3 May 2018

Charlotte Tilbury • Boost your Complexion



We all want it, we all look and feel more youthful with it and if it's not there already, we can fake it. I am of course talking about making our skin glow. We all know that a healthy diet, lifestyle and drinking lots of water all contribute to achieving healthy skin as well as a good skincare routine because taking care of your skin is key to making it look radiant and healthy but there are of course products out there that can help accentuate and show off good skin or maybe just give it a little helping hand. 

It maybe age, but I now find that I am not a fan of heavy, full coverage foundations unless it's for a special occasion. I like my skin to shine through and my skin to 'look like skin' as I have thankfully always had nice skin and pride myself that I have always taking care of it. I prefer lightweight formulas that you can build upon to tailor make your own level of coverage and have over the years come to have a few firm favourites that work wonders ... as well as picking up a few newbies along the way. 

Spring/Summer is the time of year where we mostly want light, glowy makeup and radiant skin promotes youth and I for one want youth on my side! I shall be writing another post soon about my favourite spring/summer makeup go-to recommendations but for now I wanted to focus in on the latest glow enhancing product from Charlotte Tilbury because even though there are many reviews already out, I still get asked what my thoughts are seeing as Charlotte Tilbury makes up a big percentage of my daily face, plus I shall run through a few other products from the range that always guarantee healthy looking skin.

Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
I am sure you already know that Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite make-up brands to date and one that I purchase from the most, as well as receiving the occasional PR package that always makes my day, I did indeed purchase this myself from Cult Beauty

There are 5 key items from the collection that I love and use all the time to help my skin look flawless and radiant and are products that are ideal for most skins but you won't necessarily need them all; Magic Cream, Wonder GlowLight Wonder Foundation, Filmstar Bronze and Glow and the latest launch the Hollywood Flawless Filter

Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
• Hollywood Flawless Filter, 30ml, £30/€40  (link here!)
This is a customisable complexion booster with the ability to act as a primer, highlighter and digital filter. The magic ingredients all help to soft focus your skin, by illuminating and making lines and pores appear smaller and more refined. 

Shades & CT Foundation Matches:-
 • 1 Fair - neutral beige for fair skin (Light Wonder shade Fair & Magic 1/2)
• 2 Light - neutral peachy beige for fair skin (LW 2/3 Fair & Magic 3/3.5/4)
• 3 Light/Medium - neutral peach for light to medium skin (LW 4/5 & Magic 4.5/5)
• 4 Medium - neutral golden yellow for medium skin (LW 6 & Magic 6)
• 5 Tan - neutral caramel fir medium tan skin (LW 7/8 & Magic 7/8)
• 6 Tan/Dark - warm amber for deep skin (LW 9/10 & Magic 9/9.5/10)
• 7 Dark - a deep bronze for dark skin (LW 12 & Magic 11)

I have to say the shades are very accurate to the description and foundation matches above as I wear Light Wonder foundation in shade #3 (winter) and #4 (summer) and #4 Magic Foundation and No 2 Light is absolutely perfect for me, as recommended. So do use this colour guide if you re looking to try it out as you can rest assured it shall be a good match. 
Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
Charlotte promises us that this a celebrity skin filter in a bottle as it is her little secret to making all those stunning screen siren clients of hers glow. It is supposed to make your skin look as good on and off screen ... hence the hollywood theme!

So let's discuss the ingredients that enable this to do magic ...
Smoothing airbrush polymers roll over the skin to create a powerless finish and you shall know from charlottes other products, she is all about making the skin poreless and flawless. A glossy lightweight oil moisturises and reflects light to your face when needed. Finely milled powders create this magical soft focus to make lines look less visible and less pronounced on camera. Porcelain Flower Extract brightens and antioxidants and anti-inflammatories help to enhance circulation. As you can see, it has a lot of skincare properties to it's formula. 

There are a few ways to make this work for your skin ... 
- Use as an over all primer underneath your foundation for a subtle glow and polished look.
- Mix it in with your make-up on the back of your hand to make the skin look more dewy. 
- Dot it along the tops of your cheekbones, nose, cupids bow, brow bone ... anywhere you want glow.
- Wear it alone for a full on fresh, glossy, mega glow!

Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
As I said, I use Shade 2 Light and it works perfectly for my skin tone. This product is so unique that is it actually quite hard to describe but I can tell you that I absolutely love it, more than I actually thought I would. Of course I knew I would like it, it's Charlotte Tilbury after all, but I initially thought this was one of those add-on's that you didn't 'need' as such but I now realise this is a product all in itself and by no means an add-on

How can I explain it? Ok, this is not a highlighter or a primer but like Charlotte states, it is a complexion booster that delivers a totally different result to that of the two. There is no glitter, no sparkle, no shimmer .... but a formula that makes your skin look like it's naturally glowing - just like a real life filter. I love that it is so multi-tasking and you can customise it to what works for your skin. 

