Get High Cheekbones with Charlotte Tilbury

Is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Worth It?

Before you splurge on expensive, luxury makeup like Charlotte Tilbury, it is only natural to want to know if it’s worth it.

As a big sceptic of practically everything, I get it and that’s why this review is a must-read if you’re not sure whether the Filmstar Bronze & Glow is for you!

A couple of years ago, I got my makeup done by Charlotte Tilbury and the makeup artist used the Filmstar Bronze & Glow on my face. Well, the rest is history.

I fell in love with the palette and bought it on the spot, which was quite drastic for me! However, I have rebought it multiple times since!

What is the Filmstar Bronze & Glow?

Charlotte Tilbury Contour

The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is a contour palette that consists of a contour and a highlighter. It comes in 2 colours, light to medium and medium to dark. I got the light to medium, obviously!

The contour helps to sculpt and shape your face in the most subtle, natural-looking way possible. The highlight adds shimmer to the areas you want to accentuate.

The palette is beautiful, inside and out and is in classical Charlotte Tilbury style.

The palette comes in a brown/maroon coloured box and the palette is in its trademark gold art deco style. Totally glamorous and I love it:) But I’m not fooled by pretty packaging alone. Read on to see if the Bronze & Glow is for you!

Another really useful feature is that it has a nice-sized mirror too. This is especially useful if you’re out and about and you want to top up your makeup. I like a brand that thinks of everything!

The palette is small enough for you to take with you when you’re out and about and with the mirror, it ticks all the boxes for practicality.

Using The Palette

Filmstar bronze glow

My favourite aspect about the palette is that the contour colour is so subtle and natural-looking. I read from a few people that they found the contour too orangey.

I have always hated contours that make me look orangey and since I am very pale, most contours do in fact make me look orange.

However, this is not the case with the Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

It does not make me look orange at all. It actually has the perfect colour balance. It’s not orange or red, yet it still adds great definition.

I find that if you have pale skin this contour is much easier to use than other contours. The colour is so subtle and natural-looking.

If you want a stronger, bolder contour then you merely add layers, it is very buildable and blends beautifully with even coverage, there’s no patchiness. And that’s even after wearing it for a good 12 hours.

The Pros and The Cons

There are pros and cons to everything in life, including the Filmstar Bronze & Glow. I’ll start with the cons to get them out of the way.

The obvious one is that the palette is very expensive for only the two shades in the palette. But these are Charlotte Tilbury prices.

You get quality but it comes with a price. And of course, you are also paying for the name. Charlotte Tilbury is designer makeup, and you’re essentially paying for that.

Another issue I have with the palette is that I use more of the contour shade than the highlight one, and in fact, most people tend to. It’s a shame they don’t sell the shades separately or as refills.

A cleverer option is also to have the contour take up three-quarters of the palette and the highlight takes up a quarter.

I know it’s not as aesthetically pleasing but it would be more cost-effective for most people. Not that Charlotte Tilbury cares about that:)

Another minor thing I noticed with the palette love is that the contour is slightly shimmery. This is a personal preference but I always prefer my contour to be matte, you see I’m more the matte kinda girl.

However, I still use the Filmstar Bronze & Glow every day because I think the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages! As you will see for yourself!

There are many pros to the palette. I love love love the packaging. It’s glam and lux all the way.

The contour and highlight are both really nice, generous sizes. The palette lasts a long time, I’ve been using it more or less every day for about 3 years and I’m only on my third one.

It’s so easy to use, applying the contour is a breeze and practically fool-proof.

With the Filmstar Bronze & Glow, I can assure you that you won’t walk around looking like a clown. Even if you over-apply it, you’ll never look orange. It really has the perfect color balance.

The highlight is a pretty shimmery highlighter, although, it’s definitely on the darker side. Being so pale, I prefer a slightly lighter highlighter; however, it’s still a gorgeous shade.

Is This Charlotte Tilbury Palette worth it?

