Charlotte Tilbury. You hear that name and immediately think… makeup artist…. beauty expert…. or, if you’re like me, you think: luxury makeup brand! Here in the U.S. we haven’t had reasonable access to the relatively new line of products in the past. That’s all about to change via Nordstrom and Beautylish. Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale right now and as part of that they launched an exclusive set. Our first taste into the line was actually my most wanted item: the Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette. Nordstrom offered the palette with the corresponding Charlotte Tilbury brush (more on that later).

Naturally, I jumped at the chance to finally try the brand (right after handing over that forkload of cash- RIP wallet).

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow 2

The palette had a nice weight and feel to it and certainly looks every bit as expensive as it actually is. The rose gold packaging is a nice, elegant touch.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Inside you will find a large mirror and two very finely milled powders, silky to the touch and very pigmented.

I was immediately taken with the bronzer or “sculpt” shade. It’s effortless on my skintone, adding just the right amount of bronze and shade to sculpt my cheek bones and give my face a bit of color.

The highlighter is certainly pretty in its own right. It’s not chunky or glittery, just a nice smooth glow.

The next thing I had to do was compare these shades to products I already owned. Would they prove to be *that* special?

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Swatches and Comparisons

Swatches L-R: Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, Charlotte Tilbury Highlight, Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt, Becca Duende Bronzer, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Natural 1

The highlight shade struck me as being not all that unique when I first swatched it. Though it does impart a lovely, believable glow, it’s not exactly ground-breaking either. The LORAC Spotlight highlight is very, very close- ever-so-slightly darker.

The bronzer is a bit more unique. It’s like a mix between two of my favorite bronzers, Becca Duende and Bobbi Brown Natural 1.

As for the brush (not pictured here), well, if you watched my latest video you understand my thoughts here. But to summarize: it’s cheap, reminiscent of a craft store brush and I wouldn’t have paid $5 for it had I had the chance to test it in person. So there.

My first impression of the Charlotte Tilbury brand is mixed at best. The brush was an utter failure. The Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette is nice to have and looks lovely to the eye. I can’t help but think the price tag overshadows what you actually get here and therefore cannot give it my highest recommendation. For now, it’s merely nice to have, but not a must. I will keep you updated if my opinion changes once I have had a few weeks of using it.

Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury line? If not, what would you love to try if given the chance?

 

I bought some things over the last few months, here is my collective haul and first impressions!

 

I’m back! I was tagged by LipstickLady518 on Youtube (check out her channel, she is a seriously sweet person with great taste makeup!) to do the Summer Obsessed TAG.

 

Enjoy!

 

I have to admit that I take a keen interest in neutral or natural eyeshadow palettes. The super bright shades rarely interest me, but I’m always interested when a new palette of browns, golds and similar hues is released. You’d think by now I’d own every shade known to man- but it seems like every now and then a palette comes out that really takes neutrals to another dimension entirely. Which is exactly what the Kat Von D Monarch Palette did.

KatVonD Monarch Palette

 

The palette consists of warms, cools, mattes and shimmers. The first unique thing is that all of the shades are winners; there isn’t a dud in the bunch. The other thing that makes it different is the color selection. Just when you thought neutrals couldn’t be done any other way!

KatVonD Monarch Palette Swatches

Swatches L-R: Deadhead, Shadowbox, Disintegration, Vanish, Delaney, Killing Jar, Summerfly, Papilio, Wrath, Tiny Death, Telepathy, Entomology

My favorite shades are Telepathy, Vanish, Delaney and Disintegration. All of the shades are pigmented and look the same on the skin as they do in the pan.

You can get this 12 shade palette at Sephora for $46. It has a sturdy cardboard packaging that is nicely decorated and there is a large mirror on the inside.

If you love neutral shades but are looking for something that isn’t run-of-the-mill I think this is a good option at a great price.

Mally beauty used to be a brand exclusive to the shopping network QVC. Over time I have seen her expand to Beauty.com and more recently at ULTA- read: the brand is much more accessible these days.

And why not? The Makeup Artist extraordinaire has an infectious personality and her products rarely disappoint. If you’ve never tried the Poreless Face Defender, you’re missing out! It’s a summertime staple for me.

One of my most used items from her line is the Evercolor Shadow Stick. It’s everything you want a shadow stick to be- long wearing, crease-proof, loaded with pigment and easy to blend.

Mally Evercolor Shadow Sticks

I currently own ten shades (and is it wrong that I still want MOAR?!) of the amazing and pigmented pencil.

To give you perspective on how this matches up to other popular formulas I did the math for you: Mally’s Evercolor Shadow Sticks retail for $25 for .06oz. By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar sticks retail for a whopping $43 for .057 oz and Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks are $26 for .05 oz. I own two of the By Terry pencils and although they are nice- they are NOT $43 nice in my opinion. The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are great and I own several shades- but they are more expensive and less product than Mally’s version. Mally also has the largest selection of colors- currently offering 24 shades while Laura Mercier offers 18 shades and By Terry offering only 12.

Mally Shadow Stick Swatches

Swatches L-R: Nautical, Deep Plum, Saddle Shimmer, Dusk, Rosy Taupe, Copper Rose, Sunlight, Angel Shimmer, Champagne, Platinum

My most used shade is definitely Champagne. It’s the perfect base color or everyday shade to give your lids a bit of lift and shine. I never experience fallout from the more shimmery shades and they DO NOT BUDGE once I put them on. They stay put with or without primer. My two most recent shades are Copper Rose and Sunlight. I saw a swatch of Copper Rose recently and knew I had to pick it up. Sunlight is a new shade (I think) and I added that to my cart with little hesitation. It’s less shimmery and more glowy- a perfect everyday color for those who don’t want shimmer but appreciate glowy lids.

I encourage you to give one (or 5) of these a try. QVC and ULTA sometimes have really nice and budget-friendly sets that allow you to try several shades for less than the price of two (like, here) <— not an affiliate link- I’m not getting paid for telling you this! ;)

Do I need more shades? Probably not. Will more shades end up appearing mysteriously in my drawer? Most likely.