A Contour and Highlight Investment

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If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that about four years ago or so I was introduced to the British beauty blogging/YouTube scene, which is where I first heard the gals across the pond raving about Charlotte Tilbury and her Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt and Highlight Palette. Since then, Charlotte's line has expanded tremendously to include everything from multiple foundations to skincare (including a dry sheet mask that I'm kind of dying to get my hands on). 

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I've read multiples articles in magazines about Charlotte, who is a celebrity makeup artist now at the head of her own company. Talk about major inspiration and success! The woman knows her stuff and, from what I've read, goes so far as to apply her makeup in the morning and again at night before bed so her husband never sees her without makeup. Dedication? Obsession? You've got to hand it to the woman for living what she preaches.

Rewind about four years ago to my first introduction to the British beauty bloggers, and they all seemed to have this stunning rose-gold palette in every video I saw. It contained a sculpting powder and a gold highlighting powder that seemed to look good on everyone, so I put it on my list to purchase in the future.

Fast forward a couple of years, and I finally took the $68 plunge into one of the cult products that made Charlotte Tilbury a must-try name in the beauty industry. As painful as it was to part with that much money for one palette, it has been one of the smartest investments I've made in my makeup collection. Even after I give it a break and use another contouring or highlighting product for a week, I almost always pull this one back out of my makeup storage and put it back into my everyday routine.

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I bought the lighter version (although the palette expanded into a deeper selection recently), and despite my very pale skin, I find the contour shade has the perfect undertone that's not too orange and not too gray. The highlight shade is warm and gold but not so warm that it looks unnatural on my cool skin tone. Both shades apply so beautifully and last throughout the day, and despite having had this palette for almost two years at this point, I have yet to hit pan. Another bonus is that the pigmentation is buildable and layers well, so I've never had to worry about applying too much and it looking unnatural. If I need more pigmentation, I can always add it.

My favorite brushes to use with this are the Real Techniques Blush Brush, the Sigma Beauty F23 Soft Angled Contour Brush, and the Anastasia A23 Large Tapered Blending Brush

You really can't go wrong with this palette, and if you have the extra cash laying around, it's an investment that is 100% worth it. Oh, and while you're at it, I'd recommend picking up the lipstick and lip pencil in Pillow Talk. I haven't tried these myself but have heard great things about them, so they're next on my list to purchase from Charlotte Tilbury.