Charlotte Tilbury continues to take the makeup world by storm and recently, there’s been a fair few new releases. After the beauty of the Instant Eye Palette, I’ve got a few other bits to play with. They’ve kindly sent me a few pieces from the Hollywood Collection and I have some thoughts.
Contouring is not my strong point … at all. I get how it works and even vaguely know how to do it, but it never turns out well. Initially, I’d had no interest in the Contour Wand, but then I saw them in action. After seeing Lydia’s Facebook Live with the goddess herself, I started to think that I needed it.
This wand is a squeeze tube with a cushion tip applicator and it is so easy to use. Admittedly the first time I tried it I squeezed too hard, but once you get the hang of it, it’s simple. The formula is lightweight, blendable and buildable and it makes contouring simple. You get a more natural contour than with other cream / liquid products and the treated pigments offer good adherence and colour uniformity.
With it being a liquid contour, I was worried that it would feel slightly sticky on the skin. Thankfully, it contains siloxanes that create the lightweight feel that dries upon application for easy blending. The wand definitely makes carving out those cheekbones easier and it blends beautifully. Would I use it every day? No, but that’s just because contouring isn’t for me, but when I do want to, then this is much easier to use than powder products.
Now I know most of you contour every day (that will never be me), and are experts at it. However, if there’s any of you who just don’t get it (me!!), I’ll give you a quick guide on where to use the wand.
Once you’ve sculpted those cheekbones, you’re going to want to add highlight. This is the wand that I got the most excited about – we all know I love me some glow. Charlotte has been inspired by the filters on Instagram, and Hollywood digital remastering to create Beauty Light.
First of all we have the shade and ladies, it’s so blogger. We all love a bit of rose gold right? Not only is it super pretty, but it also flatters every skin tone. As with the contour wand, it’s in a tube with a cushion applicator, so it’s easy to use.
Sometimes with liquid highlight, I can find it quite gloopy or clumsy, but this is nice and smooth. It contains treated pearls that brighten and highlight. Your skin looks luminous in a beautiful sort of soft focus. The glow looks natural thanks to light reflecting particles and it doesn’t look glittery thanks to Oleogel. In terms of formula, this is definitely a winner.
If you’re looking for an in your face sort of glow, then this isn’t it, although you can build it up. This is more subtle and natural, but super flattering. Even if you don’t want to contour, I’d recommend this on it’s own as it is beautiful.
To go with your fancy new wands, you’ll need a brush. You could probably use brushes you already own, but it’s nice to have set right? I am partial to a Charlotte Tilbury brush, so this made me happy.
The brush is 2 – in – 1 and has lovely synthetic fibres so is 100% cruelty free. On one end there’s a large flat head that’s perfect for blending in your contour and softening any harsh lines. Your base looks flawless after use, and it makes blending super quick and easy. At the other end there is a smaller, angled head that is ideally shaped for more precise contouring, such as down your nose. It also works really well with concealer.
The quality of the brush is nice and high, as with her other brushes, and there’s no shedding. I have to give this brush a 10 out of 10 – the price tag is worth it.
Ever since Charlotte announced the launch of her Hollywood Lips, I’ve been dying to try them. When they asked what shade I wanted to try, I chose Show Girl as the warm toned deep berry is perfect for Autumn. I’m a big fan of liquid lipsticks so I was curious to see how these performed.
The premise of the Hollywood Lips is to contour your lips in one single swipe to leave you with a fuller looking pout. They contain anti-aging ingredients, such as Sea Lavender, as well as hyaluronic acid and collagen to smooth and plump lips whilst slowing down the signs of ageing. Beeswax also protects the lips against drying out whilst providing nourishment to the lips. Charlotte promises high impact colour with a second skin feel that is weightless and velvety.
Ok … time for a really honest opinion. I love the shade – it is absolutely beautiful, but I’m undecided on the formula. Whilst it’s described as buildable, I found it became clumpy and felt really odd on the lips. If you stick to a quick swipe then it’s lovely to wear, but any more and it became quite unpleasant. I’m hoping I maybe just have a bad one and that the whole range isn’t like this. Also, the doe foot applicator isn’t the best I’ve ever tried – it didn’t sit comfortably on the lips during application. I do want to try more shades to see if they all feel like this.
Have you tried any of the Hollywood Collection yet?
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