Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow…An Overview with Swatches of All Three Versions

Above: 3 versions of the brilliant Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.
Earlier this month, the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection debuted (review HERE and HERE), delivering a stunning cream formula of the modern classic Filmstar Bronze & Glow as well as a simultaneously released Medium to Dark Bronze & Glow version.  
Kindly scroll on more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line…
Above: A shade and formula for every individual.
Filmstar Bronze & Glow has been an integral part of my routine for the past year (original review HERE) and I was thrilled to be able to try the latest installments from the venerable Charlotte Tilbury line.  Enthusiasts of the formula have been eager for a Bronze & Glow option for deeper skin tones and the cream version takes this gorgeous product to another level!  
  • Features a darker-toned sculpting powder–a beautiful deep brown–that also seems to have a bit more luminosity than the light-medium shade. 
  • The highlight shade is much warmer–almost a light bronze–than the neutral champagned toned highlight in the light-medium shade.
  • This option will work well on N/NW/NC 35+ skin tones
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:
This is a secret that silver screen sirens have kept to themselves for years – and once shared with you – so will you! With Filmstar Bronze & Glow you can slim, sculpt, shorten, trim and highlight your features. It’s amazing what clever shading and highlighting tricks can do to your facial framework – it’s an illusion that used all the time, particularly for red carpet scrutiny. Take what you were born with and maximize your assets with Filmstar Bronze & Glow!

•The bronzer is the perfect universal blend of pearl and pigment to contour features and mimic a sun-kissed complexion.
• The highlighter is built up from a golden base that flatters any skin tone, and uses Light Flex Technology to capture light and radiate it out for a luminous complexion.
• Colour-rich pigments are rolled into elastomer pearls that smooth & buff the skin for excellent blendability & perfect colour uniformity
• Paraben-free
0.56 oz.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

  • Has a creamy, true brown sculpting shade with no apparent shimmer.  It swatches with remarkable opacity but looks entirely natural once blended into the skin.  I used my Jenny Patinkin All Over Face Brush in the contours of my cheeks and along the perimeters of my face to apply. 
  • The highlighting shade is a radiant gold…not as warm or deep as the Bronze & Glow powder in Medium-Dark but definitely a touch more pigmented than the pale champagne of the Bronze & Glow powder in Light-Medium.  I love the ethereal light it imparts on the face.
  • This formula will work well for light, medium and perhaps medium-deep skin tones…absolutely beguiling!
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:
Charlotte created this Limited Edition Filmstar Bronze & Glow as part of the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection. This cream texture, contouring palette duo is inspired by the natural fall of sunlight and shade on the face and is designed to slim, sculpt and highlight your features, creating a naturally glowing complexion. Parkinson’s ability to capture light hugely influences how Charlotte thinks about makeup and Filmstar Bronze & Glow (Sun Tan & Sun Light) captures the youthful, soft-focus lens of his camera, giving you perfect summer skin – a golden glow that enhances your facial framework. The cream textures have a fresh, dewy finish that is perfect for summer. 

The compact features a Norman Parkinson photograph of Jerry Hall on the beach in Jamaica in 1975. It is an iconic Vogue cover and a reference Charlotte returns to again and again. Jerry has long been a global beauty icon with her pools of crystal blue eyes, luscious lips and flowing golden locks, and I really wanted to celebrate her as a Parkinson muse. 

GlowCetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Mica, C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Ozokerite, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Polymethyl Methacrylate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, [May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)] 
Bronzer :Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Titanuim Dioxide (Nano), Cetearyl Isononanoate, Trimethylsiolxyphenyl Dimethicone, Ehtylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mica, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, [May Contain (+/-): Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, Ci 77499)]

Scroll on for comparision swatches aplenty…
Above: CT x NP Bronze & Glow and the Bronze & Glow Medium-Dark edition.
Above: Two cases of unique and unparalleled beauty.
charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson bronze and glow swatches
Above: The Bronze & Glow cream version in direct sunlight. 
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow medium to dark
Above: The Bronze & Glow in medium-dark in direct sunlight.
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches of all three Bronze & Glow formulas in direct sunlight.
Above: Which formula will you choose?
Above: Three cream formulas in my rotation.
Cream Formula Comparison Swatches:
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Five formula juxtaposition.
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches of all five formulas in direct sunlight; I intentionally placed the light-medium “bronze” and “glow” shades (labeled B&G 1) side by side with their medium-dark counterparts (labeled B&G 2) for extra contrast.
Above: All products used the look below.
For the look that follows, I used the following products:
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Makeup for a warm and glowing look.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations…

Abve: Simply cannot get enough chambray.

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I sincerely hope you found this swatch-heavy overview enlightening and helpful!  Available at Beautylish, the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow formula–in both the cream and powder versions–is an impeccable option for those seeking easily-achievable contouring and highlighting for a spectrum of skin tones.  
Have YOU tried Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow?  Thoughts?  What are some of your favorite Charlotte Tilbury products? 
Good things ahead, including a hair-centric post, more foundation-focused discussions and a host of new product procurements…may your week be off to a beautiful start!
–The Beauty Professor
** PR sample provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Comments (6)

  • Jess Reply

    OMG!!! This is sooo pretty. I think this is something worth checking out. This is my first time to see this and I love it. I will do check on this…..

    July 27, 2015 at 8:32 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Jess!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    Do you have any idea when the new MUFE HD stick foundation will be released? I tried the newest Ultra HD from the line but found it too drying. Looking forward to your review of the HD stick. Thank a ton for the work on all your fellow beauty junkies behalf.

    July 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Anon,

      I believe that it is coming out later in August but I will be posting swatches of all shades in the next few days! The stick is amazing and easily one of my favorite formulas right now. More details soon!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 7:57 pm
  • ahhhsoNeo Reply

    I've wanted to try these, but didnt because I'm in the NW43 range and the original was way too light. But I did get excited when I saw pics of the new medium dark one. I'm intrigued, but looking at your swatches, I think the NP, without any shimmer in the contour shade looks even better – I am surprised by how deep it is. And I hope you don't get offended, but I would say that the NP looks a bit dark for you in your posted pics as well. I wish I had the opportunity to try these before buying!! Thanks so much for the swatches, always so helpful.

    July 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Neo!

      Thanks for the feedback. The NP version is definitely pigmented and I think it will be versatile for a spectrum of skin tones. I love when a product has application to a vast population ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

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