October 28, 2021

#NotSponsored: What Even Is The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter?

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Photography: Rose Garnett

We investigate the ultra-mysterious do-it-all beauty product that everyone is talking about right now.

There are certain makeup products that seemingly appear out of nowhere and, within a matter of days, manage to take over the entire industry. Every Instagram influencer, TikToker and beauty writer is all of a sudden using said product and, naturally, you need it. ASAP. 

For me, the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter was one such product. Seeing it pop up on my explore page one too many times, the multitasking product had me hook line and sinker, after seeing one single before and after transformation. Taking dull, tired skin and immediately elevating it to an ethereal radiance, I was counting down the days until I could get my hands on the bottle of goodness—even though I wasn’t even 100 per cent sure what it was or what it did.

As one of the most misunderstood makeup products on the market right now, there is a lot of confusion around what it is actually designed to do or how exactly you’re meant to use it. And, in truth, it’s because there is nothing else like it. Designed to be an IRL filter, all I can say is that I’ve never received so many compliments on my skin since adding it into my routine. “What is on your skin?” “That glow!” “Tell me your secrets!” All phrases I’ve heard in the last three weeks since committing to daily application.

Desperate to know what it is (and if you need it)? Allow me.


The Sell: A multitasking formula, designed to illuminate the skin while blurring and smoothing, the Hollywood Flawless Filter is made to emulate Hollywood lighting effects. Designed to be worn alone, underneath, mixed-with or on top of your favourite foundation to freshen up your complexion, this all-rounder product will keep you glowing.

The Price: $65 from Mecca.

The Review: If there’s one makeup product that I think everyone should own, it’s the Hollywood Flawless Filter. Big call, I know. But once you’ve tried this all-in-one, can-do-everything-except-the-dishes makeup product you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Described as a multi-purpose glow booster, this formula is like nothing I have ever tried. Not quite a highlighter, lighter than a foundation and more competent than your average primer, it is also one of the most misunderstood and intimidating makeup products on the market. In the words of our founder, Eleanor Pendleton, “But what does it actually do?” (If you haven’t listened to that episode of Gritty Pretty Radio, click here).

In short, it gives you the most youthful, radiant and healthy complexion possible. I love using it either alone (on my lighter makeup days) or underneath my tinted moisturiser (when I’m looking for a more glam, evening look). And with one sold every two minutes, it seems I’m not the only one who can’t get enough of this filter in a bottle.

Containing smoothing airbrush polymers, which create a poreless, flawless finish on the skin, the liquid gold comes conveniently housed in a large glass container with a doe foot applicator, which makes it seamlessly glides over the entire face. The inclusion of finely milled powders also helps to blur the appearance of lines and pores (hence providing that youthful, smooth base) and the brightening porcelain flower extract creates incomparable radiance. Available in 12 shades, it is a makeup kit must-have, in my humble opinion.  

The Score: 10/10—a summer skin essential!


What Shade Should I Get In Flawless Filter?

Available in 12 shades, there is one to suit everyone. So, either head into your local Mecca to get shade matched or use their nifty online shade matching technology to get the best one for you!

Is Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter Full Coverage?

In short, no. The Flawless Filter is more of a skin tint/glow booster, so coverage is minimal. If you’re looking for more coverage simply add your favourite foundation or concealer over the top.

Can You Wear Flawless Filter On Its Own?

You sure can! Designed to be worn on its own, underneath makeup or on top of your foundation and concealer for an added glow, this product is a true multi-tasker in every sense of the word.


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