Even though I have a tendency to be wary of new makeup trends and am loyal to brands I know and love best (Chanel, Chantecaille and Laura Mercier dominate my make up collection), I’ve been wanting to try Charlotte Tilbury‘s beauty range for ages. Finally, I took the plunge and booked myself a make-up consultation at the CT counter in Fenwick. I always find the best way to test a new brand is to try it out thoroughly through a proper consultation (and it’s also a great way to pick up fresh beauty tips!).
My interest in Charlotte Tilbury products had been piqued by the many rave reviews I’d read from beauty bloggers and writers whose opinion I trust. I liked the brand’s practical approach to helping every girl master her own beauty routine by the wide range of ‘how-to’ videos available, and the playful side to Charlotte Tilbury’s products also appealed to me. The core products are categorised into 10 different ‘looks,’ ranging from ‘The Rebel’ to ‘The Ingenue,’ and you get to choose which one(s) appeal to you the most. Debating which look I’d go for (should I embrace my inner rockstar, or channel Audrey Hepburn?!), I arrived at Fenwick ready to enjoy myself and see if Charlotte Tilbury lived up to the hype.
I was lucky as I had the only make-up session booked that afternoon, and the lovely beauty consultant Katerina (do ask for her if you ever fancy getting a similar consultation at Fenwick – she was truly fabulous!) handed me a glass of Buck’s Fizz and proceeded to guide me through more information about the brand and also do a truly fabulous job on my make-up.
It probably won’t come as a shock to any of you that the look I settled on was ‘The Sophisticate,’ which is apparently inspired by beauty icons Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman (in the end, I always go for a classically elegant look!). I absolutely loved everything Katerina used to create ‘The Sophisticate’ and ended up getting the Sophisticate Beauty Box so I could add my own twist to the look at home. It’s hard for me to pinpoint a favourite product, as everything really is great quality: I love the eyeshadow palette that is equally good for day or night with pretty tones that I feel really complement brown eyes. A surprise favourite for me is the lipstick, as I don’t generally go for such pale tones, but this shade is perfect for an understated lip and still gives enough colour to be flattering (especially when paired with the gloss). At work the other day, a woman asked if I was wearing blusher, and if so, which one, as it looked so natural and youthful! I was wearing the Sex on Fire CT blusher, which – no surprise – has become a daily staple for me!
Impressed by the makeup, if anything I loved the Charlotte Tilbury skincare range even more, which Katerina used before applying my makeup. The famous ‘magic cream‘ lived up to expectation: it’s wonderfully rich, but not cloying, and I’m rapidly making my way through the small pot that came with my Sophisticate box. I also completely fell for the Goddess Mask (which I’ve now got my mum hooked on too!). The mask is a real miracle worker, leaving my skin feeling glowing, plumped and hydrated: it’s perfect to apply before a big day or event where you know you’ll want to look your very best. Also, once I run out of my current cleanser, I’m going to try the Charlotte Tilbury one as I loved it when I got to try it out at Fenwick.
Are any of you Charlotte Tilbury fans (I know I’m a little slow to the party here), or have you too been pondering whether to try any of her products? If you’re tempted to book a consultation at Fenwick, it’s worth noting that the make-up session costs £45, redeemable against your purchase(s).
Please note: this post has not been sponsored in any way (I always mention it if a post is done in collaboration with a brand).