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Yay! Another smackdown! This time we have a MASSIVE Charlotte Tilbury brand smackdown – see how all the products apply while I give my 100% brutally honest reviews. We’ve got some major hits (holy grail items) and some major FAILS, hope you find the video informative!

In case you’re looking for something in particular…

Skin & Face – 0:35 – 5:20
Brow and Eye Products – 5:20 – 10:30
Lips – 10:20 – 12:00
NB: Brush wise, wasn’t a huge fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Smudger or Powder & Sculpt Brush (both great shapes but scratchy compared to my Japanese brushes) but I do like the Eye Blender Brush (very soft!).

This video is not sponsored, I just thought it would be fun 🙂

Nail polish I’m wearing in this tutorial

It’s a CND Shellac but I forgot the name 🙁 Soz

Complete List of Products Mentioned

Magic Cream (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Mini Miracle Eye Wand Concealer (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

The Retoucher Concealer – I use shade 2 (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Light Wonder Foundation – I use shade 4, it oxidises one shade FYI (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Magic Foundation – Foundation First Impressions here (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder – I use the shade 2 (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Filmstar Bronze & Glow – I use the lighter shade (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Cheek to Chic Blush – I used shade First Love (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Beach Stick – I showed shade Moon Beach (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Brow Lift Brow Pencil – I used shade Cara D (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Legendary Brow Gel – I used the shade Clear (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Sticks – I used shade Amethyst Aphrodisiac (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadows – I used shade Mona Lisa (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Eyeshadow Palettes – I used many lol (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Rock n Kohl Eyeliner – I used shade Bedroom Black (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Full Fat Lashes (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Legendary Lashes (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Lip Cheat Lipliner – I used shade Pillow Talk, also love Iconic Nude (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Lipsticks – I used shade Bish Perfect (US buy here) (AUS buy here)

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss – I used shade Hall of Fame (I think other shades might be less sheer, btw!) (US buy here) (AUS buy here)


A lot of love (and blood…and sweat… and tears) went into this video so I hope you love it!


NB: A lot of these products were purchased by me, many were sent to me for consideration. My reviews are brutally honest regardless 😉

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  1. Brilliant review! I loved it all – and I appreciate your candor, and it fits with my experiences of some of the items I have tried. I love the lip liner, film star, and lipstick. I look forward to trying more. I would love to be able to get my makeup/foundation to be invisible like yours is. Will keep at it — as always, you inspire.

  2. Wow Karima fab post. I have quite a few Charlotte tilbury items…some hits some misses. Love bronze and glow, well mainly the bronze, I wish she would bring out some different highlight compilations though. Love the lip pies. I haven’t tried the powder but am going to order one now so thanks for the heads up, I’ve been looking for a good compact powder. By the way rouge bunny rouges diaphanous powder is a dream. I hated the miracle eye wand, the cream side stung like a bitch and the other end, well!!!!! What’s that all about. Funnily enough with all the hype over the rock n kohl eyeliner I hated it. I could only use it on the waterline, it pulled trying to draw a line on the upper lid and was real patchy, I’ll be sticking with my Kevyn aucoin ones, his brown/black is awesome. I liked the the light wonder foundation would of loved it had it been a medium coverage but the magic foundation was a total miss…urgh, truly awful. I only have the sophisticate eyeshadow palette which is ok. I really like the full fat lashes mascara even though like yourself I do get panda eyes but that’s quite normal for me with most mascara, my Fave is guerlain maxi lash. Thank you so much for your time and honesty on doing these wonderful in depth reviews they are so much appreciated.

  3. Sorry also meant to ask can you recommend a brush similar to charlottes powder and sculpt brush. I love the shape, size and density but not so much the feel of the bristles… It’s not so soft. I’m trying to collect chikuhodo or hakuhodo brushes so anything similar from their lines would be great. Thank you

  4. Karima, I think this is the best video you ever posted. It is well edited, informative and didn’t make me bored throughout watching it. I hope your next smackdowns would be like this. Are you going to do Cle de Peau smackdowna in the near future? Highly appreciated if you do. Also, what brand of Japanese brush that resembles CT powder and sculpt brush? Thank you very much and good luck!

  5. Karima, your aesthetic sense has always wowed me, but this video is another level. I cannot imagine the hard work you have had to put into this video. It is probably the most visually pleasing beauty video I have ever seen, and I have seen many. Congrats!

  6. OK so this video is how I discovered your channel, and up until now I can’t stop binge-watching/reading all your content! I’m so happy I discovered you!

    I love your make up philosophy, I just wish I would have the same skin tone (my body is cool yellow/olive, my face has more red in it hence it’s less olive and more neutral as a whole but as a whole I think I’m lighter than you: I use the Bourjois in 52 too, but anything else you use is way too dark on me).

    I am religiously reading your japanese brush posts now, as I’ve been meaning to invest in some for a while… The only thing holding me back (apart from the price tag) right now is I want to make sure I will know how to properly clean them and store them. Seriously I don’t understand why people store make up brushes out in the air in pots, when I see the amount of dust that I can collect on my shelves in just a week!

    Keep up the good work! 🙂