My Charlotte Tilbury Collection

Finally! This has been such a long time in the making, like months have gone by since I started working on this project, so I'm really glad I finally made it. If you're not new here then you probably already know that I have a bit of a lady boner for all things Charlotte Tilbury. She is my makeup queen and not only makes some of the most beautiful products but also has the most stunning packaging in the luxury beauty realm in my opinion, the type of products you would want to display on your vanity. I have amassed quite the Charlotte Tilbury collection, I've added a lot of products within the past year, so make sure you've got a beverage and a snack cause it's a long one (if you're on a phone or tablet be prepared for some major scrolling).

 
 

Spring & Summer Magic Mystery Boxes

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Spring Mystery Box:

  • Magic Eye Rescue $60 - Long story short, I was super excited about this when I first got it but turns out I'm actually allergic or hyper-sensitive to something in it. I was using this for months before I realized it was this that was causing me to have such watery eyes. My eyes got way more watery and my lower lash line/under eyes also started getting swollen and red and I started freaking out thinking I would have to go to the eye doctor but it dawned on me this past Tuesday that it could of been this product causing my reactions so I quit using it and my symptoms have subsided. If you don't have any sensitivities then you might like it and I did really enjoy it before realizing it was what was causing me my eye irritation.

  • Unisex Healthy Glow $40 - This is a glorified tinted moisturizer but it only comes in one shade and it is definitely not universal. I thought about not opening it because I figured it wouldn't work for my skin tone and was going to try to sell it on Poshmark or Depop but my curiosity got the best of me so I opened it. This is so dark and orange compared to my natural skin tone that I could use this as a cream bronzer. I honestly don't know why you'd come out with a product like this in only one shade. This was an epic fail for me so I gave it to my personal trainer since she's a bit more tan than me but she's too afraid to try it after I told her how dark it is on me. Not one of my top recs from Charlotte Tilbury (I swatched this below on my inner forearm so you can see how dark it was on my skin tone).

  • Cheek to Chic blusher in Love is the Drug $40 - I was very excited to see a blush in the box because the only blush I owned from the brand prior is a cream blush (which I love) but is discontinued so now I have a blush that's in the permanent collection. This is a bright pink blush that I think looks good on my skin tone but I have to be very careful to not get too heavy handed because it is incredibly pigmented. The outer shade, swish shade if we're speaking CT lingo here, is a light shimmery pink-y coral and the center, or pop shade, is a very bright magenta. For me this formula is a little more pigmented than I like since I prefer buildable blushes but everything looks really pigmented on your skin tone when you're basically the color of paper. I do really like this though and it's a very pretty color that I'll get lots of use out of since it is in the color family of blushes that I favor so I'm happy to have added it to my collection.

  • Colour Chameleon in Amethyst Aphrodisiac $27 - I was also very excited to see this product in their but not necessarily in this color. I'm not huge fan of purple but it is a universally flattering color for most eye colors so I see why they sent out this shade in the box. My favorite shades in this product are Champagne Diamonds, Dark Pearl, Smoky Emerald and Bronzed Garnet. Nonetheless, Amethyst Aphrodisiac does work well with my hazel eyes so I can definitely get some use out of it. Since this is a darker shade I prefer using it as either winged eyeliner (I use a brush to get a sharp wing) or smudged along the lash line. Nice texture and easy to work with so I would recommend this to those that like shadow pencils if you're wanting to try out something new (this is swatched down below if you want a better look at the color).

  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in American Sweetheart $34 - I would of been excited to see this had I not just purchased it in a set (more on that later). I already owned this and love the formula so I decided to give this to my best friend and share the love since it is a really nice lipstick. The shade is described as tawny pink on Charlotte's website and it is a limited edition color. I love the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula, very creamy and comfortable, and would highly recommend if you like this kind of shade.

 Unisex Healthy Glow

Unisex Healthy Glow

 
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Summer Mystery Box:

  • Goddess Skin Clay Mask $55 - I am normally terrified of clay masks because they seem like they'd be really drying and I already have very dry skin but this says it's a, "nourishing clay mask for dewy skin" online so I was hoping Charlotte wouldn't do me dirty. I've only used this once so far but I really liked the way my skin looked and felt afterwards, very smooth and soft. The only thing I don't like is the smell, it contains added fragrance but to me it smells like clay. It is very strong and I was breathing through my mouth part of the time while it was on but I won't let that keep me from using it since it is one of the few products in this mystery box that I like.

  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess $34 - This was another repeat lipstick for me, I have this one from a different set that we'll get to in a bit, so I ended up giving it to my hairdresser because she looks really good in pinks and thought she might like it. This color is described as a tea-rose pink and I really like it on my skin tone. Kind of annoying that two mystery boxes in a row contained a lipstick I already owned but at least they're lipsticks that I really like so I'm happy to give them away to try and turn more of my friends onto the brand.

  • Beach Stick in Formentera $45 - I got super excited to see a Beach Stick in the box because I've been dying to try one out but I freaking hate this color. To me this color looks like the color of a sun burn and would probably look like one on my skin tone since I'm so fair but it's described as a sun-kissed berry online. I didn't even want to chance this one so I sold it on Poshmark for about the equivalent of what I paid for it in the box. I'm dying to try Moon Beach so I might end up just having to purchase that one at some point. I would of much rather had any or the other shades besides Formentera so I'm super disappointed with this one.

  • Rock ‘n’ Kohl eyeliner in Eye Cheat $27 - As basic as this is I'm actually thrilled with it. I actually just tossed my Honeydude ColourPop eyeliner (because it sucks) so I was in need of a new nude eyeliner so the timing was perfect. I really like the formula, it's not heavy or chunky looking on the waterline, and makes you look wide awake and opens up the eyes. This one is a win for me and I would recommend if you don't mind spending a bit of money on your eyeliner (my favorite eyeliners are from Marc Jacobs and cost $25 so I have expensive taste in eyeliners).

  • Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask $55 - UGH, no. Not everyone wants to be tan. I am very comfortable with my natural skin tone so this product is completely lost on me. I currently have this listed for sale on my Poshmark for about the equivalent value of what it added to the box so that I can hopefully get some of my money back. Very bummed that one of the more expensive items from this box is one that I won't be keeping.

 

Eyes

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Eyeshadow Palettes:

  • The Sophisticate Luxury Palette $53 - I bough this palette because I figured it would be really wearable and easy to use and I wanted one of my first CT eyeshadow quads to be one that I knew I would actually use. It is just a very basic matte neutrals palette but I really like the tones of these shades because they're not supper warm and I like the way they look with my skin tone and eye color. I do really like this palette but unless you're into luxury beauty products I wouldn't necessarily recommend this quad because it is so expensive and there's hundred of matte neutral eyeshadow palettes on the market for much less.

  • Exaggereyes Luxury Palette $53 - This was a limited edition palette from earlier this year that has since been sold out and is discontinued. I bought this one because all the photos of it online make it look like there's a slight mauve undertone to it but on the eyes these shades are pretty much just warm browns so I was a little disappointed with how it looks irl. It's also very easily duped with the Instant Eye Palette, which I already owned, so I swatched the similar shades side by side so you can see how similar the shades are. All that being said I do like it and have used it because it's a very full-proof, easy-to-use, no-fuss palette. Since this was limited edition and is gone I would recommend the current a limited edition Pillow Talk Luxury Palette that has more golden pinky tones and was inspired by her iconic Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. I actually like the looks of the Pillow Talk palette better and I'd be all over it if I didn't already own Exaggereyes.

