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Charlotte Tilbury Review: Get Caught In Charlotte’s Cosmetics Web!

Published on Jan 06, 2018 in Cosmetics

When the founder of a cosmetic brand has worked closely with pretty much every celebrity you have heard of and with almost every major high-end beauty brand, there’s a fairly good chance that her own makeup line is going to be pretty awesome.

Enter Charlotte Tilbury, sought-after celebrity beauty artist, mom of two and founder of Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics, which is based in the UK but is popular worldwide. She’s been hooked on makeup since her early teenage years and has never looked back since.

Charlotte Tilbury Company Background & History Explained 

Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics

Charlotte Tilbury Background. 

The now uber-famous Charlotte Tilbury brand was founded by its namesake in 2013, but it really started years ago with a tube of mascara. Charlotte Tilbury was 13 years old when she put on mascara for the first time, and, in her words, “it changed my life” when she saw how differently people treated her when she wore makeup, and how beautiful she felt – something most women can relate to.

I know many women (myself most certainly included!) who will not leave the house if they haven’t got their basic makeup on because even a little makeup completely changes how you look and feel. Charlotte understood this, and realised that every woman just wants to look her most beautiful self – and her makeup reflects that.

Her first foray into the cosmetic industry was with Mary Greenwell, who was Princess Diana’s makeup artist and who encouraged Charlotte to study makeup at London’s Glauca Rossi School of MakeUp, which began her beauty career.

She has worked with an extensive list of celebrities as well as cosmetics companies like Burberry, MAC, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, among many others, amassing 23 years of experience in the beauty industry before starting her own makeup line.

The brand has a huge following across all platforms of social media – Charlotte Tilbury’s channel on YouTube has 508, 508 subscribers, and has 1.5 million followers on Instagram. She has been featured in the Vogue, Love Magazine, and Vanity Fair, and her company is only continuing to gain popularity.

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Products Overview

Charlotte Tilbury is a luxury beauty brand which produces all kinds of makeup for every part of your face, skin, and eyes, as well as perfume and makeup tools and brushes.

Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Highlighter Review 

Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold.

Bar Of Gold.

If you like the natural, ‘lit-from-within’ look that so many are trying to achieve these days, you’ll love this highlighter. While the box can appear kind of cheap since it’s made from cardboard, I love how the actual product looks like a bar of gold, and it looks beautiful as a highlighter.

The Bar of Gold highlighter gives a gorgeous, soft sheen. It’s not one of those super-shiny highlighters that you notice right away – you won’t distinguish it on its own on your face, but it completely enhances your makeover.

Although it does swatch as pretty opaque, don’t be scared off – over your makeup it comes out far more natural. If you like a whole lot of glow, you can build this up easily. It also photographs beautifully; you don’t look like you fell in glitter but it’s definitely there.

What I love about this highlighter is that it suits almost every skin type. Check out the Charlotte Tilbury website if you want an idea of how it will look on your skin – they have models of all different skin types wearing the highlighter to show you how it will look on you.

The downside of this product has to be the amount. The Bar of Gold Highlighter will set you back $42 for only 4.5 grams of product, which is definitely on the pricier side for a highlighter. However, a little goes a long way, and especially if you aren’t the sort who uses highlighter every day, this product will last you a while.

Charlotte Tilbury Mascara Line Review 

Charlotte Tilbury Mascara.

Charlotte Tilbury Mascara.

Legendary Lashes Mascara – though this mascara is more expensive than I’d prefer to spend on a mascara, there’s no denying that it WORKS. The ingredients in this mascara work to strengthen your lashes and encourage growth.

Charlotte Tilbury has a short tutorial video on YouTube which shows you three different ways to apply this mascara for long, full, thick lashes, and it definitely lives up to those claims! The staying power of this mascara is also very decent, however, it’s a super-wet formula, so it’s likely to get onto your lid if you aren’t careful while applying it.

A lot of people have also experienced smudging with this mascara, so you might want to test it out first before you buy it to see if the formula works for you.

Full Fat Lashes Mascara – while it sounds like a contradiction to say that this mascara gives a false lash effect and a really soft, natural effect at the same time, I really can’t think of another way to describe this mascara. The Charlotte Tilbury website claims that this mascara has 5 functions: ‘Curls, separates, volumizes, lengthens, and dramatizes’ – and it truly does.

Due to the fact that this mascara completely separates the lashes with no clumping, because of its unique wand, it lends itself to a fluttery, natural effect with such fantastic length and volume that you won’t even need false lashes – which is precisely what I look for in a mascara.

