Charlotte Tilbury Mild Brown / Darkish (6.5) Hollywood Flawless Filter Evaluation & Swatches


The product had a liquid, more gel-like consistency that made it easy to spread over larger areas (like a foundation), mix with base products (like moisturizers or foundations), or tap on the highlights of the face as a standalone highlighter (or as a highlighter Bronzer for my skin tone). It had sharper coverage that was less effective when mixed with products as expected, and more mediocre, buildable coverage when applied as a standalone product.

The finish was shiny but not overly shimmery, so it didn't emphasize the natural texture of my skin. It stayed fine for nine hours before fading a bit as a stand-alone product and didn't affect the wear and tear (longer or shorter) of the base products, but it helped the primer apply a little more evenly and smoothly.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

Fenty Beauty Macchiato (P, $ 32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Hunnie Glaze (P, $ 32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Kaja Shady (P, $ 24.00) is less shimmery, brighter, more subdued (90% similar). Salt New York Medium (P, $ 16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Salt New York Light (P, $ 16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Dark (7) (P, $ 44.00) is darker, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Bath (110) (P, $ 64.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85)% similar) Chanel Original (P, $ 50.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more subdued (80% similar). Kaja Toasty (P, $ 24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar); Fenty Beauty Butta Biscuit (P, $ 32.00) is lighter, more subdued (80% similar).

Formula overview

$ 44.00 / 1 oz. – – $ 44.00 an ounce

The formula is said to be a "customizable complexion enhancer" that can be used as a foundation, highlighter or mixed with basic products. The line includes seven shades, like a more typical foundation or concealer range, but they have a sharper coverage and a fine pearl so there is some flexibility. However, for extra luminosity (without changing color), choose a shade closer to your actual skin tone.

It has a huge doe-foot applicator, which I preferred for highlighting and priming stains, but which is not as good for mixing with basic products (compared to a pump). I find that the lighter shades look very similar when mixed with a foundation or layered under it, so the color range is more flexible than it seems (for some skin tones).

The texture was smooth and light, like a thin gel-based primer, so for extensive use (worn as a primer depending on the brand) the product would easily spread over my skin and make my skin look radiant. I can see one person viewing this finish as "oily" and another feeling like it glows beautifully – it's definitely very radiant on its own, so I would recommend applying it strategically to bare skin, like a very diffuse highlighter pens, or mix it up with moisturizer if you're someone who wants glow but not full of dew.

I also liked to gently wipe the product with the included doe-foot applicator on the high levels of my face, diffusing and fusing (over a larger area than I would have if I had used it specifically to highlight my cheekbones) and dab the Gently prime it off. I recommend using a bare to medium coverage base for full coverage as full coverage works better when mixed in, otherwise the coverage will reduce the luminosity significantly.

As a standalone highlighter, it gave me an internally lit glow that was glowing but not sticky or really shiny and just looked damp on my skin. It worked just as well on bare skin as it did for me on the foundation. It took a good nine hours alone with minimal fading and no migration as a cheek marker. As a primer, it seemed to help make my makeup smoother, but I didn't notice any elongation (but also no shortening) in wear; While the brand made no claims to extend the life, only that it would improve the finish and add a shine to the skin (so I did not downgrade it because it did not increase the wear and tear).

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AQUA / water / EAU, hydrogenated didecene, mica, glycerine, propanediol, squalane, CETYL PEG / PPG-10/1 dimethicone, isoamyl laurate, hydrogenated styrene / isoprene copolymer, SODIUM CHLORIDE, caprylic / capric triglyceride, hydroxyacetophenone-4 polyglyceryl 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL, TRISODIUMETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCINATE, GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANES, HOYA LACUNOSA FLOWER EXTRACT (+/- IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)), BISMUTH.

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Katherine Clark