I’m well aware that we harp on at length on the blog about Charlotte Tilbury. About how wonderful her beauty products are and how impressed we are with the branding, the quality, the names of the various products etc etc. Both Miranda and I are in essence, Tilbury groupies, our heaving make-up bags with the bronze toned tubes and tubs and compacts testament to our addiction. You can read her post on her favourites here.
I should also say that this is in no way a sponsored post of any description and I do feel a touch guilty for not writing a dedicated post for all of my other make-up heroes who perform their day to day duty on my face so admirably. But having tried and tested the Tilbury range for well over a year now I felt that I couldn’t not share my love with you gorgeous lot, because sharing is caring folks and that’s the kinda blog we are….
If you were an early reader of the blog then you’ll have seen this post by Mrs O’Shea on the Retoucher Stick and the recommended cat’s whiskers application. Perhaps you may have even purchased the product yourselves after reading the post? Essentially it follows the same principle as YSL’s Touche Éclat doubling up as a concealer for those under eye bags and eradicating spots and pimples at the click of a button.
I’m not going to go into huge amounts of detail about what it does and how it does it here as I’m betting that most of you already know but I will say this. The retoucher stick seems to match my skin colour much more closely than its equivalent over at YSL – always a bonus. And I prefer the slightly runnier consistency of Charlotte’s version as I can layer without it looking like I’ve used the entire supply of a single tube on my face. In short then, it’s WAY more versatile which can only be a good thing. For reference I probably go through a stick every three months so from a longevity perspective it’s well priced too.
Charlotte’s Magic Cream
Ok so the first thing you’ll notice (if you’re anything like me) is the price tag. Yep it’s going to cost seventy of your precious smackeroonies. I think the phrase ‘Sheeesh kadeesh‘ ran through my mind when I first heard about the cream, ‘can it really be that good?’ After several years of trying every moisturising cream under the sun, too oily, too thick, too heavy, too smeary, too fragranced, too sloppy, too greasy and so on and so forth, I’d almost admitted defeat on the challenge of finding a product that would actually work on my skin.
To caveat this, I don’t think my skin is especially precious or unusual. I mean most of the time it’s dry (powders don’t work on my skin and make me look like the living dead) but the instant I put any kind of moisturiser on it I erupt into spots. These last for a few days before we return to dry skin land and so the cycle repeats. Boring, right?
So when I was given a few samples of Charlotte’s cream I figured that there was no harm in trying. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how much I would love the cream. It’s just the right amount of rich thickness whilst feeling wonderfully light at the same time. It sinks into the skin almost instantly leaving your face perfectly primed for make-up or even barefaced if you so wish. You actually don’t need all that much either, just a dab here and there and Bob’s your uncle. And guess what? NO SPOTS. So yes I am completely and utterly sold.
The thorn in the side has got to be the price though and if I’m being especially picky then I do wish it was SPF30 rather than SPF15. That said I can see myself using this for years to come even if it means asking my family to treat me at birthdays and Christmas. Hint hint…
Rock Chick Palette
I’m on my third, yep you heard it folks, my THIRD Rock Chick palette since discovering it last year and I can hand on heart say that it covers every eventuality. I wear it pretty much everyday from mum-mode with a slick of black eyeliner paired simply with the base eyeshadow to hot-sexy-wife-mode (yeah I WISH!) on nights out with the boy using all four colours for an awesome smokey eye. Handily Charlotte has included a guide on the back of the compact showing you which colours to wear depending if you’re desking, dusking or discoing. I say go Disco as much as is situationally possible!
From a usability perspective, the shadow is velvety soft with high impact colour – a little goes a long way here and the fact it is so easy to apply means that I can ‘do my face’ on the hop, with a child hanging off my arm easy peasy. Good job too really.
Personally I have no issues with the cost of the palette; granted it’s not cheap but then it’s not the most expensive palette I’ve owned either (yes Mr Ford, that prize goes to you!). Plus when you apply a cost per wear philosophy it works out very cost-effective indeed. I’ll definitely purchase again when this lot runs out.
You can buy Charlotte Tilbury products online at John Lewis here and you really must check out the application tips and videos on Charlotte’s site (the moisturising one makes me laugh for some reason!).
Anyone else a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s line? Which products would you recommend? I also have the Brow Lift (awesome and cheaper than Tom Ford’s too!) and I’m tempted by the Supermodel Body cream having tested a few samples out. Has anyone else bought it yet?