  • The Vintage Vamp Luxury Palette $53 - I bought this palette at the same time as The Sophisticate because I wanted to get a more fun one to try out and play around with. The shades in this one I would describe as plum-cranberry with a pop of gold glitter. Here's the thing you need to understand about CT eyeshadow quads and her makeup style in general; homegirl is not afraid to put a metallic in the crease so if you are not about that life then they won't be for you. From her permanent line The Sophisticate is the only one that has matte shades in it but she's started adding one or two matte shades in the mix on her newer limited edition quads so I think she's trying to cater to what people want nowadays. The "Pop" shade in most of her palettes is a glitter and in this one it's a gold glitter that has a slight red shift to it. The matchy-matchy part of me wishes the glitter were in the same color family as the other shades but I can make this on work for me in a different way then how she does in her tutorial for the palette. This is my most used out of my three quads so I'd definitely recommend it!

  • Instant Eye Palette $75 - This one was also a limited edition palette that has since been retired. I was super duper excited to see a larger palette from the brand that contained both mattes and shimmers. This one had very hit or miss reviews from the beauty community but I love it and would probably bring it with me if I were traveling since it has everything to go from day to night. These eyeshadows do have a different formula than her quads and to me they didn't seem quite as pigmented though I wouldn't really ever describe CT eyeshadows as highly pigmented; they're all more on the buildable side which I prefer but I know some people like high pigment out of the gate so that's something to keep in mind with this brand. I'm really hoping that she makes another palette this size but maybe one that has some more unique shades in it and t that uses her regular eyeshadow formula.

 Instant Eye Palette vs Exaggereyes Swatches L-R: Date Eye Enhance shade in Instant Eye Palette vs Pop shade from Exaggereyes, Desk Eye Smoke Shade from Instant Eye Palette vs Define from Exaggereyes, Desk Eye Prime shade vs Enlarge from Exaggeryes (Date Eye Prime & Enhance shades are also similar so you could probably get a closer match by mixing several), and Disco Eye Prime shade vs Exaggereyes Prime shade

Instant Eye Palette vs Exaggereyes Swatches L-R: Date Eye Enhance shade in Instant Eye Palette vs Pop shade from Exaggereyes, Desk Eye Smoke Shade from Instant Eye Palette vs Define from Exaggereyes, Desk Eye Prime shade vs Enlarge from Exaggeryes (Date Eye Prime & Enhance shades are also similar so you could probably get a closer match by mixing several), and Disco Eye Prime shade vs Exaggereyes Prime shade

 
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Eyes To Mesmerise $32 each: 

  • Cleopatra - This is the most recent addition to my Eyes To Mesmerise collection; it was in the summer sale this year so I snatched it up. I'd been lusting after this color but wasn't sure how much use I'd get out of it since it is such a bold peacock blue. I love this color but this one is so hard to work with. If you put too thin of a layer on then the color disappears but if you put enough on the lid to get the color payoff that you see in the pot then it creases like crazy. The problem with most of the Eyes to Mesmerise is that they don't fully dry down so I have to set mine with a similar toned eyeshadow to prevent them from creasing. I'll get into this one more once you see the look I created with it but I would not recommend this shade despite how gorgeous it is because it's just too difficult to work with and creases too much.

  • Verushcka - This color is described as a minky-mossy golden grey-green and was one of the first two shades I bought. I chose Verushka to try out first because I love this kind of color with my eye color since I have green and a tiny bit of light golden brown in my eyes. I haven't actually gotten around to using it on my eyes yet...like ever other than playing with it and taking it off immediately. I recently got a single eyeshadow from CT that matches this color pretty well that I can set it with so I'm hoping I'll get to using it more now since I really do love this kind of color on me.

  • Marie Antoinette - I actually got this one in my first Charlotte Tilbury mystery box and it has by far been my most used. It's my most used because it's just such an easy color to wear, described as an oyster gold, and any creasing doesn't show up nearly as much as my other shades so I don't set this one very often. I can just throw this one on and add a wing and I look immediately pulled together with minimal effort. Marie Antoinette, Bette (amber gold), or Jean (champagne pink) would be my recommendations if you are interested in trying the Eyes To Mesmerise since those are the more wearable shades and will show the least creasing.

