Friday, July 10, 2015

W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow VS Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: Comparison, Swatches

Hi!

Every so often a cult product comes along. Something that people rave about, something you MUST have. Jumping on the bandwagon after Christmas, I fell for the hype surrounding the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow duo. At a pricey €65, it wasn't a decision I made lightly - but it was supposedly that good. And it was - it absolutely lived up to the hype for me. The contour shade is perfect for pale skin, it's buildable, and lasts ages. It's cool toned, there's no orange, and it doesn't streak. It can look mucky if you aren't careful with your brush choices - but with a little advice from Lovely Girlie Bits, I find the Real Techniques face brush the best. The highlighter is fantastic - a little goes a very, very long way - but it's a great texture and lasts hours on my face.

When W7 released their "dupe" - Hollywood Bronze & Glow - I will admit, I turned my nose up at it. I did. I thought it was just a blatant attempt to stay on the bandwagon after their naked-esque eyeshadow palettes and their Benefit-esque tints - but at a measly €3 in the recent Cara sale, I had it sent to my local store last week.








As you can see, my Charlotte Tilbury compact has been used a good bit, so the starburst pattern is gone - but the two brands do have the same design. The outer packaging of the W7 is really cheap looking, it's a hard plastic box with a clear window and a tiny strip of mirror on the inside. The Charlotte Tilbury is luxurious, a heavy gold coloured compact with a full size mirror on the inside.


Colour wise, there isn't a huge difference. The Charlotte Tilbury highlighter leans a little more towards peach than the W7, and the W7 bronzer is a little more orange, but there's not a massive deal. Pigmentation is the main difference between the two. The Charlotte Tilbury is very finely milled and feels much softer. The W7 is chunkier and has an awful lot of fallout (Talc is listed as the first ingredient in the W7).


On the face, it has to be said, the W7 bronzer is nice. The colour was strong when applied, but it blended out well to a nice natural finish. The Charlotte Tilbury is still one of the best contouring shades I've used for my skin tone - not a hint of orange in sight. With regard to the highlighters, I find the Charlotte Tilbury very full-on if I'm not careful. The W7 was a little thicker than the Charlotte Tilbury but it gave a really nice finish that wasn't at all robot-esque.

Excuse the bitchy resting face in the next photos.



I have to hand it to W7 - they've produced a nice little kit here. It's NOT a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury by any stretch of the imagination - the highlighter was nigh on invisible after about four hours - but the contour shade is nice, and it does the job. I'd definitely recommend it for someone just getting into contouring and highlighting who wants to practice or for a teen who is building up a collection of staple items.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow costs €65 and is available from Brown Thomas here.
W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow costs €3.75 and is available from Cara Pharmacy here.



11 comments:

  1. Brilliant review, I have to say at that price it's hard to argue with trying the cheaper one first and see how you're getting on before you shell out on CT! Great post as always!

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    1. Thank you Yav! It's definitely worth giving the W7 a go just to see if that type of product is one that would suit.

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  2. Ooh it's prob worth nabbing at that price if you can't save your sheckles for the CT version which is gorgeous though!

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    1. It's definitely worth a go, the CT is fantastic but it's so pricey x

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  3. I'm actually surprised at how good the W7 is tbh! I LOVE the CT one and if I can afford it when it runs out I'll most likely buy it again but it's great to know a cheaper version exists even if they're not the exact same!

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    1. So was I!! W7 isn't a brand I'd have much faith in after the whole eyebrow kit debacle, I was sure this would be chalky and barely translate to the skin but it was acceptable! Definitely worth it as a bridge-the-gap kinda thing between CT palettes!

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  4. Packaging looks really similar but you can really tell the quality when on the face. The Charlotte Tilbury one looks way more natural. I'm so damn tempted now to buy it, looks gorgeous on everyone I see pics of wearing it! x

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    1. I think it's because the Charlotte is so much finer, the powders really do feel silky on the skin and they last all day. In saying that I was surprised at the W7 - particularly the bronzer, because it wasn't at all horrible and would definitely do the job!

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  5. Your skin looks beaut! The glow on you!

    Have to say, I wasn't wild on the CT one in person. I dunno. A lot of the stuff was on my wishlist until I got to the counter. Hate to rag on sales assistants, because retail is hell, but they've never look at me, let alone help out. Last time I went in to actually buy something, they were chatting and I stood beside them waiting for a pause for then thousand years.

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    1. I have definitely found some of the CT products overrated. The eyeshadow quads - I mean they're nice, they're eyeshadow - but they weren't anything special for me. And for €50 a pop they'd want to be special! I absolutely hate when sales assistants do that. I get self conscious in Boots never mind BT, so that would definitely put me off.

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  6. I'd never be able to fork out that kind of money for CT but I'd love to have a go of this one, just to see! I have to say, love Sleeks contour kit. On a side note, your eyebrow game is so strong! :D xx

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