CLEOPATRA: CHARLOTTE TILBURY FIRST IMPRESSIONS & TUTORIAL

Sunday, 10 December 2017




Hello lovelies!

Today we have another beauty look! Now you all know how obsessed I am with Charlotte Tilbury, I'm obsessed an unhealthy amount, really. So of course, I absolutely had another fit of excitement when another PR package arrived at my door a couple of weeks ago. You all know I absolutely lost my shittttt when the first package came, (I did a full Charlotte Tilbury review here), and honestly, I continue to be completely flabbergasted at the fact that the CT team work with me! And honestly, I can't praise the team enough - the most wonderful, lovely ladies! I've seen that CT has started to work with so many more smaller bloggers, and I have so much respect for that, because it actually means so much to us, and in a sense makes us feel like our hard work is almost being rewarded, and that maybe blogging isn't just all about numbers after all. So thank you, Charlotte Tilbury, for working with me! Anyway, enough waffling and gushing, let's get on to it! So I have a few products to talk about today, some sent to me, some I bought, and I thought I'd create a rather more dramatic, editorial makeup look in the style of 70s disco. I figured that I've done quite a few wearable looks, so decided to do something more fun - I hope you like it!




ON MY FACE:
*Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream - £70.00
*Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow - £38.50
*Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (Medium 8) - £30.00
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger) - £24.00, Travel Size Here - £12.00
Anastasia Beverly Hill Dip Brow Pomade - £19.00
Rimmel 'Brow This Way' Gel (Medium Brown) - £4.49
Charlotte Tilbury 'Eyes to Mesmerise' Eyeshadow Pot (Cleopatra) - £22.00
*Charlotte Tilbury 'The Rebel Palette' (Enhance Shade) - £39.00
Black Eyeliner (Any will do!) 
Charlotte Tilbury 'Legendary Lashes' Mascara - £25.00
Fenty Beauty Match Stix (Truffle) - £21.00
Fenty Beauty KillaWatt Highlighter (Trophy Wife) - £26.00
Nars Blush (Exhibit A) - £24.00
MAC Lip Pencil (Brick) - £13.00
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips (Too Bad I'm Bad) - £24.00

PSA!!! John Lewis currently have 10% off most beauty brands, including MAC, NARS & CHARLOTTE TILBURY!! Unfortunately I don't know when this promo ends, but I have linked the items to John Lewis where I can above, so GO GO GOOOO! (I told ya I always had u covered ;P)





TUTORIAL

So, I have a confession to make. I absolutely adore the 70s. From music, to fashion, to politics, it all fascinates me. 70s fashion was all about glitz and glamour, and though the 60s gave birth to the liberation of women in more ways than simply fashion, the 70s ceases to disappoint in it's ability to shock. Everything was big and bold. Bold colours, bold silhouettes, big hair. Yeah, we make fun of the exaggerated flares and staggering platforms and full on perms now, but there's an undeniable beauty in the outrageousness of the era, which simply cannot compare with the minimal, nude toned mood of fashion today.  

The era came to mind once more when I first got a glimpse at the December issue of Vogue. Like just about everyone in the fashion world, I am absolutely in love with Edward Enninful's debut Vogue cover, featuring Adwoa Aboah (who is one of my fave models incidentally) and the makeup of the wonderfully talented Pat McGrath. It was so lovely to finally see some colour on a mag cover, something a little dated, a little retro, and just far more fun! I cannot wait to see what else Edward has up his sleeve, it's a new era for sure!

So obviously, with that cover fresh in my mind and a love of the 70s deeply ingrained in my heart, I decided to create a Vogue/Studio 54 inspired look. It's all about colour. I wanted to be disco, to embrace kaleidoscope makeup blues and greens on the eyes, reds and bright pinks, and big hair. Think 70s glamour muses; Jerry Hall or Grace Jones, or Studio 54, the place where anybody who was anybody could be found, and where the only motto was more is more.

So without further ado, if you feel like transforming into a disco diva too, here are some simple steps to follow!

STEP 1:
Prep the skin with a moisturising primer - I used Charlotte's Magic Cream* and a drop of wonder glow on top for the shimmering glow so characteristic of the disco era.

STEP 2:
Buff your foundation of choice into the skin, aiming for a flawless finish, it's all about colour in this look, so you want to have as blank a canvas as possible. 

STEP 3:
I know the 70s was all about the 1920s throwback brow, and therefore a very thin arch was all the range, but there was no way in hell I was embracing that LOL! I simply went in with my usual trusty Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade, but went in a little heavier, as a strong brow is needed to carry all the other colour that'll be on the face! Go in with a brow gel of choice to make the hairs slightly thicker and messier looking. 

STEP 4: 
Using a shading 'C' shape eye brush, press your cream eyeshadow onto the lid for maximum colour, winging it out slightly for a more modern take on the look, and then using a fluffier brush to blend out the edges for a slightly softer look.

STEP 5:
Use a green shade (I used the enhance shade from my Rebel Palette*) on the edges of the cream shadow to act as a transition shade, and blend it out for a soft edge. Then use a small smudger brush to apply a touch of this on the lower lash line. 

