Ever since the launch of Charlotte Tilbury in Australia (and even before we could get our mitts on the products) the world has been abuzz over the brand.
The British-based beauty brand has been at the top of our wish-list for years, and now, with the brand finding an Australian home, it couldn’t be easier to try out everything from the lipstick to foundation and everything in-between. It’s very fun for our faces and very dangerous for our bank accounts.
Seemingly overnight, we went from having no access to Charlotte Tilbury products, to having access to over 95 of them. While absolutely incredible, it can also feel a little overwhelming knowing where to start (which is why it’s good to hear from someone who has tried a few products out).
Read on to find out the eight products that now hold pride of place in my makeup drawer.
Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight
No beauty look is complete without a little (or a lot) of highlighter and this one is officially a firm favourite. The ‘spotlight’ shade is the most universally flattering but it’s also available in pink and gold undertones if you’re looking to add a little more colour to the face.
This product instantly brightens your complexion, adding a glorious shimmer to the cupid’s bow and cheekbones. The formula is also really blendable and easy to use, so you have a full range from low-key to dramatic. It definitely gives more of a glow rather than a glittery effect, so it’s perfect for an understated beauty look, you’ll honestly look angelic when the light hits.
Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes
This is a great mascara because it gives the perfect amount of length and colour while still being really buildable. I love the way it sticks to each individual lash but still gives an overall fan effect, and I’ve found it to be impressively long-wear so far.
It also doesn’t dry your lashes out once you’ve applied it, which means you can reapply and increase the volume and length a few hours later if needed without it going clumpy — a big win in the mascara game.
Airbrush Flawless Foundation
If I had to recommend one product to buy from the entire collection, it would be this one. With a full-coverage, beautifully smooth formula that’s also long-lasting — you really couldn’t ask for more from a foundation. It applies like a dream with a really creamy, easy to blend formula that builds really easily. If you’re looking for a product that’ll stay on for hours with minimal touch-ups, this is the one for you. It’s the only thing I’ll be wearing for nights out during summer, with full confidence that I won’t be able to sweat it off.
It’s worth noting that if your skin verges on the drier side, you’d be best to use a really hydrating primer before applying just to make sure it doesn’t accentuate any dry patches if it fails to stick. This foundation is true perfection but it’s all about forming the right base, first!
Charlotte’s Magic Cream
Try as you might, but there’s no face cream on earth that comes close to matching this one. While it may fall on the pricier side, its level of quality is unmatched, and there’s a reason people keep coming back for more.
The formula is quite thick and it can feel heavy on the skin at first so it’s important just to use a little as it goes a long way. Given its ability to leave the skin looking supple and glowy, it also doubles as a great base for foundation — it really can do it all.
Cheek To Chic in Pillow Talk
I’d never tried a two-tone blush before, but after using this product a few times, I’m a convert.
The Pillow Talk shade is incredibly flattering, with a really warm, buildable tone. You can use a few swipes for a soft glow or reapply a few times for a more noticeable blush. I also love the way it gives an understated shimmer in certain light, so it’s perfect to apply across your high points and even the tip of your nose as well — trust me!
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
This one really goes without saying. It’s the holy grail product that everyone couldn’t wait to try the minute it landed at MECCA. Safe to say it’s definitely been worth the wait, as the universally flattering shade glides across the lips like an absolute dream. It’s really long lasting (especially when paired with the lip liner) and it’s one of those shades that matches every outfit so it’s incredibly versatile.
As the name implies, it’s a matte formula so if you have dry lips or are looking for something a little more hydrating, I’d recommend the Hyaluronic Happikiss in the shade Pillow Talk. It’s the same shade but gives the lips a boost of hydration and boasts a surprisingly decent amount of colour despite being branded as more of a tinted lip balm.
Hot Lips in Glowing Jen
You might not have heard of this shade but it’s the perfect pinky nude that looks flattering on everyone. The formula is like a hybrid of the matte lipstick and more hydrating blends, so it falls right in the middle, making it a perfect all-rounder.
It’s not as long-lasting as the matte lipsticks, so if you’re looking for something that’ll last all night with minimal touch-ups, I’d stick with the matte. This is perfect for applying underneath a sheer balm to give a beautiful colour but it does feel lovely on the lips given its creamy formula.
Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk
Undoubtedly the best thing about this liner is how long it lasts. There’s nothing worse than applying your favourite lipstick only to have it smudge off an hour into wine time (which is why applying a lip liner beforehand is so important). You’ll need to apply this product a few times over to reach the same shade as the Pillow Talk lipstick, but this allows you to build the colour to perfection.