The tricky thing about contouring is that while there are lots of ways to get it wrong, all of which I’ve done (and written about here), there is no one way to get it right. It’s all about your facial proportions and the look you want to achieve, which makes it quite subjective.
And obviously I’m very far from being an expert, which is why I’m so obsessed, but still, I’m pretty confident about what I’m about to say. And that is: Charlotte Tilbury’s contour products are the best you’re going to find.
Her Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette, combined with the Powder & Sculpt brush (she likes her ampersands, does our Ms Tilbury) are makeup magic. And pretty glam, too: the palette’s packaging is inspired by a 20s cigarette case.
There are five main reasons it works as well as it does:
- The powder is silky and fine, so it applies evenly and won’t look blotchy (my main issue with the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder.)
- The shade is just right for my colouring; it will work nicely on most pale to medium skintones.
- There’s a little shimmer in the pan, which made Kat from Dollyrouge and I do a little double-take at the launch. But on the skin it adds just a smidgeon of luminosity that gives that filmstar glow.
- The highlighter, while not the main attraction, gives a candle-lit effect and the warm champagne is flattering on the skin.
- The brush is just perfection and hugs the contours of the face like nothing else.
Now for the bad news: the brush is €45 and the palette itself €65, so that’s a not inconsiderable outlay in the pursuit of a more defined face. Look to Irish brand Nima for more affordable tools; the Blaithin or the Wendy both look great.
But if you’re srsly, for real, determined to get to grips with contouring, don’t skimp on the palette. Nothing else comes close.