I’ve been testing a bunch of new and exciting releases from Charlotte Tilbury. Her latest release, the Hollywood Flawless Filter has been on rotation since I got it. I don’t think I can ever do my makeup without it. She also released a new Filsmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Palette, the Brightening Youth Glow Primer and a new shade from her Matte Revolution lipstick line in Opium Noir.
The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is a customizable complexion booster that adds ton of glow to the skin. It has the versatility of a primer, gives the glow of a highlighter, while also adding a tint and blurring your pores. It’s like a filter in a bottle.
It comes in seven shades that suit different skin tones:
1 Fair (very fair neutral beige) – Suited for skin tones that wear her Magic Foundation in shades 1 and 2 and the Light Wonder Foundation in 1
2 Light (neutral peachy beige for fair) – Suited for skin tones that wear her Magic Foundation in shades 3, 3.5 and 4 and Light Wonder Foundation in 2 and 3
3 Light/Medium (neutral peach for light to medium skin) – Suited for skin tones that wear her Magic Foundation in shades 4.5 and 5 and Light Wonder Foundation in 4 and 5
4 Medium (neutral golden yellow for medium skin tones) – Suited for skin tones that wear her Magic Foundation in shade 6 and Light Wonder Foundation in 6
5 Tan (neutral caramel for medium to tan skin tones) – Suited for skin tones that wear her Magic Foundation in shades 7 and 8 and Light Wonder Foundation in 7 and 8
6 Tan/Dark (warm amber for deep skin tones) – Suited for skin tones that wear her Magic Foundation in shades 9, 9.5 and 10 and Light Wonder Foundation in 9 and 10
7 Dark (deep bronze for dark skin tones) – Suited for skin tones that wear her Magic Foundation in shades 11 and 12
The Flawless Filter can be used as a base before your foundation, on the high points of your face as a spot highlighter, mixed with your foundation and even on it’s own. The formula is like nothing I’ve tried. It’s a thicker consistency and adds the most beautiful glow to the skin with no noticeable shimmer.
The formula has smoothing airbrush polymers that help with blurring. Glossy Oil is a lightweight moisturising oil that reflects and adds light to the face, finely milled powders soft focus, makes lines and pores appear smoother and Porcelain Flower Extract which is a brightening ingredient derived from a Thai flower with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to enhance microcirculation and brighten skin.
Worn all over the face, it adds plenty of glow, blurs out pores and also adds a subtle tint that evens out the skin tone. As a base, after you put foundation over top, you still get the glow but it’s more subtle. When I wear the Flawless Filter as a base, I like to add more after I apply my foundation and use some product as spot highlighter.
Compared to her Wonder Glow, the Flawless Filter is thicker in texture and adds more glow. Also the Wonder Glow, I find that it has some noticeable shimmer when blended on the skin, which is not the case with the Flawless Filter.
Swatches L to R: Hollywood Flawless Filter in 4 Medium heavily swatched and blended, Brightening Youth Glow Primer, Wonder Glow Primer
Swatches L to R: Hollywood Flawless Filter in 4 Medium heavily swatched and blended, Brightening Youth Glow blended, Wonder Glow blended
As you can see by the above swatches, both the Wonder Glow and Brightening Youth Glow are sheer when they are blended vs the Hollywood Flawless Filter has some tint.
Since the Flawless Filter is quite glowy and has oil in it, I would not use this all over the face if you have oily skin. I think the product would work better over foundation as a spot highlighter rather than a base. But if you are dry, normal and even combo, I think the Flawless Filter can work either as a base or as a highlighter.
Wearing only the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 4 Medium all over the face
The Brightening Youth Glow Face Primer is described as an anti-aging, color correcting and a glow boosting primer. With anti-ageing and anti-redness ingredients including chlorella and Vitamin B3, it brightens the skin leaving you with a youthful glow. It adds hydration and has pearlescent pigments that help illuminate the skin.
The formula of the Brightening Youth Glow Face Primer reminds me of the Wonder Glow. It has the same light texture that goes on easy on the skin and sinks in quickly. The difference is, that the Brightening Youth Glow Primer is not only an illuminating primer as it also color corrects any redness that you have.
Since the primer is hydrating, it would work for dry, normal and combination skin. If you are oily, you’re probably not going to like this since it doesn’t have any oil control properties.
If you ask me, what is a must have from the Charlotte Tilbury line, I will always answer that it’s her Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette. That is one of my most used products and one of the first products that I picked up from her line.
Well, Charlotte Tilbury released a Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Palette which is equally amazing. This palette comes with a bronzer shade on one side and a beautiful glowy blush on the other. It also comes with a travel Blusher Brush which is actually a great quality brush.
The new Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow will work for Light to Medium skin tones. The bronzer from the palette has the same finish as the original palette. It has subtle shimmer that adds a beautiful sun-kissed glow to the skin. The shade is a tiny bit warmer than the bronzer shade from the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette (I will include comparison swatches below).
The blush that comes in the palette is a beautiful pink shade with gold shimmer. The shimmer is subtle and gives the same glowy finish on the skin as the bronzer in the palette. The formula doesn’t accentuate any imperfections or texture on the skin and just gives a flush of color. I think both shades compliment each other really well and give a warm glow to the skin.
Swatches L to R: Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow (bronzer and blush), Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Light/Medium
The Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow will work if you are up to medium skin tone. If you are darker, the bronzer will probably not show up on your skin. On my light to medium skin, I get a subtle bronze glow which looks very natural and sun-kissed. I really like both shades in the palette and will definitely rotate the palettes in day to day use (yup I use the Filmstar Bronze & Glow almost on daly basis).
I’m a huge fan of the Matte Revolution Lipstick line. The formula is one of the most comfortable matte formula I’ve tried and that’s why I own probably most of the shades in the line.
The new shade in Opium Noir is a beautiful dark berry shade. It has hints of red and berry and can be sheered out for more a stained look or packed on for full on pigment. If you would like to read my first impressions of the formula, you can check out my post that I did when the lipstick line originally launched.
Wearing Hollywood Flawless Filter in 4 Medium as a base, Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow on the cheeks and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Opium Noir
Bottom line, pure love for all of Charlotte Tilbury’s latest releases. If you are a long time follower of mine, you know that I’m a big fan of her line so I hardly have a miss or a product that I don’t like. As two must try products, I would list the Hollywood Flawless Filter and the Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow (if you are fair and up to medium skin tone).
*Pr samples include Filstar Bronze & Blush Glow Palette, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Opium Noir and Brightening Youth Glow Primer. The Hollywood Flawless Filter was purchased by me