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Tried & Tested: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow


To the average consumer, it seems that Charlotte Tilbury has shot from relative unknown to one of the most influential women in beauty in a remarkably short time. Yet in reality, she has been making a name for herself on the beauty circuit for the past twenty years, working alongside some of the world’s best photographers, designers and supermodels before finally setting off on the path that would lead her to create her very own range.

Her meteoric rise to stardom has been a long time coming for those who have had the pleasure of working with her, and her now-iconic line of high-performance makeup and skincare products have well and truly taken the beauty world by storm,

One of the most coveted products in the collection is the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette, and after putting it through its paces, it isn’t hard to see why.

Housed in a stunning gold palette that anyone could be tempted by from the outside alone, Filmstar Bronze & Glow is easily one of the most show-stopping pieces in the entire collection.

Inside, you have a large mirror, which although a mere accompaniment to the main event, is not something to be taken lightly. This is a mirror that is actually big enough and clear enough to be genuinely useful for touch-ups on the go, in contrast to those found in the majority of compacts on the market.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Filmstar Bronze is a medium tan with warm yet subtle undertones, and its silky-soft texture makes it a dream to work with. Both blendable and buildable and with good colour pay-off, it settles onto the skin as a wearable satin-finish product – no caking to concern yourself with here.

Filmstar Glow is built up from a golden base to create a pale champagne shade that will flatter most (if not all) skin-tones. It uses light-flex technology to capture and disperse light to make for a luminous, radiant-looking complexion.

The bronzer could easily be dusted onto the cheeks for a sun-kissed glow and left at that, and no doubt this is how many choose to apply it. However, it has to be said that it also doubles as a rather fantastic contour powder, and worked into the hollows beneath the cheekbones, will slim the face and chisel even the most rotund of features. A little more dusted across the forehead, down the nose and over the chin will finish the job.

Moving onto the glow highlighter, a lesson worth learning is that less is certainly more. A light dusting across the very tops of the cheeks, down the nose and onto the cupid’s bow is enough to glam up any daytime look ready for the evening ahead.

The Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette, it has to be said, is snapping at the heels of sister compact Filmstar Killer Cheekbones. Priced at £49 versus £82, it does just as stellar a job at adding dimension to the face, but with the added benefit of a wearably subtle, sun-kissed glow.

All in all, it’s another sure-fire win for Charlotte Tilbury – and we can’t wait to see what she’s got up her sleeve next.