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.