Charlotte Tilbury: The Dreamy Look

A couple weeks ago, I fell in love with the images from Charlotte Tilbury’s Holiday 2016 collection campaign:

mtqwmtq5odyymja0mtg4mtc4Because just how beautiful is that makeup.

I purchased three items from The Dreamy Look: the Legendary Muse luxury eyeshadow palette, the much-raved-about Filmstar Bronze and Glow, and the Hot Lips Matte Revolution lipstick in Secret Salma. I bought the lipstick in Charlotte’s flagship store at Covent Garden, the others I ordered online. My online order came with two samples — of the matte revolution lipsticks in Amazing Grace and Very Victoria (which I think I have to pick up soon, because the name! and it’s such a beautiful, soft taupe-nude shade).

The Legendary Muse palette is completely up my alley: it’s a beautiful collection of subtle warm honeyed shimmers. The absence of a dark shade from this palette was a plus rather than a drawback for me, since having monolids, I don’t wear deeper colours on a day to day basis. Charlotte describes the shades in this as a “dreamy, pretty, flattering combination of champagne golds, Ibizan sunset golds, and pale, angelic, softer bronzes”.

The compact was lighter than I expected. This palette comes in the limited edition packaging that her Fallen Angel palette from last holidays had. Pigmentation was good, but not fantastic. This palette is not suited to fans of bold, cut-crease eye makeup — it’s very subtle. On me, it lasted from morning to evening without fading noticeably.


The Filmstar Bronze and Glow is something I’ve wanted in a long time. Just about everybody that’s used this loves it, and I have to agree — it’s a fantastic cheek duo. First off, the packaging is stunning, an embodiment of vintage glamour. The bronzer is not too warm, has a slight sheen but isn’t shimmery by any means, and the highlight is glowy and luminous without being over-the-top. The bronzer is subtle on me, even though I’m fairly light-skinned, and has to be built up for a stronger definition. The highlight goes on quite strong with just one or two swipes. Both powders blend out effortlessly and seamlessly; I don’t think it’s even possible to mess up with this.

img_0008Swatches. L–R: Legendary Muse eyeshadow palette prime, enhance, pop and smoke, Filmstar Bronze and Glow sculpt and highlight.

img_0009Bottom to top: Legendary Muse eyeshadow palette prime, enhance, pop and smoke, Filmstar Bronze and Glow sculpt and highlight.

Charlotte’s Hot Lips Matte Revolution lipstick in Secret Salma is described on her website as a “natural deep-rose plum”, which I think is pretty apt. It’s designed for tanned skintones, but I think it suits my light Asian skintone really well. The packaging is the standard rose-gold bullet, with the squared-off lipstick shape for easy application. The Hot Lips lipsticks also come with a kiss embossed into the bullet.img_0010This lipstick is a flattering rose pink shade. As I’m sure everyone knows, the Matte Revolution formula is incredibly comfortable and long-wearing. This hides rather than enhances my lip lines, making my lips look fuller and healthier. It applies smoothly without tugging or dragging.

Overall, I think this is a beautiful collection and definitely worth checking out in-store if you’re into natural, softly glam makeup looks. Such a collection, I feel, could easily read as dated and old-ladyish, but this collection manages to stay modern and wearable while still conveying elegant, yesteryear glamour. All the products are an absolute joy to use and look at, look seamless worn and last well throughout the day. If you’re after a stronger Instagram-worthy kind of look, though, you might want to pass over this one.


Jouer Cosmetics: Mermaid Collection & Dulce de Leche

Jouer Cosmetics released a limited edition mermaid-inspired collection for summer 2016, and it was love at first sight. Everyone loves mermaids. They’re such beautiful, mystical creatures — they make me think of the misty ocean mornings, tails glistening with dark opalescent shifts, the mysterious deep sea, sunlight hitting aqua… and they bring to mind the last few lines of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”

I was kind of sold by the concept of the collection alone, and after looking at some swatches I placed an order on Cult Beauty for the eyeshadow palette and lip topper from the mermaid collection, as well as one of their long-wear lip creme liquid lipsticks in the shade dulce de leche.

The Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette (£30) and Skinny Dip lip topper (£12.50) are limited edition as part of the mermaid collection, while the long-wear lip creme in dulce de leche (£14) is part of the permanent collection. I was initially considering the cream highlight palette as well (I love cream products) but I was only really interested in the two limited edition shades and couldn’t justify the purchase. The collection also included 4 limited edition long-wear lip cremes, but I didn’t pick any up because I’m not into bright lipstick colours.

Swatches of the four shades. From L–R: coconut, pink pearl, splash, dreamer.

coconut: iridescent ice white
pink pearl: iridescent soft pink
splash: iridescent aquamarine
dreamer: iridescent duochrome peacock

All the shadows are very soft to the touch. I prefer to apply with fingers, as I got quite a lot of glittery fallout when I applied them dry with a brush. Coconut has a very slight icy-blue hue to its sparkle. Splash applies significantly lighter than it looks in the pan. Dreamer is slightly harder than the other shadows but applies just as smoothly. I love all the shades and think they’re beautiful, but this is not for you if you don’t like full-out glittery sparkle in your eyeshadows — all the shades are very iridescent as the name implies.

L: long-wear lip creme in dulce de leche, R: long-wear lip topper in skinny dip

dulce de leche: matte cool nude
skinny dip: metallic shimmering golden nude

Dulce de leche dries down darker than it initially applies and compared to how it looks in the tube.

Wearing long-wear lip creme in dulce de lecheIMG_6358.JPG
Wearing long-wear lip topper in skinny dip over dulce de leche

I love the formula of these liquid lipsticks. They’re comfortable (feel almost like balms), lightweight, don’t feel drying or sticky, and stay on for ages. They do settle into my lip lines, but my lips are so perma-parched that just about every product does. I don’t think they make my lip lines look particularly prominent.

Dulce de leche is a perfect everyday shade. It’s a slightly muted, neutral rose pink nude. Skinny dip is a shimmering golden with a hint of copper, and it’s not subtle at all — it has a decidedly strong metallic sheen and obvious sparkles (though you can’t feel it). This would be a bold look even used on its own — despite being called a “lip topper” it’s nothing like a subtle gloss. It might not be suited for a low-key natural look, but somehow wearing this really does make me feel like a mermaid. I think this would look especially amazing on people with more tanned skin tones.

MAC “Spirit”

This particular lipstick isn’t talked about much online. It’s a satin formula, and the colour is difficult to describe — it’s too dark to be really considered a part of the nude family, but it’s not a straight-up brown either. It’s definitely a 90s-esque lipstick, and darker in colour compared to many of the trendy “90s” lipsticks that read more like a modernised interpretation.

Colour is very pigmented and opaque — this is a single swipe.


It’s a satin formula, which is supposed to be smoother than the matte formula, but still retain a matte finish. However you do need to make sure that you have hydrated and smooth lips before applying this to prevent it from sinking into lip lines. Some would say you could wear a balm under, but personally I don’t get that — I find it tough to apply lipsticks evenly over balms. Could be just me though.

Left: My bare, pale, chapped lips. Right: Wearing MAC “Spirit” lipstick. As you can see it settled immediately into my lip lines.

Wearing MAC “Spirit” lipstick

The undertones in the lipstick are complex — it changes in different lightings, shifting through terracotta, brown, mauve. I’d say it’s a MLBB colour with an edge — it straddles the line between neutral and bold. I really like the colour, but you’ll need hydrated and unchapped lips to make this work well. The lasting power is pretty good and it doesn’t move for the most part, but it won’t last through a meal. It’s also very slightly drying.