STEP 6:
Finish the eyes with a dash of black liner, liquid or pencil will do, and then lashings of mascara, I'm using Charlotte's 'Legendary Lashes' for intense, 'falsie effect' lashes. 

STEP 7:
Moving to the lips, line the lips with a strong red shade, I used 'Brick' by MAC, and then apply your lipstick of choice on top. If you want to really stay true to the look of the era, then add a strong gloss on top for that perfect plump pout. 

STEP 8:
Back to cheeks, I used my Fenty Contour Stick to add some definition back into the face, and the Trophy Wife Highlighter on the highest point of the cheekbone to shimmer like a disco ball! Then add lots of blush, I used Nars 'Exhibit A', a true brick red, don't worry about applying too much, remember, it's all about colour, so go crazy!

STEP 9: 
Add a dusting of powder onto any areas you may get oily, with this much going on, you really don't want makeup sliding off your face!

STEP 10:
The finishing touches! Big fluffy hair or bouncy curls, and lots of sparkling accessories. The 70s was all about decadence, so there's no such thing as too much! 





REVIEW



Now it took me a while to get the hang of this much hyped foundation, but now I have, I completely get it, this is such a lovely foundation. It's a rather interesting one, I remember how surprised I was when I first pumped some out - it's an extremely thick, almost gel-like consistency; much thicker than the rather watery Fenty Foundation that I've been loving recently, and probably the thickest foundation I've ever used. On the first day I tried it, I applied it on top of my usual, lightweight moisturiser, with no primer, and buffed it in with a flat top brush. I found it incredibly difficult to spread because of the heavy texture, and, to be frank, I hated it! It just did not and would not sit right on my skin, no matter what I did! Day 2, I decided to try something different, and applied it on top of the magic cream and a heavier moisturiser. Immediately, I noticed a difference. It was fair easier to spread and sank into my skin much better than the day before. I had a proper chance to see the finish and quite liked it, it had good coverage, but didn't look cakey, which I had expected from such a thick formula. But day 3 was the game changer. I once again applied it on top of a heavier moisturiser and magic cream, but warmed the product up on the back of my hand before applying it to the face, which made it far more malleable. When placing it on my skin I then almost painted it on my face with my finger, as opposed to just applying it in 3 dots and then spreading it with my brush. Rather, I spread the product evenly with my finger and then used my brush to simply press it into the skin. I then went on top with a slightly damp beauty blender, and pressed it in again very very lightly. 

Well, guys. OMG! It looked AMAZING! Just like skin! It took me some time to get the hang of it, but now I've figured out how to apply it best on my skin, I'm absolutely loving it! An unexpected delight was how utterly weightless it feels, particularly as it is such a thick formula. It literally feels like you have no product on the skin. What made it a game changer though was the finish. It feels very matte, but like a velvety matte, but the amazing thing for me was that there is pretty much no transfer, and this is something very unusual for me. Usually I find even with powder, there is slight transfer, (I have so many jackets/scarfs/hats/headphones covered with foundation stains) but this just stays put, when I touch my face, nothing comes off, and that was so incredibly refreshing! 

Other things to note; the shade range isn't bad, it does cater for skin tones across the spectrum, though there is definitely room for improvement (especially given Fenty's 40 shades!). However, I was actually surprised at how well matched my shade was. I'm in a the shade Medium 8 (I'm a Nars Syracuse/MAC NC42 for reference), and I was slightly concerned that it would be a bit too light, as the model for this shade on the website was definitely a lot paler than me. But in fact, it's a great shade and has such a good amount of warmth to it. Price wise, this is £30.00 - surprisingly reasonable given how pricey CT and high end brands usually are. The foundation also comes with a pump, added bonus!

I have fairly normal skin now, but when I used to have very oily skin, I know I would have killed for a foundation like this, for something so matte and with no transfer. If you're an oily gal, I'd therefore definitely recommend it for you! If you have dryer skin, this might not be up your alley, as it does feel very matte and might cling to dry patches, I'd definitely say the key to using this foundation is applying a very moisturising primer or moisturiser first, as it applies beautifully atop that, but is far harder on more matte, dry skin. 

Overall, I'm very impressed! I'm going to keep using it for the next few weeks and update you if anything changes, but at the minute, I have a feeling that this foundation is going to slot itself into the holy grail rotation - you've done it again, Charlotte!


Ok so this powder is ridiculoussss! I cannot believe how good it is! There's a reason this is cult, folks! The best way I can describe this is it's like applying a filter to your face, which is an extremely surprising statement to make about a powder. The key is to apply it lightly, on the first day I applied it with my usual flat top powder brush and it looked very cakey, but the following day I used a big old fluffy brush and it just seemed to finish my makeup. When used like this it simply glides over the skin and doesn't settle into pores, it's so finely milled that it doesn't look dusty or powdery, but just sets the makeup. This is now going to be living in my handbag, perfect for knocking back any shine throughout the day, and I don't have to worry that it'll leave me looking cakey!

I have to say, the magic cream, magic foundation and finishing powder is SUCH a great combination - the ultimate complexion combination? I can't yet tell, but Charlotte has definitely created something incredible here, the products work so well together, and I can't see me finding anything better anytime soon!



