Review Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow-Older Skin

Cordelia, bronzer, happy, getting ready

Some women want a product that says natural, fresh and elegant and doesn’t appear overly obvious. Other women prefer to be noticed on entrance and would like to look glam and wow.

The product we will look at today falls into the former category. It is understated and can and does suit women of all ages. I shall be reviewing Charlotte Tilbury’s Bronzer, from the older women perspective and I thought it would be interesting to compare the Filmstar Bronzer to my current favourites which are “Lord And Berry Bronzer” & “Senna” Highlighter.

The Charlotte Tilbury brand has been in the Makeup business for many years and as a professional make-up artist understands the many and varied different needs, desires and wishes of women (all ages) . The product we are looking at is new to me and I thought I might do a comparison to my favourites and look at it’s performance.

NB There are affiliate links within this blog post. This means I will receive a teeny tiny commission from the advertiser should you purchase the product from the link. I am not sponsored by anyone and this is my honest review.

I filmed a video for YouTube, click on the link to see first hand how the product worked on my 60+ skin and if it competed  to my current favourite “bronzer”



The Filmstar Bronze & Glow is another product from the brand. Its purpose is to give you that nice glow that’ll naturally make you wear a confident look. This product retails for about 70 USD or £49 which I have found in Feel Unique.

This product is a more neutral bronzer that you can either use for contouring or highlighting. You can get the neutral glow to your cheeks by combining the two shades of this product.

Its shimmering gold look gives a glimpse into how great it’ll look on different skin tones.  The product comes in two different shades which are perfect for all skin tones. The shades are light to medium and medium to dark.

First Look and feel

  • Look

The palette comes in a burgundy box with a rose gold inscription. Inside is yet another luxury burgundy package which is where you will then find the palette.

The palette is rectangular, has a luxurious “bejewelled” look and is quite weighty, smart enough to be taken out in the evening in your evening clutch. There are two color shades in the palette with the obligatory mirror.

The two shades are the highlight and the sculpt/bronzer shade. They sit beside each other while the mirror is above them to enable you to see what you’re doing.

There are two dual colour palettes Fair/Medium and Medium/Dark. The Shade I used was “Fair/Medium”

  • Feel

Looking at the product would make you think it’s soft and has a buttery feel, but it isn’t. Rather, it is stiff when you touch it, with a dewey glisten look.

I noticed very little  fallout during application, which is unlike most others, and for me is a real plus. The surface feels not unlike a pressed powder rather than an actual bronzer. Yet the application is that of a sculpting bronzer. Another plus

The Two-color Shades

Charlottle Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury, Highlighter & Bronzer
  • The highlight shade

When you look at the highlight shade, it has a mix of gold and champagne appearance. It doesn’t have a warm undertone.

It has a golden shimmery look that can flatter any skin tone. It blends into skin tones nicely. The shade looks beautiful and photographs well with artificial lighting making it perfect for selfies or social media

  • The sculpt shade

Generally, the product gives a warm feel to the skin when contouring. It gives a warm feel to your skin when you apply it. With this product, your skin gets a nice glowing effect.

Normally, you can smoothly use a big fluffy brush with other bronzers. But, it can get difficult at times when you try to use the sculpt shade with a big fluffy brush, I favour the angled brush as this gives a directional sculpt

How to Get a Candle-lit Skin and Killer Cheekbones

In this section, we’ll go over the make-up procedure with this product. Getting a candle lit skin and a killer cheekbone encompasses using both the sculpting and highlight shades on this product.

The procedure is a continuous process, but we’ll break it into sections just to show you how to use this product.

How to Apply the Sculpting Shade

  • First, you’ll need a powder and sculpt brush. Start with your left cheek while using your right hand to hold the brush.

    Angled Make Up Brush - Diego Dalla Palma
    Sculpting  Brush
  • Use the brush to touch the sculpt shade and tap off the excess.
  • Follow the hollow gently with the brush and draw sculpt along the shadow line of your cheek bone.
  • You’ll notice a soft sheen on the area. Move the brush around the corner of your face.
  • You’ll notice that the sculpt color gives a nice warm tone to your skin. Also, you’ll see that the shadow on the opposite cheek has a cooler color.