  • Mona Lisa - I picked this one up at the same time as Verushka when they were in the summer sale last year because this was the other shade I was initially interested in (that was included in the sale). Mona Lisa is a very nuanced shade and has a lot of dimension to it; it's color is described as a wisteria-chocolate bronze which I would say is a bang-on description. At first blush it looks like a boring chocolate brown but it has this weird/cool purple-y undertone/shift to it. I wear this one about as often as Verushka so...never but I used it as liner for one of the looks in an upcoming post and I was feeling it so I've rediscovered this shade recently and will be cracking it out more often I think.

 L-R: Cleopatra, Verushka, Marie Antoinette, Mona Lisa

L-R: Cleopatra, Verushka, Marie Antoinette, Mona Lisa

 
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Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise in The Huntress $27:

This is bloody expensive for a single eyeshadow (I got mine in the sale this summer for $18.90). I had been lusting hard after this but there's no way I could bring myself to pay $27 for it so I was pretty freaking zazzed to see it in the summer sale so I could finally try it out. The shade is described as a smokey golden-bronze but I would say there's a little mossy green undertone in there too (this is the shadow that I think will layer over Verushka nicely since they have a similar undertone). It is super sparkly and multidimensional and I am completely and utterly obsessed. This is the single most beautiful individual shadow I have ever used so I'm really glad I sprung for it. The look I created with the shadow is one of my favorites so I can't wait for you to see it!

 L: The Huntress, R: Amethyst Aphordesiac

L: The Huntress, R: Amethyst Aphordesiac

 
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Misc. Eye & Brow Products: 

  • Legendary Brows in Clear $22.50 - Funny story here, I bought one last summer in summer sale and then got another in my first mystery box a few months later. I used to use clear brow gel a lot but now that I'm blonde I prefer a tinted brow gel to lighten my natural brow hairs so I haven't been using this lately. As far as clear brow gels go it's just meh to me, doesn't have the strongest hold which is what I want out of a clear brow gel. I like the brush though and think I'd enjoy a tinted version much better so that is what I would recommend if you're wanting to try the brow gel from the brand.

  • Legendary Lashes $32 - The version I had was actually the old one but it has since been reformulated to be longer lasting and humidity resistant so that it won't smudge like the old one. I didn't have any huge problems with smudging but I never wore this on my lower lashes because I was aware of the smudging issue. I actually really, really liked this mascara. It's super volumizing and lengthening but it didn't weigh down my lashes like a lot of volumizing mascaras do. The formula is pretty wet and the brush comes out of the tube with a lot of product on it so it gives you more of clumpy volume (in the best possible way) but if you overdo it you can end up with spider lashes. I'm very keen to try Volume 2 once I work my way through some of my other mascaras and based off of my experience with the original I would recommend it since it's supposed to just be even better than the original.

  • Full Fat Lashes $29 - Fortunately I got a free mini sample of the Full Fat Lashes with an order so I was able to use this one for my upcoming makeup looks since I'd already used up the Legendary Lashes. I actually freaking love this mascara as well. To me the difference between the two mascaras is that Legendary Lashes gives a clumpy volume and is super lengthening in just a few strokes but Full Fat Lashes lets you build it up to how much volume you want and doesn't get clumpy so you have more control and versatility with this one. The formula doesn't seem as wet and there's nowhere near as much product on the brush so it doesn't overload the lashes. This is the less dramatic of the two mascaras but I love them both and would recommend either just depending on which type of mascara you prefer.

