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Monday, 20 July 2015


Hi loves!

So Charlotte Tilbury recently launched a new addition to her original bronze and glow palette, which promised to be suitable for deeper skin tones. Naturally on hearing of this new launch, I was very excited and was anticipating the release date (although I was wondering why it had taken so long to release this shade after the initial launch of the original palette).

I have never bought anything from Charlotte Tilbury's makeup range and to be honest my knowledge of her line and skills has been completely Youtube created. So with the hype of the original palette I was expecting nothing but the best from this palette.

The palette itself is a duo palette, with the left hand side the deeper sculpting shade and the right a more bronzing highlighting shade (see below). Both sides have shimmer specs in them, with the right side of this being more apparent. They come encased in a beautiful gold coloured metal packaging (see above) with a mirror the width of the palette on the inside. The whole theme is film star 'esque'... and it certainly has that feeling. From the way it is packaged for delivery to the casing of the palette... all has been thought out well.

Now onto the actual product. The sculpting shade (truer colour below) has a subtle shimmer and would be more suitable for Mediterranean and lighter Asian skin tones. The highlighter is a burnt orange / bronze shade which also has fine shimmer particles which do not appear to be too obvious when applied to the face. This is a perfect highlight for deeper skin tones. In fact I would say the deeper you are in terms of skin tone, the better this appears.

When I saw the sculpting shade at first I was optimistic, but then I did a subtle swatch and then realised I couldn't see a thing on my hand! I tried the highlighter and that appeared to be dull too... so I started to worry that I'd made a big mistake.

On application this palette performs very differently. I will say that if you are an NW45 or deeper this palette will definitely not sculpt your face. The sculpting shade will be more of an illuminator on our deep skin tone. So saying that I now consider this to be a illuminating / highlighting palette for deeper skin tones. Now when I see it as that, this palette performs beautifully.

As a highlighting palette, this gives me the most natural but golden/bronze glow ever. I have to say it is probably the best highlighter I've ever used. The powder is very fine and the shimmer is also very fine that it doesn't appear to be heavy on my skin or have glitter particles falling onto my skin. On the Charlotte Tilbury website they claim that the highlight 'uses Light Flex Technology to capture light and radiate it out for a luminous complexion'. 

Do not rely on hand swatches to see the true beauty of this palette. I use both shades in the palette as my highlight. Using my real techniques contour brush I dab my brush into the sculpting shade and then the highlight and then sweep across the tops of my cheek bones and anywhere else I'd like to highlight. The results are a gorgeous flawless glow. Although do note that this product will produce a bit of fall out as it is a powder.

Overall, although this product does not fully do what it claims for my skin tone, the highlighter alone performs so well that I'm willing to ignore that major issue. However, saying that, when companies market a product to work for deeper skin tones, it would be great if it was tested out on women with actual deep skin tones! Especially as this product is a very high-end product with a price tag to match it. Although to be fair this is not just marketed to dark skin tones. On the website it claims to suit medium to deep / deep tan skin tones.


Application: 3/5  
Cost: 3/5
Overall satisfaction: 3/5 

You can find this product at Charlotte Tilbury's website, rrp £49

Speak soon,
Vicky xo

*All products mentioned were purchased by me and I have no affiliation with Charlotte Tilbury


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