Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review / Swatches

When the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter launched last summer, there was so much buzz around it. It’s a product which has really confused me as I’d read many reviews when it first launched, describing it as a foundation however more recent reviews I’ve read have described it as more of an illuminator. I think the main reason there was so much confusion upon its launch was the shade range, as there are seven different shades which is very rare for an illuminating product. After reading so many rave reviews on the Hollywood Flawless Filter, I knew I had to choose it as part of my ultimate makeup bag edit.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review and Swatches in shade 1 Fair for very fair skin

I’ve never tried a Charlotte Tilbury foundation before. I’ve tried their lipsticks, lip liners, skincare, fragrance, eyeshadows, blushes, highlighter, mascara and eyeliners, but the only base products I’ve tried have been the Wonder Glow Primer, but as part of my makeup bag edit I also chose the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder and Hollywood Contour Wand; all of which will be featured individually on my blog over the coming weeks. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review and Swatches in shade 1 Fair for very fair skin

The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is £30 contains 30ml of product, and is available to purchase from Cult Beauty. The seven shades are split into different skin tone colours as well as different undertones. I chose the palest shade which is 1 Fair but the seven shades are described as the following;

1 Fair – Neutral beige Complexion Booster for very fair skin
2 Light – Neutral peachy beige Complexion Booster for fair skin
3 Light / Medium – Neutral peach Complexion Booster for light to medium skin
4 Medium – Neutral golden yellow Complexion Booster for medium skin tones
5 Tan – Neutral caramel Complexion Booster for medium tan skin tones
6 Tan / Dark – Warm amber Complexion Booster for deep skin tones
7 Dark – Deep bronze Complexion Booster for dark skin tones

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review and Swatches in shade 1 Fair for very fair skin

Darlings, this is a new REVOLUTIONARY category in makeup, a customisable complexion booster for super starlit skin in seconds! My Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 1 has the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter. Featuring fabulous ingredients, it soft-focuses, illuminates skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.”

• The ultimate high gloss, high glow celebrity-skin-filter-in-a-bottle! This was born on the red carpet makeup, inspired by technology, for real life, in real time that looks amazing on-screen or off.

• Smoothing airbrush polymers roll over your complexion for a poreless-looking, creamy finish.

• Glossy Oil is a lightweight moisturising oil that reflects and adds light to your face where you need it.

• Finely milled powders soft focus, makes lines and pores appear smoother which means it only ever looks as amazing in real life, as it does on camera.

• Porcelain Flower Extract is a brightening ingredient derived from a Thai flower with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to enhance microcirculation and brighten skin.

• Ideal for superstar-lit skin whether you want a subtle glow or a mega-watt complexion.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review and Swatches in shade 1 Fair for very fair skin

According to the Charlotte Tilbury website, the Hollywood Flawless Filter can be used in three ways; as a primer underneath your foundation for a subtle glow and polished finish, an highlighter over the top of your foundation for an Hollywood glow, mixed with your foundation on the back of your hand to amplify your glow or worn alone to blur imperfections for a fresh, dewy finish. 

The packaging is truly stunning, but what Charlotte Tilbury product doesn’t?! It’s a weighty, clear glass bottle with a rose gold metallic lid. Within the lid there’s a large doefoot applicator which I don’t love but I’m not a fan of these large doefoot applicators in any base product. It’s just not hygienic and it’d be so much better if it had a pump or was a squeezy tube like their Wonder Glow Primer. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review and Swatches in shade 1 Fair for very fair skin

The shade 1 Fair is a little too dark for my skintone but I am very fair skinned, so it’s not something I can wear all over my face either as a primer or worn alone. If you have fair to light skin, I think 1 Fair might work for you but on me it does have a bronze tint so it’s something I’d recommend swatching at counter before purchase incase it ends up too dark for you, especially if you wanted to wear it all over the face.

I would love Charlotte Tilbury to introduce a “0” shade like they did with their Magic Foundation so it’d work for the palest of skintones as I would so love to be able to use it in the four ways it can be used as the formula is amazing. It imparts the most beautiful, dewy and natural glow to the skin which looks as if it’s your skin that’s glowing rather than a product you’ve applied over the top.

It blends out beautifully and whilst it doesn’t offer any coverage, the skin does look perfected and as if you’ve used a filter which I’m hoping you can see in the blended swatch above. I have to use this shade very sparingly but I can only imagine how beautiful it would look when applied all over the face before your foundation as it makes the skin look lovely. 

Have you ever tried the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter?

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