Now I can't give too full a review of this, as this is the product I've used least, but what I can say is this is a product that does exactly what it says on the tin. Again, I was struck by the texture, it comes out a rather white/grey colour with lots of little bits in, which means it almost feel like a scrub. So much so that in fact, when I first applied it, I had to double take and check it was a moisturiser and not a skincare exfoliating product! It takes a little while to massage it in, but once it does, there's a subtle healthy glow and it actually surprisingly offers a fair amount of coverage. Of course, you can't expect too much, it's not a product made to offer lots of coverage, and so it does not cover any of my acne scarring, meaning that right now, I probably wouldn't be using this on a daily basis.  My scars are still fading though, so once they do, I have a feeling this will be a product I go back to. 

If you're a very low maintenance kinda gal, or a lover of no makeup makeup, this would be perfect for you. It feels, and looks as if there is no product on your face, so it's incredibly fuss free. I also think this'll be great for those who don't like to go to the gym completely bare faced (I have a feeling I'll be using it for this purpose on particularly tired skin days!), or if you're in school and aren't really allowed makeup, but want a little product anyway (we've all been there, right?!). This'll also be perfect in summer, for days when you just can't be dealing with foundation slipping off your face!

I also love that it's marketed as unisex - it's definitely suitable for absolutely everyone!


So I've actually had this cream eyeshadow for agesssss, but realised I had never properly reviewed it! Well, let me say, these are the richest, most pigmented eyeshadow pots you'll ever find. I literally only tapped my brush into the product and the colour pay-off was what you're seeing in this look. This shade is 'Cleopatra', a beautifully vibrant peacock blue shade that certainly catches eyes, and is named extremely aptly, as images of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra immediately spring to mind. This definitely isn't a shade for the faint hearted, but if you're a fan of brights, then this certainly will not disappoint, as the colour is simply stunning. 

To apply, I prefer to use a brush, but applying with fingers would be equally effective, especially if you're keen on achieving a slightly messier look or are rather short on time. Once applied, these set fairly quickly, and don't budge. I know some people find that these crease on the eyelids, but I have personally never had this issue (even when my skin was oilier), and I never use primer. I'd therefore highly recommend, and although pricey, I've hardly even dented my pot - they're so pigmented that this'll last me a lifetime!


So Charlotte was rather late to the liquid lipstick party, but for good reason. Besides, better late than never, right? I must say, this is a formula worth waiting for. If you have extremely dry lips like me, then ladies, this is the liquid lippie formula you've been praying for. 

These lippies are an very thick, moussey consistency (think NYX soft matte lip cream), which I initially found rather intimidating, as the Kat Von D and limecrime lipsticks I usually wear are thin and liquid-ey. There was nothing to fear, however, as I still found this extremely easy to apply, and very highly pigmented. Word of warning though, do not apply more than one layer - they are pigmented and because they're so thick, when layered they can get very sticky and cakey, and probably won't dry. My favourite thing about this product is the wand. The applicator has been well thought out, it's slightly curved and squared off at the top, so it fits perfectly to the contour of the lip and therefore applies very easily. Once applied, the lipstick sits very comfortably on the lips - this is definitely the least drying liquid lipstick you'll ever find, and I guess this is owing to the creamy formula. The downside of this is that they do take very long to set, but once they do, they remain comfortable. It also means that there is some transfer, a fair bit more than other liquid lippies, but again, I feel like this is a small price to pay for the fact that there is finally a liquid lip formula that doesn't dry my lips out! I also find that though there is colour transfer, this doesn't affect the look of the lipstick on the lip - they remain pigmented and stay in place. 

Overall, I'm very impressed! Charlotte's hollywood lips are rather different from other liquid lipsticks I own, I feel that these are more everyday wear as they're so comfortable, and if I need something that I know won't budge/transfer, I'd probably opt for my lime crime. The last thing to note is how absolutely divine the shade range is. I own 'Too Bad I'm Bad' a beaut mid-tone pink (please note I'm wearing a red liner in the photos so it looks slightly darker here!) There are 12 colours, and basically all are beautiful. I literally want every single shade lol! There is definitely something for everyone - I have my eyes on 'Show Girl', 'Dangerous Liaison' and 'Screen Siren' next! 



So there you have it! Another Charlotte Tilbury first impressions, and once again I have yet to be disappointed. Charlotte never ceases to impress! I have so many more products on my wishlist, so there'll be another haul soon enough, no doubt! Once again, a huge thank you to the CT team - you guys are actually the best!


I also really hope you like this look! I absolutely loved creating this post and I'm super happy with it! Let me know if you enjoy these more editorial style posts, I was thinking of doing either a Vogue inspired makeup series or a 'Makeup of the Decades' makeup series, where I could do looks of all different eras. Is that something you'd like to see? Let me know! 

Have you tried any of the CT products I've reviewed today? What are your favourite CT products and what is on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 
Bisous <3


Eva 
xxx

Please note that whilst this post is not sponsored, all items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me by Charlotte Tilbury. As always all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own; please refer to my 'contact' page for my full disclaimer.

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