It also feels soft on the lashes and is not too difficult to remove. It does flake quite a bit, which is disappointing, especially considering the price and that it is marketed as a high-end product (which it is), but I still think the pros far outweigh the one con for this mascara.

All in all, another fabulous product from one of the world’s most sought-after makeup artists.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream Review 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream.

Magic Cream.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is a moisturizer which contains ingredients that are healthy for your skin, has anti-ageing properties and also contains SPF 15.

The downside is that while the jar with the rose gold lid that the cream is packaged in is certainly beautiful, its health benefits eventually diminish with time due to exposure to oxygen, which many people are not happy about. But, if you are not looking for a moisturizer with those added health benefits, then this won’t concern you.

Magic Cream works best on dry or normal skin. I personally have dry skin, and although the website does not specify which skin type it is most suited to, I have seen people with oily or combination skin complaining about breakouts from this cream.

It does have a dewy finish, which, while it works great to hydrate dry skin, might not be the best option for oily skin, especially for those who are prone to acne or breakouts. If you do not have dry or normal skin, I would recommend that you test this out first before buying the jar, since it is quite a significant purchase.

Magic Cream is very hydrating and super easy to apply. A little goes a long way, so although it’s expensive for a moisturiser, it will take you time to get through. If you have dry skin, it’ll do wonders for you, and while it’s probably a little too pricey, you’ll be able to understand the $92 price tag after trying it.

Your face is the canvas for your makeup, so keeping it hydrated and healthy is essential and can totally change your appearance and the look of your makeover. When I don’t take care of my skin, I can see patches of dryness through my foundation and especially concealer, which is not a good look.

A good moisturizer is as important, if not more than your staple makeup items, so it’s important to find one that works best for your skin. If your skin is dry or normal, Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream might just become your favourite way to keep yourself looking your best.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Line Review

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury produces four lipstick lines – and that’s not even counting lip gloss of lip liner.

I’m pretty sure everyone owns a nude lipstick – if you don’t, then you probably aren’t a lipstick person and don’t own any at all. That’s because nude lipstick is incredibly versatile; it looks great on all skin types, can be used daily for a light, natural look, and can be used to contrast dramatic eyes for a night out, so it’s pretty much a must-have.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Pillow Talk lip liner was super popular among celebrities, who begged her to create the colour in a lipstick as well. Now, you can find this beautiful, soft nude colour in a lipstick, also called Pillow Talk, which is fast becoming a favourite among celebrities of all ages and skin types.

It looks different on every person – but is equally stunning on everyone. It’s just one of those magical products that you can’t not love. Pillow Talk is just one of the lipsticks in Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution line. All Matte Revolution lipsticks have a soft matte finish and will last you at least a good few hours, even if you eat a light snack.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G is another one of Charlotte’s famous lipstick lines, and there are 13 shades of these lipsticks available. These lipsticks have decent staying power, although they aren’t long-lasting, and feel smooth and comfortable on the lips.

If you prefer liquid lipsticks, you’ll love Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Lips line (no need to explain why it’s called that). If anyone would know what’s popular in Hollywood, it’s Charlotte Tilbury. Many celebrities are not only her clients, also her friends.

It’s not the best formula for people with dry lips because liquid lipsticks, in general, tend to dry out the lips more. It might be a good idea to apply balm on top once this lipstick has set, and you should certainly moisturize your lips, if you are prone to dry or chapped lips. The Hollywood Lips lipsticks have a delicious vanilla scent that fades once applied and are creamy in texture.

And finally, there’s the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips collection. Most of these lipsticks are named after celebrities, such as Super Cindy, for Cindy Crawford, and Miranda May, inspired by Miranda Kerr. The formulas in the Hot Lips collection are either Matte Revolution or K.I.S.S.I.N.G, but in new, gorgeous shades.     

Is Charlotte Tilbury Cruelty-Free? Does Charlotte Tilbury Test On Animals? 

Charlotte Tilbury is a cruelty-free beauty brand, whose product are not sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law.

Where To Buy Charlotte Tilbury Products

Charlotte Tilbury products can be purchased from the official Charlotte Tilbury site, or from beauty sites like FeelUnique and Nordstrom. You can also visit Charlotte Tilbury stores around the US, England and Europe.


Honestly, it’s not surprising that Hollywood is crazy about Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup. The quality of her products is way up there, and there’s bound to be at least one that will fast become your favourite.

A Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream or Instant Eye Palette would make a great gift for a close friend or family member, and with Charlotte’s makeup, you can easily look your most beautiful self, every day.

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