There are few things in life that I love more than a good glam—and no one does glam quite like Charlotte Tilbury. The legendary makeup artist launched her namesake beauty line in 2013 so that mere mortals like myself could replicate the signature bombshell looks she’s known for: glowing skin, smoky eyes and glossy lips.
The brand is known for some of its cult-classics, like Pillowtalk lipstick and the luxury eyeshadow palettes. As much as I love her line, Charlotte Tilbury products are not cheap. I’ve done the legwork to let you know what’s worth the investment and what isn’t.
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria
I know, I know—you thought I was going to say Pillowtalk because it has such a cult following. Don’t get me wrong, Pillowtalk is a good lipstick. However, like most lipsticks, it skews a little too pink for my liking on my skin tone. Very Victoria, on the other hand, is a perfect muted cool-tone nude. It’s like my lips, but better.
Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Iconic Nude
I’ve honestly never been a big lip liner person but felt personally obligated to try this one, you know, for research. I opted for Iconic Nude instead of Pillowtalk because of the aforementioned reasons and I’m so glad that I did. I use this with all my nude lipsticks and also like to use it alone as an overall lip color.
Cheek to Chic Blush
I love this blush. I got it in the shade Ecstasy and every time I wear it I’m reminded of what a beautiful, peachy sheen that this gives. It’s definitely buildable, so if you’re looking for a subtle flush or a more intense flush of color, you can customize it to your liking. I mentioned this in the blog post that I did about the products I picked up in Chicago and in the six months since then, I have reached for this almost every single day. It’s worth noting that after six months of use, it looks like I’ve barely touched it!
I am extremely picky about my foundation and I have very specific requirements for what I want my foundation to do. I like a medium to full, buildable coverage with either a matte or satin finish. I need a foundation that checks all those boxes and also controls my oil—and it can’t look cakey. For the sake of full transparency, I will be honest that this isn’t my favorite foundation, but it does meet my laundry list of requirements while also maintaining a somewhat skin-like look. My downfall is that it tends to break up throughout the day, especially around the corners of my nose. I also start looking pretty shiny a few hours in, so it requires more maintenance than I like (i.e., having to powder my face every few hours to keep from looking like an oil slick.).
Hollywood Flawless Filter
I bought this at Nordstrom and the saleswoman told me that I could use this as a highlighter, a primer or as a standalone foundation. As someone with very oily skin, I definitely cannot wear this as a primer or as a foundation. As a highlighter, it’s more muted than I would prefer, but if you’re into a more natural, lit-from-within look, this would be right up your alley.
Beauty Highlighter Wand
I own a million different highlighters—liquids, powders, creams, etc. I have tried them all. This is one of my favorites.
Magic Away Concealer
I swore by the Too Faced Shape Tape concealer for years. A few months ago I started wearing less makeup and found that Shape Tape was just too intense for the look I was going for. I picked this up on a whim when my friend Andrea and I were at the Sephora at Somerset and I have used it every day since. It has a decent amount of coverage (read: enough to cover dark circles) but still looks natural and skin-like.
Clearly, there are a lot of Charlotte Tilbury products that I like and feel are worth the investment (which, it really is because the price point is pretty steep). Unfortunately, there have been a few CT products that I’ve tried that I have found are not worth the money.
Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder
This is one product that I have found to be not worth the money. As I’ve mentioned before, I have very oily skin. This setting powder does nothing for me. It doesn’t keep my oil controlled, it doesn’t look good under my eyes if I use it to set concealer. For the $45 price tag, they are definitely better products out there.
Color Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencil
I tried to love this product, I really did. It just didn’t work for me. The color is gorgeous and it really brought out the green in my eyes, but it creased terribly and the staying power was nearly nonexistent. If you don’t have greasy eyelids, this might work for you. However, there are way better products out there for a fraction of the cost.
Like with any brand, Charlotte Tilbury certainly has some hits and misses. I think that overall the brand is worth the money—especially if you’re wanting to splurge and #TreatYoSelf a little bit.