Last week whilst sauntering around Selfridges, shopping “for my friend” (I totally adopt the whole “one for you, one for me” mantra when gift buying) I stopped by the Charlotte Tilbery Counter and picked up something that had been hanging around on my “to try” list for a very long time. The Bronze & Glow palette from Charlotte Tilbery has been dividing opinions since it’s release and I wanted in.
Now this purchase may come at a bad time, as I am on my way off “I love Highlighter” island. On anything other than perfect skin the highlighter seems to accentuate flaws and so is reserved for video and photographical purposes only. The highlight in this palette unfortunately did not change my mind. Good start huh? BUT… On applied on camera (or on to completely blemish free cheekbones) this highlighter looks b-e-a-u-tiful. It’s been reported to be both sheer and highly pigmented depending on which reviews you read, but for me this is anything but a sheer highlighter. The consistency is beautiful, it’s not too glittery or too shimmery, just perfectly finely milled. That being said, even with the lightest hand you can see I’m wearing highlighter. I prefer the Clinique Highlighter Stick a million times over. However…
On the other side of the same pan we have the bronzing/contour side (how anyone contours with this I’ll never know) which is a beautiful build-able bronzing powder. The kind that does not leave your makeup bag, that sums up just why I’m happy to shell out the extra pennies when it comes to bronzer and the kind that gives the “post vacation somewhere very very warm” illusion. Warm, but not too warm, sheer, but build-able, completely blend-able (no matter how over zealous you may be). It’s love, essentially.
My friend Chloe has dubbed it as the wedding palette, and I think she’s right – luxurious rose gold packaging and a photo friendly product with an impossible to over-do bronzing powder. It’s pricey but worth the jump if you want something special for a memorable occasion. Even the packaging comes finished with a slight distressed look, leaving the packaging to wear well no matter how many days it’s spent next to your keys in your handbag… I can already vouch for that one.