Frame Le Garcon jeans
T by Alexander Wang shirt
Inhabit wool cardigan
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Everlane Loafers | gift from Everlane, took my normal size 8, they’ve finally broken in PERFECTLY
Jerome Dreyfuss Florent backpack | 30% off at Forzieri with code BAGPROMO this weekend
I get press releases ALL THE TIME, and most often, I ignore them, because they’re irrelevant and not interesting, but a few days ago, I got an email from a PR firm that Charlotte Tilbury was launching at Nordstrom in Dallas this weekend. Hello.
I wouldn’t call myself a fan girl, but I know some of her story, and I’ve been pretty intrigued by her makeup/skincare at Net-a-Porter, so I thought it would be interesting to go and get my makeup done by one of her two MUAs and check out the line in person. I usually avoid getting my makeup down at a counter at a department store LIKE THE PLAGUE because I don’t like the pressure (real or perceived) to buy, but I decided to take a chance this time, and stick to my guns NOT to buy anything. Or at least not to buy too much…
The way her makeup works generally is that she’s created 10 different “iconic” looks, you choose one, and buy the kit to create that look. Honestly, since I don’t wear a lot of makeup, it was hard to choose one, but I went with Dolce Vita, which was the closest to a “natural” look I could get. And the MUA (Kelly) agreed not to go too heavy on the eyes.
(Whoa…closeup. Wait, are those jowls??)
Basically, all the makeup she used on me is in the Dolce Vita kit, except she swapped out the feline flick eyeliner for the regular eyeliner since I didn’t want to go too dramatic. She also used the multi-miracle glow cleanser/balm to remove what I had on (have you noticed everyone is doing that now? using creams to remove makeup and then rinsing, or not?), applied the magic cream afterwards, then the wonderglow (luminizer, basically), foundation, then concealer. Whew. So much product.
I loved the feel of everything, I never felt like I had a lot of makeup on; nothing was heavy or cakey at all. The foundation/concealer gave AMAZING coverage on my redness-prone skin, but most of all, I was in love with my eyes. I never do much with my eyes, mostly because I’m not comfortable with how to apply multiple shades of eye shadow to achieve a smokey look, or even a layered look (I have the Naked palette, but of course I only use one or two shades!). I also HATE removing eye makeup at the end of the day, and yesterday it was a BITCH, let me tell you; my usual coconut oil did nothing for that mascara!!
On my lips she used the colors in the kit: pencil in Pillow Talk, lipstick in Penelope Pink, and gloss in Seduction. I loved my lips too, and it’s always hard for me to find a good “nude” that doesn’t wash me out, but I need more lip stuff like I need a hole in my head. Again, it all felt good on, not VERY moisturizing, but also not drying at all, either.
I won’t lie, if I could have, I probably would have bought the kit, because everything in it really suited me, and even though I wouldn’t use it all every day, it would be nice to have. For what, I don’t really know. But still. I did buy the eyeliner in black, because I loved how easy it glided on, and I do like to wear eyeliner right at my top lashes most of the time. I also got the concealer because I’m always wanting just a teeny bit more coverage on my red spots and under my eyes. I haven’t used either one myself.
Have you tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury range? What did you think?