Hello Gypsies! First of all, let me start off by apologizing for my long absence. I had every intention to blog while on holiday but I didn’t take into account that the internet would challenge my patience. It got to the point where I focused on instagram and decided to hold off till I got back to my domain. I am happy to report that I am back and ready to roll up my sleeves and start blogging again. I have so many exciting products I want to share with all. I actually took with me on holiday as many new products as I could possibly fit into my suitcase and tested them out so I am ready to share my thoughts. I am also excited to share my new and improved site and thrilled with the results and hope you are too.
I want to kick off my first post with Charlotte Tilbury’s new Filmstar Bronze & Glow in medium/dark ($68 for 0.52 oz.) Like many of you out there, her original filmstar in light/medium has been my holy grail for over a year now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It was only a matter of time that Charlotte would cater to the darker complexions out there and launch a more intense and darker version of the original. The big question here is how does it compare to the original and lighter version and do we all need to go out and own it? I will make this as straight forward as possible and let all of you decide if you need it.
This bronzer compact has two colors embossed in a glamorous gold compact with a good sized mirror inside.
The one on the left is the Medium/Dark Bronze, a golden-brown shade that has a golden sheen with a good amount of pigment. It is warmer and darker then the original shade and a little goes a long way. If you go heavy handed, it can start looking a bit “dirty” and more like a contour and less like a bronzer. Keep in mind, I am at least one shade darker in my face after my beach holiday so I am basing my review on that. It stayed on a full day but once I started sweating, I found my cheek area did look slightly muddy and needed to re-do my makeup for the evening. I did feel this wasn’t as silky and smooth as the light/medium formula but the color is gorgeous when used with a big squirrel haired brush and with a light hand.
The color on the right is the Medium/Dark Glow, a warm, golden orange tone that is suppose to be used as a highlighter with the bronzer. At first glance, this looked too orange for my already sallow skin so I found myself avoiding this shade in the beginning. After playing with it a few times during my holiday, I discovered that it came on much softer and less “orangey” with a beautiful, golden undertone. It blended beautifully with the bronzer and took it to a more “glamorous” territory. If you find it is too strong or orange for your skin tone, then I recommend you try it as a blusher or over other blushes you would like to warm up and give some pizzaz. It did last all day without looking artificial or emphasizing the pores on my face.
Verdict? I am so glad this is a permanent addition to the line and feel it has a place in many makeup kits and vanities. Although I still feel the light/medium formula is silkier and blends better, I am glad I purchased the medium/dark shade and find myself reaching for it daily since purchasing it last month. The real question is how often will I use it when the temperature drops and my tan fades. Stay tuned!
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