Saturday, November 15, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury: A Collective Review


I've been testing out the Charlotte Tilbury line for two months now, and finally decided it was time to do a comprehensive review of what I've tried from the brand. This has been a fairly long time coming, but I have been so blown away by just about everything I've tried that I wanted to take the time to compile my thoughts and give a proper review.

I've already written quite a bit about the Wonderglow Primer and Light Wonder Foundation, two of my absolute favorite bits from the brand. Out of fear of being overly repetitive, I'll just quickly reiterate my absolute adoration for the base duo, and get on to reviewing the rest of the line! Get ready for a very picture heavy, swatch-filled post, people.


Incredibly pigmented and gorgeously lustrous, the lipsticks are a true highlight from the line. I currently own three shades (swatched from top to bottom, Velvet Underground*, So Marilyn* and Coachella Coral) and each one is stunning. The formula is nice and creamy (so you won't have to worry about it drying out your lips) but also boasts really vibrant, strong colors that will last for quite some time.

As for the shades, I would honestly buy each and every one if I could. However, I love the three that I have and have worn each of them for different occasions. When I first received Velvet Undergound I expected it to be more of a purple-y berry, but it's actually quite a bright fuschia. I'm wearing it in the picture up top with a little bit of the Lip Lustre in Portobello Girl for a bit of sheen. So Marilyn is a fantastically pigmented red, the perfect classic to have in your collection. Coachella Coral is the one I've owned the longest, a beautiful peachy coral that was my go-to shade during the warmer months.

All in all, these are one of the most talked about aspects of Tilbury's line, and with good reason. I personally cannot wait for her Matte Revolution extension to hit the states, which I'm hearing will happen in early 2015!


When it comes to lip glosses, I usually don't see too much of a difference between high end and drugstore. I feel like, for what you're getting, it's more economical to spend the money on a high end foundation or concealer while saving money by buying a drugstore lip gloss. That being said, I ended up being very impressed with Tilbury's Lip Lustre line. The formula is hydrating, glossy and comes in some gorgeous colors, and I've been thoroughly pleased with how well the coordinate with the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. line.

I own the shades (swatched from left to right above) So Vixen*, Candy Darling and Portobello Girl. The latter two shades are very sheer, but go great over lipstick. Out of all of them, it's So Vixen that really impresses me. It's uber-pigmented for a lip gloss, and it an amazingly hydrating option if you want to rock a red lip. Paired with the So Marilyn lipstick it makes for an insanely bold statement, but can also be worn alone and create a pretty awesome red lip.

As someone that doesn't normally wear a bold red lip, this particular Lip Lustre shade has really been an awesome option for me when I want to wear a vibrant lip to go out. Definitely a stand out from the line, and the one I'd most recommend.


I briefly wrote about the Colour Chameleon stick in the shade Bronzed Garnet in this post awhile back and expressed my love for the amazing formula. The Colour Chameleon line comes in eight options, coordinated by eye color. There's a day and a night shade target for blue eyes, green, brown and hazel. Since my eyes change between blue and green, I actually went for the "day" option for green eyes (Bronzed Garnet) as well as the "day" option for blue eyes (Champagne Diamonds).

Both sticks have a fair amount of shimmer, but are fairly creamy and easy to use. I love wearing Champagne Diamonds all over the lid, but the way I've most enjoyed wearing Bronzed Garnet is kind of smudged around the eyes (Olsen twins style). It's a fantastic shade, and probably the one I've seen most raved about online. It's travel-friendly and so easy to use, I could not recommend it more. 

The one downside to these shadow sticks, in my opinion, is their blendability. While they're great to smudge around the eyes I find them really hard to blend on my eyelid in general. They're very long lasting, but that property makes them pretty hard to move. So if you're looking to use these for all over the lid, I would actually recommend the power shadows found in the Luxury Palettes over these. But if you're looking for a gorgeous, smudged eyeshadow (think bedhead for the eyes) then this is your guy.


My love of concealer is pretty well documented at this point. If a brand I like comes out with a concealer, there's a pretty good chance I'm going to buy it for myself. The Retoucher was boasted as a medium coverage, brightening concealer that's perfect for covering up dark circles, and since that's my main reason for concealer wearing I thought this sounded pretty divine.

