We Tried and Rated 22 Iconic Charlotte Tilbury Products—Here's the Honest Tea


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You know you've done something right with your face when roughly 12 hours after you've applied your makeup, you're receiving compliments post–sweaty Pilates class. This is a true story, folks, and it goes a little something like this: Once upon a time, in 2012, there was a magical makeup line created by one of the most illustrious celebrity makeup artists in all the land, Charlotte Tilbury. Quite quickly, sparkling members of the A-list, fellow makeup artists, beauty editors, and shoppers aplenty fell under the line's enchanting spell, declaring their undying love for her wide assortment of cult-loved lipsticks, foundations, palettes, and even a glow-gifting wand or two. Fast-forward roughly nine years, and Charlotte Tilbury's namesake brand has taken the industry by storm, boasting some of the buzziest, most highly applauded products on the market.

And so lies the context for my opening anecdote. The brand, collectively, is known for so many iconic products that my fellow beauty writer Courtney Higgs and I decided to do the ultimate experiment to test out the line's versatility. We put 22 different products to the test, mixed and matched, on the weekends, on dates, etc. Here, we're sharing some of our photos, rating every product we tried, and delivering the tea on what we did (or didn't) like. And why stop there? As an extra surprise, we asked Charlotte's very own niece, celebrity makeup artist Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury, to tell us a little about her favorite products along the way. Keep scrolling! 

Erin Jahns, beauty director


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Magic Cream

Wonderglow Face Primer

Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Magic Away Concealer

Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette

Cheek to Chic Blush

Beauty Light Wand

Pillow Talk Luxury Palette

The Feline Flick Eyeliner

Full Fat Lashes Mascara

Lip Cheat

Matte Revolution Lipstick

Collagen Lip Bath Gloss

Courtney Higgs, Beauty Writer


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Airbrush Flawless Finish Foundation

Magic Away Concealer

Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette

Queen of Glow Luxury Palette

Lip Cheat

Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara

Rock 'n' Kohl Eyeliner

K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up Next: The 10 Best Mascaras at Ulta RN, According to a Lash-Obsessed Beauty Editor

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Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.