Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones £82.00 - Link
Believe it or not I have never tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury, yes I know I'm such a bad beauty blogger. However after having a crappy couple of weeks my boyfriend shocked me by turning up on my doorstep with Filmstar Killer Cheekbones set, so to say I was ecstatic was an understatement. Over the past year my love for contouring has grown, and finally after two years I've got my hands on one of the most coveted beauty products of the blogging sphere.
The Filmstar Bronze and Glow is described as the perfect illusion to slim, sculpt, shorten, trim and highlight your features. Complete with a bronzer that is the perfect universal blend of pearl and pigment to contour features and mimic a sun-kissed complexion and a highlighter, built up from a golden base that flatters any skintone to capture light and radiate it out for a luminous complexion. The Powder and Sculpt Brush is described as a fantastic tool for any facial sculpting or highlighting, to create your ideal facial framework. The tapered end allows you to shade the hollows of your cheeks or temples and highlight your cheekbones, nose or even the bow of your lip.
With my makeup drawers armed with contouring products I wasn't sure how this would compare as I have seen many opinions divided. However I have fallen head over heels with the palette quickly, replacing my much loved Nars Laguna bronzer. The sculpt shade is actually warmer in comparison to my muddier contouring products, meaning that this can double for a worn alone bronzer. The shade itself is still quite cool toned despite the slight shimmer without venturing down the orange garden path. The highlight pan is a stunning champaign shade and I love how it gives your skin such a beautiful yet natural radiance. Normally my main concern about using highlighter is that I'll end up looking like a disco ball, but this is so flawless - whilst it packs shimmer it leaves your skin glowing and brighter rather then shining.
When worn together this creates the most gorgeous summer bronzed glow, and I love how easy this is to use. The buttery texture makes this a dream to apply, and I love that the shades are not too dramatic but instead they are easy to blend and are buildable meaning you can go for a softer contour or a more chiseled / sculpted look. You don't have to worry about checking your makeup throughout the day because boy does this last, I sometimes find myself re-applying and blending bronzer but this does not budge until you are ready to remove your makeup at the end of the day, so even if my foundation has faded I know my contour game will still be strong.
I can't review this without mentioning the gorgeous packaging, this for me is definitely a game changer in the beauty industry. From opening the outer packaging to the gorgeous 1920's inspired rose gold cigarette case this exudes luxury. It's one of those items that cannot be hidden in a drawer and is designed to stand proudly on your vanity, and let's be honest it would be a shame to hide something that looked so pretty - it's definitely an 'ooooh' product.
The Powder and Sculpt Brush creates the perfect bronzed duo, the tapered bristles means that the brush can easily sweep along the hollows of my cheeks and temples where the sun would naturally hit my face. I've heard a lot of people say that this isn't the softest of brushes, now I wouldn't say it was scratchy but not fluffy soft - but the slight scratchiness of the brush means that it picks up product really easy and applied just the right amount for a gorgeous defined look.
At £82 the set does prove to be quite expensive but a little cheaper when purchased like this. I would say this isn't really a needed product more like a lusted after item but once you have tried this you're contour routine will never be the same.
Overall I have fallen for the hype that is the Filmstar Bronze and Glow and can see why it's given its cult status. I have found this re-creates my post-holiday glow, warming my complexion and matching up patches of my skin where I got sunburnt (yes I have white patches on my forehead still!). If you were new to contouring and didn't mind spending the £49 this would be my recommended go to palette and is bound to leave even the biggest makeup geek weak at the knees.
Have you tried the Filmstar Bronze and Glow?