Charlotte Tilbury is the new kid on the block everyone can't stop talking about and if it wasn't already obvious on my blog, I love a good bandwagon to jump on. I'd had a few of her makeup products on my wishlist for quite some time now and after selling and making a reasonable amount of money on eBay, I went ahead and splurged a little... and by a little, I mean a lot. I placed my Charlotte Tilbury order on Beautylish and I have to say, the customer service was outstanding. A US website, it took less than a week to arrive and everything was neatly wrapped with a handwritten, personalised note to me. So cute! Eager to play around with my shiny (quite literally) new toys, I thought I would create a look using my goodies that even a lovely sales assistant at Topshop complimented me on! As much as I love reading and looking at pretty photos of makeup, it's cool to see how people actually wear it and I really want to incorporate more makeup looks on my blog. I find it almost impossible and so time consuming trying to take a nice photo of myself, but having said that, I will try! And just as a little side note, the above photos were taken completely untouched, so I could preserve their true beauty and newness. Just look at the pretty!
I wasn't going anywhere when I did this makeup look, so I didn't bother with primer, so after applying foundation (I used my sample of the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and I really like it! High coverage, but not too matte and you don't need a lot of product. I really want the full size bottle now!), concealer and eyeshadow primer, I created my eye look using the Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette. I had my heart set on the Limited Edition Fallen Angel Luxury Palette for the longest time, but it looked too similar to eyeshadows I already owned from other brands and I just knew I wouldn't get a lot of use out of the black in the palette. I applied MAC's Eye Shadow in Kid as a transitional crease colour, then the lightest shade in the palette all over the lid, followed by the mid-tone brown in the crease and the darkest shade in the outer corner. The two browns offer incredible pigmentation, though the shimmery beige-y colour creased a little. It didn't, however, look as creased in real life as it does in the photo and I'm not sure if it's to do with my primer either. I'm trying to use up my Too Faced Shadow Insurance so I can buy the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, which I hear is better. The glittery eyeshadow in the palette left a lot to be desired. It's just straight up glitter and barely shows up on the eyelids! There was fallout when I applied it with a dry brush, but wetting it with MAC Fix+ remedied that and made the eyeshadow slightly more visible. It didn't photograph well at all - in fact, the whole eyeshadow look is rather quite washed out (another reason why I hate photographing myself; it looked more put together in real life, I promise!) - but if you look closely at my left eye in the second photo, you can ever so slightly see it in the outer corner.
Once I applied eyeliner, mascara and did my brows, I used Tarte's 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed on the cheeks (I initially went with Benefit's Rockateur Blush as it seemed fitting with the eyeshadow, but a nude cheek looked better in the end). I still kind of don't really know what I'm doing when comes to bronzing and contouring, and for some reason, find it easier to apply when I've got my blush in place first! I used the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and believe the hype, people, this bronzer/highlighter duo is stunning, to say the least. With a medium-toned complexion, I was hesitant as to whether this would suit me or not, but after reading various reviews, particularly Tamira's, I was sold. The bronzer is not warm, yet not cool, so it works perfectly as both a bronzer and contour colour, and the highlighter is the most beautiful shimmery golden shade that instantly creates a radiant complexion. I'm not really into the super-carved-out-cheekbones look on me and I'm always scared of going overboard with bronzer, and if you are too, this is a great palette to start with as it's not too dark. Contrary to the popularity of the bronzer, I've heard mixed reviews on the highlighter, but I absolutely love it. I thought it might be too yellow-toned and glittery for my liking, but with a soft sweep of it over my face, I can't stop looking at my skin afterwards. The glow it provides is natural and subtle.
I decided not to powder my face, so I finished off the look with my lips using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink, which Jennifer enabled me to buy after she used on me when she did my makeup for her portfolio. On their own, these lip colours look amazing, but together, they pair perfectly for an A+ nude lip. The formulas of both the lip liner and lipstick are really creamy and pigmented, and when not eating, really long-lasting too. I've got my eyes on the Matte Revolution Lipsticks next - Very Victoria or Birkin Brown? I can't decide!
Given the rave reviews over Charlotte Tilbury, I expected nothing less of this brand and I have to say, I'm really, really impressed. However, if I was to say one bad thing, it'd be that I think there are definitely better eyeshadow palettes out there and if luxury is what you're after, brands like Burberry and Chanel offer some really good ones. I can only speak about the one palette I've tried and while I do really like it, honestly, I have used higher quality eyeshadows before. If you're looking to dip your toes into Charlotte Tilbury, you really can't go past Filmstar Bronze & Glow and the lip products. From the luxe rose gold packaging, to the shade variety and overall quality, you can tell a lot of thought went into each and every one of these products - Charlotte Tilbury is spot on.