The Filmstar Bronze & Glow

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.


  1. Emma Farrell
    05 Mar 2015 / 1:12 pm

    This looks fab!
    Emma xo |

  2. faith pierce
    05 Mar 2015 / 1:14 pm

    The bronze & glow palette is a favorite of mine – definitely not my go-to for contouring either but absolutely my favorite product for glowy skin!


  3. Sabina B.
    05 Mar 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Looks lovely!

  4. Kirsty McCall
    05 Mar 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Need this! So beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kirsty |

  5. Rebecca Chung
    05 Mar 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Looks wonderful on you! I need to get my hands on this โค

  6. BlogElla
    05 Mar 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Looks like I need this then : )

  7. Valerie S
    05 Mar 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Wonder how this would look on my skin! I'm really curious now ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks really pretty

    x Val / Valerie Randomness

  8. Nadya Elvina
    05 Mar 2015 / 2:20 pm

    The bronzer looks great if you want to bring just a little bit of colour to your face. Really love the packaging of this!

  9. Alice
    05 Mar 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Obsessed with this palette but just can't justify the price tag! I'm getting married next year, so think it might be an essential purchase for my bridal face.

    Alice x

  10. jennie
    05 Mar 2015 / 2:31 pm

    The packaging looks to chic and beautiful. Not sure about the highlight shade, but the bronze colour looks very pretty <3 x

  11. elle jacks
    05 Mar 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Ahh I've been eyeing this up since before Christmas- such a beautiful compact!

  12. Lauren S
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:05 pm

    CT has such spot-on packaging, and it does certainly house an amazing product! Looks beautiful on the skin

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  13. Margery Ho
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:15 pm

    This sounds so beautiful! x

    Blogย |ย A Girl with a Camera

  14. The Little Day Dreamer
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:36 pm

    It looks beautiful. The two colors look really good in the picture.

    x Kate

  15. Claire Wilkinson
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:42 pm

    This looks so beautiful, I really want to try it!
    Claire x

  16. glitter glamgirl
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:47 pm

    I need that. It looks so luxurious and packaging kind of remind me on Hourglass love that sleek golden packaging

  17. Lily
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:49 pm

    I love my CT bronze and glow, I was initially put off by the shimmer in the bronzer, but it just looks flawless x

  18. Jackie
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:57 pm

    This is so pretty and such lovely packaging. I really need to try this.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  19. Emma W
    05 Mar 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Chloe described it perfectly as the wedding palette. I have never had much luck with finding a good bronzer. The bronzer portion of the Film Star Bronze & Glow sounds like wedding bells to my ears (haha). I definitely need a build-able and blend-able bronzer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Erin and Katherine
    05 Mar 2015 / 4:25 pm

    I can completely understand how highlighter can emphasize skin issues – luckily my cheeks aren't ever problem areas and these shades would suit my complexion. It's still on my must-try list!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  21. Talisa Tossell
    05 Mar 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Need this in my life!

    HUGE collective haul: Forever21, Lush, Sephora + many more!

  22. Fii Cridland
    05 Mar 2015 / 4:33 pm

    I love your honesty with reviews – I thought there must be some downside to all the hype the highlighter was getting! Good to hear that the bronzer is pretty hard to mess up, it'll be on my list of products to consider for special occasions.

    little miss fii || Fii x

  23. Celine Vine
    05 Mar 2015 / 4:36 pm

    Even the packaging makes me want to buy it ๐Ÿ™‚ Just lovely!

    Celine //


  24. Maddy
    05 Mar 2015 / 4:47 pm

    I love the look of this palette, both the colours look perfect!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  25. sophiesmakeupblog
    05 Mar 2015 / 4:55 pm

    It looks so beautiful, I'm currently planning my wedding and so have added this to my wishlist!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  26. Catherine Sayer
    05 Mar 2015 / 5:15 pm

    This sounds so amazing! The packaging is gorgeous too x

  27. Charline S
    05 Mar 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Oh my, Oh my, it looks so gorgeous!

  28. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    05 Mar 2015 / 5:18 pm

    This looks like a really nice palette!

  29. Katy Ferenczy
    05 Mar 2015 / 5:23 pm

    I've been debating buying this product for a while as I kept wondering how that bronzer was meant to be used as a contour but with this review I think I may skip it.

  30. Philippa
    05 Mar 2015 / 5:47 pm

    This is so nice! (:

  31. Emily
    05 Mar 2015 / 5:50 pm

    I've really wanted to try this but I just can't justify it due to the price. It does look gorgeous though.

    UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  32. Catherine W
    05 Mar 2015 / 6:45 pm

    This duo just looks stunning! I've been lusting after it for so long but it's so pricey! The packaging is gorge though, sighhh xo

    Catherine | Pretty Little Beauty Blog

  33. Judith Sabirรณn
    05 Mar 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Nice post!!

  34. Lucy M
    05 Mar 2015 / 7:29 pm

    The packaging of Charlotte Tilbury products are always stunning. This is something I have been desperate to try for such a long time, it is quite pricey but it is just so pretty.

