Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collaboration

August 5, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury has launched a stunning collection in collaboration with the Norman Parkinson Archive. The collection is dedicated to and decorated with the legendary British fashion photographer’s iconic images on the packaging for all the products. The limited-edition collection includes two Matte Revolution Lipsticks, Cosmetic Cases and with new products for the Cheeks. Items with this launch include:

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington ($32)
Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1975 Red ($32)
Color of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow ($58)
Dreamy Glow Highlighter ($65)
Filmstar Bronze and Glow Sun Tan and Sun Light ($80)
On Call Makeup Bag ($45)
The Bathing Beauty Bag ($80)

The collection does not disappoint. True to Charlotte Tilbury’s line, the quality of everything is phenomenal in terms of color, pigment, blendability and performance. I was a bit skeptical when I ordered some of the items as they are all pretty high in price point. I had very high hopes for everything but wasn’t sure the items would live up to my expectations given the price points. After testing the collection for a few weeks now, I am pleased to report that all items have far exceeded my expectations.

I reviewed and featured the creamy Sun Tan + Sun Light Filmstar Bronze and Glow in an earlier post comparing it to the original Filmstar Bronze and Glow (renamed Light to Medium) and the new Medium to Dark. The Norman Parkinson version is a cream product with a warm tan brown and a luminous glowy pale gold. As mentioned in my earlier review I found it to be extremely glowy and dewy. Lasting power to be fairly good for a cream product but I prefer the powder version of the Light to Medium. I’m reposting photos here for reference. Swatches of all three side by side and also applied on the face in this post here.
Top is Light to Medium
Bottom is the Norman Parkinson Palette
Right is the Medium to Dark

There are two lipsticks with the collection in the Matte Revolution Lipstick formula. Both are extremely pigmented. There is a light pink called Miss Kensington. In the tube and sunlight it looks like a natural warm pink. On my lips it looks more cool-toned. It’s light but not too pale. If you have dry lips you may want to prep the lips with a bit of lip balm first. The color is very saturated in pigment and adheres well to the lips. Lasting power is very good. As with all of Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks there is a slight vanilla scent.

The other shade is 1975 Red which is a vibrant orange red cream. Long-time Beauty Look Book readers know this color is way outside of my comfort zone but the color is phenomenal. It’s a super bright orange red but it’s one I think will flatter any skintone. What impressed me was how quickly this one set and how long it lasted. I had no lipstick transfer to my teeth which I find rare for any red lip. It’s a very dramatic bold color.

The final two makeup items are what I’ll call the highlights of the collection. The Colour of Youth is a Lip and Cheek cream product that I think is pure genius. It looks very warm in the pan and swatches warm on the cheeks. On my lips it pulls a bit more cool-toned into a very youthful healthy pink glow. It’s easy to blend and layer – I would say the pigment is sheer to medium but gives more coverage than the Beach Sticks. It’s perfectly named as it does give the face life and color in a youthful way.

Last but not least the Dreamy Glow Highlighter is a powder highlighter. It’s so soft and velvety it almost feels creamy. It is indeed very dreamy with finely milled shimmer that looks glowy and not frosted. It has a soft rose champagne base with a soft golden shimmer. Those who are anti-frost need not worry with this one. It has a very refined glow. It comes with a very high price tag but I think it’s worth every penny. It has a soft rose undertone that makes the skin glow like magic.

I posted comparisons with the NARS Tribulation Blush from fall, here they are again for reference. As you can see below the Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Highlighter has a slight pinkish cast.

Overall I’m extremely impressed and pleased with the collection. The price points are high but everything is made extremely well and I have to say all the items far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend the Dreamy Glow Highlighter and Colour of Youth – they add just the right amount of color and glow to make the skin look alive and polished. The Matte Lipstick Revolution shades are very good if you like matte lipsticks. I personally prefer creamy formulas or sheerer ones but both perform really well. Miss Kensington is pale pink perfection without looking too pale or too mod-like. The Sun Tan + Sun Light Filmstar Bronze and Glow is excellent for a cream product but I prefer powder cheek items unless they are in a stick form simply because I find it’s easier to keep clean.

My top two picks are the Dreamy Glow Highlighter and Colour of Youth.

You can find the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection at all Charlotte Tilbury retailers now. Online at Beautylish, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Selfridges and Charlotte Tilbury. Note that the items are all limited-edition.

The On Call Makeup Bag and 1975 Red Lipstick were gifted.
All other Charlotte Tilbury items featured were purchased by me.

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  • I have everything except the red lipstick — originally I didn't want to splurge but I love Charlotte Tilbury so it's worth it πŸ™‚

    • I'm still yet to try anything from Charlotte Tilbury! I don't tend to visit my local Selfridges very often and I don't have the balls to make an online order before getting to test them out in real life, but I'm so desperate to purchase something from the range! This new line looks amazing!! I've been more into nudes and neutrals but the 1975 Red lipstick looks beautiful

    • I agree – it's worth the splurge!

    • OMG Joanne you must visit Selfridges soon! I think it would be amazing to see the entire range in person there πŸ™‚

  • Miss Kensington looks really beautiful! xx


  • NJ

    Hi Sabrina – how does CT Colour of Youth compare to Tom Ford Pink Sand? I have the TF and wondered if there was a significant difference to the CT in color, texture, etc. Thanks.

    • On my medium skin the Tom Ford Pink Sand performed more like a highlighter with a very slight hint of pink.

      The Charlotte Tilbury is clearly pink on the skin and shows up well.

      I think if you have fair skin, the Tom Ford Pink Sand will show up better but it has shimmer in it so it will look more glowy. The Charlotte Tilbury is more blush-like and will give you more color without any shimmer.


  • They look beautiful! I wish I lived near a counter so I could swatch stuff!

    Lyd x electricSUEDE

    • I feel your pain – a counter just popped up near me but before that the closest counter was hours away!

  • 1975 Red looks smashing on you…I think you should consider moving out of your comfort zone more often!:)

  • Anonymous

    If you could only choose one – the CT highlighter or the new TF one? I am seriously debating though I haven't seen either IRL. Would you happen to know if the TF is LE?

    • When you say the new TF one – are you referring to the duo? If yes, I think they are completely different. I'll have a post on the Tom Ford Highlighter Duo soon – I suspect it is limited edition but I will have to get back to confirm. Quick thoughts are the CT Highlighting Powder is softer and more subtle while the TF is more dramatic.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes, i do mean the new skin illuminating powder duo.

  • Its all so beautiful, I love 1975 red lipstick so much x

    Lucy |

  • Colour of youth looks stunning on you. I'm so excited for this collection.
    Maria // Fox and Arrow

  • I think I'm more attracted to the packaging of this collection than I am to the actual products. It's just so gorgeous and vintage. xx

    • Yes the packaging is stunning!!

  • I really like Color of Youth on you!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much for the post Sabrina. I just got my first two CT items – cheek to chic blush (sex on fire) and the Miss Kensington lipstick. Like you, I really like nude lipsticks, but seeing the fiery red makes me think I might be able to pull this off. I've never really liked to wear reds because I've got a lot of olive undertones (with equal parts yellow) and it seems like every other color works better (best color match is Nars St. Moritz). I love the concept of color of youth – how does it compare to Edward Bess's similar items? Cheers, Cherie

    • I think the Charlotte Tilbury is similar in texture. Edward Bess's are a lot more pigmented and more like a stain while the Charlotte Tilbury is lighter in color and slightly sheerer. HTH!

  • I love that retro red on you!

  • This collection is so beautiful!

  • 1975 Red looks really beautiful! thank you πŸ™‚