The second I saw the Charlotte Tilbury stand at Nordstrom, I marched up, asked for the Filmstar Bronze & Glow (Light to Medium), paid and went on my merry way– an impulse buy 2 years in the making, and I FINALLY have it.
Last year around my birthday I picked up a Filmstars On The Go duo (review here), which honestly didn’t blow me away. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice and I like to use it, but it’s not something that has reached HG status. That’s why I kind of put off purchasing the Bronze & Glow because sometimes hyped up products let me down, and I didn’t want that to happen with this.
But, alas, a makeup junkie can only hold out for so long before caving, and cave I did. Now we just have one question: is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow worth the hype?
The Good |
- Soft, silky texture
- Finely milled
- Applies smoothly
- Great traveling companion
The Bad |
- Pricey ($68)
- Won’t suit deeper skin tones
These powders are super smooth and feel so silky, which makes for great application. The bronzer is pigmented, but pretty natural and subtle on my medium/yellow/olive skin tone. There seems to be shimmer when looking at it in the pan, but when applied the shimmer isn’t noticeable, and it just has a nice satin finish; it’s not matte nor sparkly.
Also, it isn’t too warm or too cool so you can easily sculpt and bronze the skin so it’s pretty versatile. If you’re any darker than me (MAC NC40) then I think the bronzer would be too light for you, and that you should get the medium to dark duo.
The highlighter is a light beige/champagne shade that is pretty subtle and natural. It claims to give a candlelight glow, and that’s exactly what it does. The formula is just so creamy and buttery so it applies nicely on the skin and doesn’t look frosty or shimmery. It just imparts a beautiful glow without emphasizing any pores.
I wasn’t really impressed with the packaging of the Filmstars On The Go duo only because it felt very cheap–granted, it was made for traveling on the go so that’s probably why it’s so light/fragile feeling– but I’m happy to say this palette stands up to the “luxury” claim. It feels nice and luxe in the hand because it is more weighted and feels much sturdier than the On The Go duo. Plus, the old Hollywood style packaging is so beautiful it’s definitely going to add a bit of glam to anyone’s makeup collection.
The Verdict |
This is a really nice product, and if you have the funds or want to splurge on something then this is a beautiful and luxurious choice. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who has a hard time blending out their bronzer/highlighter since it blends so effortlessly and looks natural on the skin. I’ve only been testing it out for a week and I do really like it since it’s good quality and looks beautiful on the skin. Part of me hopes it won’t become a HG product because it’s so expensive, but the other part of me is A-OK with that.
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