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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter: Review, Swatches and FOTD

Hello beauties! Happy Monday – the first Monday of Spring 2018! Let’s enjoy these brighter months, shall we! And let’s glow through them! Charlotte Tilbury released her Hollywood Flawless Filter a few weeks ago and I put it to the test as soon as it came out, so I now have a good idea of how it works/ doesn’t work for me. It gives lots of glow and will be a great make-up companion for the months to come!

Hollywood Flawless Filter by Charlotte Tilbury

Hollywood Flawless Filter by Charlotte Tilbury

the packaging

The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter comes in a rose gold glass container, transparent enough so you can see the shade and how much there is left. It’s sturdy and feels weighty, on a par with other luxury products. The container houses 30ml of product, which is what we normally get in a foundation bottle. Once you twist the rose gold lid open, there is a wand which you can use to dot the product onto your skin. Currently, there are seven shades available from light to dark and the cost is £30, which is similar to what a foundation or skin care product would cost, as opposed to a highlighter.

Hollywood Flawless Filter by Charlotte Tilbury close up to the dropper

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

the claims

Taken directly from the Charlotte Tilbury website, the Hollywood Flawless Filter is described as follows:

“… A customisable complexion booster with the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter. Ingredients help to soft-focus, illuminate skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.”

In terms of how to use it, the Hollywood Flawless Filter can be used on its own, on top of or mixed with our foundations. Please bear in mind, this product has colour. So, it will add coverage on your skin but how much depends on how you use it to achieve your desired glow.

My shade is Light/Medium 3, which is described as neutral peach:

Shade 3 of the Hollywood Flawless Filter swatch/ left: unblended, right: blended

Shade 3 of the Hollywood Flawless Filter swatch/ left: unblended, right: blended

my thoughts

I’ve tried to use the Hollywood Flawless Filter in all suggested ways and I can assure you that how you like to use this product, will depend on how you like your makeup done.

It claims to be a luminous primer that can add a bit of colour and shine to the skin, therefore can be worn underneath foundation. The foundations I use are lightweight enough to let the shine peak through, but if you use a full coverage foundation, I think you will have trouble seeing the flawless filter and therefore, enjoying its effects.

Even if I was able to see a bit more luminosity when I wore it as a primer, this is not my favourite way to use this product. I find it too heavy to layer all over my face and it does not give me the benefits of my other primers. I did try using it on its own all over my face, but this was my least favourite approach: it’s just way too shiny for my liking.

I then tried the Hollywood Flawless Filter mixed with my foundation and all I discovered was that it wanted to cling to every dry patch I had on my face. Plus, unless your foundation is too matte, I cannot see why you would need the extra glow… It also seemed to interfere a bit with the colour of my foundation, which I wasn’t a fan of…

Do I like this product? I do, but it’s not a must-have for me. For starters, I like to use it locally. I either use it on top of my foundation, to add glow where I want it, or on its own around my cheek bones. As I only enjoy using it as a highlighter, I don’t think it’s a must-have, but I do think that even if I raved about this product, it’s so highly customisable that it all depends on your skin type and make-up preferences. It’s not one that I use for the coverage though nor one I would apply all over my face, unless I had a flawless complexion, without any spots or texture.

As a highlighter though, the Hollywood Flawless Filter is beautiful. It gives a lovely glow when buffed in. I have to be careful never to layer it or use too much of it, as it ends up looking a bit like “plastic shine” on me, if applied heavily. But with a light hand? It’s gorgeous.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 3 on my cheek bones and bridge of the nose

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 3 on my cheek bones and bridge of the nose

Now, does it blur any fine lines and similar? I wouldn’t say. Does it blur pores? Not really. I think when applied all over my face it even emphasised my spots on my chin (I said that was my least favourite technique). What it does do, is make my cheek bones pop and give me a lovely glow that lasts all day long! And because it’s peach coloured, I don’t use blush!

Full make-up look wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter as a highlighter on top of cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid's bow and forehead too

Full make-up look wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter as a highlighter on top of cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow and forehead too


Charlotte Tilbury is a favourite brand of mine and this is a great product that has a use for each one of us. Depending on how you like to have your glow, your skin type and complexion, you might enjoy it more or less in the different ways it’s supposed to be used.

I have a lot of make up and since neither the added coverage, nor the option to use it as a primer/all over my face on its own are things I benefit from with this product, I will not repurchase. I love other highlighters from Charlotte Tilbury and other brands (Marc Jacobs has a great liquid highlighter) that give me the same effect anyway.

You can check out the Hollywood Flawless Filter here. Have you tried this product? How do you like using it?

Have a great week dears!




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  1. Cleia March 25, 2018

    The packaging is really pretty but I don’t think i would reach for it as a primer or foundation since it clings to dry patches. I like the idea of using it on top of my foundation though. Great review!

  2. Shireen L. Platt March 26, 2018

    Thank you for your very honest review, Eleni. I am so tempted o purchase this but after reading so many reviews like you, I don’t think I am missing out on anything special.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  3. Rosy April 23, 2018

    Thank you for this honest review, I do think it might be a bit much for me to wear under my foundation.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  4. Ms Via June 8, 2018

    I have not tried anything form Charlotte Tilbury yet. But the first thing I want to try are the lipsticks. Loved reading your honest review Eleni. I also want to inform you, incase you missed my post that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. 🙂 Have a nice day lovely.

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