For as long as the Charlotte Tilbury brand has existed I have lusted over the Filmstar Bronze and Glow – this dual powder has a contour and highlight shade in one extremely extremely sexy compact. It comes in two shade variations, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, which is the one I am reviewing today!
The light to medium has a cream highlight and soft brown sculpt shade which would work well for a lot of skinniness, but I have the medium dark which has a caramel brown shade and orange shimmer as a highlight. My skintone is medium which could go along with either palette, so perhaps if you are in my skintone category you can decide which works best for you!
Firstly the packaging – god it is beautiful.
It has this sort of matte rose cold colour with a sun burst pattern. It’s gorgeous. There’s a generous mirror and two 8g powders, so it’s quite generous. There’s no puff or brush included which quite frankly suits me – I would rather have product and use my own decent brush then have some half hearted puff in there.
This comes with a burgundy protective pouch. I always get rid of the pouches but in this case I kept it as I don’t want to scratch this pretty case!
I’ve read that some people find the packaging a bit fragile. I personally haven’t experienced any problems yet (I dropped it on the floor too – I had the heartstopping moment where I thought it would be shattered but it didn’t!). I haven’t had it for a huge amount of time though!
So the highlight side in this palette is the gold orange.
The sculpt is a brown with mild shimmer in a medium tone. Interestingly it isn’t a matte – not a problem, but some people do prefer a matte contour.
Swatches – you can see they have a pearly finish.
The contour works nicely, and brightens the skin as well as shaping – I have no complaints about it although it’s different to the matte contours I have. I guess, it’s quite easy to use because it could almost double as a bronzer, it’s fairly mistake proof.
The highlight shade doesn’t work as a traditional highlight on me (I think it would be stunning on darker skintones). It works as more of a blush-glow colour but I would say, put it under my eyes like I do with my cream highlight to brighten – I keep it strictly on the apples of my cheeks and it makes me look all sunny. The traditional light/medium palette I realise now would work better as a traditional highlight and contour for me, this is more of a blush and bronze but I am happy with that.
Here is the palette used on me. It’s a very sunny, pretty palette. It’s quite expensive at £49 but you do get 2 big pans of colour, and the packaging is gorgeous so you are paying for the luxe, if you want it. There are similar ones around for much less if this is out of your budget, but there is where I like my medium dark palette – it’s unusual whereas you can get brown/cream combinations more readily for less money.