Hello ladies! How are you? I thought I’d continue this week’s posts with something a little different. A review of a whole look that Charlotte Tilbury created for Valentine’s Day; the Naturally Beautiful Date look! This features the newly launched Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk (please find my review here) and a bunch of other products which I happen to own. After watching her tutorial (click here), I thought I’d put the whole look to the test and share my thoughts with you, in case you are thinking about enchanting a certain someone on February 14th!
First things first, Charlotte is a real hurricane! The way she describes this look step by step, you feel that she is going to explode from joy. I find a lot of her statements over the top, although, I admit, I love her. Without a doubt though, she is an injection of confidence and energy to every woman. I will not say much about skincare today, as I would like to concentrate on the actual makeup look.
The Claims: Charlotte has named this look “Naturally Beautiful” and she’s taken about 45 seconds at the beginning of the video tutorial to stress how this is a natural look and “your boyfriend will not even realise you are wearing any makeup”(please watch from: 0:41 – 1:27 mins). She also goes on to say that this look will make us all look like Giselle and Jennifer Aniston when they wake up, with plumped lips and a fresh face (?). Charlotte’s style is very passionate here and she adopts the role of the expert that confidently provides advice and guidance to us women, who all want to look like Giselle and Aniston (is that an assumption, or we all want to look like them?)
I will not continue with the analysis at this stage, because we can all infer that how Jennifer Aniston and Giselle wake up, is probably not what we are led to believe it is. To add to that, when I tried the look, my husband could tell I was wearing make up. And I don’t think that’s because he is not a boyfriend and he’s known me for a long time ;). Let’s all take all of this with a pinch of salt, ladies!
Saying that, the actual look is really beautiful. It’s very luminous and foregrounds your eyes, cheekbones and lips nicely. I find it romantic and soft but with emphasis where needed. One could claim that it gives you a “dreamy” effect, as it’s using a fair bit of highlighter. It’s also elegant and long-lasting. It’s quite rosy on me, so something I’d totally wear. This is what I managed to achieve, following the tutorial step by step:
And a closer look to the eyes:
You can see that on my complexion (NC30), this is a soft look. To someone with a lighter complexion, it would look more intense. I am not sure how this would look on dark skinned, ladies? Charlotte claims it’s good for all skin tones, but I fear it might be too soft for deep skin tones.
I kept on wearing this look as I was doing some work today and I even find it office appropriate (please excuse my messy hair, but I like a relaxed hair do when I am at home):
Let’s have a look at the products used for this look now, shall we (excluding skincare and fragrance)? Without giving you a full review, I will give you my opinion about how “irreplaceable” they are and where, in my view, you could splurge, if you so wished. I’ve organised this list in three categories:
– Must-have (You probably need this product in order to create this look)
-Why not? (You don’t need this product to create this look, but if you don’t have something similar in your collection, it gives an effect that could help the overall look)
-Not really (You don’t need it for the look. If you want it it’s a different story though, as most of these products are good quality ;).
Please note, the categories above are not to do with the quality of the products, but how much you’d need them for this look, in my view.
Must – haves:
Golden Goddess Palette: It’s a high quality palette and you can create many beautiful looks with this. For this look, Charlotte doesn’t make use of the glitter shade, which is delightful! Why a must for me? The highlight shade is a brilliant base. Adds luminosity and will help your make up last (I did not use a primer). The other shades are brilliant too: easy to blend and I find the colours to be beautiful when they blend together.
Matte Revolution Pillow Talk: A must for this look and a not-easy-to-find shade.
Lip Cheat Pillow Talk: Ditto, plus it works wonders on dry lips too, unlike other liners :).
Wonderglow: Charlotte’s “primer” which adds luminosity to the skin. I love this product and I can say that if you are after a luminous base, then it might be worth getting it. It adds a nice non-shimmery glow to the skin. It’s not tinted but it gives your complexion look fresher and imperceivable sun kissed.
Legendary Brows: This product will give your brows a soft filling effect. I like it because it keeps mine in place better than any other product and I’ve tried a few! If you don’t have an alternative, it’s a good option.
Filmstar Bronze and Glow: One could see this as a must as the effect it gives on skin is amazing. However, you can use any other bronzer-highlighter shade you have and love, as long as you stick to the luminous skin theme of this look.
Not really (unless you want to!):
Magic foundation: Any other long-lasting foundation you have will do. Especially if you mix it with a luminous primer.
The Retoucher: Concealers are so very personal. I like The Retoucher but your experience might differ, so go with a concealer you know.
Mini Miracle Eye Wand: I don’t think this is necessary, plus it did not work on me. It actually made the lines under my eyes more visible as it caked up after powder. Note: I am not wearing this in the photos above as I don’t find it flattering on me.
Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder: It’s a great powder. I’ve been using this over a year now and I’m addicted, but any other fine powder can do (Laura Mercier?)
The Feline Flick: You can use any liquid eyeliner. Dior and Bobbi Brown do some good ones that are similar.
Full Fat Lashes Mascara: A good mascara, if you need one. The Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara, the Marc Jacobs mascaras as well as many drugstore mascaras can give you a similar effect.
Cheek To Chic in Love Glow: Nice product but any soft pink illuminating blush, ideally finely milled, can do.
On the Charlotte Tilbury website, you can purchase the Naturally Beautiful Date Look kit for £135. This includes all eye and lip products and the blusher. I think you can definitely save on some items though, unless you really want to treat yourself ;).
I hope you found this helpful and interesting! Personally, I love the look Charlotte proposed for Valentine’s Day and it’s one I could definitely wear (and might well do!). Ignoring her strong claims, most products are of good quality, but you shouldn’t really feel that you had to buy everything in order to achieve this look.
Hope you are all having a great day and I will speak to you again soon!