Charlotte Tilbury Highlighters

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow: Light-Medium, Medium-Dark and Sun Tan + Sun Light

July 24, 2015

I’ve been a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette (originally reviewed here). It contains a bronzer and highlighter powder duo in a mirrored compact which creates depth and dimension. This month Charlotte Tilbury has launched two new extensions of her Filmstar Bronze and Glow in a Medium to Dark Palette and Sun Tan & Sunlight Cream Duo with the Norman Parkinson Collection – I ordered both online from Charlotte Tilbury’s website and have been playing with them for a few days. (The original version has now been renamed Light to Medium.) I really like the original version because it works well with my skin tone and skin type. Highlighters can sometimes emphasize pores but the one from Charlotte Tilbury adds a nice even natural glow even though it has more of a frost finish.

My skin tone has been around a Chanel Beige 30 and NARS Punjab for a long time. After our month long trip to Europe I got a bit darker which puts me at a Chanel Beige 40 range (post on summer foundation rotation soon). When I was medium to light the original Filmstar Bronze and Glow ($68) worked perfectly for me. Right now the bronzer is more subtle on my skin – it still shows up but it’s not quite as strong on my skin. In case you missed the original review, I’ve taken some new photos to post here.

The Filmstar Bronze and Glow Medium to Dark ($68) is designed for deeper skin tones. It’s quite a few shades darker than the Light to Medium with a deep shimmery luminous bronze and an orangey gold highlighter. I thought the concept of an orangey highlighter to be odd, even for those with tan to deep skin tones, but it’s surprisingly wearable and very pretty on the skin. I suspect if you have super fair skin the highlighter will look more like a strong blush. On me it’s not quite traditional highlighter material but it does give the skin a warm glow. When you swatch it on the arm it will appear orange like the color you see in the pan. On the face it adds a really interesting glow.

With the Norman Parkinson Collection, Charlotte Tilbury has a new limited-edition cream Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Sun Tan & Sun Light ($80). I’m usually not a fan of potted or pan creams because I find they get messy with fingers, debris, dust and even brushes but since this is from Charlotte Tilbury I had to give this a try. There is a medium tan cream side and a shimmering gold cream. The tan shade does not swatch well on bare arms but on the face it applies smoothly and blends very easily (I tested mine over foundation). The shimmering highlighter swatches nicely on the arms and face. The highlighter has visible sparkles in it but isn’t over the top and doesn’t emphasize pores. This one is more luminous compared to the original version but it’s easy to blend and sheer out. On my combination skin in this warm 80 degree weather it held up from morning until late afternoon without budging.

All come in the same sized-compact with two pans of
product and a large mirror. The packaging itself comes in a rose gold
metallic finish. The Norman Parkinson Sun Tan + Sun Light comes with a
photo shot by Parkinson of Jerry Hall for British Vogue taken on Montego
Bay, Jamaica, in 1975 on the lid. Also shown below is the Powder and Sculpt Brush which is sold separately.

I’ve swatched each one side by side. Note that all the swatches on the arms have been done with a rather heavy hand. Each one is easy to apply with a light hand and you can control intensity of color by layering. Pigment is pretty rich in each palette so I would recommend on your first few uses apply with a light hand and build up the color.

Below swatches of each version on the face. I have both the bronzer side + highlighter applied and blended lightly in each shot. For skin tone reference I’m wearing Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super–Charged Oil–Free Foundation in Golden Medium with NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Punjab + Chanel Les Beiges 30 dusted on top to set. On the lips is Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment in Nude (the gloss version). Coral nail polish is Essie Sunday Funday.

I’m really happy with the Medium to Dark version. It gives the face some warmth and color. I don’t know how the orange will translate on deeper skin tones – if you’ve tried this please chime in with your thoughts in the comments below. I applied with with a medium hand and it’s not too orangey. The cream duo in Sun Tan and Sunlight from Norman Parkinson is a really nice easy-to-use duo. It’s very luminous on my skin and as you can see in the photo above the sheen really stands out with a flash. Even in natural light the cream highlighter looks very luminous and on me it was easy to overdo. I recommend applying with a light hand but it gives a nice golden strobe effect.

