Happy Monday! I’m excited to announce the first post of my new series on Style By Mana, #MAKEUPMONDAY. These posts will provide my reviews on new beauty products, as well as rundowns on my must-have favourites. Although makeup will be the primary focus, from time to time I will also include the whole gamut when it comes to beauty, including skincare and hair products. As a bonafide beauty junkie, I’m looking forward to sharing my honest feedback with you all, as well as any industry secrets I discover along the way! And who doesn’t love knowing which products are worth buying? I know I don’t! So without further ado, I present my first review…Charlotte Tilbury’s line of makeup and skincare, which launched today at Holt Renfrew Vancouver.
You may not recognize Charlotte Tilbury immediately by name, but I guarantee that you’ve seen at least one of the numerous magazine spreads she’s worked on, or know of one of the many celebrities she’s done up in her over 20 years in the makeup industry. From Giselle Bundchen to Jennifer Lopez to Kate Moss to Penelope Cruz, the list of iconic faces that Charlotte has beautified is really endless. She also was a creative consultant for Armani’s line of makeup, which we all know is now quite coveted. So, it makes perfect sense that after that type of resume, it would only be a matter of time before Charlotte would launch her own line of makeup. And what a line it is!! I had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte last spring in Toronto, when she held a private media meet and greet to introduce us to her line.
*Fiery redhead Charlotte Tilbury posing with one of her many muses.
The first thing you’ll notice about Charlotte Tilbury is the beautiful packaging it comes in, all done in pink or burgundy casing with rose gold metallic accents. There’s a lot of attention to detail here…the skincare is meticulously wrapped, with easy-to-follow instructions on the application. You might be thinking why the packaging is even worth a mention but it is, Charlotte Tilbury is a luxury beauty line, so there’s a level of care that is expected with this price point. Plus if you’re like me, you display your makeup in your bathroom or perhaps in clear plastic beauty drawers, and it’s a nice touch when the product looks as good on the outside as what’s inside.
Rather than review every product in detail and bore you with an entire novel of reading, I want to highlight my standout favourites that have made Charlotte Tilbury my new favourite beauty line. Firstly, Charlotte’s Magic Cream, which is designed to transform tired and dull skin, best worn under makeup. This stuff really is magic in a bottle people, from it’s luxurious texture to its beautiful scent…I loved slathering it on as a prep before applying my makeup in the morning. The Magic Cream gets soaked up right away, so it doesn’t leave a greasy residue on your face, which during the summer months is the last thing we want before putting on our foundation. Charlotte came up with the idea of the cream when working with fashion models. Early morning shoots had the models arriving with less than stellar complexion, so Charlotte wanted to create a cream that could boost collagen and give a supple look to the skin in a flash. Mission accomplished.
The only downside is that with its hefty price tag, you MUST be conservative with your use. You don’t really need more than about a dime-size amount to cover your face, but I can easily see how using a lot more can be addictive. My solution to that? Only use the Magic Cream in the morning before makeup application (which was its original purpose), and then use your favourite moisturizer at night before bed. Now on to makeup!
As the staple of her collection, Charlotte Tilbury designed 10 colour-coded looks inspired by her favourite past and modern beauty icons. Each look has coordinated eye palettes, cheek colours and lip products, but every item can also be purchased individually. The look I chose is “The Dolce Vita”, which Charlotte explained as being inspired by exotic beauties like Sophia Loren or Penelope Cruz…a woman with killer curves, who’s both feminine and confident. SOLD!!
You can tell that all the products in her makeup line have been designed with makeup artistry in mind. Not to say that you have to be an expert to apply them, but rather than have immediate jarring deep pigments, Charlotte Tilbury is meant to be layered on for intensity, going on first subtly then building colour as you blend. This is fantastic if you just want to wear a light shade of eye shadow in the day, and then smoke it out for the evening. I absolutely love the eye palettes that have four different shades marked as 1. Prime, 2. Enhance, 3. Smoke, and 4. Pop. The texture is silky and the colours go on beautifully, with just a hint of shimmer. If you’re weary of how to apply eye makeup, I also love how you can watch guided how-to videos led by Charlotte herself on her website. That goes for the majority of the looks in her line, which really takes the guesswork out for women.
My next favourites would have to be the irresistible K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen from the Lipstick Tree Lipstick (here in “Penelope Pink”) and her Lip Lustre Lip Lacquer (in “Seduction”). Soooooooooooo amazing, I literally cannot gush more about how amazeballs these two are. I actually don’t love wearing lipstick, as I find it often gets on my teeth and I hate the taste. But this is something else, so soft, so beautiful, so creamy, and the lip lacquer is the perfect finishing touch of sheen. GAH! I am in love.
I am not going to lie to you, Charlotte Tilbury is pricey, BUT it’s worth it if you’d like to splurge on gorgeous quality beauty products that have been designed by an industry leader who definitely knows her stuff. As an introduction to the line, perhaps start slow, I recommend purchasing any one of the products I mentioned as my favourites as a good starter. But, it will only be a matter of time before you’re hooked.
*All product photos by Mana Mansour