Beauty report: Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette

Words by Rachel Krasky


Name: Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
Price: $90
What it does:  A highlighting trio to make the face glow all day long.
Available from: charlottetilbury.com/au

How it feels/smells/looks

I’m going to be honest about this one – as beautiful as Charlotte Tilbury products are (they rarely let me down) this palette’s packaging is plastic. I’m used to the luxurious heavy-weighted packaging that makes Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette so famous. I can look past the packaging if the formula is A+, but unfortunately, this also fell flat for me. The palette includes three shades – the original gold bar, a pink shade and a bronze shade. The only one that I really enjoyed was the OG gold bar shade, the other two are quite powdery and don’t show up as much on the skin.

Why I like it

Don’t get me wrong, the product is still nice, but with brands constantly upping their game in the highlighter world, I expected this palette to be a big winner. It’s nice on the skin but it’s also quite subtle and doesn’t sit as well as other powder highlighters in my collection. If you want something on the less blingy side, this might be a good option for you. The original gold shade is stunning and would suit a variety of skin tones! The formula of the other two shades seems to be different and doesn’t lay on the skin as well.

Areas for improvement

As you can see, this product is not a new favourite of mine. For the price, I think it’s worth giving a miss. You can pick up some way more affordable alternatives that will do a better job –  e.g. the Urban Decay Afterglow palette or any of the Anastasia Beverly Hills quads. If you want the ‘Charlotte’ glow you are better off investing in the cult classic Filmstar Bronze & Glow, that is worth every penny.


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