A couple of months ago I was invited over to Charlotte Tilbury’s studio (I know, pinch me) to preview her new top secret makeup collection. Here we are, a couple of months later and there’s a counter in Selfridges, it’s stocked online on Net-a-porter and some of her products have become my daily staples. Made in mind for a customer to create a fool-proof look thats ‘easy to choose & easy to use‘. I’ve been giving some makeup items a whirl (there’s also skincare too) and here’s my report card…
Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49 here
Charlotte’s aim with this platte was to manipulate light to transform the face, like create a slimmer nose or define and enhance cheekbones. This face sculpt and highlight kit (that’s just the most beautifully packed item ever) houses a warm bronzey orange shade to contour and a shimmer to highlight. Back to the packaging, which I don’t usually focus on but as Charlotte said, was made to ‘bring magic back to makeup’ with packaging inspired by the 1920′s cigarette case, and it does just that. Unlike any other contour kits I’ve come across (Tom Ford, Sleek, Make up for ever) both shades hit the spot, if you’re into a colder contour like Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder this won’t be the one for you as it’s much warmer and bronzes up the face at the same time as contouring cheekbones, which I actually prefer. The highlight shade is a finely milled golden champagne shimmer that has a lifting effect on the face.
Colour-Coded Eyeshadow Palette in The Dolce Vita, £38 here
Eight quads to choose from, all representative of a different look from the Uptown Girl inspired by Kate Middleton to The Sophisticate, inspired by Natalie Portman. I’ve been sporting Charlotte’s favourite quad, Dolce Vita, inspired by a look like Kim Kardashian. The palettes have a Tom Ford feel about them but I’m pleased to report the pigmentation and colour payoff is much better, especially in the glitter ‘pop’ shade, I did however find a better colour payoff when using natural hair brushes as opposed to synthetic.
Colour Chameleon colour-morphing eyeshadow pencil in Amber Haze, £19 here
Meet the first product that I added to my wish list, not only for the intense, vibrant colour but as soon as I swatched these they were pretty impossible to remove. Being such a long-lasting formula means little blending time is brief so it’s essential to work quickly on this one. Each shade is meant to compliment and enhance different eye colours, I’m wearing the shade Amber Haze, which is actually meant for green eyes but hey-ho I just love the colour.
K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, £23 here
Described by Charlotte as a ‘cashmere blanket for the lips’, containing light-reflecting particles to give an illusion of plumper lips but here’s what I say: the. perfect. nude. Not too warm, not too cold and the perfect middle ground of glossy and matte that’s not too much of either. My favourite product of the bunch, long-lasting and hydrating too! PS – can you spot the star?
Lip Lustre luxe colour-lasting lip lacquer in High Society, £16.50 here
A pigmented gloss with a high-shine finish that manages to have mega staying power without drying out the lips. I’m particularly smitten by the sophisticated shade High Society for is wearabilty with any look from a no makeup makeup to a smokey eye.
The best and most unique part of the range is the fact that each of the looks are divided into categories, which you can shop here and watch each step by step get the look tutorial made by Charlotte here. Hats of to Charlotte who’s created a range that just makes sense, no faff, no complications and on top of which she’s quite literally holding our hand throughout the entire (and somewhat daunting) process. All A+’s here and I’ll report back with more!