I have used it in all the suggested ways and for me my favourite way to use this filter is actually under and over makeup for a flawless look when I want my skin to do the talking. I use it on clean skin with my primer (not mixed, just dotted on) to add more dewiness to my base then I dot it on my cheekbones and high points over make-up and even over powder, which works like a dream I have to say! I did hear a few reports of people saying that it felt tacky but I have to disagree as I have normal/combination skin and it doesn't feel sticky or tacky on me at all - so maybe this is personal preference and like I said, I even used it over powder and the results were flawless. 

I posted a picture over on my Instagram on a very natural makeup day and wasn't anticipating to post a pic of myself (or I would have done my hair nicer) but I had to document how incredible my skin looked with this product ... (as below!). I couldn't stop looking at my skin as I just can't tell you how good this makes skin look. It will be beautiful on the décolleté area in the summer to give your body a sexy glow!

With this product, you still use your bronzers and highlighters as normal because when you use the Flawless Filter you will see that the results are all totally different as it promotes that 'good skin' look where as a bronzer adds depth and a highlighter brings forward aspects of your face. 

So whether you want a subtle or mega watt bulb glow, this shall work to do both. The only real way to know how good this is, is to try it. This is not an essential make-up item to own but once you own it, you soon realise that you won't want to do your face without it. 


Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
As well as this gorgeous Flawless Filter I have some other CT favourites that all contribute to making my skin look good and ones that may be worth trying if you haven't already. 

CHARLOTTE'S MAGIC CREAM, 50 ml £70 (link here!)
Magic Cream is a moisturiser that has been designed to lift and intensely moisturise to wake up tired looking skin - being targeted for more 35+ age wise. This is one of Charlotte's secret weapons and she uses it on all her celebrity clients prior to make-up application. It does have mixed reviews and I wouldn't say this is the best moisturiser ever made because for me it's not, but I do love it as a pre-primer step, after my other skincare because this really does plump up your skin to make everything else sit better and look more amazing which is a reason why I love it. It is pricy but a little also goes a long way so do expect it to last.

• WONDER GLOW, FACE PRIMER, 40ml, £38.50 (link here!)
A primer that acts as an instant pick me up to help keep your makeup looking fresh and dewy. This is also great used alone for those no make-up days when you just need a bit of freshening up and for both these reasons alone, I love this product. This is my go to primer and I would not be without it because it just works. I even combine it with pore minimising primers and use this along side them and it works like a dream. Definitely a hero product and although I have yet to try theYouth Glow Primer, this for me shall always be a favourite. A lot of people were wondering what the difference between this and the Flawless Filter were because in hindsight you kind of think they are designed to do they same job but Wonderglow is a Primer with a dewy finish, designed to help make the rest of your make-up go on better and make it last where as the Flawless Filter is a complexion booster with two totally different finishes. 

• LIGHT WONDER FOUNDATION SPF15, 40ml, £32 (link here!)
A light coverage foundation that is designed to illuminate, smooth and hydrate your skin for a natural look. Again, it's packed full of skincare benefits that you feel as you wear this one. I have used this since it launched and is still one of my favourite foundations today because it gives light, buildable coverage to all skin types. Very oily skins may find this a tad too slippy so may want to try another or use alongside a mattifying primer. I do like the Magic Foundation for special occasions when I want to 'glam up' but for every day this one is perfect. If you want to know more, check my original review here

• FILMSTAR BRONZE AND GLOW PALETTE, £49 (link here!)
An iconic contour palette that helps to sculpt and highlight your face perfectly. The formulation of powders is spot on and both offer buildable effects. This has to be my favourite contour/bronzing palette that I have ever owned because I use it every single day, even on no makeup days as it can warm up your complexion single handedly. I think I am on my 3rd one because it comes everywhere with me but I have had a few accidents so be mindful that this is a very delicate powder so if you drop it, it shall likely smash so treat it with care! It is just as beautiful on the outside housed in a stunning rose gold compact which is a great size to keep in your handbag. If there was one item I told you to invest in, it would definitely be this. 

Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
Two further items that are a must have for me is of course the Beauty Glow Look in a Palette because I use it near enough every single day and always talk about it! See my review on this and the Glow Mask in more detail here

Charlotte Tilbury, Flawless Filter 
Safe to say, the new Flawless Filter gets a big thumbs up from me as I find myself reaching for it daily!


Have your tried the Flawless Filter yet?











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