Charlotte Tilbury Fragrance

New from Charlotte Tilbury: Scent of a Dream, The Legendary Muse Eyeshadow Palette and Legendary Brows

September 6, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury has launched a few new items this fall including a new perfume Scent of a Dream and new look called The Dreamy Look. A few months ago she also launched a new brow gel in a few shades and I have been testing out the clear one to include in today’s review. What I have a look at includes:
The Dreamy Look features a new eyeshadow palette and a few other repromoted items including the mascara, bedroom black kohl and Secret Salma Lipstick. You can buy the items individually or in the Dreamy Look Gift Box Set. While browsing the site I did not realize the featured lipstick in Secret Salma was a repromote from the Hot Lips launch until the moment I hit submit on my order. So now I have two.

Up first is the new perfume called Scent of a Dream. I received the 50 ml as a press sample for review and it is exactly what I envisioned Charlotte Tilbury to launch for a fragrance. It’s a very complex kind of scent that has a rich and seductive feel. To me it’s very much an evening date night kind of scent rather than everyday. Lasting power is quite strong and I was able to smell it late in the afternoon from the morning spritz. It’s a dark woodsy floral but has some light notes mixed in at the same time.
  • Top notes include lemon, peach, black pepper, saffron, mandarin and bergamot.
  • Heart notes include tuberose, jasmine, frankincense, hedoine, violet, muget, orange flower, rose oil, tea rose, green ivy and magnolia.
  • Base notes include fire tree, Iso E Super, patchouli, ambroxan, precious woods, amber, castoreum, musks.
According to Charlotte Tilbury, the top notes develop after 15 minutes after warming up on the skin and heart notes develop after five hours. I do find it shifts on the skin after a few hours but still smells very much the same. Had I spritzed and tried this in store on my own I don’t know that I would have bought it for myself – it’s quite a bit more seductive and rich compared to what I typically wear and to this day I still feel like my best date-night scent is Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb although Edward Bess is coming out with three fragrances next month which are incredible and Louis Vuitton launched seven new scents which are also quite amazing which might move Flowerbomb off the favorites list to a three-way tie (more details and review soon but I still have a lot of testing to do). Bottom line the Scent of a Dream is indeed dreamy and lovely, just not quite me.

Next up is a quick reswatch of Secret Salma which is a gorgeous raspberry pink color. It’s the matte revolution formula which is matte but luminous at the same time. Full review and lip swatches of all the Hot Lips Lipsticks in this post here but here’s another look for reference.

The Legendary Brows Brow Gel in Clear is a brow gel that comes with a very tiny brush wand. I am not a fan of clear brow gels because of two reasons. First is they rarely do anything for my brows and second they often leave that white chalky cast. I am very low maintenance when it comes to brows and I am well aware that I need to up my brow game. To date my go-to’s are the Diorshow Brow Styler (review here) and the La Palette Sourcils de Chanel (review here) – they’re the best no fuss impossible to overdo brow products for brow dummies. I’ve tried a number of brow gels in clear and tinted and try to use them but often forget to. The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Brow Gel performs well to actually hold brows in place. There’s no white film or chalky look once it dries. I will say that a little goes a long way. The first time I tried it I applied way too much and it left my brows very sticky. I’m really pleased with it – it holds brows in place after combing them upwards.

Last but not least is the new Legendary Muse Luxury Palette. This is limited-edition and has the same exterior star designed packaging as last year’s Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette. This year’s Legendary Muse texture is not like the limited-edition from last holiday but rather like her regular palettes in powder form for 3 shades and 1 glitter finish color. I last reported that the MAC Pressed Pigments were too glittery for me. The ones from Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford though are ones I find more wearable even though I’m very conservative for eye looks.

I have fallen head over heels for the Legendary Muse Luxury Palette. It’s a warmer palette of neutrals but still very wearable. Charlotte labels them 1 thru 4 on the back for application order but I apply this one in a different order. I like applying the darkest shade first and then follow with the top two layered on top and glitter topped as the last part. Pigment is medium to full. Colors match my arm so they look a bit sheer here but they do show up well on the eyes.

Colors are a soft pinky shimmer, warm coppery gold shimmer, light gold glitter and mauve shimmer.

A quick eye look in indoor lighting, no flash. Still working on getting the right lighting for face and eye swatches and beauty looks. I would say in real life the palette isn’t quite as reddish/mauve looking as the photos show below.

Comparison swatches below show that you can definitely find dupes for the palette, but the texture and combination just works so well. There are subtle differences in the shimmer and texture is soft and blendable. I bought my palette sight unseen so I did not know what to expect based on the online stock photos. I did know it would be on the warmer side and am thrilled at how it turned out.