Using the Bronzing Brush

  • Next is to get the bronzing brush and dip it into the sculpt shade. Now, apply the brush to the part of your face where the sun reflects naturally
  • Blend into the cheekbones along the jaw line and across your nose.

Blending in the Highlight Shade

  • You need a powder and sculpt brush for this as well
  • Dip the brush into the highlight shade and gently apply it on your cheekbones
  • Also, move the brush along the bridge of your nose and down to the center. You can also apply the highlighter on the cupid bow of your lips to enhance your lips
  • Next is to apply a little highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes and across the eyelids. This will make your eyes pop
  • Get a smaller brush and use it to apply the sculpt shade to the sides and tip of your nose. This will shape your nose nicely.


  • It gives a flattering look on most skin types and ages
  • It gives a unique gleam to your cheekbones
  • It gives a very subtle look.
  • Good for photographs/Selfies/Social Media
  • Great looking product, easily portable
  • Easy to apply, with little to no fallout
  • Fabulous for evening or special occasion wear


  • Depending on your skin tone, you can only use it during a certain season. This is because some people’s faces change during seasons
  • It has a silver undertone on some skin tones.
  • Does not come with a brush
  • Can be easy to overkill the cheeks, therefore practice first, less is more
  • Not so good in natural light, again less is more


A lot of women may not fancy contouring, but it’s a less difficult way to bring out your killer cheekbones. It’s always nice when

Cordelia's Wedding Photo with, fascinator, and bronzer
Cordelia – Own Wedding

you walk with a confident and glowing look.

In my view this product is one of the best sculpting and highlighting applications you can find on the market. If you want to glow from within in an unannounced way, then you can’t go wrong with this product. You only need a little application on your skin to bring out your glow.

You might even get an offer to buy at a lower price from a retailer. My advice is, grab that offer with both hands!

Overall I loved this product and whilst I am still staying with my favourite “Lord & Berry” for daytime use, I will never the less be using Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow for evening wear. Click on the Video to watch the comparison

PS I have just got married and it was my product of choice for my wedding.

If you liked this review then maybe you will find my 6 Best Mascaras for Older Women product review useful,


Thank you for reading thus far, I would love to hear your views on Charlotte Tilbury or if you have any alternative suggestions.


Meantime take care



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6 thoughts on “Review Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow-Older Skin

  1. I am a senior also and always looking for ways to create the Spring Chicken look. Thank you for your expert advice – not only on the product but how to apply it too. I am happy to have found your site with so much helpful information. Congratulations on your wedding, and your photos look beautiful.

    1. Oh my gosh, that’s a lovely comment. 
      Thankyou so much for taking the time to look and peruse my website, I am also really pleased you found it useful, next week I am doing a “brow” tutorial, (the most requested review) 

      Look forward to seeing you again.

  2. I just love the way you explained the product. Though I am in my 30’s I like to read about the products you recommend. You look so energetic and confident. Keep rocking!

    1. Kavitha, thank you for taking the time to comment, and such a lovely comment as well, I also love that you took something from it even though you are in your 30’s.
      Hopefully see you around again. 🙂

  3. Hi Cordelia,

    Thanks for introducing those beautiful products to us. I think people who love makeup will find your post useful and love to purchase them by your recommendations. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze Glow seems like a good gift for my mom for her bday this year, so I will take a serious look at this very soon.

    The tips you share here about using a brush to highlight shades are amazing, and it’s really nice that you are offering your know-how to your readers. I must share this article and your website with my mom so she can learn more from you. BTW, you look good in the video. 🙂


    1. Matt,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to both read and comment. I am sure your Mom will love the Charlotte Tilbury bronzer. You are quite right it will make a beautiful gift. Thank you for being complimentary, it’s always a bit nerve wracking doing close ups.. so I really appreciate the comments.
      Cordelia 👍

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