It’s a fabulous palette that sculpts the face really well. It gives you the defined features and high cheekbones that you want, without it looking like you’ve caked yourself in makeup.

The Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette is also perfect for beginners because it’s practically foolproof. Like seriously, you will not be able to mess up your makeup with it!

It’s really easy to use and it’s hard not to love it! So yes, it’s worth every pricey penny:)

However, it is pricey and there are loads of cheaper contour products that work for pale skin. Check them out here.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow can be bought from Sephora / Cult Beauty

Hollie xx

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  1. It really looks nice and the design is top notch. The bronze and glow results are going to the wonderful. I have used other products and ended up with creaky looks but I believe this will be effective and worth the price. Thanks for providing this great review.

    Have a nice day

  2. hello Hollie,

    I just see my drawers to see if I still have the Filmstar Bronze & Glow. I wii added to my shopping list this weekend, because I cannot stay without conducting contour. The contour completely changes the look with new hair style. LOL.

    The Palette brand has never used before by me. It looks awesome. you know what! one of the cons is that this brand not available in my country. I need to wait long time for shipping.

    I enjoy your info. about filmstar bronze & glow in general.

    1. I agree- contour adds so much! Aw I hope it becomes available in your country soon x

  3. julienne murekatete says:

    Thank you for sharing with us this great review on cheekbones.I am a make up lover that’s why I am interested in Charlotte make up.

    Filmstar Bronze & Glow seems to be a good contour palette but the problem is that it is expensive compared to what I am using but the beauty is my priority so the price is no longer the problem.

    I will order it to enjoy its miracle on my face.

  4. Chrissie Spurgeon says:

    Hi Hollie

    The Bronze and Glow does sound amazing, if pricey as you say.

    I would love to get some and get the high cheekbone effect! But I am wondering if you know if it is equally effective with a (slightly!) older skin? And does it come with instructions as to how to get the best results, which I would really need, unless there is a video somewhere which shows how to use it!

    Thank you so much for your information.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. I think the Filmstar Bronze & Glow is perfect for any age. Look at the image on my post and the darker areas are where you should apply contour. After practising once or twice its pretty easy to get the hang of it.

  5. Joy gateru says:

    Personally I also read the reviews first before I make any purchase, currently in the market there are alot of fake products do I do some little research and experience from others before making a purchase, but now it’s clear with even with a well detailed context that the filmstar Blonnze& Glow is proven to be of good quality and class , I think with the little reviews I have done it’s appropriate.

    what am not sure about is whether it is applied on anytime of skin personally I do have an oily skin, so please can you please help me out to know whether its applicable to all types of skins.

    also kindly insert an affiliate link with the price of your marketing product toake it easy for a customer to purchase via your website.

    thank you.

    from Joy gateru.

    1. You can apply it on any skin- if you have oily skin make sure you have primed your skin first. 

      There are already links if you wish to buy the product.

  6. My little sister has natural high cheek bones which makes her the more beautiful sister. So, I envied,loved admired and of course wished I got those too. I was delighted to find the FilmStar Bronze Glow as I had tried a few other products before my friend bought it as a gift for my 26th birthday. But like you said, the down side is the shimmer…. I didn’t like it so much,hence,I now only use it for when I am attending parties. All in all, you’ve done a good review of the Filmstar Bronze glow. It’s Expensive but worth the price. 

    1. The shimmer is so subtle that it didn’t bother me for an everyday look too. But it doesn’t look the same on everyone. 

      P.s I’m sure you’re as beautiful as your sister!

  7. I’ve been looking for ways to highlight my cheekbones, but never seems to get a good combination of shades. I am currently learning from some YouTube video tutorials and practicing on my make-up skills whenever I can. Charlotte Tilbury is a well known product so I will definitely look into getting this one for my kit. Thanks for sharing. 

    1. Practise a few times and I’m sure you will get the hang of it. The beauty of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow is that its very subtle so it won’t make you look orange with one swipe of the brush. It’s the perfect product to use when learning how to contour.

      Good luck!

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