Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a new, permanent take on the often-raved about Filmstar Bronze & Glow that’s deeper and warmer. I think the texture is a bit more refined–smoother, more finely-milled, and forgiving on the skin–in the original, but this is still quite good. Both shades are good or better pigmentation that was buildable, while they were easily blended out on the skin. I had no problem wearing both powders all day long. I hope the brand will come out with an even darker version and/or cooler-toned varieties.
Medium/Dark Bronze is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted, gold sheen. The texture was slightly dry, though it blended out without issue on the skin, and I felt like it was just slightly emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. On, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Medium/Dark Glow is a brightened pop of orange with warm undertones and a soft, orange-gold shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable in two passes, if desired. The shimmer in the powder didn’t emphasize pores, as it was finer and combined with the powder better than the bronzer. On my medium complexion, it added color and luminosity, so for some skin tones it may be an additional bronzer and/or highlighting blush, while for darker skin tones, it may be more of a traditional highlighter. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my skin. Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.