Left to right below:

  • MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
  • Anastasia Glow Kit in Sundipped, Moonstone shade (review)
  • Anastasia Glow Kit in That Glow, Golden Bronze shade (review)
    Anastasia Eyeshadow Single in Amber (review)
  • Tom Ford Cream Powder Duo in Naked Bronze, glitter shade (review here)
  • Anastasia Glow Kit in Sundipped, Tourmaline shade (review)
  • NARS Eyeshadow Duo Kalahari (review

I really love the eyeshadow palette and think it’s a great one to wear for any occasion. Although I really don’t do lots of glitter makeup, the Charlotte Tilbury glitters are easy to wear and layer on top of other powder shades for a little glitz without going over the top. If you’re looking for a classic raspberry pink lip, Secret Salma is a gorgeous option that I think would suit a wide range of skintones. The brow gel is a good one but as I’m not really a brow aficionado I don’t think I’d call it a must-have but it is one of the few clear ones that actually hold my brows in place. The perfume is a beautiful one, but as perfume is very personal I think it’s a bit bolder than my personality and I only see myself wearing it for evening.

You can find the new Charlotte Tilbury launches online at Charlotte Tilbury. Right now the eyeshadow palette and perfume are also available at Nordstrom.

Have you tried any of these new launches yet? What did you think?

Perfume and brow gel provided courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury for review. Palette and lipstick purchased by me.

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  • Grace Campbell September 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    The packaging looks amazing! Great photos!!

    Grace xx

    • Sabrina September 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks Grace!

  • Amanda Hollingsworth September 6, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I love the eye palette…..just what I had a gap for. I think it's the nicest Charlotte Tilbury palette of all the eye quads she's launched. As for the scent. I'm think it's hideous. I had some pre launch samples and sprayed it on my arm. 24 hours later it was still lingering there like a cheap floor bleach. Even my hubby asked if I had spilt some of the liquid I use for cleaning up puppy poo onto my dressing gown sleeve. The advert is beautiful, Kate Moss looks incredible but the smell of that scent really is quiet the most horrible scent I have ever smelt. If I never smelt it again I would be happy. I also think the bottle is really tacky looking. I know what it's trying to achieve but unless you have a beautiful piece crystal it looks what it is. The kind of knock off perfume you would find on a market stall. There have been so many stunning perfume launches this Autumn……My Burberry Black, Alexander McQueen Parfum, Tom Ford Orchid Soleil have all found their way onto my dressing table but not this I'm afraid.

    • Sabrina September 6, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      I love the eye palette too! LMAO about your thoughts on the scent. I will say that the pre-launch samples in the mini vials are not quite the same as the full size for some reason. I received a mini in the main and thought it was horrid but it had been an extremely hot week and I thought perhaps the heat damaged/altered it in transit.

      The full size bottle is similar but better than the minis, but I suspect it will not be for you.

    • Amanda Hollingsworth September 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

      The thing I find really strange is Charlotte is telling her staff to literally douse the customer in it. No subtle spritzing here as per my dearest Tom who wants his women to wear his scent subtly. I got captured at the top of the escalator in Selfridges in the Beauty Hall and I had a promoter on either side of me practically holding me down to douse me in the stuff. I was livid and had to air my clothes outside when I got home to get rid of the smell. I totally agree with your point about vials in transit but it didn't smell a whole lot better from instore promotion. It's just not me. I'm so floral in my choices with a bit of oriental floral thrown it. I thought I was being daring when Black Orchid was released because it's so strong and sensual but this is a whole other level. Apparently people who work with Charlotte can smell her before they see her…..she floats around on a cloud of this stuff. Lovely lady who I admire very much for what she's achieved with her brand in such a short space of time but I'm not convinced by her perfuming skills. I know it's a natural extension and a very, very lucrative extension but I think she should stick to what's she's brilliant at. TBH I'm surprised she hasn't developed a nail polish line yet, or candles. Xx

  • Denise Burnham September 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Secret Salma looks absolutely stunning on you! I purchased Tilbury's palette offered during the Nordstrom sale and immediately regretted it. The products made me look like a glitter bomb. Seeing the lipstick on you is motivating me to try her lipstick line.

    • Sabrina September 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks Denise – sorry to hear the shadows caused a glitter bomb look on you! They can be on the shimmery side.

      I think you should definitely give the lipsticks a look!

  • Anonymous September 6, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks for the review, Sabrina. What's the glitter factor on the palette? It sounds lovely but I'm wary of the one glitter shade. Is it real chunky like Tom Ford She Wolf (and other Tom Ford glitters), or more subdued?

    • Sabrina September 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Anonymous – the CT glitter is almost identical in finish and texture to TF glitters. They are chunky but for some reason I can wear them if I pat them on top of other shadows. HTH!

