Make up haul

Selfridges.com is proving to be my saviour. There are so many brands you just cannot get access to in Dubai and this is the only website that seems to ship here. So...I pretty much stalk the beauty section every day.



This order was all about Charlotte Tilbury. I have been aching to try her makeup for months but was a bit tentative. Ideally I like to be able to at least feel the packaging and play with shadows at a counter before committing but after seeing so many rave reviews I decided to take the plunge.

And I am so glad I did. You can expect many review posts to follow (complete with a FOTD gurn photo) but overall my thoughts are as follows:

* The eyeshadow palettes are fantastic. And I am a little surprised. I honestly didn't think they would be like this. Typically when I buy high-end palettes I muse the following: "I should have just bought 4 shadows from MAC". But these are good.

I got Vintage Vamp - a lovely selection of warm plum/brown shades...




...and Dolce Vita which seemed to be the one that was most recommended and is more on the smokey/neutral side.



The quality is something that I have honestly not come across that often. The shadows seamlessly blend together. They are soft and Stila-buttery. The glittery shade that is ever present is not my favourite as it causes major fallout and sparkly under-eyes but the other three in each palette? Sensational.

* The Filmstar Bronze and Glow is a lovely product.



I have to say I prefer the combination of Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder with Charlotte's glow (right side). I think the Aucoin has better and more accurate pigmentation because its a shade that mimics a shadow and does so without comparison. But the Filmstar highlighter is fantastic - it could look overly strong with a heavy hand but using a tapered blush brush will provide just the right effect.

* The eyeliner is worth trying/buying. It glides without pulling at your eyelids, has rich pigmentation and great longevity. It has the makings of a great makeup bag staple.

* Overall, I would say that the packaging is not cheap. Well, the lipstick packaging is a little but I had read many complaints about the lack of weight and luxury attached to the product casing. I get what they were saying but I would say that this is much better than the likes of Aerin - and that's a brand that is often lauded for it's packaging - but admittedly, not as good as Tom Ford.

* I had to buy a lipstick and it had to be Bitch Perfect. Because it's called Bitch Perfect. * hangs head *


I should have skipped this because although it's a wearable shade there is nothing unique about it. It blends into the rest of my "sea of pinks" lipstick collection.

As you can see I did add a NARS lip pencil to the order (whoops!) - this is in the colour Bolero. It looks so promising in the tube but wow, this is a hard shade to wear. It's a pastel peach that has a nice brightness to it but unfortunately an equally chalky quality. This will require some research and work before I can make it look non-Grandma.

Hope you are all well. I have been in Doha this weekend and have not had a minute to blog. I do have plenty of pictures though so expect an image-heavy post tomorrow :)

xx

45 comments:

  1. You have like the best collection of makeup ever! Lovely post and I have never browsed the selfridges beauty section before but I will now

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  2. I have been watching this brand closely but, like you, Ive been reserved about ordering something I have not had the chance to see in person. (That and my mega hauls in January have left me thinking I should wait a while before I hit the shops again..*should*... (see the blog post!). I love the Dolce Vita quad, and it is on my list, but the Vintage Vamp looks like a must for blue eyes...? (Charlotte always looks very glamorous and I love her style)

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  3. The Charlotte Tilbury palettes are so beautiful! I need them in my life Xx

    Olivia - cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. such gorgeous make up and lovely pictures!

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  5. Nice products,dear!
    I haven't heard about this brand but the colours look awsome!

    http://thatswhywesmile.blogspot.ro

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  6. I want one of the palettes... torn between the two you chose! xx

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  7. I love my Golden Goddess palette it is so easy to use and just beautiful! I have a lot of lipsticks like that too but I am always drawn to these colours and that one looks lovely!

    www.makingmeblushblog.wordpress.com

    xx

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  8. Great haul. Ive heard a lot about Charlotte Tilbury recently, is it a brand that you would repurchase do you think?

    ameasureofblush.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I'd love to try Charlotte 'Tilbury's makeup range, I've heard really good thing about it
    http://laviedelore.wordpress.com/

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  10. Selfridges has a lot to answer for...I keep reading hit/miss reviews with her range. ;(

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I have only heard good things about Charlotte Tillbury makeup and the products are so beautiful I really want to try some!!

