Monday, October 6, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush - Swatch Set

I'm not 100% sure when the Charlotte Tilbury kiosk popped up at Bergdorf Goodman.  During the last beauty event, when I on the floor finalizing my purchases I noticed a small set up for the UK brand.  I tried to get a bit closer, you know, for um science and stuff, but the small area was densely packed with other er... scientists.

This past week, I received a note from Winnie, who was the former counter manager at the Tom Ford counter in the store.  You can see her foot in the picture below.  I was really glad that she is still around, and this time around managing the Charlotte Tilbury in the store!
What?  This picture not blurry!  Must be your failing eye sight!
I took it as an opportunity to check it out during my lunch break.  Luckily, it was quiet on the floor and I had the whole area all to myself.

I remember when the brand launched to much marketing hoopla in the UK a while back.  When it launched I was hoping to see some for myself, but on the whole, the initial feedback were mixed.  There are many reviews out there in the world wide web, and even more now that the brand is distributed in the US.  I don't have anything much to add, but I was very keen on checking out the range for myself.

On this day, I was particularly interested in the blushes and the lipsticks and managed to swatch all of them.  I decide to scrap the lipstick swatches because the combination of the meager indoor in-store lighting and my dopey phone camera, I was unable to capture decent pictures.

We are in business on the blush swatches though, since I got some good natural lighting by a big window.
Very quick impressions:

  • Plastic cases are very lightweight.  I've heard that the brand shares some affinity to Tom Ford.  But just by packaging alone, it appears to be a less luxurious presentation of a brand.
  • The blushes are very smooth and fine.  I didn't try any on my face, but there is a very appealing silky quality to the product.
  • They are much more shimmery than I initially thought and wouldn't have realized without seeing these in person.  Some colors are less shimmery than others.
  • The pigmentation is not high, but are not poorly pigmented.  As a comparison, Tom Ford is much more pigmented than these Charlotte Tilbury ones.
There is the "swirl and pop" method to the application that the brand suggests:  pick up the color of the outer ring of the blush and apply (swirl) to cheeks, and then take the brush to get the center "pop" color and apply that color again to cheek to "pop."  My swatches have blended the colors and I suspect I would be too lazy to try such a finicky application method.
  • First Love - Is a really pretty soft nude.  I think this was the lightest in pigmentation and was satin in finish.  On my skin, it translated into a beautiful mauve nude with a dose of brown.  
  • Love Glow - warm peachy pink.  The shimmer is strong in this one.
  • Love In the Drug - the inner darker pink dominates this swatch.  I think theoretically you can moderate the intensity of the application by avoiding this deep pink or using a lot of it.  This is also shimmery.
  • Ecstasy - please don't kill me!  But is this the Charlotte Tilbury version of the Nars Orgasm but not as glittery?  There is a very strong golden sheen to this applied color based on the shimmer in the color.
  • Sex on Fire - A little plum, a little red and a little brown!  I really like how this color looks.  Slight sheen, but not overly so.
  • The Climaxx - a warm orange leaning brown with a slight sheen.  I guess this might work as a bronzer but the shimmer might make it less applicable for that purpose.
Both First Love and Sex on Fire are absolutely lovely.  I think I'm going to see how Sex on Fire compares to Tom Ford Ravish as a potential dupe first before pulling the trigger.

I will take a look at the balance of the range at some point.  I believe the Bergdorf Goodman counter will have its official opening this week, along with a brand new gleaming counter.  Have to admit that the overly abundant marketing push makes the brand a bit less appealing in my eyes. I hate to be such a packaging snot, but the really light cases do nothing for me.  Probably more importantly, as the reviews have not been as wholly positive about all the products in the range, I will need to tread a bit cautiously.

Have you picked up anything from the line since the UK or the US launches?  How did your experience go?

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  1. You forgot to mention that the blush looks like a nipple

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    1. That, too! But even more funnierer is that the names represent the progression of love... all the way to "da Climaxxxx!" LOLOLOLOL!

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    2. "Sex on Fire" just sounds uncomfortable, tbh.