The concealer comes in a pen with a twistable bottom that dispenses the product. The formula is incredibly liquid-y but blends like a dream to cover and brighten any darkness under the eyes. It doesn't sink into fine lines, nor does it dry, which makes it a real winner in my books. Has it been the concealer I reach for on a daily basis? No, but it's one that thoroughly impresses me after each use, regardless. I'd compare it to a (slightly less highlighting) version of the Touche Veloutee which, coming from me, is very high praise indeed!


After falling head over heels in love with the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil, I didn't think there was any eyebrow product on Earth that could knock it down as my one and only. Enter Tilbury's Brow Lift pencil...With a slanted pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other, this pencil is so simple to use! This pencil has become my everyday go-to and a constant staple in my makeup bag. If you need further proof of that, the pen used to have the Tilbury logo on it but that was wiped away from my constant use.

I would very much compare this pencil to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, albeit at a (very slightly) lower price. Each feature a slanted, thin pencil that makes filling in your eyebrows easy as pie. While I find the results of using this similar to that of the Anastasia offering, I personally find Tilbury's version much quicker to use. I think it's due to the slanted pencil (versus a very tiny pencil tip found on the Brow Wiz) but I find that I can fill in my brows with just a few swipes and end up with a more full, but natural looking, result. Overall, this product isn't one that's widely written about in blogs, but I still find it to be a winner regardless.


Out of everything in Charlotte's line, I think it's the Luxury Palettes that garner the most attention, especially in the blogosphere. The Palettes are all based around several of the key "looks" that Tilbury emphasizes, with the Palette above representing the Dolce Vita look. While I don't own many of the other products associated with the look, I found this particular Palette to be absolutely stunning.

Each Palette comes with four shades that are not given specific names. Instead, they're labeled (in clockwise order, starting with the top left) as Prime, Enhance, Smoke and Pop. All four shades can be separately or together to create a beautiful smokey eye that has become Tilbury's staple. 

Personally I've been loving wearing each of them on their own so far. Prime has been the perfect neutral, luminous shade for everyday wear while Enhance, Smoke and Pop have all been wonderful shades to smudge over the eyelid for a night time look. Jake and I recently had a little day trip to Mohegan Sun and at night I wore the golden shade Pop all over my lids. It was the perfect balance of gold and shimmer to make my eyes pop (hence the name) at night, and I was loving it.

Like all of Tilbury's products these eyeshadows are of amazing quality. They're all highly pigmented, creamy and so easy to apply. This Palette is in the ranks with my beloved Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, which is about the highest praise I could possibly give. It's become a definite go-to and one that I'm so looking forward to playing around with in the future.


In all honesty, this is the one product that doesn't require much of a review, in my opinion. While I found myself completely bowled over with how amazing most of the products from Tilbury's line are, her Classic Eye Powder Pencils were pretty straightforward and ordinary. Don't get me wrong, the pencils are wonderfully pigmented, easily blendable and simple to use - they certainly do their job. But compared to the glitz and glamour found in the rest of the line, my reaction to this guy (which I own in the shade Audrey) to be just so-so. Is it a good eyeliner? Yes, but I've found eyeliners that are just as good at a fraction of the price. Probably the only product I tested out from the brand that I'd say could be passed up.


I'm not usually one to dish out the big bucks for a high end mascara. Perhaps this sounds silly, but I'd much rather spend the money on a high quality foundation or concealer than a mascara that will only last me a few months. That being said, when I was kindly sent this guy I was pretty curious to give it a try. Coming from a line that contains so many stunning products I was interested to see whether the mascara would be up to the task.

Well upon first application, this drugstore mascara lovin' girl was singing a different tune. After just one coat, my lashes were left looking like genuine false lashes. Beautifully long, not at all clumpy, and just plain gorgeous. I have never received so many compliments on my eyelashes as I did on my first day wearing this. I am fully ready to eat crow, because the results this mascara gave me are absolutely worth the price, and I fully intend to repurchase this when I run out. Wowza.


This is another product that I've straight up raved about in countless posts. I own Charlotte's blush in the shade First Love, a beautiful neutral peach-y color that has been one of my go-to looks for Fall. Tilbury's blushes are unique due to her "swish and pop" method. Basically, each blush contains two shades - an outer layer, a highlighting color which you "swish", and an inner layer that is a much more pigmented, and is meant to be "popped" on the apples of your cheek. 

