Charlotte Tilbury Dark (7) Hollywood Flawless FilterCharlotte Tilbury Dark (7) Hollywood Flawless Filter ($ 44.00 for 1 ounce) is a medium-dark, orange-brown with strong, warm undertones and a soft, pearly luminosity. It had a buildable cover that was sharper when mixed with base products or applied as a thin layer as a primer, but it could be built up as a highlighter with medium coverage (or bronzer on my skin tone).
The consistency was light, spreadable and liquid like a gel-like foundation – smoother and more moist, but still gliding well over basic products and bare skin. The effect as a stand-alone product is a glowing glow that did not shimmer excessively so that the skin structure was not emphasized. It worked well mixed with foundation or moisturizer for an all-round glowing effect. It carried well as a standalone product for nine hours and did not prolong or shorten wear and tear as a primer / mix with the primer.
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$ 44.00 / 1 oz. – – $ 44.00 an ounce
The formula is said to be a “customizable complexion enhancer” that can be used as a foundation, highlighter or mixed with basic products. The line includes seven shades, like a more typical foundation or concealer range, but they have a sharper coverage and a fine pearl so there is some flexibility. However, for extra luminosity (without changing color), choose a shade closer to your actual skin tone.
It has a huge doe-foot applicator, which I preferred for highlighting and priming stains, but which is not as good for mixing with basic products (compared to a pump). I find that the lighter shades look very similar when mixed with a foundation or layered under it, so the color range is more flexible than it seems (for some skin tones).
The texture was smooth and light, like a thin gel-based primer, so for extensive use (worn as a primer depending on the brand) the product would easily spread over my skin and make my skin look radiant. I can see one person viewing this finish as “oily” and another feeling like it glows beautifully – it’s definitely very radiant on its own, so I would recommend applying it strategically to bare skin, like a very diffuse highlighter pens, or mix it up with moisturizer if you’re someone who wants glow but not full of dew.
I also liked to gently wipe the product with the included doe-foot applicator on the high levels of my face, diffusing and fusing (over a larger area than I would have if I used it specifically to highlight my cheekbones) and dab the Gently prime it off. I recommend using a bare to medium coverage base for full coverage as full coverage works better when mixed in, otherwise the coverage will reduce the luminosity significantly.
As a standalone highlighter, it gave me an internally lit glow that was glowing but not sticky or really shiny and just looked damp on my skin. It worked just as well on bare skin as it did for me on the foundation. It took a good nine hours alone with minimal fading and no migration as a cheek marker. As a primer, it seemed to help make my makeup smoother, but I didn’t notice any elongation (but also no shortening) in wear; While the brand didn’t claim to extend the life, just that it would improve the finish and add a shine to the skin (so I didn’t downgrade it because it doesn’t add to the wear and tear).
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AQUA / water / EAU, hydrogenated didecene, mica, glycerine, propanediol, squalane, CETYL PEG / PPG-10/1 dimethicone, isoamyl laurate, hydrogenated styrene / isoprene copolymer, SODIUM CHLORIDE, caprylic / capric triglyceride, hydroxyacetophenone, polyglyceryl-4 , 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL, TRISODIUMETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANE, HOYA LACUNOSA FLOWER EXTRACT, [+/- IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)].
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