A while ago I fell for the famous Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight Palette. I never thought it would be something for me until I saw it in real life. I just had to have it. It did take me a while, but not too long, in order to get my hands on it. Ever since that moment I’ve been trying it out. I’ve never been that into bronzing, contouring and highlighting so I just never imagined myself splurging on products like this, but I did it anyway. In today’s review I’m going to talk about what my experience is with this product and whether I love or regret the fact that I chose to buy this anyway. If you’re interested in finding out about all that, make sure you continue reading this post!
The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette comes in a super stunning and luxurious looking packaging. Even the box is already super prestigious. The palette itself has a really pretty coppery, rose gold colour to it. It has a very minimalistic design to it, but it also does look pretty interesting. It has the initials of Charlotte Tilbury in the middle inside a diamond shape. Surrounding that are things that seem like rays of light. This might be not true at all, maybe I’m looking too deep into something that isn’t deep at all, but I do really like the look of it. On the inside of the palette is a huge mirror which I also think is a big plus!
Something that totally didn’t disappoint me is the size of the palette. Whenever I buy luxury products I always expect to get a decent amount of product and more often than not that isn’t the case. These things always turn out to be incredibly tiny. However, this palette isn’t that small. It comes with two big pans filled with product. Looking at the information on the packaging it does seem like the palette comes with 10 grams on one side and 12,5 grams on the other. However, when you look at the back of the palette it says that the entire thing comes with 16 grams of product. I don’t know what’s going on here, but that does sound a little strange to me. But anyway, whether it’s a total of 22,5 grams or 16 grams, there is enough product in the palette.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette – €65
The famous Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette comes in two different shades: light to medium and medium to dark. Since I’m super pale I obviously went for the light to medium edition. When I saw it in store this version actually did seem to look a little light to me. I actually wondered whether it would actually show up on my skin. Especially the bronzing powder is the one I wasn’t sure about. However, when the sales lady applied it to the skin of a friend on mine I quickly realised that it wasn’t going to be too light for me at all.
Like I said the palette comes with a bronzer and a highlighter. The bronzer is quite pale and isn’t as orange as most regular bronzers. This makes it perfect for my skin tone and more natural looking. It isn’t as cool toned as an actual sculpting powder would be, but I do think it comes close to that. Therefore I definitely think it’s possible to sculpt and contour your face with this powder. It is great for that.
The highlighter didn’t really speak to me the first time I saw this palette and it’s still not my very favourite thing in the world. Instead of it being a glowy, sparkly highlighter it’s actually pretty matte. It does have some traces or shimmer in it, but it’s definitely not a blinding highlight. I think it’s more of a matte highlighter that is going to brighten areas that would naturally hit the light like the bridge or your nose and the middle part of your forehead. You can also use it on the regular highlight spots like on top of your cheekbones, but it won’t have the same effect as a shimmery highlight. I do like the natural effect of it, but I just don’t think it’s special enough to come in a palette with such a hefty price-tag.
According to Charlotte Tilbury her Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette will help you slim, sculpt, shorten, trim and highlight your features for a fabulous red carpet ready facial framework. The shades in this version are perfect for fair to medium skin tones and have a buildable, subtle coverage. They say that the bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment that will help contour your face and mimic that sun-kissed skin. The highlighter has a golden base that is universally flattering to any skin tone. But the ‘Light Flex Technology’ it captures and reflects light just where you want it. The colour-rich pigments in this powder are rolled into elastomer pearls that smooth and buff your skin for a blendable and even coverage.
I do think that Charlotte Tilbury is setting the bar really high for herself with these claims. She makes it sound like this is the most perfect and prestigious palette ever from the highest quality. Even though I do think she makes it sound like there’s actual gold in this palette, I do agree with the claims she makes. The powders are in fact subtle and buildable. It is very easy to work with because the powder is not too intense and dark at the first application. This makes it pretty fool-proof and easy for contour-beginners like myself. You can easily apply this in the dark without having to worry you look like an oempa-loompa when you open up the curtains.
I do feel like the highlighter is a bit more intense than the bronzing powder is. That’s fine in my opinion because you can go wrong with a bronzer much more easily than you can with the highlighter.
Quality wise I do prefer the bronzer over the highlighter. You’d think that the formula and texture on both of them are very similar, but I don’t think that’s the case. The texture on the bronzer is really nice. It’s a very smooth and silky powder that applies evenly and smoothly. The highlighter however is very powdery. It does also have that smooth and silky feeling, but it also has a lot of kick-back. And that makes it a very messy product to use. I feel like I have to be so careful with it. I have tried picking it up with all kinds of brushes but that doesn’t make a difference. I think that on the swatch you can tell pretty well what I’m trying to say. The bronzer is super smooth while the highlighter looks a little patchy.
In terms of blending I think this bronzer is a dream. The highlighter doesn’t need as much blending as a bronzer does, but that one blends nicely as well. But let’s go back to talking about the bronzer. It applies super smoothly and evenly and it blends like a dream. It doesn’t take any effort at all. In the end it creates a very pretty diffused and smooth look. It’s definitely a very nice and settle bronze/contour, but I do think that it makes a clear difference in the way my face looks after using it. It makes my face look more sculpted and defined. It really is a great product to sculpt and bronze with at the same time.
All in all I’m really happy with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette. Especially the bronzer in this palette just really amazes me. The shade is perfect for my skin tone and it makes me look bronzed and sculpted at the same time. It’s very easy to use and it looks super natural. The highlighter is fine as well. It doesn’t have as much of an amazing texture as the bronzer does since it’s a bit powdery, but I do think it looks fine. However, if they were to sell the bronzer individually, I’d definitely go for just that instead of this duo. The bronzer really wins this battle, big time!
With that being said I think it’s time to end today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you think of this palette. Is it worth the splurge or not at all?