If you are a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow powder, then the new creamy version called Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Sun Tan & Sun Light might peak your interest ($80.). This limited-edition compact that has global beauty icon Jerry Hall (who was also a muse to famous fashion photographer Norman Parkinson )gorgeous face stamped on it. Charlotte Tilbury is a huge fan of photographer Norman Parkinson who has always been her inspiration for her visual moodboards that she created for beauty concepts and behind the scenes. It was only natural that she collaborated with him to create a small and limited-edition line in homage to his work. The collection , that has a vintage feel, has a series of compacts and makeup bags with iconic images from Mr. Parkinson.
Now, let us talk about the only item I bought from this collection which is the creamy version of the famous Filmstar Bronze & Glow. It is identical to the Filmstar Bronze & Glow in terms of size and amount of product with the only difference being the cover is of Jerry Hall. This new compact is described as “capturing the youthful, soft-focus lens of Parksinson’s camera, giving one “holiday skin”, a perfect, golden glow that enhances facial framework.” The compacts houses two colors, a dark and a light. The darker one is called “Sun Tan Bronzer” that is a medium/dark brown that has no traces of orange or warmth in site. It has a natural luminous finish with light to medium coverage. The second color on the right is “Sun Light Highlighter“, an easily blendable cream that helps build up color from a highlighting veil of pearl to a more dramatic metallic effect. It has Apricot Oil for moisture with a high percentage of pearls for that luminous effect. It is a sheer, warm and light beige highlighter that can be used wherever you want to highlight. At first glance, this compact looked more like a contour and shade kit versus a bronzer and highlighter which surprised me.
I was told that for best results I should use a brush that is similar to Tom Ford’s foundation brush (02). I happen to own that brush and swirled it around the Sun Tan Bronzer until I got enough color to work with. I dabbed the brush a few times on my wrist to get rid of excess color and prevent streaking before applying it on my cheekbones. I gently and lightly started swirling my brush on my cheekbone starting from the back by my ears and worked it up near the apples of my cheeks.
Unfortunately, it looked streaky and a bit “dirty” looking on my face. I went back in with the brush and blended some more but it still looked on the streaky side. I decided to use my fingers and found it blended and looked much better. I applied the Sun Light Highlighter on top of my cheekbones, middle of my forehead and middle of my chin using my fingers. It blended nicely and looked natural. I applied both colors after lightly using Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation so my canvas would be easier and smoother to work with. I can’t imagine using this on bare skin as the bronzer has a good amount of pigment and needs some work to blend it. Once I liked how it looked, I lightly applied some powder on t-zone and voila. The bronzer lasted all day and actually looked much better after it settled in and faded. I do think that fair to medium skin can use this as a contour kit and find it to be easier to use then the Tom Ford shade/highlight kit.
Verdict? Although this new compact is called Filmstar Bronze & Glow it is not as easy to use as the powder form. I am not an expert with using creamy textures and I don’t contour so this definitely needed my close attention and a few tries before appreciating it. I am curious to know what everyone else thinks and would love to read your experience with this bronzer.