Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Worth The Hype?

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow review

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?

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow review

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

The Good |

  • Soft, silky texture
  • Finely milled
  • Applies smoothly
  • Pigmented
  • Natural
  • Versatile
  • Great traveling companion

The Bad |

  • Pricey ($68)
  • Won’t suit deeper skin tones
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow worth the hype

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

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.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow swatch

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.

Have you tried this? What’s your favorite CT makeup product? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • The swatch looks so good, I can really see what you mean about it blending in so effortlessly. I love a natural bronzer and hate powders that are too heavy so I definitely think you’ve sold it to me! x

    Albana Janjeva | Stylist | Glamming up a Sunday Stroll

    • Yay! You def need this if you’re into more natural bronzing powders that aren’t heavy :)

  • This is in fact my HG product :)) I have a feeling that I’m going to hit pan on the bronzer so I will definitely repurchase. I also have the darker shade that’s nice for summer but I prefer the highlighter from the lighter palette.

    • Haha I love hitting pan on products I love, but also hate it because then I have to repurchase them. I saw the darker shade and I really wish that bronzer and the highlighter from this lighter palette were sold together as well because you’re right, I prefer the highlighter from the lighter palette a lot more.

  • This product sounds lovely! I love the packaging. Ooo I love how it’s not too shimmery.

    • Same! I’m glad it’s not matte nor shimmery so it’s just the perfect bronzer and higlighter!

  • I love my Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette! Also, who wouldn’t want this little beauty sitting among their makeup stash? I will admit that my highlight side is significantly more used than my bronzer side, but hopefully it’ll catch up in usage soon haha.

    Cindy |

    • Seriously, it looks so beautiful sitting on the vanity! Lolol that’s one downside to any type of palette.. what happens if you finish one product before the other? I wish it was refillable!

  • I may just have to take the plunge and get this… The price tag keeps me second guessing myself, but it just looks so beautiful! I’m going to have to try it out

    • I really think you’d like it if you’re into more natural bronzers that aren’t too heavy on the skin and a subtle glowy highlight :)

  • tiffanytales

    I took the plunge on this one and I absolutely love it! One of my all time favourite highlighters.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • This has been on my wishlist forEEEEEVER. It’s so gorgeous and comes highly recommended… I think I just need to cave and get it!

    Olive & Ivy

    • I know the feeling girl, but I’m glad I finally took the plunge, and think you would love it too!

  • I really want to try this but it’s so $$$. I ended up splurging for the Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette so I don’t think I could justify buying this one as well but it is definitely on my wishlist!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    • It is so expensive! I still can’t believe I bought it lol! I really want to the KVD palette. I hear she’s making new ones with refillable pans!!

  • I’ve been lusting over this gorgeous duo for the longest time but for some reason I really struggle to hand my money over! Great review lovely xx

    • Hahah I feel you girl! Handing over the money for this was no easy task, but it is definitely a nice splurge :). It’s probably much more expensive in Australia though :/

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of this & I think it’s because I do have darker hues in my skin tone so this just doesn’t suit me to a tee! xx

    • Yeah this one is definitely not for everyone! I wish the highlighter in the darker palette was the same as this one. I think more people would get it then!