Jul 182014

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt01I’ve been waiting months for Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line to come to the U.S. She’s worked so closely with Tom Ford that I suspected that she’s going to feature a line of top shelf products.

Tom Ford London Flagship Store - Launch PartyShe’s visionary. I couldn’t resist when this Charlotte Tilsbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set ($110) came up for sale as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This set features a sculpting bronzer, highlighter and brush, lovingly packed together.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt02Inside, the compact is held in this complex, pretty box.

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This box is full of secrets..a cute little touch.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt07Beyond this complex folded paper is a touch of application advice for the sculpting bronzer and highlighter within.

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Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt09Inside, the compact is beautifully etched. Who does this so finely? Gorgeous.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt10Open the compact, and aside from the full-sized mirror are two pans holding the sculpting bronzer and highlighter:

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This sculpting powder is an easy-to-use, forgiving shade compared to some of the deep taupes we’ve seen from other lines. Foolproof!t

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Here is a comparison of this shade, compared to MAC’s Taupe Shape blush (LE, discontinued), and Chanel’s Notorious.

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The sculpting powder is finely milled and leans gold, without any sparkle effect. This goes on very smooth and beautifully.

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Here are some swatches comparing Chanel Mouche de Beaute and Chanel Poudre Signee. I found Tilbury’s easier to pick up on a brush (but similar to tone/texture) to Chanel Mouche de Beaute (which is a bit more gold compared to the Tilbury shade). Chanel’s Poudre Signe is more subtle and more ivory compared to Tilbury.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt17The Tilbury brush is the perfect size and shape to use with these powders, and is included in the set. This is a full-size goat hair brush.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt05A close-up of the head:

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt06Overall, I’m really pleased with this set. The color suits my Chanel Ivoire/MAC NC15/20 skin perfectly. The brush makes the set incredibly easy to use. These powders are gorgeous–finely milled, perfectly balanced, and worthy of the luxury label. This set is currently exclusive to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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  3 Responses to “Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set”

  1. Hi. Do you have any idea where the brush is made?

    • The brush isn’t stamped and it did not come with a box so there is no designation there. Some international bloggers are identifying its manufacture in Germany. It sells for 35 pounds in the UK, which puts it at just under $60 in US prices.

      It does not feel like a premium Japanese brush–the handle is lightweight, however the performance is good, and the natural hair is a nice touch. it’s a small, dense head and some will want to use a softer brush for a more blended effect.

      I think this brush is a fairly good given the total price of this entire set. In my mind, the compact powder products represent the largest share of the price of this set.

      The highlighter/bronzer compact sells for 84 pounds in the UK, which translates to about $140ish. These powders perform like their $40-45 each cousins (Kevyn Aucoin, etc). I’m certainly glad to pay so much less than UK prices for the set.

      The duo box states that the highlighter/sculpt is made in Italy.

  2. Ok. Thank you.
    I think the entire packaging is beautiful.
    I like brushes from Japan….just not from China.
    I am skittish about buying something so pricey without swatching it.

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