Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Review

When I got wind of this launch, I wasn't really sure this would be a product I could get on with. Glowing, highlighted skin is something I aspire to, sure - but 99% of the time that involves a midday squeal of despair after looking in the mirror and seeing my carefully illuminated complexion has turned to the bottom of a chip pan within 4 hours. Oily skin first world problems, right?

Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. I am so on board with this. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is a gorgeous, not-foundation, not-primer, not-highlighter, which is also all of those things.

Bear with me. It's a thing. Promise.

The blurb is quite floral on the website too, in true Charlotte Tilbury style. Hollywood Flawless Filter contains brightening porcelain flower extract (no? me neither) along with "airbrush polymers" and microfine powders to unify and blur the complexion. Basically, if you liked NIOD Photography Fluid, you're going to love this.

The texture is quite thick initially, but it blends out into the skin beautifully and doesn't feel stifling. I use shade 4 as I am olive toned - shade 3 is very peach and shade 2 quite pearlescent. The shade range is small, granted, but quite forgiving overall - as this blends so seamlessly, I think that undertone is more important than exact shade match for this product. It plays well with many of my favourite foundations, and somehow looks glowy, juicy and healthy without looking at all shiny. SORCERY.

I have been using Hollywood Flawless Filter liberally sploshed all over my face, with just a hint of foundation and concealer in the centre, and have genuinely had people stop me in the street to ask what's on my skin. Gorgeous. It's glowy without being ridiculous, and does look like hyper-real skin. This product definitely provides some skin tone evenness and a degree of pore coverage - I'm using about half the foundation I normally use, and I'm really enjoying it. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Swatch Shade 4
Excuse my goosepimply arm, but you get the idea - swatched and then blended. Glowy gorgeousness.

The best bit for me is that this doesn't seem to break up or cake through the day at all, even on my oily skin - I look no shinier than usual at the end of the day, but start off looking better for most of it. I think if you had a lot of texture, by hour 6 you may have experienced some settling in to lines or larger pores, but otherwise I have absolutely no complaints. I reckon drier skins will really enjoy this product too.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

IGK Hair Sold Out Curl Priming Basecoat

IGK Sold Out Curl Priming Basecoat Review

Us beauty addicts in the UK are finally getting a huge whack of fantastic brands making the grand leap across the pond. A selection of Kate Somerville products have wheedled their way into my basket at Cult Beauty, and I hear that Drunk Elephant is on the horizon; however, I was most excited for the achingly cool IGK Hair to make their way onto British shelves. Being a recent texture spray convert (thank you, Sam McKnight) and knowing from a life of frizz that curls are often neglected/badly provided for in a brand launch, the Sold Out Curl Priming Basecoat was top of my test list.

IGK call this product a "basecoat" for curls - enriched with almond oil and sea kelp, and designed to hold curls without frizz. The spray is extra fine which makes it a pleasure to use, even on my bird's nest of curls. Sold Out smells really fresh, modern, slightly botanical and not at all cloying - the scent dissipates relatively quickly so you're not left smelling like a garden. I've used it both on damp post-shower hair, and to refresh curls in-between washes, and it definitely works much better for the former. I find it feels a little tacky used on dry hair, but on damp tresses before mousse, heat, or air-drying, this spray performs solidly in the frizz reduction department.

IGK Sold Out Curl Priming Basecoat Review

Overall, a solid performance. Sold Out does (mostly) what it says on the tin. For very fine curls, this may be a bit of an unnecessary step, but on my super-thick textured mop it's a really effective product.

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