I’ve just wasted a month of my life wearing Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow (£38.50), the latest primer from the hugely popular make-up artist’s brand.
Brightening Youth Glow is described as “a colour-correcting, moisturising primer to help even your skin tone and appear to blur away blemishes”. It purports to have anti-ageing and anti-redness ingredients, and to be the perfect base for makeup. It promises instant results in terms of blurring the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and masking uneven skin tone, and also long-ranging results as it claims that the Watercress extract brightens your skin by actively blocking melanin production.
Having been very impressed with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, I was all set to be bowled over by her Brightening Youth Glow. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
In terms of blurring lines and smoothing out pigmentation, Brightening Youth Glow really is a lightweight – especially compared with such established wonder-workers as Chanel Hydra Flash, Estee Lauder Genuine Glow and the afore-mentioned Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow. Her Brightening Youth Glow is a pearlescent white gel and seems far too sheer to be very effective. It only did a half-hearted attempt at covering my lines and redness, and it didn’t make that much difference to how bright my skin looked, though I did look quite shiny with it on. (Scroll down to see how it looks on my hand!)
Not only that but as a primer, which you expect to make your foundation last longer, it failed to perform and my make-up just seemed to disappear after a few hours, leaving me looking a bit sweaty.
However, the big test – and the reason that I persevered for a full month using this disappointing product was that I was particularly keen to see if, like the 30 (yes, just 30) women tested by the brand, I noticed a reduction in the high colour I often get on my cheeks if I used the primer night and day. And guess what? I didn’t. Nothing. Nada. No improvement at all. Such a let-down.