  • Lu Suito September 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    love it!

    lu | coco & louis

  • Anonymous September 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    How shimmery/glittery do the es look on if you don't use the actual glitter shade?

    • Sabrina September 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      It's still pretty shimmery without the glitter e/s.

  • Tracey E. September 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the comprehensive review, Sabrina. I have been stalking the Legendary Muse palette and have seen it worn enough times to add it to my collection. I own the Legendary Brow in Cara D and absolutely love it. This product is a holy grail product – the applicator is so unique and precise. I purchased 2 lipsticks from the Hot Lips collection – Secret Salma, which doesn't look nearly as vibrant on me but is lovely just the same, and Liv It Up, which was a complete disappointment as it pulls blue-ish pink on me. Charlotte Tilbury's lipsticks are so hit or miss for me that I will only now buy at a counter. I do love Stoned Rose as an everyday lip shade.

    • Sabrina September 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Tracey – I hope The Legendary Muse works for you! I can relate on web stalking lol.

      Sorry to hear about Liv It Up – it's cool on me as well! I can't really pull off blue toned pinks either. If you're looking for a neutral pinky color that's a bit warmer you might want to try (if you haven't already):

      Tom Ford Pink Dusk
      Tom Ford Austin
      YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Beige Blouse

  • Eileen September 6, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    That Legendary Muse palette looks gorgeous on you, Sabrina. It really enhances the rich warmth of your beautiful dark eyes. As for eyebrow gel, I'm not a fan, but then I have fairly thick black brows that need very little other than an occasional shaping. As for Tilbury's scent, I'm right there with Amanda H (Hi Amanda 🙂 ). I took one whiff and decided it was a huge disappointment when compared to so many of the other new scents that have recently launched. I couldn't even bring myself to actually apply it. Perfume is such a subjective item; however, so I'm sure there will be women who will love it.

    • Sabrina September 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks Eileen! I can definitely see that the perfume won't fit everyone, it's not me but perfume is so personal and everyone has different tastes 🙂

  • Maggie Klonowski September 6, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    That palette is STUNNING! I actually might even be able to pull those colors off! <3

    It's Me, Maggie |

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I think it's a lovely palette!

  • shadesofcopper September 7, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I've always loved the CT packaging! That palette is gorgeous, lovely shades. xx

    Jessica | Shades of Copper

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Her packaging is always so glam!!

  • Nicole Merza September 7, 2016 at 2:25 am

    These are all so gorgeous-looking! CT has such luxurious packaging. I really need to get my hands on some of these.. Or just some CT products in general. I've been dying to try the brand!

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      It's a good line, I've been impressed!

  • FlareAForte September 7, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Those shimmer eyeshadows would be great for a night out! x

  • ame September 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Man I really wanted to try that Legendary Brows til I read that it has Castor Oil in it. I seemed like a higher end Glossier Boy Brow, and I was totally bummed!

  • Becca Fletcher September 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    All of these products look gorgeous! Ive never tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury before but I really, really want to. Everything seems so glamorous and luxurious.

  • Anonymous September 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I really like CT's products. I love the formula of the matte lipsticks, the blushes and the filmstar bronze and glow (I have both light and medium-dark). I recently bought her palette from Nordstroms. Her marketing strategy, however, is a total turn off for me. She really pushes the supermodel thing which I think is tacky and plays on insecurities. I got made over by one of their makeup artists and when he asked what supermodel look I liked, I said none since I'll never look like that in a million years and I'd prefer a custom look — and I loved what he did – bought almost every product he used on me. –cherie

  • Jasmine Stewart September 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I really wasn't sold on the shades in the eyeshadow palette when I first saw pictures of it but I really love the look you've created here – I will definitely be giving it a second look now 🙂

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • spicedchristea September 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Super review! I bought this scent & I love it. Not quite as much as Tom Ford Black Orchid (which is my absolute, all time favorite). It does have decent staying power but the base notes are what I really love. It's not overly floral either (though I can really smell the powdery violet after about 30 minutes), but it gives way to those base notes, which is really what I adore. It's a bit lighter than Black Orchid as well I think you really have to love this sort of a heady, sensual perfume in order to like this. If you love fresh n fruity scents, this is not the one for you.

  • Lokesh September 10, 2016 at 11:10 am

    your content is great about cent of a Dream Eau de Parfume,Hot Lips Matte,Revolution Lipstick,Legendary Brows, and image collection is amazing

  • Serena Levy September 12, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I love Charlotte Tilbury! This was a great review! I definitely love that lipstick! It looks great 🙂 x

  • bronzer bunny September 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Oh, I think Secret Salma looks great on you! Perhaps thats the shade I want haha!

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you!

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