Charlotte Tilbury Medium (4.5) Hollywood Flawless FilterCharlotte Tilbury Medium (4.5) Hollywood Flawless Filter ($ 44.00 for 1 ounce.) Is a light-medium peach with strong, warm orange tones and a bright, shiny finish with a very fine pearl. The consistency was smooth, runny, and light, which made it easily spread over larger areas of the face (like the all-over application), but still worked well when dabbed on strategic areas to make them stand out.
The latter gave more coverage – about medium – when mixed with other products, which naturally faded out the coverage so that the tone was clearer than the depth. It worked well as a highlighter as it took eight and a half hours to fade a little, and helped the primers apply more smoothly when blending in or using underneath (but didn’t shorten or lengthen their wear and tear).
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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 could 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 on the high levels of my face with the included doe-foot applicator, diffusing and blending it (over a larger area than I would have if I had used it specifically to highlight my cheekbones) and dabbing that Foundation gently off it. 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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