Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Review and Swatches

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Here is another brow product by the charismatic Charlotte Tilbury. I wasn't too impressed with her other one, so what about this liner and highlighter?

I'm usually a great fan of all things Charlotte Tilbury, but you all know I'm a very honest reviewer and when I'm not impressed I'm quick to say it. The sculpting gel was quite the disappointment as you can read about here: Legendary Brows Sculpting Gel review.

Here we have a three-in-one product: brow pencil, highlighter and brush. Let's see if this complete brow solution for natural brows is as good as it seems!
The styling is the same as all of Charlotte Tilbury's range, it looks very swish and it has an Old Hollywood vibe with the rose gold lettering on burgundy. 

It features a twist up brow pencil, a small spoolie brush on the other side which comes in handy and in the middle if you untwist it you will be surprised to find a highlighting powder with a small sponge tip applicator. 

The idea of incorporating all those things in the packaging is great, but on second or third use the whole thing dismantled, I lost the spring so now I only have the brow pencil. 
I wish that was the end of the sad story but the pencil also falls out if I'm not careful, and I was shocked to see how small it is!

You may have noticed that the golden lettering on the packaging is fading, for some reason it has started to fade after a couple of uses too, so packaging has failed quite a bit in quality this time. 
Formula and Colours
The pencil is a waxy consistency, but not too soft, in fact it isn't overly pigmented when swatching as you can see in the pictures. 
There are several shades to choose from: 
- Grace K: light taupe for blonde, light brown or red hair
- Rita: dark taupe for dark blonde to light brown hair
- Brooke S: warm medium brown for dark blonde to medium brown hair
- Supermodel: dark brown for dark brown to black hair. 
- Naomi: very dark for black hair.

The shade I have here is Grace K and it's the right neutral taupe for light coloured hair, you don't want it to be too warm. 

As for the highlighter, it's a rosey champagne colour meant to be used to hightlight under the brow. It's quite shimmery, almost metallic in a way although blended out it looks better. I feel it's quite a warm shade which won't suit all skin tones. 
Use and Finish
I really wish I could have carried on using all three items, now that the whole system is broken I can only use the brow pencil (and carefully as it's loose too).

The spoolie is useful to brush the brows upwards before starting, I find it's great to have it with the pencil so I don't have to be looking for one. 

Then you fill in the shape of the brows with the pencil. The triangular shape is great for this, it reminds me of the Hourglass pencil, you can read my review here: Hourglass Brow Arch Sculpting Pencil review
The tapered shape allows you to fill in quickly or draw fine lines for a perfected finish. It isn't too pigmented so the overall effect is always very natural. 

The highlighter is easy to apply and I blend it out with my finger. I find it a little shimmery for everyday use but it's definitely eye-catching. 
I'm incredibly disappointed that the whole product broke so quickly. I've even read it has happened to others so there must be some issue with quality. 

It isn't a cheap brow pencil at £22.50 so it's really upsetting that it hasn't withstood use. If you're looking for a similar product I'd recommend the Hourglass brow pencil first. 

What do you use for your brows?

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