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  2. I like the look of Sex on Fire - I'm going to the Beautylish Charlotte Tilbury launch thing this week so I'll be able to swatch these in person as well. Eh, as with so many incredibly hyped-up launches, usually it's not all amazing; I'm glad that I no longer get swayed by all the rave reviews online and prefer to wait things out and see for myself :)

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    1. Ah! You're going to the downtown event! Have fun and check out the pretties! I was supposed to attend the one tomorrow at BG but eh, kids have a school event. How's a lady supposed to run a blog with kids having school events and stuff??!! O___<

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  3. My purchases are not hugely affected/unaffected by packaging. Unless it's foundation dispensed through a sponge tip or placed in an aerosol can, I won't buy it.

    But I, too, was surprised by how light the packaging is, I only have 1 of her products (quad). I was also somewhat disappointed by how small each eyeshadow pan is. Anyway, good thing, I like how they apply.

    PS. After reading some of your other recent posts. I now know where I picked up the term "layerability"

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    1. <3! I don't know why packaging matters so much to me since I depot a whole bunch of things, but I was like: oooh, flimsicle!
      Layering is my life! Mostly clothing in the winter: the long underwear, the tees, the sweaters, a big cashmere wrap. Apparently, it permeates into my makeup preference, too!

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  4. I actually don't mind the lightweight feeling of her packaging bc I had read about it and wasn't expecting it...also at least the items I have so far all have quite slim packaging that doesn't take up a ton of space when traveling so I'm really diggin' that and don't mind giving up some heft for the sake of the slimness!! Unlike Chanel, however...I still get annoyed at the lightweight feeling of that packaging, and it doesn't have the slim travel friendly quality to make up for it so BAH!! Anyway LOL I ordered a few products when she launched on Nordstrom. I have first love blush, but it's not a color I'll wear a ton bc from the pan I thought it would be more of a neutral color but on me it ends up being peachy and not exactly what I was hoping for. But I'm still keeping it bc I can make it look more subtle and I really like the finish and I find it very easy to apply and blend and it's not necessarily a duplicate in my collection. . The brush pen concealer thingy is absolutely fantastic for the under eye area...at least on me it doesn't crease (I don't powder it though), yet still manages to keep the area somewhat moist throughout the day - most importantly it does all this over my heavy eye cream!! I've been testing out the pressed powder for the past couple of days and I'm quite liking it when applied lightly with the suqqu cheek brush (tried it with another brush and heavier hand and it didn't wear as well), but more testing is needed! I know Makeup Remastered really loves the brush concealer pen and the pressed powder as well...actually the powder she said is in her top 2 like ever!! I'm still waiting on a foundation as it's been on preorder backorder since I ordered in august. Sigh. Oh, and I've been testing the bronze and glow....and I'm borderline loving that but more testing is needed!! So much so that if I love it that much I might get rid of the 2 other bronzers I have :-)

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    1. I must say that I'm also intrigued about her base products (foundation & concealer) but really have a hard time justify purchasing things sight-unseen, esp in terms of base makeup. Maybe you'll share a review in your blog one day?

      I use my Suqqu blush brush for the Love Glow blush, it gives just a nice, well.. love glow :-D have you tried it with First Love?

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    2. Hahaha! Yes yes, Gummykins! If the containers were slim & portable to make up for the lightweight aspect, it would be an excellent tradeoff. Regarding neutral blushes, I see we turn colors differently on our skins! It seems like a neutral blush along the lines of Burberry Earthy for me. :D Still need some more fondling at the counter before I buy it though.

      What is the coverage like on the concealer pen. I recently purchased more concealers as I got bored of the Ellis Faas! Like Claire, I am also very interested in the base products. I heard on the board that the foundation is divine!

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  5. ROFL, NARS might have a Super Orgasm, but CT's sex is apparently actually on fire. I have the most ridiculous cartoon image in my head right now...

    That being said, the colours are very pretty - I think my favourites are probably First Love and Ecstasy (although I'm not 100% behind the shimmer) - I like Sex on Fire (ba-dum-TISH!), but I have a feeling that it might look like actual sunburn on me...

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    1. Also, now that stupid Sex is on Fire song is in my head. GAH! *scrubs brain extra hard*

      Yes, I think Sex on Fire requires a light touch. BWAHAHAH!

