Charlotte Tilbury Tan/Dark (6) Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44.00 for 1.00 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous, dewy sheen. Again, I’d classify it more as medium deep to tan, and there’s one deeper shade (that I don’t have) in the range. Because the formula is sheerer and designed to be mixed in or spread across a larger area (as a primer) as well as a highlighter, each shade stretches further across skin tones, but the color is undeniably warm and likely will read almost orange on cooler complexions.
It had the same fluid, lightweight, thinner gel-like texture as the other shades in the range, and the same buildable coverage that went from sheer to medium depending on application and placement. I applied it as a standalone highlighter, and it was more like a luminous bronzer (though it ran a bit orange for my preference), and it was a bit too dark for me to mix in with my moisturizer or foundation (which is as expected, since the shade range is designed to correspond with foundation matches). If this was an actual foundation, I wouldn’t have tested the shade, but since it can be used as a highlighter as well, I did want to give it a good try.
It wore well for eight and a half hours as a standalone highlighter, and it applied well over bare skin or layered on top of foundation. As a primer, it helped my base apply more evenly and gave a softly luminous finish (along with noticeable depth and warmth, which wouldn’t be apparent for a medium to tan skin tone). It didn’t extend nor shorten the wear of my base when I used it as a primer or mixed in with foundation, though it did not claim to improve longevity.
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- Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is less glossy (90% similar).
- Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).
- Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (PiP, ) is brighter, less glossy (85% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is darker (80% similar).
$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, so the shade range is more flexible than it might seem (for some skin tones).
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 specifically to highlight my cheekbones) and gently dabbed foundation over it. I recommend using a sheer to medium coverage foundation 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 I 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).
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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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