how they perform with my body chemistry, I’m somewhat torn here; for starters, my preferences tend to run towards spicy warm orientals and/or anything with vanilla. Secondly, florals and I have not always gotten along, although lately that’s been changing thanks in part to a whole new genre of aromatic combinations. So while Scent of a Dream is not something I would normally gravitate to, I find myself oddly attracted to it just the same — maybe because I can’t really pin it down and it almost seems to remind me of something, something I can’t quite explain; like a memory that stays just out of reach. I’m still not sold on the whole idea of it attracting sex, but it does appear to have that elusive lean-in-close factor along with an intriguing je-ne-sais-quoi. Plus I’m a sucker for pretty bottles #canthelpmyself
Available at select department stores and online
Press sample/As always, all opinions are my own
The queen of all things glamorous, Charlotte Tilbury has done it again with her latest Hot Lips Lipstick release. Inspired by ‘12 incredible women‘, she recently launched 16 lipstick shades (4 of which are current fan faves) in both her cream & matte formulas in the same fluted rose-gold packaging, but with the addition of the cutest lip carving on the actual lipstick bullet to differentiate these from the regular lineup.
As an added bonus and until the end of August, $2.00 of the cost for each shade will be donated to Women for Women International, a charity that raises awareness and helps rebuild the confidence of women around the world who have lived through unimaginable conditions (torture, sexual violence, etc). As women, we empower each other by our solidarity and now we can literally put our money where our mouth is, giving back to so many who have experienced loss.
Lipstick shades previously reviewed here
Charlotte Tilbury | Hot Lips
Charlotte Tilbury | Hot Lips
Charlotte Tilbury | Hot Lips
Secret Salma Matte Revolution Lipstick (CAN $38.00) | Inspired by Salma Hayek, this is a deep rose plum with dusky overtones. With its creamy feel, application is quite effortless as it literally glides along the lips. There’s an interesting mix of both cool and warm tones in this shade, making it wearable by a wide range of complexions – a beautiful and almost ‘neutral’ pink. I rarely wear pink, but the finish of this hue makes it easy for me to love how it looks on my lips.
Carina’s Love Matte Revolution Lipstick (CAN $38.00) | Inspired by Chinese actress Carina Lau, this is a a total screen siren red and the epitome of red-hot sexy. There’s an Old Hollywood glam factor to wearing a matte red lip and with its combination of both cool & warm tones, this shade will suit all complexions while the luxe finish makes it an excellent addition to one’s red lip wardrobe. So gorgeous, am I right?
Charlotte Tilbury | Secret Salma & Carina’s Love swatches, Hot Lips
Charlotte Tilbury | Secret Salma & Carina’s Love swatches, Hot Lips
Whenever I reach for lipstick, I am reminded of being a little girl and watching my mom getting ready to go out and the care she took to ensure that if nothing else, her lipstick looked spot on. Something about the Charlotte Tilbury range with its luxe packaging elicits this feeling of old world glam — throw in a cause as well, and we’ve definitely got a winner. If you’ve yet to try anything from this brand, then I suggest you start with these gorgeous Hot Lips Lipsticks but be warned: you may not be able to resist getting them all.
Available now through Holt Renfrew and online
Some lippie loving’ kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own