  • The Classic Eye Pencil in Sophia $22 - This is a weird one. The formula is described as a powder pencil so it's not soft and smudge-able like most eyeliners. I love the color of this eyeliner, it's a medium brown with gold flecks in it, but I flippin' hate the way it feels to apply since it is such a dry pencil formula and feels kind of scratchy on the eyes. I would not necessarily recommend The Classic eye pencils because the texture does not feel good when you're applying it but since it is such a dry formula it is really easy to create a wing with. I'll continue using mine but I don't think I'd repurchase because of how weird the texture is (unless I really missed the color).

 

Cheekes

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Bar of Gold Palette $58

I had always wanted to try the Bar of Gold highlighter but the packaging really turned me off because it was cardboard. Cardboard packaging on a $42 product is outrageous to me so I held off but when this palette was released recently I decided to spring for it and see if it was worth the hype. I can only use the Original Bar of Gold shade (pale yellow) on my face but I've used the Rose Gold (center pink-ish shade) and Gold Bouillon (golden bronze) on my eyes. The texture is very finely milled and it has a very glossy, high-shine finish. I really like the Bar of Gold shade and it's pretty unique in my collection since most of my highlighters have a white, champagne or pink undertone. The Rose Gold shade will probably be my least used because I can use Gold Bouillon to set the Marie Antoinette Eyes To Mesmerise. If you have a skin tone on one extreme end of the spectrum then you'll be more limited like I am as to how you can use each shade but I think someone with a medium skin tone would be able to us all three shades on the face.  After having tried it, as much as I hate the packaging, I would of rather just had the original individual Bar of Gold since it's  the only shade that works on my cheeks but I'll make it work and get some use out of the other two shades.

 
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Pretty Glowing Skin Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive) $75:

I saw this when I was browsing the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and decided to give it a go since I don't have as many Charlotte Tilbury cheek products. Face palettes with more than a few shades can be tricky depending on your skin tone and this one is no exception. The top left shade is the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in shade 2 which is too dark for me to use on my face but I have been using it to set my eyelids and I can mix it with the other powders to tone them down so it's not a complete waste. The bottom left shade is a bronze and contour powder, or "bronzetour" if you will, and I really like this shade for sculpting my face and adding dimension. The two blushes bother me though because they're just too similar. The top one is called pretty blush and the bottom is summer blush but they are so dang close in color that they don't really look that different on. I wish it was a lighter and darker blush which I think would of fit the brand better because of Charlotte's "swish and pop" blush technique. Online the pretty blush is described as a rose shade and the summer blush as a coral but to me they're both corals and they both have a bit of sheen to them. Both highlighting shades just say "glow" on the back of the palette so they don't have different names but the top right highlight is a warm pink shade and the bottom right is a golden-bronze undertone highlight. Neither one of the highlight shades are very reflective or blingy compared to the Bar of Gold (swatches down below) and the undertones on both are too dark for me so I can't really use these on my cheeks. As much as I like the bronzetour shade I find this palette to be pretty disappointing since I can't use all the shades for their intended use and really don't like that the two blush shades are so similar. I don't think this is a palette that will work well for very many skin tones and I would really only recommend it for light-medium to medium skin tones. I'll use it since I have it, and I at least don't have any other powder blushes that look like these two shades, but this is also not a favorite or top recommendation from me. 

 L-R; Glowing Pretty Skin Palette shades Powder, Bronze & Contour, Pretty Blush, Summer Blush, Glow 1, Glow 2, Bar of Gold Palette shades Original Bar of Gold, Rose Gold and Gold Bouillon

L-R; Glowing Pretty Skin Palette shades Powder, Bronze & Contour, Pretty Blush, Summer Blush, Glow 1, Glow 2, Bar of Gold Palette shades Original Bar of Gold, Rose Gold and Gold Bouillon

 

Lips

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At Your Lip Service Royal Lipstick Trio $85:

You save $17 buy purchasing the bundle so half a lipstick is free if you purchase the set but they're also sold as individuals. I bought this (and the following set) because I wanted more Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks since I really like her formulas and this looked like a set where I would like each shade. I've swatched them below along with all my other full-size CT lipsticks. 

