Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Review, Swatch and FOTD

September 8, 2014

The Charlotte Tilbury  Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt and Highlighter is the most highly raved product of her line and I am so glad that I bought it while it was still in stock as it completely lived up to my expectations. It is a very beautiful and harmonious highlighter and bronzer that would look great on various skin tones.

Both the bronzer and the highlighter feel very high quality – the powder is very finely milled, and it feels velvety soft and they apply silky smooth and easy to blend seamlessly.  The pigmentation is on the higher spectrum for me, so I have to use a very soft and fluffy brush to apply this product for a soft and subtle effect. The brush featured in the below picture is the CHIKUHODO GSN G2 that I highly recommend for a fool-proof contouring and highlighting application.


The bronzer is a neutral warm medium brown with micro shimmer that doesn’t look visible on the skin. I apply this product very light-handed under my cheekbones for a subtle contouring effect. As an Asian with fair skin tone (NC15-20) I don’t normally wear shimmery bronzers as a lot of them just look odd on my complexion (trust me I have tried a few and the feedback I received from friends were just hilarious!), whereas this one blends in with my natural skin tone very well, as it gives me a healthy glow look rather than “your tan went wrong” look.

The highlighter is just exceptionally beautiful. The shade is a pearly gold neutral champagne color (neither too warm nor too pink) with quite visible but refined shimmer on the skin (not frosty and glittery).  A little bit of this goes a long way and this is by far the most long lasting highlighter I have ever come across. Applying this product light-handed gives me a “supermodel glow” that looks more intense than what I would normally achieve with my regular highlighters that were made for a subtle brightening effect. This is a perfect product for highlighting the cheekbones for a more lifted and modelesque effect.


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You can find the Filmstar Bronze and Glow online at Nordstrom or Net-A-Porter worldwide.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess September 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Thanks for the review, Reika! Just like you, most bronzing/sculpting powders just don’t work on my skintone. The first sculpting powder that I really like a lot (using it every single day) is the NARS Contour Blush in the lightest color. Have you tried this, Reika?

But now, I can’t wait to use my CT Filmstar Bronze and Glow, which just came in today! 🙂

Btw, where can I get Chikuhodo brushes from?


Reika September 9, 2014 at 12:14 pm

No I haven’t tried the Nars one out. I would love to hear your thoughts on the CT and how it compares to your favorite Nars sculpting powder 🙂

You can get Chikuhodo brushes from or The latter is the sole official distributor for Chikuhodo brushes. I have most of their brushes in the Z series and the GSN series – they are soo addictive to buy lol 😛


Barbie lee May 19, 2016 at 5:42 am

i just bought the tomford terra bronzer but I’m really eyeing for th CT FILMSTAR bronze and glow. Do you think I really should get it? I’m an NC20 in MAC shade.


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