The Filmstar Bronze & Glow by the eponymous brand of legendary makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is meant to evoke old-world, Golden Age Hollywood glamour with a golden Art Deco-inspired, but is the formula actually any good?
The two pans of powder that make up this product, Sculpt (contour powder/bronzer) and Highlight (highlighter, obvs) are meant to be paired together to create a harmonious sculpted look. While probably not gray-toned enough to be a true contouring powder, Sculpt is a beautiful contour-bronzer hybrid that delivers shadow and tan in one swipe. Highlight, on the other hand, is a mostly sheer highlighter that does present as a very subtle gold. Both colors look absolutely gorgeous, and used in concert, provide a trimmed, “fresh from the beach” kind of glow. The finishes of both powders are slightly pearlescent, with Highlight being just a little more shimmery than sculpt. The finishes make the skin look extremely well-kept and nourished. Add in a great wear time—probably a good 8-10 hours before the color starts slowly fading off—and you’ve got yourself a winning product.
The formula does have some drawbacks, though. The Sculpt shade isn’t very easy to blend. Unfortunately, if not done right, this means the product looks way too heavy on the face, so a little finessing is definitely required. Highlight, on the other hand becomes stripy-looking if you use a heavy hand to apply the product.
But in our opinion, at the end of the day, the sheer effectivity of this product is enough reason to consider investing in a set because it’s so rare to get a set where the sculpting powder and highlighter are so well-matched in terms of color and finish.
SUITABLE FOR: All skin types.
- The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is available in two colorways: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark.