19 July 2015

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection 
Charlotte Tilbury has in my humble opinion created one of the most beautiful make up collections ever released. Her iconic looks are not new to beauty enthusiasts and the brand is easily one of the most attractive beauty counters I have ever encountered. What with the rose gold toned packaging and the extremely well thought out eye shadow quads and of course fantastic quality, it sure is a brand that I find hard to beat and to ignore. 

In the past I have been no stranger to her products and have since they were first released managed to pick up a few here and there; the Dolce Vita palette will forever hold my heart. Yet when I heard all about the summer collaboration with British Fashion Photographer Norman Parkinson I immediately knew that this would be a collection worth waiting for.

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection
Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection

The Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection consists of an array of beautifully packaged products, some of which have a twist on much loved favourites. Within the collection there is the Colour of Youth Lip and Cheek Glow which is a refreshing rosy hue which adds a youthful flush to the cheeks. The presentation of this is second to none and it embodies a picture of a previously unprinted image of Norman Parkinson's wife Wenda. The second piece is one of Charlotte's most popular products, that being the Filmstar Bronze and Glow. This limited edition cream formula has a gorgeous dewy finish and is in my opinion easier to work with than its powder counterpart. This product is beautifully portrayed by Jerry Hall which features an iconic Vogue cover shot from 1975.

The collection also consists of two limited edition make up bags which I must admit I am on the fence about. Whilst I absolutely love the designs of them and secretly wish I owned one, they are in my opinion a little too expensive for what they are. Having said that, don't get me wrong though because if money was no object then I certainly would have picked up the On Call Make Up bag.

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of  previewing this collection a week or so before its official release in Selfridges, where at the time having been able to try out the products myself I settled on treating myself to two items from it. The first item I decided to pre-order was the Dreamy Glow Highlighter which features yet another stunning photograph by Norman Parkinson of Carmen dell’Orefice for Vogue in 1959. This highlighter is of fantastic quality and does not disappoint as it is incredibly fine, beautifully pigmented yet it is not over the top in the slightest. In comparison to the highlight from the original Filmstar Bronze and Glow I would say that this one leans more towards a peach tone whereas the original is more of a champagne tone. They're not miles apart so I would advise comparing them at your local counter in order to make your mind up as to whether to pick this one up or not; having said that, I'm glad I did.

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection
No make up collection would be complete without a lipstick or two gracing the scene, of which out of the two one in particular caught my immediate attention at the preview event. Starting off with Miss Kensington, this was the one out of the two that I thought would be the one I would gravitate towards the most. It is a nude after all and most certainly falls within the spectrum of my most worn lipstick shades, yet when I tried the 1975 Red instead I was instantly sold on its much brighter and bolder counterpart.

Having never tried any of the matte revolution lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury before I must admit that I found myself feeling a little apprehensive, I just was not sure what to expect. I struggle with matte formulas, there is no denying it yet I have to say that the formula of the Matte Revolution Lipsticks is hands down the best I have ever tried. This is not drying on the lips in the slightest which is always something I look for, particularly within a matte formula. It does not drag or seep into lines; in fact it is hard to believe it is a matte formula at all. In terms of pigmentation the 1975 Red is incredible and wear time is seriously good. I want to keep talking about this over and over yet I will refrain from doing so. Ultimately it is safe to say that I will be adding more of these lipsticks to my collection in the future.

Charlotte Tilbury 1975 Lipstick

The 1975 Red is not your typical red; it is described by Charlotte as her 70's sunset red which I think is a perfect description. There are blends of red, orange and coral within this which I think makes it so unique, I really do think it is a universally flattering red which would suit so many different skin tones.

What do you think of the Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collaboration? 


  1. You look gorgeous Amy! I ordered the highlight sat at LAX a couple of days ago but I wish I had thrown the lipstick in too!! I am highlighter obsessed at the moment, it should be in my office when I go back tomorrow! X

  2. Originally I thought I wasn't going to splurge, but then I fell for this highlighter, the youth cheek/lip glow, and cream filmstar glow!


  3. The packaging of this collection is so gorgeous! I adore Charlotte Tilbury products as a whole - that red is STUNNING on you.

    Dar | www.holylipstick.com

  4. Caroline Henson19 July 2015 at 11:09

    I have far too many pink lipsticks as it is but I don't think I can resist the Miss Kensington lippie. Also very tempted by the Colour Of Youth! xx

  5. The packaging and the lipstick itself are so stunning <3 This shade suits you so well!


  6. I love the shade of the lipstick :)

    emily xx


  7. Everything looks so lovely, and the packaging of each product is just so beautiful!

    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

  8. Ahhh, both of these products look absolutely stunning. I love orangey-reds and 1975 red looks like a winner! Still dying to try some prods from CT! :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  9. Everything looks gorgeous, and I love that shade of red on you! I really like the formula of the Matte Revolution lipsticks, I've got my eye on Miss Kensington xx


  10. This looks like such a beautiful collection, especially the lipstick!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  11. Oooh that lipstick looks amazing on you Amy - what a gorgeous shade! I really wish I had a CT counter closer to me!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  12. This range is beyond gorgeous and I have to agree it’s one of the most beautiful collections ever! The highlighter looks and sounds amazing, I love the Carmen photo on the top of the packaging. I think I definitely need this in my life as I’m loving the highlighter from the Bronze and Glow. 1975 looks amazing on you :) Fab post sweet :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  13. The highlighter and blush are at the top of my list when this collection is available internationally xx

  14. This is such a stunning collection and I adore the packaging!


  15. Hi Amy! I seriously envy you / those who who have anything from the collection! I have considered making a purchase online but everybody says going to the CT beauty counter is part of the experience... I probably would go for the same products as you, the highlighters packaging is gorgeous and sounds amazing and the red lipstick looks gorgeous on you as well! :)

    keep in touch x Josune, Your Beauty Script ❤


  16. How I wish I had the entire collection...


  17. I totally agree her makeup collection is beautiful. I've recently hit pan on my CT Bronze & Glow which makes me feel very sad. But I'd love to try some of her eye products!


  18. The Dreamy Glow highlighter looks beautiful! And the lipstick looks stunning on you Amy <3

    Jess xo

  19. Wow, that lipstick is literally stunning! Fantastic post as always Amy :)

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty

  20. Wow that lipstick is stunning :) I might have to pick that up xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  21. danniella josephine22 July 2015 at 20:06

    You look beautiful :D

    You may be happy to hear that I *may* finally buy something from Charlotte Tilbury! I'm thinking one of her lipsticks, and this looks like a really lovely shade :)

    Dannie x

  22. That lipsticks stunning, I've just picked up Lost Cherry and I absolutely love it. CT just get it right every time!

    xxx Claire

  23. I haven't tried any by Charlotte Tilbury yet but if I was to try anything I think it would be something with the standard packaging as the Normal Parkinson packaging really doesn't appeal to me unfortunately x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty


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