The result is similar to what you get with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes (with the shade First Love comparable to the Hourglass shade Mood Exposure), which is a colorful, luminous glow that brightens up your skin. At $40 it's rather expensive for a blush, but the color and result is so stunning that I don't regret spending the money for a second. I eventually plan to buy this in another shade, but for now I am so pleased with First Love that I'm just happy to have it as one of my everyday staples.

In conclusion...

There are still plenty of Tilbury products I have yet to get my hands on (namely the new Filmstars on the Go Palette, specifically the Rebel Without a Cause which I'm itching to try out), but I have been so blown away by each and every product from the brand that I know I will be buying the entire line piece by piece over time. Charlotte Tilbury is hailed as a makeup genius for a reason, she knows how to create quality, beautiful pieces that are just so effortless to use. 

The products are truly so simple that I feel they're perfect for makeup beginners and experts alike - there's something for everyone to enjoy. In all my makeup-loving years, I've never found a brand that has so fully blown me over with each and every product. I'm so thrilled that this line is now more widely available, and I cannot wait to see what Tilbury comes up with next!



  1. Wow coachella coral really is a beautiful colour, like Mac's Shanghai spice but even lovelier. I would most like to try the blushes and one of her highly praised palettes! X

    1. Coachella Coral is hands down one of my absolute favorite lipstick! The color is gorgeous and looks amazing on everyone. And I would definitely recommend her blushes - I'm dying to try out other shades!

  2. Color Chameleon sticks look beautiful!
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    1. They're amazing! I love Bronzed Garnet and really want to try out a few more! Super versatile product :)

  3. I love the look of the Colour Chameleon sticks! This is a very well-written and informative review. This brand gets so much hype on YouTube (some of which doesn't go beyond simply talking about how amazing it is) so it's refreshing to see swatches and detailed descriptions. :)

    x Sneha |

    1. Thank you so much! I know what you mean, when I first started looking for reviews and swatches of the products (especially because it's a brand that can really only be bought online for most people) I felt like there weren't many to be found. A lot of YouTubers talking about how amazing they were, but I really wanted to see swatches and shade choices to help me figure out what I wanted. So I wanted to be sure to put those in my post to hopefully help some people figure out shade choices!

  4. I really enjoyed reading this! I own the Dolce Vita palette and I absolutely love it, but you've got me lusting after the Retoucher, the blusher and the eyebrow pencil now too :) xx


    1. Thanks so much! I am head over heels in love with the Dolce Vita palette, I feel like the colors are PERFECT for the holidays. And I would highly recommend all three of those products, the blush especially!

  5. I've been wanting to try out Charlotte Tilbury for ages - I still haven't gotten anything from the brand yet! Definitely bookmarking this post and using it as a reference guide!

    Drea xo
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    1. There are definitely some great products, and they're all really nice quality! If you're looking to start out with any, I would highly recommend the blush or eyeshadow sticks because they're absolutely lovely :)

  6. The color chameleon sticks look AMAZING, while I'm not really convinced about the eyeshadows' pigmentation. Great post!

    Agnese's Coiffeuse ♡

    1. Thank you! And the Colour Chameleon sticks are incredible, some of my favorites from the brand. While they're definitely more pigmented than the eyeshadows (in my opinion, anyways) I will say that I did a fairly light swatch of the shadows in this post, so the pigmentation can be built up! They're also an easier consistency to swipe over the lid, so I found each to have their own pros and cons :)

  7. Great review :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! :) I will absolutely go check out your blog!

  8. I absolutely loved reading this post. Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite brands. I haven't tried too much as it's slightly expensive for me at the minute but have loved everything so far :)


    1. Thank you so much! And it's one of my favorite brands as well! It is definitely on the more expensive side, but each thing I have tried has thoroughly impressed me :)

  9. Dolce Vita looks absolutely stunning! As do the lipsticks! Loving the CT packaging :)
    xprincessjas | ♥

    1. It is amazing, probably my favorite of all the Luxury palettes! And I totally agree, the packaging is so simple yet gorgeous, down to the smallest details.


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