When I heard about the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette I knew I just had to have it. First off, the packaging is just gorgeous in a very old Hollywood glamour kind of way.
I’ll admit, just looking at the pictures of the bronzer in the pan made me a little hesistant as I’ve been permanently attached to my Bahama Mama bronzer from the Balm which is a lot warmer and matte. The CT does have a bit of shimmer and I worried that it wasn’t going to show up as strongly on my skin tone.
When swatching the bronzer, you will notice some shimmer, kind of like a satin finish. It’s in no way super glittery. The highlighter is a beautiful yellow tone that I thought would give just the right amount of glow without looking shiny (key when you have an oily T-zone).
I used my Nars ‘Ita’ brush to apply the bronzer to my temples, underneath my cheekbones, & jawline. I used a small duo fiber brush (I think it’s a Crown brush, but there’s no name on the handle) to apply the highlight. Both applied easily and blended well. Although the bronzer does have a kind of satin finish, it doesn’t actually appear that way on the skin.
I used Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush (thanks to Annie from anniesbeautyblog.com for inspiring me to break this out again!) to complete the cheek look before applying the highlight shade, which I thought was a little subtle. I think it’s because the shade kind of blends into my skintone. While it doesn’t beat my favorite highlight, the Balm’s Marylou Manizer, it’s still pretty. I used it on the high points of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, chin & Cupid’s bow. I’ve also used this as an inner corner highlight and love it for that purpose. I also ended up contouring a little around my nose and I have to say, I like the effect it gives.
The final look.
So the verdict is, I love the bronzer, but I just like the highlighter. I’ve been reaching for this every time I do my makeup; my the Balm bronzer is currently on the back burner. Although it’s a softer contour than I’m used to, I think it’s pretty. I think if I’m really looking for a stronger contour I’ll go back to the Balm, but for now I’m really enjoying the Bronze & Glow.