As a devoted fan of Charlotte Tilbury products, I can’t exactly explain why on earth it has taken me so long to finally get this, but I got there in the end. I heard nothing but good things ever since it first came out, so I knew I would not be disappointed. Also, out of all makeup items, bronzers have a special place in my heart (and a separate drawer!!) and I will never say No to a good highlighter…

If you follow me on Instagram (which I think you totally should if you love a bit of makeup madness….just saying..) then you’d know that I already own a fair few of Charlotte Tilbury items that I thoroughly enjoy and slowly grow my collection, so this little beauty had to find its place in my makeup collection eventually. 

Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze & Glow' bronzer and highlighter

There isn’t much to say about the packaging, other than just simply stunning, chic and sophisticated with its rose gold hues and little CT logo embossed in the middle. Even the box it comes in is gorgeous with what can only be described as ‘Charlotte Tilbury’ touch to it, telling us that it may just make us look a bit closer to a Silver Screen Siren… Or so we hope. The case has a substantial weight to it, as you’d expect from any luxury makeup item, but it’s not too heavy, so still travel friendly should you wish to take it with you on your holiday adventures, like I did this year…plus another two bronzers, but that’s not the post to talk about my weird bronzer addiction, so let’s move on…

Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze & Glow'

Inside there is a large mirror and two beautiful shades of bronzer/sculpting powder and a highlighter. To bronze, apply in to your cheek hollows, temples, jaw line and tip of nose, as recommended. I must say, having an oily t-zone, I always skip the nose and, as much as I like the effect, I don’t even bother contouring it but I always do the cheeks, temples, top of my forehead and jawline. I also use some bronzers as an eye crease shade and this one is perfect for that. What is really great about this bronzer, is that it looks very natural and creates a beautiful shadow on the face, without being ‘obvious’ like some bronzer can be.

If you are one of those people who think they cannot get away with bronzers, or all of them look muddy, dirty or way too orange on you, try this one. It’s a matte, cool tone shade and so it won’t look as orange or too dark. The application is very easy, it blends in no time and is definitely buildable, so you control how light or dark you want it to be. The powder is so fine and weightless that it makes it impossible to overdo it. I use my Real Techniques contour brush to apply it, as it’s small enough to fit perfectly into the hollow of my cheek. If I want to take it down my neck as well, I will use any large powder or bronzer brush for that, and for the eyes I would use MAC 217 blending brush to softly shape the crease. I am loving the shade, the natural effect it gives and really highly recommend it.

Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze & Glow'

So, let’s move to the other side of the compact. As much as I’ve been hearing people singing praises for the bronzer, there wasn’t as much said about the highlighter, other that just being ok. I think it’s more than ok though. I love the golden sheen it gives to my cheeks. It’s not too strong, so perfect for daytime use. It’ said to apply it to top of cheek bones, centre of nose, bow of lips & brow bone for the candle-lit effect. Again, I don’t really go for the nose or top of my cupids bow as this area of my face is too oily for that, but I love using highlighters on top of my cheekbones, brow bone and sometimes a bit on the temples. It also looks beautiful on decolletage in the summer, which is how I’ve been using it this year too.

I feel like the consistency is a bit more powdery compared to the bronzer or some other highlighters I own, and it kicks up quite some product when I dip my brush in it, but that’s not big deal, really. I just remove the excess from the brush before applying. It looks beautiful on top of cheekbones and both products used together really do give the most perfect bronze and glow effect. Is it the best highlight I’ve ever used? No, probably not, but I will have plenty of use out of this and it gives such a lovely, healthy glow that it’s hard not to like it. If you are looking at this compact thinking you’re probably only ever going to use the bronzer part, don’t. If you like highlighters, then you will like this one too. I know it’s sometimes hard to justify spending that much on a makeup item and not using it to its full potential, but for me, it’s definitely not the case here.

Charlotte Tilbury 'Bronze & Glow' Bronzer and highlighter swatches

Both shades are perfect for light to medium skin tones only, but CT has recently released a darker version of Filmstar Bronze & Glow, which is made for medium to dark complexions.I am extremely please with this compact and although it is an investment, it really is worth it. The point of it, and the main reason it was designed at first place, is to help us highlight, shorten, trim, sculpt, slim down the facial framework to hide whatever imperfections we think we may have. As the woman herself said ‘Take what you were born with and maximise your assets with Filmstar Bronze & Glow’…

The product retails at £49 and is available at Charlotte Tilbury, Selfridges, Net-a-porter, Nordstrom