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: “Swish & Pop”— Charlotte might be known for many things, but subtlety is not one (have you read the fun product names on these yet?). The collection comes in six universally-flattering shades in pinks, peaches, and champagne golds, with a texture that acts as blendable and smooth as cream blush. There are no clichés when it comes to how these perform and wear.
When it comes to appearances, formula is sometimes king. These compacts appear as classic as they do modern: a gold hemline traces down its center, toward its enclosure, flanked by her signature “Night Crimson” burgundy, revealing its mirror inside. These might be “naughty,” but they are not for the ill-mannered: for all its “easy-to-use” perks, C2C’s texture is fine, yet delicate, which means dropping one can feel like an accidental iPhone crash test (sharp intake of breath). It’s a quality I’m willing to overlook (luxury often has its quirks).
The only real bad thing to say about Cheek to Chic: there are only six. More please, Char? We need another Tilbury blusher like we need more passionate women bosses (lots more). Charlotte has me swish-and-popping blush like the bend-and-snap, and there’s no going 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)]