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  6. I'm such a sucker for brands I can't find locally. It's like, "WANT. NOW!" I like the quads; I have Dolce Vita and Golden Goddess. They blend beautifully and unlike some other reviews, I haven't experienced ridiculous fallout with the glitter shade. I thought the eye pencil in Audrey was just ok and would not repurchase. I liked the idea of a powder pencil but I find it doesn't apply as smoothly as I'd like and drags a bit. Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk is very nice; a tad pinker than I would have preferred but it's a good basic neutral. Really like the Magic Cream - I don't notice a heavy scent (unlike some reviewers) and it's a great makeup base. You don't need much, either, for an entire face because it's very emollient. LOVE the Bronze and Glow - a really nice bronzed look with no orange or too much shimmer. I got the Bronze and Glow brush and really like it; great for applying powder under the eye and around the nose, actually. The blending and smudging brushes are just ok. The smudger is a bit too fat at the tip for my liking and too scratchy to use under the eye. The blending brush is nice but nothing special IMO. I bought everything online so no testing in person - hoping to try the lip products in NY in November though!

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    1. I know that despite some iffy reviews, there were many glowing ones. I'm glad you are liking the DV and the GG quads! Seems like the contour, bronzing, highlighting, base products are worthy also of further science!
      Hope you enjoy your trip to the counter in November!!!

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  7. Ha, ha!! Surrounded by other "scientists" eh? And also LOL the nipple-blush.

    Well, you know how flimsy the packaging is, as I've been displaying my cracked Love Glow blush for ages. And yes, the hype, the HYPE! Man.. it was totally off-putting, but now I just take it like another hype celeb-type news.

    I thought I'd buy more items since my initial purchases from Selfridges but the only thing I re-purchase since the brand was available at Nordie was the Audrey powder pencil. I love it, I use it daily, I love the color, the consistency, it is all about smoking the pencil along the line so it is tuggy and not as glidy as say.. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil. What I like about this type of liner v.s. something like Pixi is this liner does not transfer. It is a bit on the drier-side, so more stay put and easier to remove. I love the Love Glow, I agree about the shimmer, this is where I employ the Suqqu kitten paw (meow!). I'd probably will wait a long time before purchasing the e/s, eye pencil, or other stuff from this line, so looking forward to more counter intelligence from you (and maybe Monika!!).

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    1. Sex on Fire, Nipples! It's all a bit a haze of provocation and body parts! It's funny what brands go through to capture the consumer attention. Yes, the hype was off putting. I recall when CT was starting to do videos, I was really excited that we'd have another excellent makeup artist doing high production value videos, but was sorely disappointed that it was just a run up to the launch of the line. Although, I guess why not capitalize on your name and ensure a successful launch, right?

      :) my countour espionage sessions are very stealthy and unreliable. hopefully Monika can put up some interesting reconnaisance!

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    2. OR COUNTER. DOOOOOH. Stupid no editted of blogger comments! ASSHOLES!

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    3. Bwahahah... don't worry, your secret counTOUR espionage is safe with me :-D Re. sexy names, I think she was just piggy-backing TF.. I mean, should I starred the "B*tch" on B*tch Perfect? What if my kid ask me what's the name for a female dog? Lady dog?

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  8. Tickets to that scientist convention please! I'm a lot less salivatingly eager about CT now, nothing really really out there in terms of product or colour, so the want monster has crawled back into its cave... for now.

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    1. This convention requires no advanced degrees. Just an advanced sense of consumerism and love of shiny things. Like kittens, with wallets.

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  9. Herro Belly!

    Is Charlotte Tilbury trying to out-maneuver Nars and Tom Ford with those titillating names? As pioneers of the sexy , Nars and Tom Ford are probably no strangers to brainstorming sessions where they writhe aggressively on the marble floor with dic-tionaries in hand. But now that player 3 has entered the game, the competition will surely grow *ahem* more stiff.

    Meep! I digress from thanking you for the rigorous fieldwork! The source of my hesitation towards CT products stems from the fact that her company named a skincare product Magic Cream, which is suppose to justify the $90 tag. Gimmicky to say the least, my negative impression of this one product follows me when I view other offerings in her makeup line. And from one packaging snot to another, overall presentation and quality of the outer shell also factors into my purchasing decision. My sensitivity to packaging aesthetics has, so far, prevented me from exploring not only CT products but also eyeshadows from the Gucci line; with two bodacious G's emblazoned across the lid and smaller G's interlocked on the surface of each pan, I have never felt more overwhelmed by an alphabet! I fear that the moment a small G is scrubbed off by my finger, another one might just pop up in place of its fallen brother. :O

    -Josie

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    1. I propose a third cosmetics line called: BELLY. Our slogan will be, "Have Money? Spend Here! We Promise Nothing." We will take this sex-themed naming convention and take it to a whole other level. A blush called Full On Actual Coitus. A lipstick called Oops, is this Halitosis? A foundation called Undertone Mismatch is a Figment of Imagination Under the Sheets. We also offer a version of a magical cream: Unicorn Ejaculate. I can barely think up of any more products because I am completely distracted by the gobs of money I am going to make!

