I hope your Thursday has been treating you well! I haven’t done a solid review in a while, so I thought I would give you my thoughts on this baby right here..
The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow!
I snagged this when Nouveau Cheap mentioned CT was having a rare sale on their website…40% off!! So normally, this retails for a whopping $80CAD … but I ended up snagging it for less than $55CAD. I purchased mine in Medium Dark as I noticed that those who used the Light shade were quite fair, and I was afraid the “sculpt” shade wouldn’t show up on my skin:
As you can see, this product is a duo, with a ‘sculpting’ or contouring shade and a ‘glow’ or highlighting shade. You get 0.16 grams of product, and it comes in a very beautiful rose gold metal case, with a sleek mirror inside. The shades themselves are embossed and designed, which is a nice touch.
Let’s start with the “Sculpt” shade:
As you can see, this is a very cool, ashy brown. It is meant to contour and sharpen the features on your face. What’s odd about it is it has flecks of microglitter. Why that is, I couldn’t tell you, since sculpting and contouring is meant to be matte. Nobody has natural glitters sitting in the hollows of their cheeks. I think what CT was trying to do was make it a contour/bronzer hybrid. Frankly I don’t mind the glitter – it actually reminds me of my NARS Tiare Laguna bronzer, which I like to lightly contour with too. But the Tiare bronzer is marketed as just that – a bronzer, not a sculptor. Just as an FYI, there are glitters in the contour!
It goes on super smooth and does a really nice job at warming up my face and sculpting out my cheeks. A little product goes a long way! Go easy when you start with it, and build it up as you go.
As for the “Glow”/Highlight side:
Now, my first and only grip with this – why is it so orange? Those who bought the lighter version of this duo got a beautiful champagne coloured highlight. I understand that they are trying to cater to darker skintones by putting in an “orange” highlight, but let’s be honest: CT did not put a dark enough contour shade to match the skintone that this highlighter is catered to. The contour shade WOULD NOT show up on someone who is more than 4 shades deeper than me. When I put this highlighter on, it shows up pink/salmon in tone. While I don’t mind (I am adventurous with highlight) I can see a lot of medium/tan girls not liking or using it. Just keep that in mind. The other issue with this highlight is its subtle. If you like to shine like a beacon, this is not the highlighter for you. That being said, it applies easy, and like the sculpt shade, is richly pigmented.
Both the sculpt and glow shades last all day on my face, and work well with liquid and mineral foundation. I personally like to use a paddle brush for applying the contour shade and a pointed angle highlighting brush to apply the glow shade.
Overall: To be perfectly honest, I love it, but not enough to pay $80.
What I mean to say is, on sale with 40% off, I do really love this duo, but for regular price, if you are a coloured girl like me, save your money. For my fair skinned ladies who can use the other shade of Filmstar, I can’t comment because you all honestly got a better colour highlighter. The sculpt shade is really what made this not a gigantic disappointment, but I paid $76 CAD for my NARS Tiare LE Laguna bronzer, that also came with a Mini Ita Brush… I could have lived without this. That being said, if you are a shade or two darker than me, this might be the perfect little duo for you.
I hope you enjoyed this review!! Until next time 😉