Charlotte Tilbury Fair (1) Hollywood Flawless Filter Review, Photos, Swatches

Fair (1)

Charlotte Tilbury Fair (1) Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44.00 for 1.00 fl. oz.) is a soft, very light peach with a fine, pearlescent sheen and lightly dewy finish. My favorite way to use it as a highlighter on top of foundation or mixed in with foundation, though it also worked well fully layered under my foundation or as a standalone highlighter on bare skin.

The texture was smooth and lightweight, like a thin gel-based primer in feel, so the product easily spread across my skin for an all-over application (worn as primer, per the brand), and it made my skin look radiant. I can see one person finding that finish to look “oily,” and another person to feel like it looks beautifully glowing–it’s definitely very radiant on its own, so I’d recommend strategically applying it over bare skin, like a very diffused highlighter, or mixing it in with moisturizer if you’re someone who wants glow but not full-on dewiness.

I also liked to gently swiped the product on using the included doe-foot applicator on the high planes of my face, diffused and blended (over a greater area than I would have if using it specificially to highlight my cheekbones) and gently dabbed foundation over it. I recommend using a sheer to medium coverage over something full coverage, because full coverage will work better when it’s mixed in otherwise the coverage level will tamp down the luminosity quite a bit.

As a standalone highlighter, it gave me a lit-from-within-glow that was luminous but not tacky or truly glossy, just looked dewy on my skin. It worked as well over bare skin as it did blended on top of foundation for me. On its own, it lasted well for nine hours with minimal fading and no migration as a cheek highlighter. As a primer, it seemed to help my makeup go on more smoothly but didn’t notice any extension of wear (but no shortening either); though the brand made no claim about it extending longevity, only that it would improve the finish and give skin a glow (so I didn’t rate it down for not extending the wear).

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$44.00/1 oz. - $44.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "customizable complexion booster" that can be used as a primer, highlighter, or mixed with base products. The line includes seven shades, like a more typical foundation or concealer range, but they have sheerer coverage and fine pearl, so there is some flexibility, though for added luminosity (but not altering color) all-over, one would want to choose a shade closer to their actual skin tone.

It has a jumbo-sized, doe-foot applicator, which I preferred for spot highlighting and priming but isn't as functional for mixing in with base products (compared to a pump). I find that the lighter shades look very similar when mixed with foundation or layered under it (I'm wearing Fair mixed with my foundation here).

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Aqua/Water/Eau, Hydrogenated Didecene, Mica, Glycerin, Propanediol, Squalane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Isoamyl Laurate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Glycosaminoglycans, Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract, [May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

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Charlotte Tilbury Fair (1) Hollywood Flawless Filter

Charlotte Tilbury Fair (1) Hollywood Flawless Filter

Charlotte Tilbury Fair (1) Hollywood Flawless Filter

Charlotte Tilbury Fair (1) Hollywood Flawless Filter

Charlotte Tilbury Fair (1) Hollywood Flawless Filter

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Liquid Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad
  • Chanel Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad
  • Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Fenty Universal Gloss Bomb

About the Reviewer


Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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(Please excuse this probably stupid question.)

If I use this product strategically on top of a full coverage foundation like EL Double Wear to accent my cheekbones, can I still use setting powder, and if so, how will it affect it, and is there a difference in which setting powder works best? I don’t like looking dewy, so I always set my foundation with RCMA or Laura Mercier Translucent, but I do like a little highlight on my (virtually non-existent) cheekbones.

It’s going to depend on just how much and how you set – like if you pack on the powder, then you are absolutely going to mattify and lose a lot of luminosity regardless. If you did it strategically, I’d consider powdering first, then laying down this product and using a setting spray afterward.

Not sure which shade would look most natural for me. I have the same skintone as you Christine, which shade do you prefer on your skin?
I’m hesitating between shade 2 and 3…

The jump between two and three is greater than one and two. For brightening/highlighting, I prefer Fair or Light. I just got Medium (4) today, and I’d say that’s actually more in line with my-skintone-but-better (much less warm).

I picked this up in fair and used it twice and frankly have lost it. I have searched high and low and am wondering if I may have left it in the hotel when I was in Spokane which is where I purchased it. I don’t remember loving it as it didn’t seem to impart much of a glow to my skin but I think I may have applied all over my face before foundation rather than tapping on after foundation. In either event, I am not sure if I will purchase again but will check it out again when I am in Seattle this weekend.

Hi Christine.. on applying this mixed in with foundation, do you think the effect would be similar or different to if I mixed and applied foundation mixed with mac strobe cream?

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