    Ooh La Luce | Beauty, Life, Fashion

  35. Sophie Bird
    05 Mar 2015 / 7:40 pm

    There are still two typos in the final sentence of the first paragraph. "Tilbury" and "its".

  36. Michelle Sousa
    05 Mar 2015 / 7:44 pm

    I am desperate to try this because I have heard so many good reviews about it! It is good to hear an honest review because it is a very pricey product. It may be just me but I always find it so hard to find a bronzer and highlighter that work perfectly for me and my skin tone.

  37. Bea Collective
    05 Mar 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Very informative review Suzie! Im wondering how the highlighting shade compares to Keyvn Aucoin Celestial Highlight, if anyone knows let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Talisa Tossell
    05 Mar 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Suzie, what are you fav types of posts to write? Skincare or beauty?

    Cartier giveaway + PRIMARK HAUL

  39. Love Meagan
    05 Mar 2015 / 9:31 pm

    I've seen so many brag over this product and I'm soooo tempted. I already have too many highlighters and bronzers. So maybe the next time I finish both a highlighter and bronzer, this will be my reward ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Meagan xx | Rosy&May

  40. jenna cantillion
    05 Mar 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Lovely packaging!! Looks gorgeous

    Jenna |

  41. Gemma Plumb
    05 Mar 2015 / 10:07 pm

    ughhh… You've convinced me!! After reading this… I need it in my life! haha xx

  42. Rachel Hardy
    05 Mar 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I've been dying to try this, but the price is just too much!! I love nars laguna and mac lightscapade anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  43. The Whimsical Fox
    05 Mar 2015 / 11:31 pm

    I've seen a lot of conflicting reviews on this product, but it's Charlotte Tilbury so I want to try it anyway haha. I'm curious as to how orange the undertone of the bronzer/contour is – it's my perpetual pale girl problem. x

  44. nueyork
    06 Mar 2015 / 1:21 am

    This is such a beautiful product and is one I very much want to invest in. I haven't heard a review on it that wasn't a complete rave.

  45. Pauline
    06 Mar 2015 / 5:40 am

    I want this so badly! Definitely getting this for a very special occasion someday!

    Catpacking | Beauty & Travel

  46. IlseDanielleMartina
    06 Mar 2015 / 8:22 am

    Would loveeee to try this product. It'n on my wishlist for a while now. But it's not available in the Netherlands…

  47. Anonymous
    06 Mar 2015 / 9:01 am

    Glad to see you fixed the errors, not sure why you would delete my comment though… It obviously helped and I wasn't rude.

  48. salma sherif
    06 Mar 2015 / 9:30 am

    Looks amazing adding it to " want to try " list of mine x

  49. Andrea
    06 Mar 2015 / 9:41 am

    I was actually considering this for my wedding so I'm glad you said it's perfect for that!

  50. Jessica-Lee Cicogna
    06 Mar 2015 / 10:15 am

    This looks amazing! I'm adding it straight to my very long wish list! xo

  51. Holly R
    06 Mar 2015 / 10:25 am

    Oh my, this looks beautiful! Quite natural too which I love.
    Holly ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  52. Rachel S.
    06 Mar 2015 / 12:02 pm

    If I were to try anything from Charlotte Tilbury, it would be this product, everyone raves about it!

  53. Hannah Rose
    06 Mar 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I love Charlotte Tilbury makeup & I want this soooo badly, it looks gorgeous! xx

  54. Megan Lillie
    06 Mar 2015 / 2:42 pm

    I love this palette, it's my go to for some serious cheek chiselling!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  55. Charlotte Thomas
    06 Mar 2015 / 10:10 pm

    arrrrrrrrrrgh gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme! *heart eye emoji*

    Charlotte – x

  56. Blushing Betta
    07 Mar 2015 / 1:56 am

    I absolutely love this product! It is a MUST in my opinion. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Noirette Diary
    07 Mar 2015 / 6:47 am

    I really want it too, I've been trying to avoid temptation as I've seen mixed reviews about it but I know I'll end up getting it. I don't understand how someone would contour with such a bronzy shade either, would love it for warming up my skin definitely.

    | |

  58. Aishah B
    07 Mar 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Been itching to purchase this product. I guess it's time! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚


  59. Charline S
    08 Mar 2015 / 6:18 pm

    This is something I've been dying to purchase, it sucks that it's so expensive. I would have bought it ages ago if it was more affordable!

    I posted a video tutorial today, about my day-to-night make up look! It would be so great if you checked it out xxx

    Love, Charline

  60. Cassandra Myee
    10 Mar 2015 / 4:19 am

    This is at the tip top of my wishlist, looks like a stunning product!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  61. Becca
    10 Mar 2015 / 8:35 am

    This may sound a little odd but thank you so much for displaying the use of a product on your face without photoshopping out your natural skin texture. Its very refreshing and honest.

    Becoming Becca

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