Charlotte Tilbury Tan (5) Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44.00 for 1.00 fl. oz.) is a medium yellow with a warm, golden sheen and strong, warm undertones. I’d consider the shade to be more on the “medium” to “medium-tan” side of the spectrum over “tan.” It’s a very flexible and versatile product, though, so when sheered out and spread across the skin for all-over priming or mixed in with base products, it will definitely stretch across more skin tones. It should add some warmth, though it may be far too yellow for some complexions. I wish it was a bit more neutral or slightly rosier compared to the color for greater versatility across undertones.
I’m light to light-medium, and I can get away with wearing it as a targeted highlighter, which adds slight warmth, or sheered out along the perimeter of my face for a slightly bronzed, warmed-up effect. The consistency is thin, gel-like, and smooth with a lightweight feel that spread well across my skin, mixed nicely with moisturizer and foundation, and worked well patted on top of skin (bare or with foundation) as a standalone highlighter.
It’ll be key to pick a foundation without full coverage if you want to layer this product underneath it or else the foundation will cover the majority of the effect (if using full coverage, I’d recommend mixing it in with the foundation or applying in top, as it’s still drying, and gently dabbing and blending on high points).
For me, it wore well for eight and a half hours on my cheeks as a standalone highlighter. As a primer, it helped my makeup go on more smoothly and gave the end result a dewier, more luminous finish (but not oily); it didn’t lengthen or shorten the wear (but didn’t claim to lengthen).
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$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).