Beauty: The best highlighter of all time?

charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow

The title of this post, ‘The Best Highlighter Of All Time’ is quite a statement, no? Honestly, though, the highlighter I’m going to talk about is hands down the best beauty product I’ve come across in a while (my only other faves being the BABE of a black eyeliner by Make Up Forever and the Double Wear Foundation by Estee Lauder which must have been created by the devil it’s that good).

So, what highlighter am I talking about? If you don’t recognise the images, let me introduce you to the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette. Now, the first thing I want to mention is the hefty price tag that comes with this highlighter. It costs £49. Pause for effect.

Depending on your personal tastes (and bank balance, lets face it), this price might be reasonable, or it may be totally unacceptable. In my opinion, it is a lot of money to spend on one product, but now I’ve had the chance to try it, I think it justifies the price.

If you follow my blog you’ll know that I have been lusting over the Filmstar Bronze & Glow for a long time, and I found a dupe by W7 that I used while I pondered over spending £49 on one item.

charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow

The Review

The highlighter comes in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. As I have fair skin, I went for the Light to Medium (shown in images). My initial reaction to the product is that it really does scream ‘filmstar’. The packaging is a gorgeous gold, and looks like an old fashioned cigarette box. It’s perfect for adding a touch of glamour to your dressing table.

The Filmstar Bronze & Glow is designed to create ‘candle lit skin’ and is supposedly what Charlotte Tilbury uses on real-life filmstars before they head onto the red carpet. As I’d been using the much cheaper W7 Cosmetics version, I was really surprised to see just how delicate the powder is; it’s subtle, and looks natural while giving off a gorgeous glow. You’re meant to use it how you would a contouring palette, though you can also just use the highlight if you prefer to strobe. I’ve used it for both contouring and strobing and it works perfectly for both. When I’m in a rush and I just want a hint of a glow, I usually go for a quick sweep across my forehead, nose, chin and cheekbones – I’ve hit the pan on the highlight shade I’ve used it so much weep.

I wore the Filmstar Bronze & Glow on my wedding day and it lasted all day; I’ve had so many compliments from wearing this, with some friends actually asking what I’m wearing. I would wholeheartedly recommend this product; I’ve had to start budgeting my use now I’ve hit the pan as I’m not sure how often I can realistically keep replacing something that costs £49 each…

Where to buy

You can find the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow from quite a few places as CT is stocked well, especially online. I found it through an online marketplace called Octer. It’s basically a comparison site for online shopping. To use it, you just type in what you’re looking for, and it will pull up a page of search listings so you can see which online retailers are selling it, and compare the best price. Using this site I ended up getting the product from John Lewis, because I found that it had the best price when you took p+p into the equation. I found it really useful and it’s a great way to make sure you are getting the best price! Along with beauty, the site also includes fashion, interiors, baby items and others. Go check it out!

*This post was sponsored by Octer but all opinions my own*