    http://lookbranche.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. nars pencil are normally nice formulation ive tried the matte ones quiet like them

    http://sarazbeautytonic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. I've had my eye on the Charlotte Tilbury highligher and sculpt due for ages, but after reading this I might just get the highlighter and Kevyn Aucoin contour instead! Great review :) xx

    yespleasebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. "Bitch Perfect" god I love the Charlotte Tilbury line.
    CatrinTeleri

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  15. That lipstick looks beautiful x

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  16. Amazing products, love the shades! ♥
    xx

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  17. The CT palette is simply gorgeous I love the bronze shades :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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  18. Love both palettes! xo
    http://teenagewastelandbyhd.blogspot.com/

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  19. I walked past the Charlotte Tilbury stand in Selfridges the other day and was instantly drawn to them... the eye shadow pallettes look amazing!

    www.itschelsea.com

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  20. The palettes are stunning, the bronze shades are my fav in the set :) xx
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Desperate to try some Charlotte Tilbury make up, looks so beautiful

    Tiny Alis

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  22. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palettes! My brother bought me the Sophisticate one for Christmas and it's fab :)

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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  23. Vintage Vamp looks gorgeous. Crap now I want it!

    Raise The Waves

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  24. I think I bought Stoned Rose lipstick. I can never remember if it's stone or stoned. Anyway, I liked the name. :)

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  25. I find that if you pat on glittery eye shadows with your finger instead of using a brush (even a flat shader brush) that you'll get less fall out ~ seems to work for me.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  26. Those Charlotte Tilbury palettes look beautiful!

    cassandramyee.blogspot.com

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  27. Oooh those palettes are gorgeous, so adding Vintage Vamp to my lemmings list lol!! And I've been stalking selfridges too as they seem to be the only place to get Hourglass products that ship internationally - everything here in Aussie is soooo over priced :/

    http://bambikailand.blogspot.com.au/

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  28. Great lipstick name! Fab haul, I can't wait to try some of her line when I get back to the UK!

    www.walking-in-heels.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  29. Think its love at first sight (or a million site, gotta stop internet browsing). Cant wait for some money to come into my bank so I can go out and buy some of those eyeshadow pallettes, or the highlighter...? H x

    www.hopesgone.blogspot.com

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  30. Totes buying Dolce Vita. It looks farking amazing!

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  31. I always yearn for your makeup reviews, but you end up making me want everything! I might just cave and end up buying the dolce vita quad since you're pulling my arm so hard ;D

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  32. Man, oh man, my bank balance will not be happy to hear that I've just added the eyeshadow palettes to my CT wishlist! Great picks, as always!

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  33. Thanks for sharing your impressions on these items. For people like me that can't check this brand in person, this is really helpful.

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  34. dying to get my mitts on some CT stuff!!!

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  35. Can't wait till this comes to the US!

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

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  36. Those eye shadows look stunning.
    Hopefully they come to Canada soon!
    Lovely haul and can't wait to see your pictures of Doha.
    TarteTanya

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  37. Lovely post. I must say I am always worried about buying make-up online as how do you know how the shades are going to look on you, or in natural light? I will certainly pop over though to Selfridges to check out the CT line as I live nearby ;-)

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  38. CT products looks so gorgeous and I love the packaging! Can't wait to see some looks with those eye palettes!
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  39. I'm in the same predicament in Australia, we miss out on so many brands/they won't ship here :(
    I've wanted to try some Charlotte Tilbury make-up for a while, thanks for the review!

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  40. Gorgeous haul love all the items x

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  41. Try Nars Bolero with a tranparent coral gloss on top. Mac creamsheens or Nars Wonder gloss from the same collection.

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  42. Oh my, must resist the temptation to have a make-up splurge! D: x

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  43. I have had my new purse for 4 days and I get complements everywhere I go even the post office. I wanted to try something different and fun for the summer and what a fine collection of bags I’ve found.
    Lululemon clothing

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  44. If you could get hold of a Bardot Beige (its only available online at charlottetilbury.com) it can transform your Bitch Perfect. I tried at Selfridges and bought Penelope Pink and Seduction and I think they will look similar to my shade.

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