Charlotte Tilbury….worth it?

About
–Cruelty free (some products are vegan)
–Charlotte is a UK makeup artist
–Luxury brand and prices reflect it
–Brand launched in 2013
–Makeup and skincare lines
–US Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora, beautylish.com, charlottetilbury.com


Products I’ve Tried
Airbush Flawless Longwear Foundation
Matte Revolution Lipstick
Hollywood Contour Wand
Hollywood Flawless Filter
Airbrush Matte Bronzer
Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow
Magic Vanish Color Corrector
Magic Foundation
KISSING Lipstick
Cheek to Chic Blush
Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara
Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray
Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder

*Note: Just because I don’t think a product is worth it, it doesn’t mean I think the product is bad. I just don’t think it’s worth the price.


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Airbrush Flawless Foundation (review)
ClaimsHydrating :: long lasting :: waterproof :: flawless complexion
Price—$44
Shade Range—44
My Shade—1 Cool
Thoughts—Excellent shade range :: oxidizes :: looked heavy on my dry skin :: this product is vegan :: fail for me :: WAY cheaper foundations that I like more

Worth it? No


Matte Revolution Lipstick
Claims—Long lasting :: buildable :: hydrating
Price—$34
Shade Range—16
My Shade—Pillow Talk
Thoughts—I bought this lipstick because I wanted the infamous Pillow Talk shade. I completely understand the hype and notoriety of this shade. It is PERFECT. It’s the most perfect pinky nude for my skin tone. The formula is great—not drying and lasts. If I could wear one lipstick the rest of my life, this would be it. I don’t know that I’d splurge on any other shades though. Pillow Talk is a unique shade and the supposed dupes just aren’t the same.

Worth it? Yes


Hollywood Contour Wand
Claims—Soft-focus :: semi-matte :: naturally sculpted look :: easy blending :: lightweight
Price—$38
Shade Range—2
My Shade—Fair/Medium
Thoughts—Fool-proof contouring :: packaging makes it easy to dot on and it blends out quickly and easily :: if you struggle with contouring and blending, this is the product for you :: It’s SO easy and looks great :: the tone is perfect, it’s not too warm or muddy

Worth it? Yes


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Hollywood Flawless Filter
Claims—Can be used as a primer, highlighter, or mixed with foundation to add a dewy glow :: soft-focus :: illuminate skin :: smooth pores and lines
Price—$15-44
Shade Range—7
My Shade—1 Fair
Thoughts—I used this as a primer and it gives a gorgeous glow. I never mixed it with foundation or wore it alone. I do like this, it’s a great product, but you can similar results with cheaper products. It’s similar to the MAC Strobe Cream and another good dupe is the Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer which is less than $10.

Worth it? No


Airbrush Matte Bronzer
Claims—Warm the look of the complexion while blurring the appearance of imperfections :: skin-perfecting bronzed filter
Price—$55 ($39 refill pan)
Shade Range—4
My Shade—Fair
Thoughts—Perfect shade and tone for my fair skin :: huge compact and pan size :: buildable formula—can do a light wash or build it up which is just the formula I like :: I also like that it’s a refillable compact. It will take a while to use up, but once I do, I can buy the pan for $39 instead of paying $55 again :: There are cheaper bronzers that will give you the same result so while I love this, I don’t think it’s worth the $55 price tag. The Kylie Cosmetics Bronzer in Khaki is a great alternative

Worth it? No


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Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow
Claims—Long lasting :: non-creasing formula :: cooling effect :: easy glide-on formula :: effortless to apply
Price—$32
Shade Range—6
My Shade—Oyster Pearl
Thoughts—Unique cream formula, more mousse like :: very metallic, shiny finish :; beautiful colors :: worked alone or with powder shadow on top :: little goes a long way :: I do think there are good cream shadows, but none have the same formulation and texture :: I went on a declutter spree and got rid of this and I now regret that choice. I want to repurchase Oyster Pearl and Champagne

Worth it? Yes


Magic Vanish Color Corrector
Claims—Lightweight :: full-coverage :: conceals pigmentation :: brighten the under eye area
Price—$32
Shade Range—4
My Shade—Fair
Thoughts—Darks circles are gone in a flash :: works great with a finger or brush :: I ALWAYS use a corrector before concealer. It’s light, but covers and brightens without looking heavy on the delicate under eye area. I’ve tried other more affordable and high end correctors and this one is by far the best :: the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener is good, but doesn’t offer as much coverage

Worth it? Yes


Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder
Claims—Ultra-fine :: blurs imperfections :: reduces shine :: doesn’t cake or settle into fine lines
Price—$25-45
Shade Range—4
My Shade—Fair
Thoughts—I finally bit the bullet and bought this powder after hearing how amazing it was time and time again. The shade range is awful and needs improvement. I found this to be very fine and smooth. It set my makeup nicely and did blur a little bit. However, the shade fair is too dark and darkened my foundation. It lives up to all claims and is a good formula. There’s just not a shade that works for me and I can get the same effect with my Fenty Pro Filt’r Powder in Butter.

Worth it? No (if the shade range expanded and there is one that works for me, this could change, but as is…no)


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Magic Foundation (review)
Claims—Long lasting :: medium, buildable coverage :: weightless :: “miracle in a bottle”
Price—$44
Shade Range—20
My Shade—0
Thoughts—Perfect shade match for me :: full coverage :: good product formula wise, but there are cheaper options that do the same thing

Worth it? No


KISSING Lipstick
Claims—Moisturizing :: satin finish :; no bleeding outside the lip line :: protects from UV damage
Price—$34
Shade Range—16
My Shade—The Duchess
Thoughts—The Duchess shade was inspired by Kate Middleton and that’s the only reason I bought it. There are tons of excellent lipsticks that are much cheaper

Worth it? No


Cheek to Chic Blush
Claims—Buildable :: long lasting :: use outer shade to sculpt cheekbones and dab inner shade on apples of cheek for a glow
Price—$40
Shade Range—9
My Shade—Love Is The Drug
Thoughts—Pigmented :: easy to blend :: sleek compact :: lasted all day :: love the shade I purchased :: I struggle to find a blush formula that lasts all day and the longevity really impressed me. If this is something you struggle with, I think this is worth it.

Worth it? Yes


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Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes (review)
Claims—Instant and long lasting volume, length, and lift :: load, comb and lift brush
Price—$15-29
Shade Range—1
Thoughts—Amazing length and separation, but not much volume :: wand really grabbed and coated each lash :: didn’t flake or smudge :: held a curl :: can get the same look with drugstore mascaras that are much cheaper

Worth it? No


Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray
Claims—Hydrating :: alcohol free :: oil-free :: sets makeup for up to 16 hours without melting, fading, or settling into fine lines
Price—$20-35
Thoughts—I was impressed with how well this sealed my makeup. I love that it is alcohol free so it’s not drying, but I didn’t necessarily find it to be hydrating like it claims. I had my makeup on for 12+ hours, worked out, and at the end of the day, my makeup still looked good. However, I think the Urban Decay and other more affordable options work just as well

Worth it? No


Final Thoughts
Charlotte Tilbury is luxe, high end makeup. As you read, I think some of the products are worth it while others aren’t. It’s that way with any brand, regardless of price. She does have some stand out formulas and products, but at the end of the day, you are paying for the name. If you want to splurge on something from the brand, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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