Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Review, Photos, Swatches

1 of 6
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Original

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a soft, champagne gold with warm, peachy undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had a luminous, high-shine finish on my skin that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture and was somewhere between radiant and dewy–more sheen than glossiness, though. Per the brand, it’s supposed to have an “extreme Hollywood luminous finish … that imparts high gloss, brightening and highlighting effects,” which I’d completely agree with.

The liquid highlighter pushes through a soft, cushioned applicator (which I did not find particularly ideal for long-term storage/use), which certainly worked for depositing and gently diffusing the product on the skin, but it worked just as well with fingertips or synthetic cheek brushes and I didn’t have to worry about getting base products onto the included applicator. It had a fluid, more gel-like consistency that spread easily across the skin and diffused easily along the edges. It does dry down quickly, though I didn’t feel like I had to work at warp speed to get the product blended out but I wouldn’t dilly-dally either. It wore well for nine hours on me with minimal fading.

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

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.4 oz. - $95.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to add a "kiss of color" with a "soft focus beauty glow." I found the liquid highlighter easy to spread across my skin and blend out along the edges with the included applicator as well as with my fingertips. The formula dried down quickly and didn’t remain wet, but there was enough time to apply and blend. The coverage ranged from sheer to semi-sheer, buildable coverage.

It had a lightweight, thin consistency that was more gel-like, which was particularly easy to work with over base products (and still worked well over bare skin!) as it did not lift up product nor did it create patchiness. They wore between eight and nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand swatches.

Ingredients

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

95%

Average

Featured Retailers
We earn commission on sales tracked from links/codes. Thanks for your support!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
Makeup Look
On face:
  • ColourPop No Filter Foundation
  • Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • NABLA Cosmetics Sugar Eyeshadow
  • NABLA Cosmetics Snowberry Eyeshadow
  • NABLA Cosmetics On the Road Eyeshadow
  • NABLA Cosmetics Tribeca Eyeshadow
  • NABLA Cosmetics Petra Eyeshadow
  • NABLA Cosmetics Fahrenheit Eyeshadow
  • NABLA Cosmetics Unrestricted Eyeshadow
  • Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Marc Jacobs Mocha Choco-lata Enamored Lipgloss Stick
About Reviewer
Review FAQ
Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
Explore Temptalia

We're here to help you make better beauty purchases that you'll enjoy and love! We recommend signing up to take advantage of personalized features like tracking products you own, viewing dupes that you already have, and more!

Here are some useful resources for you:

Compare Any Two

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

13 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

This highlighter is one of the nicest on the market but the applicator is so inconvenient and messy that the majority of the product gets wasted! I was thinking to buy a new tube, cut it open and than move the liquid in another container… maybe with a pump!

Thank you for your review! It looks quite beautiful, if I didn’t have so many similar shades already I would have wanted it. But like you pointed out, the cushion applicator is a problem for long term use, I have some products that I really wish didn’t come with a cushion applicator. I don’t even like the twist/click pen brush tips in many highlighters and concealers for that reason too. Other than that, this looks like a solid product. 🙂

This looks like a beautiful option for a cream (or it it more liquid?) option

I agree that the applicator doesn’t look like it will hold up well with use

This is perfection! At least with how naturally glowy and dewy it lays on the skin. That applicator sounds pretty awful, though. It’s a probable future purchase, once I recover from the Aaliyah collection! 💸💸💸

It twists so it allows product to come through or prevent it (“on” and “off”), but I don’t think it twists off. You might have more luck ripping off the fluffy applicator and maybe just revealing plastic but I’m not sure (it doesn’t just come off).

I purchased this to see how it stacked up against CT’s other luminizing and highlighting products. I like it and am neutral about the packaging; convenient for traveling or to throw in my purse to boost my look for evening, and no brush required.

No, I didn’t have any issues with it lifting up my base. I don’t usually find that to be an issue for me – perhaps it’s my application method? but it’s more like the exception than the norm with liquid/cream products.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a single person who likes the applicator on this or the contour wand. It just looks like you’d waste a lot and it certainly isn’t cheap!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!