Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Highlighter Review & Swatches

01/11

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter

Magic Star

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Magic Star Highlighter ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark gold with strong, warm undertones and a lightly sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, while the texture was smooth to the touch, dense without being too firmly-pressed in the pan but had no powderiness at all.

It had more of the gel-powder, almost baked-like feel to it, so it played best with moderately dense brushes (over something like a fan brush, which is very feathery). It could be picked up with a lighter hand or diffused in a soft, buffing motion for sheerer coverage if preferred. The powder applied evenly and blended out nicely along the edges and didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly on me.

Ingredients

MICA, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, SQUALANE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, GLYCERIN, POLYSORBATE 20, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN), XANTHAN GUM, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, SILICA, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)].

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About the Reviewer

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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I’m kinda dying to know which other gold highlighters you have now!! (…addict here! As a mixed-race NC25 with a notably golden undertone, so I’m always happy ( and sorta greedy) when I discover a new (or new-to-me) warm, not neutral, undertoned-gold highlighter 🙂 )

Good lawd help me, I love it. I just bought EL heat wave and both of the new MAC face palettes that just came out. Im tryin not to love this but I have yet to buy anything from CT. This might be it😍😍

I had my eye on this since it launched. But I am, for example NARS ‘Mont Blanc’ & MAC ‘NC15’.
Do you think it is too dark for us fair women to be an actual highlight?

It looks gorgeous on you though!!

Hi Odielle,

Really depends on your application, what your expectations are of a highlighter, etc. I wear highlighters that are darker than my skin tone but still consider them effectively highlighting since they have shimmer and add shine/reflection to particular areas. I’m a little lighter than NC20 presently.

*sigh* the color is gorgeous and that packaging! But I have the CT Goldgasm liquid highlight, so I’ll pass on this. Too pricey for something I won’t get so much use out of.

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