Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (£30) is one of those products you don’t need, but that you soon find you can’t live without … though it might help to double-check you have the right shade. I didn’t realise there were seven and blithely started using one which turned out to be Medium, when I could have been using Fair or Light on my pale complexion.
Actually, this wasn’t a total disaster as I found that Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in Medium gave me a bit of a healthy glow while doing the jobs it is advertised as doing. These are: to work as a primer, as a highlighter, and to double as a soft-focus filter which blurs lines and illuminates the skin.
Inspired by red-carpet make-up, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter contains airbrush polymers to help create a pore-free, creamy finish, a glossy oil to add and reflect light to the complexion where it’s needed, finely milled powders to even out lines, and the brightening Porcelain Flower Extract.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter can be used under make-up as glow-enhancing primer, or it can be dabbed over foundation on to spots where the light would hit the skin. I tried it as an all-over primer but found that my skin looked too shiny for my liking. (There is no way I would try the other suggested option, of wearing it alone, all over my face given that I like coverage and am prone to shine, but someone with better, less oily skin, might love it as a foundation substitute. Using it all over might also have triggered a bit of a flare-up of spots and redness on my cheeks so I certainly wasn’t keen on trying it there twice!)
My Eureka moment came when I dabbed it on specific areas over my foundation (along the tops of my cheek bones, for example) – I loved the effect which is indeed of a warm glow, like candlelight. I also tried dotting on the same areas but under my foundation and that had a more subtle effect – so, for me, this is a product that I’ll use as a finishing, selective, touch to my make-up.
Which does make it a rather expensive buy – and will probably also mean that I’ll still have tons left when it’s done its 12 months’ shelf life. Verdict? A luxury buy, but one which will almost certainly earn you compliments!