It’s “naughty,” “sexy,” and “gorgeous, darling”: catch makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for even a second and get ready to be passionately pitched to, no doubt in an excited fervor of buzzwords. Only, like Charlotte herself, I’m glad to say her eponymous range is as fabulous as she makes it out to be. Charlotte Tilbury Beauty is a mainstay in my pro-kit, and her Cheek to Chic Blushers are no exception.
Each pan of blush is a two-in-one: a soft, glowing halo “swish” outside, complementing an accent “pop” shade within. The technique is Tilbury’s two-step design, aptly called “Swish & Pop”— she's known for many things, that Charlotte, but subtlety might not be one (have you read the fun names of these yet?). The collection comes in six universally-flattering shades in pinks, peaches, and champagne golds, with a formula that acts as blendable and as smooth a texture as cream blush. What makes the cut into my pro-kit, I am happy to say, is that there are no clichés when it comes to how these perform and wear.
When it comes to encasing this dream formula, Tilbury follows her signature motto on timelessness: go modern, and in homage to vintage style. A golden hemline traces down her high-shine compacts' center toward the lip of its enclosure, flanked by her signature “Night Crimson” burgundy, revealing its mirror inside. Naughty, for sure; for the ill-mannered, maybe not: for all its “easy-to-use” perks, C2C’s texture is fine, yet delicate, which means dropping one can feel like dropping a caseless iPhone. Use with care when operating this machinery.
That is a quality, however, I am luckily willing to overlook. Sometimes, luxury has its quirks, and Tilbury proves that formula really is queen. The only truly bad thing to say about Cheek to Chic? There are only six in the range. More please, Char. We need another Tilbury blusher like we need more passionate women bosses (lots more). Charlotte Tilbury's Cheek to Chic Blusher is like the bend-and-snap: once you swish-and-pop, you never go back.
See the technique yourself:
A Stroke of Genius:
the "Swish & Pop" Technique
- "Swish": the outside halo is a guide color. Twirl the side-most, top bristles of your blush brush over this. Don't mix. Dust the excess blush on the top of your other hand.
Then, while rotating your wrist towards your ears, swish the brush onto your apples and up your cheekbones in circular motions. If you've read my post on drunk blush, you'll know how I like to make cheeks look as lifted and high as possible.
The result: a soft, halo of color that highlights your cheekbones, lifts your face, and guides you to where the pop, accent blush is applied.
- Dip the top center part of your blush brush into the center colour in the pan. Dust the excess off on the top of your other hand.
"Pop" your blush brush onto the apples of your cheeks. It kind of does the work for you, but you'll know it's blended when you see no demarcation between the two shades and the rest of your makeup.
Below is her video tutorial featuring my favorite blush of hers, "Love is the Drug": it's a peachy-pink gold "swish" and a peony lilac-pink "pop" blush, one which I find particularly brightens olive skins and fair skintones.
Talc, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Carprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), [May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77491, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (19140)]