If you’ve ever seen the Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold highlighter, you know it’s pretty AF but also very expensive for just one tiny highlighter. You guys know how much packaging matters to me and I also thought the packaging is way to big for a single highlighter. So even though the highlighter is very beautiful and popular, I never got around to buying it.
Until the sneak peeks came of a Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold palette! That got me really excited, especially since the palette has a good value (€40 for the single Bar of Gold and €65 for the palette with three shades) so I ordered the palette immediately when it launched.
How gorgeous is the packaging? It’s the classis Charlotte Tilbury style with (deep) burgundy packaging and gold details.
The palette contains three highlighting shades: the Original Bar of Gold, Rose gold and Gold Bullion. How gorgeous is this!?
At first the shades didn’t swatch that well (chalky and glittery) and that got me scared it was a bad buy… Butttt if I learned anything from beauty Youtubers, it’s that products can have a hard top layer because of how the product was pressed or because it has a spray over.
So I ignored that first layer and underneath it, I found the most beautiful highlighter! It’s very pigmented (as you can see in the picture above) and all three shades give an amazing glow.
I do have to say that the chosen shades are pretty mainstream, what brand doesn’t carry a white gold, rose gold and bronze gold highlighter shade these days? Especially in palettes! But nevertheless I think this palette is beautiful and for Charlotte Tilbury it is actually something new!
All three shades swatch really pretty. They are creamy, pigmented and intense in glow. I do already spot some obvious glitter parts which make the reflection of these shades even better, but also makes the highlighter pretty glittery.
Loving or hating glitter is personal preference: I love it when a highlighter gives an amazing glow without glitters because on me it just looks better, like it melted into my skin.
On my eyes I’m wearing all three shades (lightest one in the inner corner and on the brow bone, rose gold mixed with the dark one on the lid and the dark one in the outer corner) and for highlighter on my nose and cheekbones I mixed Original Bar of Gold and Rose Gold.
You can see that on my eyes, they are not that extreme in pigment as with the swatches. In combination with the highlighter though it gives my whole face an effortless glow and brightness.
The glow of the highlighters does come alive when applied on the cheekbones with a dense brush. It gives an amazing glow that melts into the skin. You can build the glow up from natural to blinding which is a good thing to me. What I don’t like in this highlighter is that the glitters in it make that the highlighter emphasizes the texture of my skin. On my cheekbones and especially on my temples, I have larger pores than on the rest of my face and putting highlighter there put’s a spotlight on the pores. I can fix that by applying a pore filling primer first butttt that defeats the whole ‘natural glow from within’ from this highlighter because you have to work for it.
In conclusion: it’s a gorgeous highlighter palette with shades that wear well and give a pretty glow. However, because of how it emphasizes my pores, I think there are better highlighters out there, also for less money. The three shades remind me of the NYX Born To Glow highlighting palette (review here).
The Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold highlighter palette retails for €65,- and you can find it on www.charlottetilbury.com.