For brush recommendations, after playing with the original one for a year, I have to say hands down the best one is the Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush ($49). My original thoughts that it was not a must-have and could be replicated with other regular blush brushes. The shape, texture and density of the brush make this my go-to for any kind of subtle contour/highlighting. It’s one I reach for constantly even though I’m usually a fan of MAC cheek brushes. There are two sets available for each of the powder bronzer/highlight duos that offer a slight price break. The Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Light-Medium Set and Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Med-Dark retail for $110 each and come with the duo + brush in a gorgeous box. For the cream duo I’m still experimenting – so far I like using fingers the best.

All the Filmstar Bronze and Glows are available online now, they should be arriving at Charlotte Tilbury counters soon. Do note that the Norman Parkinson Duo is limited-edition. Available online at Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter and Charlotte Tilbury.

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  • amy July 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful! I was not expecting the dark to look so wonderful on you but it really does!!

    • Sabrina July 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      thanks amy πŸ™‚

    • Jill July 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      The dark looks great! It's so fun to see your beautiful face Sabrina πŸ™‚

  • charese July 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Did you apply the bronzer shade of the medium-dark palette, or just the highlight/orange shade?

    • Sabrina July 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Charese – notes are in the comments above the face swatch. I have both bronzer and highlight applied on the face. HTH!

  • Rachel Polansky July 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I do like the cream version but bought it mostly for the packaging :p

    • Sabrina July 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      The packaging is really cute! Thanks for reminding me to post the shot of the compacts πŸ™‚

  • Emmys Beauty Cave July 24, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    The light version looks perfect for me! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    thatnks so much for posting this! Now, I HAVE to get the medium dark one!

  • lucylovehart July 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I am hopefully getting my hands on the light version very soon!!

    Such a great post!

    Lucy |

    • Sabrina July 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      The Light/Medium one is a classic!

  • July 25, 2015 at 1:38 am

    I want to try this so much! But it's hard to take the plunge at such a high price point.

  • Jess July 25, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I love Medium-Dark on you…it gives a really nice bronzy, sun-kissed glow. Perfect for summer! I'm too pale and red-toned to pull it off but it looks amazing on you

    • Sabrina July 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Jess – I think if it weren't for my tan it would be too dark for me.

  • Blair Sparkles July 25, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Love all the shades,cant wait to buy them.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth July 25, 2015 at 3:39 am

    I'm NC20, using Les Beiges 25 in the Summer. I have the FilmStar Bronzer & Glow Light and the Norman Parkinson Cream but it's a stretch to far to think I could utilise the FilmStar Bronze & Glow in Medium / Dark I'm sure it would be just too dark to do anything with without looking like an Oompa Loompa. What do you think Sabrina?

    • Sabrina July 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Hi Amanda, I think it might be too dramatic for fair skins but I can't say for sure. I suspect if I were my normal Chanel B30 the Med/Dark would be too orange on me. I think Really Ree did a review and her skin seems to be on the fair side? Also has swatches on light and deep skin – so you may want to check that out πŸ™‚

    • Amanda Hollingsworth July 25, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Bless you! Xx

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 5:48 am

    You have one of the most beautiful profiles I've seen. xo


  • Sabrina July 25, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you Josie – so sweet of you to say πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    The medium dark looks great on you! I am so excited to see CT released this new darker version of Filmstar Bronze and Glow; I was *this* close to buying the original (thanks to your swatches) because it looked suitable enough for medium skin but the highlighter in the medium-dark version is looks friendlier to my NC35 skin.

    Do you happen to have the Laura Mercier Artist's holiday palette from 2014? If so, is the highlight powder in the LM palette comparable to the highlight in the FSBG medium dark palette?

    • Sabrina July 28, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Hi Anonymous, unfortunately I don't own that palette so I can't compare the two πŸ™

  • Eileen July 26, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Lucky you! Both the light and the medium dark look great on you. You'll be able to rock that lovely golden goddess glow no matter how much or how little sun your complexion has gotten. You look like the quintessential So Cal girl πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina July 28, 2015 at 1:39 am

      Thank you Eileen πŸ™‚

  • MarΓ­a Blardone July 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Adore the lighter one!
    Lots of love, xx

  • Cojo Graab July 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This palette is on my dream list for sure!

  • Quelques Grammes de Glam July 28, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Whatever the shade, they all look amazing on you !! Emma

  • AreeElf July 29, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Thanks very helpful. They all look nice on you. The medium dark does, add very flattering pop of color.