  • Matte Revolution Lipstick in Legendary Queen: This shade is described as a soft neutral wine which I would say is pretty accurate. I love me a good red lipstick but I prefer more blue-based reds and on me this almost looks warm since I have a cool undertone. I don't hate it but out of my three full size red lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury this is my least favorite.

  • Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen: The description for this shade is rosy pink but I would call it a deep but bright magenta. Aside from reds this is the other kind of color that I love to wear. I have two or three other lipsticks that are very similar to this so it's not the most unique in my makeup collection but I still love it and will wear it tons.

  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess: I was probably most excited about this one and it's described as a tea-rose pink which I think is accurate. I was most excited for it because I didn't have any of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks until I bought the two sets. Of the two formulas I actually prefer this one since I like more creamy lipsticks (but I still really like the Matte Revolution as well). I do really like the color though and think it will be well loved.

 
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Lip Masterclass $190

Honestly, I bought this set because I really wanted the Shanghai Nights lipstick and it had already sold out as an individual. I also figured it would be a good way for me to finally try the iconic Lip Cheat lip liners and test out the glosses. The liners and glosses are all permanent collection items but the lipsticks were limited edition. After trying everything I get the hype around Charlotte's lip liners, they really are pretty amazing and are a top product I would recommend from the brand. The glosses are nice but don't beat my fave of all time, the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers.

American Sweetheart Lip

  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in American SweetheartThis color is described as naturally tawny pink. When I swatch it on its own it doesn't really seem that pink to me, more peach, but pulls a little more pink when worn with the Pink Venus Lip Cheat. I don't like this color as much as The Duchess but I do still like it and it's the only other one I have in the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula so I know I will get some wear out of it.

  • Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink VenusPink Venus is a peachy coral lip liner and works well with American Sweetheart and The Duchess lipsticks.

  • Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Portobello GirlThis is a sheer pink gloss with just a touch of micro glitter that's not really detectable on the lips. I personally don't really think a gloss is necessary over the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula since it's already got a pretty strong sheen on it's own.

English Beauty Lip

  • Matte Revolution Lipstick in English Beauty: This section has been updated as of 2:45 pm to reflect some new thoughts, I'm shooting this lipstick the day this post went live and it looks very different on my lips than it does swatched. English Beauty is sold out as an individual but is pretty similar to the Pillow Talk Matte Revolution lipstick. English Beauty is described as a naturally nude pink. On my arm swatch it does not look pink at all to me (could be lighting) but on my lips and over the Pillow Talk lip liner it looks like a beautiful deeper mauve undertoned nude pink. I was not initially very excited about this one but now that I have it on I actually really like it!

  • Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk: Where have you been all my life? I freaking love this lip liner and fully understand all the hype around this shade and think it's well deserved. It's a pinky-nude and is that perfect your-lips-but-better shade that everyone needs. I would highly recommend this and will continue repurchasing this product.

  • Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Seduction: I thought this would be my least favorite gloss since it's just a nude creme gloss but it's actually my favorite of the three. I can wear it on it's own and it still adds a little something extra just over my natural lip color or I can wear it over a liner or lipstick to transform a shade.

Shanghai Nights Lip

  • Matte Revolution Lipstick in Shanghai Nights: This shade is currently sold out but it got moved to the regular webpage for the Matte Revolution lipsticks so it might not be limited edition anymore. It's described as a deep, sultry red which is pretty accurate but I would add that on it's own it has a slight cool undertone. I really like this shade a lot but I think the lip liner they've paired it with shifts the color a little more neutral if you fill in your lips all the way with lip liner like I do.

  • Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose: I don't love this lip liner because it's a warmer rosy red and I think it matches Legendary Queen better than Shanghai Nights. Still a nice formula, just not my favorite shade for the lipstick it's supposed to be pared with.

  • Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Red Vixen: Poll time; who actually wears red gloss? I sure don't because I find them very messy. Red Vixen looks cool over a red lipstick in photographs but for practicality sake I probably won't be wearing this one much.

Do I think the set was worth it? It's a $234 value for $190 so I saved $44 bucks so that part sounds nice but for me I probably would of been better off just buying a few of the items individually. I'm still glad I bought it though because I don't think I would of discovered some of these products on my own so I don't regret the purchase.

 L-R: Red Vixen Lip Lustre, Savage Rose Lip Cheat, Potobello Girl Lip Lustre, Pink Venus Lip Cheat, Seduction Lip Lustre and Pillow Talk Lip Cheat

L-R: Red Vixen Lip Lustre, Savage Rose Lip Cheat, Potobello Girl Lip Lustre, Pink Venus Lip Cheat, Seduction Lip Lustre and Pillow Talk Lip Cheat

 L-R: Matte Revolution Very Victoria (included for comparison sake), English Beauty, American Sweetheart, The Duchess, The Queen, Shanghai Nights, & Legendary Queen

L-R: Matte Revolution Very Victoria (included for comparison sake), English Beauty, American Sweetheart, The Duchess, The Queen, Shanghai Nights, & Legendary Queen

 

Complexion

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Misc. Face & Base Products:

  • Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in 1 Fair $45: This is another hero product from the brand. I bought into the hype and had to see for myself if it is as good as all the beauty gurus say it is and...it is. I honestly don't think I'd want to go without this powder in my makeup collection. It takes down shine without fully mattifying the skin (unless you apply it very liberally) which I love since I hate matte skin but I don't need the center of my face shining like a mirror. It's such a finely milled powder and is worth every penny. I would especially recommend this for those with dry skin or for those that want to set a foundation without changing the finish. A must have in my collection and I've hit pan so I'll probably be having to get a new one before long.

  • Wonderglow Face Primer $55: This is one of the products that was in my first CT mystery box so I didn't go out and buy it on my own. I do love me a good glowy primer but this one isn't the best shade for my skin tone. I already use very emollient skin care products so my skin already looks very dewy with my skincare on so it takes something stronger to add to my glow and Wonderglow is too close to my actual skin tone so it doesn't really show up on me. I think of Charlotte's two primers the Brightening Youth Glow would be better for me since it's a color correcting primer and I have mild rosacea so it could help with my redness. I've still been using it though and will continue to do so since I have it but it's not one I'd rush out to repurchase.

  • Light Wonder Foundation in 1 Fair (not pictured) $46: I don't own this foundation but I have been using it a lot lately since I had saved up four sample packets and have been using it for the makeup looks I've been creating (I've also used a few samples of it before). This is a light coverage, ultra dewy finish foundation. I really like it because I don't need a lot of coverage and I love a glowy foundation but the one thing that would keep me from buying the full size is the scent. This is a very heavily fragranced foundation and for me the smell does not go away fully. I've been shooting a lot with it lately, I've shot two makeup looks a day five days this past week, and I think my skin doesn't like it because my skin is pretty congested now but it could also be the primer or the fact that I've been wearing and washing off so much makeup so my skin could just be over worked. Either way, I like it but just not for myself. If you like a low-coverage foundation with a lot of glow then this would be worth checking out though. 

  • Hollywood Flawless Filter in 1 Fair (not pictured) $44: I had also saved up two samples of this as well and decided to try it out and see what it's like. This was a very confusing product when it first launched and nobody could figure out what it's supposed to be; is it a foundation, a primer or a highlighter? The short answer is all of the above. For the long answer I'm just going to quote the website, "a customisable complexion booster with the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter." I only used it as a highlighter because I didn't want to change the way my base appears from look-to-look but omg it is stunning. This is a sample that is probably going to make me purchase the full size because I love the way this looks when used just as a highlighter but think it would be stunning under or mixed in with a foundation. I really like it myself and think it's worth checking out if you like to get your glow on.

