CHARLOTTE TILBURY BRIGHTENING YOUTH GLOW

A new hybrid makeup/skincare formula from the famed celebrity artist is billed as an anti-aging, colour-correcting glow-booster – but is it for you?
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Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow review-BEAUTYGEEKS

As famous for her celebrity clientele as she is for her immensely successful makeup line, Charlotte Tilbury is perhaps nearly as well known for wearing her Wonderglow face primer to bed at night. "At the end of the day I cleanse, apply my Magic Cream and Wonderglow," she told me. "It has anti-aging ingredients; I think of it as skincare."

Launched this past January, Charlotte Tilbury's Brightening Youth Glow ($65 CAD and $55 USD at charlottetilbury.com) is a new foundation primer that, for the brand, also leans toward skincare. 

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow – and models wearing it.

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow – and models wearing it.

Along with primer-y silicones, the formula contains glycerin, squalane, aloe, oat kernel extract, olive extract, camelia and rose hip oil, sunflower seed oil, peptides, aloe... it's all there in the ingredient list (see below, at the end of this post). It also has optical brighteners and subtle blurring pigments, plus tyrosinase inhibitors to halt melanin production and Vitamin B3 to reduce pigmentation. 

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow swatches

Unlike Wonderglow, as you can tell from the photos, Brightening Youth Glow isn't about golden-glow skin. Instead it has a pale pearlescent finish, which fair complexions in particular should like (although it should work on medium and medium-deep complexions too) – and a fine shimmer I hadn't noticed at all on my face, with or without foundation. That bit of sparkle shows up clearly on the back of my hand in the above sunlit swatch photo, though. 

Left: Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow. Right: topped with a bit of application of It Cosmetics CC+ Cream.

Left: Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow. Right: topped with a bit of application of It Cosmetics CC+ Cream.

But under foundation, the primer makes skin look glowy and blurs fine lines, too. In the above shot, the left side of my hand is the Brightening Youth Glow on its own; the right third is under a light application of It Cosmetics CC+ Cream SPF 50.

So is Brightening Youth Glow for you? Yes, if you want a hit of radiance but found Wonderglow too warm a tone for your complexion. Yes, if you have blotch-free, fairly even-toned skin.

However, if you deal with a lot of redness in your skin, I'd say no, unless you're willing to wait to see how effective those tyrosinase inhibitors and B3 are for you. The pearlescent finish doesn't do much to cancel redness out immediately. (It works best for me when my redness is already under control.) 

And of course, if you tend to avoid silicones, this really isn't for you.

If you're averse to shimmer in your primer, however, I'd say try it – you shouldn't see it if you wear it under a little foundation.

Note: a few tiny dabs of Brightening Youth Glow won't do the trick – you want to apply a bit more generously for optimal brightening. Or at least I had to apply more than I had initially. (Watch this Tilbury demo video to see what I mean.)

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow and other pretty things

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow and other pretty things

I don't usually wear primer – I just can't be bothered, and generally don't like the feeling of most formulas. But for me, Brightening Youth Glow does deliver on the radiance boost it promises, and I like the results. So I'm actually using it when my skin needs a bit of extra life; the primer gives it a lovely and yes, youthful glow. I've been wearing it almost daily for the couple of weeks, because even on a good-for-49-skin day, I'm finding it hard to resist the radiance boost. Plus in a pinch, this formula doubles as a subtle highlight on the tops of cheekbones, bridge of the nose and on the cupid's bow. (You know, if you don't need or want your strobing to be visible from space.)

For the record, though, I don't think of this as skincare. It's makeup with ingredients we also find in skincare. Same re: WonderGlow.

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow yet? Do you think you might? Does it remind you of any other complexion booster or primer?

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Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Mica, Silica, Squalane, Nylon-12, Alcohol Denat., Niacinamide, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Zinc Pca, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Carbomer, Polysorbate 40, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow ingredients: Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Mica, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Nylon-12, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 40, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Caramel, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Edta, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Sodium Hydroxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Coco-Glucoside, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Citronellol

Charlotte Tilbury is a cruelty-free brand.

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