Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Review and Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Review and Swatches

3rd November 2019

When I was kindly given the opportunity to put together my Cult Beauty Edit with my top makeup bag picks from Cult Beauty, I knew I had to choose a few products from Charlotte Tilbury as I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried from the brand thus far. Their products are super hyped, and whilst I do feel like the majority are overhyped, I chose the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand as I’d heard really great things, and how it’s a fuss free, easy to apply contour which is my kind of product. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Review and Swatches

“Darlings, my Hollywood Contour Wand in Light to Medium is the perfect lightweight, blendable, buildable formula to create a well-contoured face.”


  • Get gorgeous sculpted mega-watt cheekbones instantly
  • Easy, brand-new-to-market cushion applicator to dispense product evenly, with blendable formula
  • Treated pigments with good adherence & colour uniformity create shadows & define features for a natural finish
  • Siloxanes create lightweight & dry feel upon application for easy blending
  • Ideal if you want to create a buildable, natural contour

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Review and Swatches

The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand is available in just two shade options; Fair/Medium and also Medium/Dark, and I have the lighter Fair/Medium shade. The wand is £29 and available from Cult Beauty. It has really sleek packaging, with a bronze coloured plastic tube, a rose gold plastic lid and a sponge applicator where the product seeps through so you can apply directly to the skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Review and Swatches

The packaging is quite big so I was really surprised that it only contains 12ml of product. The tube feels hollow and empty, and to use the product you have to twist the brown plastic section under the applicator, and the product then seeps through the sponge. The first time you use it, you have to squeeze firmly in order to get the product to penetrate the foam, domed applicator. I have to say the packaging looks a lot more luxurious than it feels, and I have to be honest it doesn’t feel like a nearly £30 product.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Review and Swatches

I’m not sure how long 12ml would last, especially if you’re using it daily to contour your cheekbones, forehead, jawline and nose which is perhaps more product than you’d apply with a concealer, and I find concealers last me for around three months.

I find the Charlotte Tilbury website to be confusing because I have the palest shade; Fair/Medium which is printed on the tube and the outer box. However on the Charlotte Tilbury website, it lists the lightest shade as being Light to Medium, which is a shade that doesn’t actually exist so I’d recommend perhaps swatching instore beforehand to ensure you’re getting the right shade for your skintone.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Review and Swatches

I much prefer a cream contour which is why I thought the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand would work well within my makeup routine. You literally just have to swipe the sponge wherever you want to contour, and it does look quite deep once first swiped onto the skin. You then have to go in and blend the product in with either a brush like the Zoeva Face Shape Brush or a beauty sponge. 

In terms of tone, I find the Fair/Medium shade to be a lot warmer than I expected it to be. Contour shades should be cool in tone as they’re designed to mimic natural shadow, and natural shadow isn’t a warm chocolate brown colour. I included both an unblended and blended swatch so you could see the difference, but it’s still very warm even when blended in with a brush. I feel those with a neutral to warm undertone, might find this shade a little better suited but it does look a little muddy on my cool toned, super pale skin. 

I did expect to love this product as it sounded like the perfect contour option for those of us who don’t want to faff about with baking, or sculpting the face meticulously but I’m rather underwhelmed unfortunately. For £29 you could just buy a drugstore concealer five or six shades deeper than your skintone and it’ll perform almost the same.

It’s not longlasting on the skin and fades in around four hours, and it’s not a product I’d repurchase unfortunately. I would love for Revolution to create a product in this format though, as I really like the packaging design but in my opinion it’s just not worth the £29.

The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand is available to purchase from Cult Beauty.

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