 

Norman Parkinson collection

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Technically only one of these compacts still has product in it but I wanted to talk about them all and show them off because this, to me as a makeup lover and especially as a photographer, is the most beautiful packaging ever. Norman Parkinson was a very famous fashion photographer in the 20th century that worked for publications such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Some of Parkinson's famous subjects include Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Twiggy, Grace Coddington, David Bowie, Iman, and Jerry Hall just to name a few. I wanted to give a little background there so you understand why there's these images of women on the products. They're all sold out because they were limited edition but I do still frequently use the one product I haven't botched yet.

  • Dreamy Glow Highlighter (top left): I picked this one up in the summer sale last year along with the next product. I tried to depot it and ended up ruining the product but it was a beautiful peachy pink highlighter that was a little too dark to be a highlight on my skin tone. Hindsight I really wish I hadn't tried to depot it because even though it was in my Products I Regret Buying I probably could of tried to make myself use it more and figured out how to make it work better for my skin tone if I hadn't ruined it. I'm of course keeping the compact because it's like a collectors item to me.

  • Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow (top right): This is the one that is still in good working order and I use it all the time as a blush (I've never tried it on my lips). It's a beautiful neutral medium pink that I think is pretty universally flattering and works with a lot of makeup looks which is why it's one of my go-to blushes.

  • Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Suntan and Sunlight (bottom): This is a cream bronzer and highlight duo and was the first product I ever bought from Charlotte Tilbury. I really wanted to try the Filmstar Bronze & Glow original powder formula but it's so expensive and I just wasn't ready to commit so when I saw this in the summer sale two years ago I thought I might as well try it since I really like cream products. I used it all the time but then I started to notice I was breaking out and thought it was this product so I quit using it and pried out the inside section that had the pans in it so it's just an empty compact as well now. Stupid Heather. I don't think it was this product, I think I figure out later that it was a skincare product, so this was my first dumb destruction of a beautiful product. Kicking myself over this one but at least I've still got the pretty compact to hold on to.

I also have the 'On Call' makeup bag, which is one of the few products from the collection that's still for sale, but I forgot to photograph it for this post. I really wish Charlotte would do another collection like this because it speaks to me so much. As I'm writing this I just discovered that the Miss Kensington lipstick, which looks quite similar to Pillow Talk, from the collection is listed online with all the other Matte Revolution lipsticks so perhaps it's part of the permanent family? Either way I bought it because I like the color a lot and I feel like I'm turning into a CT lipstick hoarder because they're like Pokémon, gotta catch 'em all.

 

I'll mention this quickly here as well;  I do have an affiliate link that you can use if you want and it will give you $15 off your first purchase of $75 or more for new customers. I won't receive any commission but I will also get a discount if you make a purchase using my link. If you're not sure where to start my top recommendations would be the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, Full Fat Lashes Mascara, Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise in any of the shades that are in stock or literally any of the lipsticks in a shade that you like.

If you made it through all that you are a champ because that was lot. I have a problem, I know. The first step is admitting it. I also didn't include my mini Hot Lips or Hollywood Lips because quite frankly I didn't have time but you will get to see them soon enough. As I've mentioned numerous times I've been shooting like a mad woman to create looks featuring all my Charlotte Tilbury makeup products. I've had to re-shoot a few because I've ended up shuffling the lip and eye combos numerous times after seeing the photos but I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out so I can't wait to for you to see those! Tuesday, hopefully, I'll be putting up part one of the looks which will be my five bold lipsticks (four reds and a bright pink) and then the nudes and neutrals on Thursday if all goes to plan (I don't think I'll get Miss Kensington in time but if I do I'll try to shoot it and add it in or either update it later and share it on Instagram). I hope you enjoyed my obsessive rambles about Charlotte Tilbury products and hope you'll come back to see what it all looks like on my face!

 

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