      I have a really old Jackie O Gucci bag. I am kind of inspired to take it out of the recess of my closet. Maybe that will give me some inspiration to check out all the GG-laden makeup from the new line. But some how, I am not really feeling it.

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    2. Bahahahahahahha! Unicorn Ejaculate? Drrrrrr... I.... what? :O

      Josie, you have managed to put into words what I quite couldn't (re. Gucci e/s):
      "I have never felt more overwhelmed by an alphabet! I fear that the moment a small G is scrubbed off by my finger, another one might just pop up in place of its fallen brother". You are a poet!

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    3. Unicorn. wha..??!! Who said that? That's sick! :O

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  10. I wanna try that sex on fire blush. I super like the color for it will look so natural on skin. I am also eyeing on Ecstasy, love the color too.

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    1. Hi Jess! Looks like Sex on Fire might be a big win for us? :) The blushes do feel very nice in person.

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  11. Yep, was majorly turned off by hype here too. Why is that, that we get so irked by overly "hyped" launches? Is it because we are makeup snobs? D: Does it become hard to trust a brand when there's so many fireworks and loud bangs involved? Do we just not like getting makeup shoved down our throats? *powdery burp*

    Anyways, now that beautylish is stocking CT I was considering giving these a try. Sex on fire was my first pick from the swatches, but then I saw THE NIPPLE. And now cannot unsee... I mean, nipples are great! But do I want them in my blush? I JUST DON'T KNOW.

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    1. *burrrrrp* *chokes on the GGs on the way up* I am a definite sucker for sexy marketing campaigns, but when things seem completely over the top, I think my more modest/prudish/conservative/lessmakeupcuckoo sensibilities start to riot and rebel. And for some reason, the CT campaign in particular seemed even more disengenuous than most with the big video tutorial push and then quick transition right into product launch. Eh... but watch me still have a big tagged listing of CT in my blog. Because... <---IZ WEAK & STUPID.

      :) Neeple. Once seen, can not be unseen.

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  12. LOL, I like your science better than mine. :P

    Ehhhh I am not interested in any CT stuff; I don't really know who she is (famous British makeup artist something), but the packaging is, as you said, not impressive, and the quality seems just standard. AND THE NAMES. WHY? I get it. I buy the blush, I got the boom booms, RAWR and such. So over this, and the spam it gets us when we blog about it.

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    1. :P I knew my liberal arts sensibilities can be converted to SCIENCE via makeup alchemy! Yes! Yes!

      Stupid blogger (me) falling for stupid SEX!

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  13. I couldn't agree with you more on the packaging. I picked up a few pieces when the line first launched here, but haven't even tried anything yet. I opened the blush and the first thing I thought was "this feels like cheap Cover Girl packaging and this is supposed to be on par with Chanel and Dior?" Packaging isn't everything, but to me, it gives an indication of the quality of the product inside.

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    1. Yes! Especially when consumers pay through the nose for pretty packaging on the luxury lines because the product ingredients are cheap! How are the prices so high when the packaging feels so meh!? I have to admit though, that in person, the blushes DID feel nice? Haven't tried any on my face, but am feeling some anxiety to try some of the nice colors.

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  14. Yeah, the packaging is ticky tacky. But I did get two of the blushes. Started with Love Glow, which is really lovely on my nc15 skin. Then got Love is the Drug (I appreciated the Roxy Music reference!), which I also really like. I find them plenty pigmented, and the "glow" (er, shimmer) is okay with me. Which is odd, 'cause I usually hate it. But it doesn't look over the top or magnify pores. I guess I'm just gettin old, but I kinda need the shimmer-glow these days! So I definitely reco her blushes. Thanks for swatching all of them.

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    1. Love Roxy Music, too! I guess the shimmer is a lot more sedate that the Nars Orgasm level of bling! Glad you liked the swatches, SoSuSam and also for sharing your experience!

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    1. *blows nose*
      Can't help being the superficial person that I am! :D

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  16. Boob blushes! he he he he… but on a more grownup note, I really like the look of first love.

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