One Step to Killer Cheekbones

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow 

Contouring has to be my favourite part of applying make-up. Ever since the Kim K contouring tutorials hit Youtube, I have been obsessed with the possibilities of lifting and defining my face. As a girl who’s lacking in the cheekbone department, any product that allows me to create the illusion of chiseled cheekbones has me swooning. 

The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow is a product that seems to be dividing beauty blogger’s opinions. With its dreamy rose gold packaging and hyped up reviews, I’ve been wanting to give it a whirl for a seriously long time. I found myself browsing the Charlotte Tilbury counter in London’s Selfridges, and armed with a Christmas giftcard that had been burning a hole in my pocket, I finally made the splurge. 

It’s fair to say that I’ve tried my fair share of contouring products – MAC Harmony had always been my go-to for dramatic contour, with the NARS Laguna bronzing powder my favourite for bronzed and sunkissed skin. The first thing I noticed about using the sculpting powder is the buttery texture. It’s incredibly easy to blend out and doesn’t risk the muddy effect that you get with MAC Harmony, which makes it a product I would definitely recommend to contour newbies. 

Although at first it isn’t quite as dramatic as you might expect for an expensive contouring palette, you can definitely build it up to a more sculpted effect. I’ve been dusting it on with a fluffy brush and then going back in with an angled brush to give a more chiseled look. Either way, this isn’t a product that you can screw up with. It stays put throughout the day and doesn’t go patchy or muddy like MAC Harmony, the flawless blendabilty is what makes this a new contouring favourite for me.

But it’s the highlighting side that really makes this product worth the extra pennies. The highlight is flawless – it’s a yellowy golden powder that illuminates the face beautifully. In the pan it looks a lot like the Mary Loumanizer which despite being a great budget highlighter just does not compare to this. It’s got the perfect amount of shimmer in it so that it looks more sheen on the skin without giving that awful shiney flashback in photos. With the sculpting powder and highlight paired together, I am just in love with the sunkissed and sculpted look this palette gives. 

If you already have the NARS Laguna powder, would I say the palette is worth it? Probably not. But as I’ve said, the highlighting side makes the product a winner for me alone.  If you’re looking for the perfect contouring and highlighting duo, this is definitely a palette I would recommend. But after all, a girl can never have too many palettes… Right?

Have you tried this? What are your favourite products?

Lydia Rose,


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  1. March 17, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Charlotte tilbury ALWAYS seems to be a winner so why haven't I bought ANYTHING from the range yet? :'( I really love the bold red lips and sultry shimmery eyes it just looks gorgeous xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  2. March 17, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Oh my gosh – this is gorgeous & it looks stunning on you!
    I also completely agree with you, contouring is my favourite part of doing my make-up.
    It just adds so much more definition to your face.

    I think this palette has definitely made its way onto my wishlist now!


    Small&Blonde β™₯

  3. March 17, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    You do really look like a film star! GORGEOUS!
    I still haven't gotten any NARS products but it's my birthday soon. Maybe I'll get something from their brand πŸ™‚


  4. March 18, 2015 / 1:51 am

    This product looks amazing on you and I've heard so much about it. I wish I could get my hands on CT products! This would definitely be one of the first I pick up. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  5. March 18, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Everything from the colour to the packaging looks great on this product ❀ I LOVE a good contour kit. I was torn between getting this and the Clinique set.. Might get both now!

    Fran |

  6. March 18, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    The product looks amazing! I've only just gotten my first few Charlotte Tilbury products and now I'm wishing I'd gotten this as well xx

    Love and Marmalade

  7. March 18, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    how gorgeous is this?!
    I really like the look of it πŸ™‚ and you look amazing! I just like something a little heavier on the cheeks, but everything is usually buildable anyway πŸ™‚ xxxx

  8. March 20, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    You look so gorgeous here lovely!


  9. March 20, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    This makeup look is absolutely gorgeous! I am dying to get my hands on this product, it looks perfect for contouring and I love the look of the highlight shade- great post!

    Jasmine |

  10. March 24, 2015 / 10:05 am

    I love the packaging on the Charlotte Tilbury products πŸ™‚ x

    Sophie |

  11. August 8, 2015 / 6:57 am

    Simple but very attractive! I bought mine for only 5 pounds! You've earned a new subscriber

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