If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably know that I was in London last week for Bronze Buffer’s U.K. launch festivities, but editor meetings and a swanky soiree weren’t the only things on my to-do list… My bestie/partner-in-crime and I had an agenda of our own, which consisted mainly of the stores and restaurants that we couldn’t miss while we were across the pond. (Fortunately we’ve both been to London before, so sightseeing wasn’t a priority.) At the tippy top of our shopping list was a trip to Selfridges, for nothing other than Charlotte Tilbury, and if this is the first you’re hearing this name, get ready to hear it A LOT more.
Not to pat our own backs, but Charlotte Tilbury was on our radar long before the flurry of beauty editor Instagram posts a few weeks back. My friend and I had both heard about this makeup artist—and her insane makeup and skincare—from others in the beauty know. And let’s just say every bit of hype was 100% true.
We were basically waiting outside the store’s doors when the clock struck 11 so we could finally see the line for ourselves. The first major draw: Charlotte creates specific “looks” and of course offers all of the products you need to recreate them yourself. After vacillating between the “The Golden Goddess” and “The Rock Chick,” I ultimately went with “The Uptown Girl” (pictured above) since I found it to be the most versatile (and gorgeous) for me. With one palette, an eyeliner, a blush, a lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss I was literally transformed. The shadow palette features four shades (there are fantastic tutorial videos on the website that tell you exactly how to use them), and the blush actually has two shades: one for a full-cheek flush and a one for a pop of color on the apples. Brilliant.
Andrea went a bit further than I did, scooping up Charlotte’s Magic Cream (which is beyond magical) and Filmstar Bronze and Glow (a sculpting/highlighting palette) in addition to “The Golden Goddess” eyeshadow palette, blush and lip products.
But, no, we didn’t stop there. Andrea made a second trip to Selfridges while I was meeting with magazine editors. When she came back to the hotel with The Retoucher (a concealer pen), Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencil in “Smoky Emerald” and another gloss, my FOMO was realized. So I had no choice than to order the products necessary for “The Ingenue” when I arrived back home (despite the 25-pound shipping charge).
The above picture shows Andrea and I (no, we’re not sisters) after we were Tilbury-ed, and I’m confident that she’ll agree our makeup lives will never be the same. Now here’s the good news… A reliable source tells me that Charlotte Tilbury will be hitting our shores this fall, which means everyone can get their hands on this incredible line (but just remember we had it first)! But if you can’t hop the pond or hold out until then, a little extra money for shipping and a little extra wait time for the delivery are well worth it!