I’ve been reading loads about Charlotte Tilbury‘s make up range, so I was delighted to receive an email from John Lewis to say that they’re now stocking the range. I was straight over to my terribly tempting mega-store in High Wycome to have a good old nose, and I’m glad to report that it’s all gloriously gorgeous.
First of all, the packaging is lovely, it’s got an old world glamour about it and the lipsticks particularly are in fabulous fluted rose gold tubes that feel really heavy and substantial in your hand. Here’s what else I thought looked fab:
Beach sticks (£30) – inspired by the glowy light and golden colours of the island of Ibiza, these dual lip/cheek colours are perfect to pop in your bag and clever light-diffusing technology gives a gorgeous, dewy finish.
Magic Foundation (£29.50) – I love that Charlotte has dispensed with the meaningless names often given to foundation and given each shade a number, from 1 being the lightest. There’s a simple description of each colour so you can choose the one that suits you best. It’s demi-matte, anti-ageing and brilliant at disguising imperfections without being horribly cakey. It even contains hyaluronic acid to plump up wrinkles – truly magical!
I was pleased to see the Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19) range as I love an eyeshadow pencil, so much less hassle than faffing around with powder, which I always manage to drop all down my cheeks (although there are some really lovely Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes in the range too). The Golden Quartz one looks fab on blue eyes with lots of black mascara.
Of course the cornerstone of any range is really good quality mascara and Charlotte’s Full Fat Lashes Mascara (£22) looks amazing. The blurb says that it’s ‘a super luxe, XXL, multi-tasking mascara that creates the perfect “Full Fat Lash” to keep every girl satisfied’, which sounds pretty good to me.
I adore a gorgeous compact. I just think there’s nothing nicer than treating yourself to a really special item that you can whip out of your handbag at every opportunity to check your face and maybe give your nose a quick puff of powder. Charlotte’s Air Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder (phew, £33) comes in the most gloriously decadent, shiny rose gold compact and contains more high tech trickery in the form of soft focus nano-particles that blur imperfections and keep shine at bay.
Unsurprisingly, there are some seriously good skincare products in the range as well. Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturiser SPF15 (£70) isn’t cheap but promises real results with some proper high-tech ingredents, including that wonder-ingredient hyaluronic acid again, as well as loads more collagen-boosting, plumping, free-radical fighting stuff with very long names.
Perfectly on-trend again, there’s a great multi-tasking balm, Multi-miracle Glow, which is great for make-up removal, applying as a skin-quenching balm and even applying to dry areas like cuticles and elbows.
As you’d imagine from a range created by a make up artist, the make up and skincare is completed by a choice of very high quality tools of the trade, including brushes and make-up bags, as well as a great make-up remover.
I want it allllllllll! Where’s my Christmas list?