Monday, 26 January 2015

Charlotte Tilbury: The Supermodel

I have been lusting after Charlotte Tilbury products since they were launched in September 2013. For some reason, most probably linked to my bank balance, I just hadn't got round to buying any. But, fortunately, Mr. M. had been paying attention to my (not so subtle) hints and this year, I didn't just get one or two products for Christmas - oh no. I only got the luxury box set - 'The Supermodel' - complete with a video from Charlotte herself demonstrating how to create the look with the products in the box. Gimmicky? Yes. But does it make the whole experience just a little bit more special? Absolutely. 

So, this was my chance to find out if all the hype was justified. 

Some background: the look is inspired by iconic '90s supermodels. Created to suit everyone, the kit enables you to create a smoky eye (I'll be the judge of that) and a nude lip - and it can be pared down for a day look, or ramped up for a night out. One kit that does it all? It would be rude not to. 

There's a fair few products in the kit (but to be fair, for £200, I would expect that):
  • Luxury colour-coded eyeshadow palette in Fallen Angel
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Confession
  • Lip lustre lip lacquer in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Rock 'n' Kohl liquid eye pencil in Bedroom Black
  • Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara: Curl-Separation-Length-Volume-Drama in Glossy Black
  • Lip Cheat Re-Shape and Re-Size lip liner in Pillowtalk
  • Cheek To Cheek Swish & Pop blusher in Sex on Fire
If you can be bothered to buy them all separately, the total value is £171.50 - but where's the fun in that? Plus, the video is great - and it's rechargeable via micro-USB. 

The standout product for me is the Fallen Angel palette - it has exactly the right mix of colours to make it appropriate for every occasion. As you'd expect, the colour payoff is outstanding and the staying power is brilliant. Plus, the limited edition 1000 stars packing is absolutely gorgeous. The powders can be used wet or dry, depending on the look you're going for. I also really like the fact she hasn't bothered with a pathetic applicator within the packaging - they never get used anyway - fingers or a decent brush are what's needed here. And, let's just be honest, I love a bit of embossing on my eyeshadows. Definitely worth the £45 price tag. 

That said, all of the products are worth the money - the hype really is justified. Sadly for my bank manager, this might have been my first foray into the world of Charlotte Tilbury, but it definitely won't be my last. Mr. M - you made my Christmas. 

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