T H E D R Y S H E E T P H E N O M E N O N
I still vividly remember skipping into Selfridges to swatch the Charlotte Tilbury range when it first launched a few years ago, and thinking 'Goodness me, this is makeup heaven!'. Since then, they're a brand I use, love and admire, and one I'd only dream of working with, which makes this post a really special one for me! I was recently sent several items to try, including their new dry sheet masks, which I'm dying to tell you about, so let's jump in.
The Magic Foundation (here for the US) (I have shade 3.5) seems to have marmite-like reviews but used in a certain way, I think it's a gorgeous base. For me, it's a little much to be wearing all over as it's quite strongly pigmented, but I've really taken to applying just a little to the centre of my face and sheering out from there with a beauty blender, much the same technique as with my Hourglass stick. Once settled, this has such a beautiful texture and finish, velvety and skinlike and lasts all day on my skin. As I try so many foundations, I'm never without a stash to call upon, so never really have the need to repurchase (strict emphasis on need and not want, or in fact what happens anyway!). The fact that I've repurchase this one is testament to how much I like it!
For the appearance of a bright and well-rested undereye, I'm loving the combination of the Mini Miracle Eye Wand (here for the US)and The Retoucher concealer (here for US). The eye wand houses a double-ended attack on dark circles, with an illuminating eye cream the one end and a brightening concealer on the other, which I actually prefer to hightlight with rather than conceal my undereyes. NB, don't be like me and twist the wrong end - I sat there for a few minutes thinking 'nothing's happening, have I broken it?' to realise I was twisting the wrong side and then have eye cream spewing out the other end.. The Retoucher is really light and fluid in texture and Shade 03 has very warm, peachy undertone which lends itself to beautifully correcting the under eye area.
The Brow Lift pencil (here for US) and Legendary Brow gel (here for US) are relatively new to me, c/o the CT team, but I'm already in love. I chose the shade Supermodel in the pencil, one of their newer colours - a dark, ashy brown that's perfect for my brows, although they have several shades to choose from. The triangular tip makes application speedy, which I always appreciate as I'm just not one to sit and fill in my brows for several minutes. (It looks identical to the Etude House brow pencil, and interesting they're both made in Korea so I expect they're very similar.) The other end of the pencil houses a brush, but the more exciting section is revealed if you twist open the middle, to reveal a little spring-loaded highlight shade. I actually find this a little too dark and glittery/metallic to use under my brows but it's beautiful on the inner corners, or even on the lid if you're on the go. The Legendary Brow gel is absolutely a new favourite, I haven't put it down! I don't have very demanding criteria for brow gels but what makes this one particularly excellent is the size of the brush, it's miniscule. I picked it up in Clear, which doesn't make my brows look powdery or soapy, but there are tinted options too, which with the teeny brush, would be brilliant.
When it comes to eyes, I adore CT cream products, especially as most of the shades have an interesting depth or shift to them. The Colour Chameleon in Dark Pearl (here for US) has been a long favourite of mine. A smudgey, mauve-grey-taupe shade, it's beautiful worn heavy at the lashes and blended out at the crease, creating it's own dimension on your eye that looks like you've put in the time to create a 'proper' eye look. Similarly, my Eyes To Mesmerise cream shadow in Marie Antoinette (here for US) is a beautiful neutral, with gorgeous, warm, pinkish-copper undertones - it's exceptionally pretty.
|L-R: Magic Foundation in 3.5 // The Retoucher in 3 // Miracle Eye Wand in 2 //|
Brow Lift in Super Model // Marie Antoinette // Dark Pearl
I've been intrigued about the Nannette de Gaspe dry masks the moment I saw the little 'library' of them in Selfridges, until I found out they were three hundred pounds for the set. Now I'm not shy in spending when it comes to beauty, but seriously, you could go and get an in-salon procedure for that kind of money, even botox and a facial.. Thankfully, Charlotte Tilbury's new release (here for US) is at a much more affordable price point (£18 per mask, or £60 for a set of 4), and like the Nannette ones, they're completely bone dry. Intrigued?
Said to be 'impregnated' with vitamins, floral extracts, oils and butters, a 'bio-mimetic revolutionary system' and '5 Skin Solution IQ' delivers goodness to your skin over the course of 8 hours. It's supposed to leave you with smoother, brighter, more hydrated, more lifted skin, with a reduction in wrinkles. And you can pop it back in the resealable package and wear it three times, so more like £6 a shot. I don't know about you, but I just can't get my head around this.. Let's move onto application nevertheless:
I thought I could try this without tying up my hair..
Actually, applying it is really simple. It's completely dry so there's no mess (and doesn't really smell of anything), just place the pink side with the CT logos onto your face and hook the 4 slots over your ears. I really like how comfortable and secure this is to wear, you could definitely go about your daily routine or chores with this on, although because the mask is a little stretched over the bridge of my nose, it doesn't adhere very well to my undereye area, which I feel is somewhere that needs attention for me.
Had to send a quick snap to F - I do like alarming him with my latest sheet mask look. I have the Soo Ae charcoal masks which are black and terrifying ;) I think these ones sit in between leather face and a post-plastic surgery op patient...
Anyway, leave on for 15 minutes.
I have to say I really enjoy the dry aspect in terms of practicality. There's no need to lie down, no dripping, no sliding off the face, no messing up your hairline, it's a great sensation, although my face felt a tiny bit itchy past the 5 minute mark. It's also an odd sensation, because I'm so used to wet masks, and I like being able to feel product soaking into my skin. This just feels like I'm wearing a costume?
Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Oleate, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Acacia Senegal Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Niacinamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Arginine, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Disodium Edta, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Dicaprylyl Ether, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Algae (Dictyopteris Membranacca) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lactate, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Lauryl Alcohol, Crocus Sativus Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Mica (Ci 77019), Carmine (Ci 75470).
OK results. Honestly (aside from messing up my brows), I had to look twice in the mirror, and study my face to see if there's a marked difference. F says I look more refreshed. I think he's right, and my skin feels lovely and soft, but it's nothing groundbreaking? Looking at the ingredients, a lot of the main ones are emollients and oils and butters, which are lovely, but are also commonly found in a good moisturiser.
EDIT: It's now been a good 5-6 hours since I had the mask on and my skin looks a lot more bright and glowy than it did just after I removed it, and what's more, it still feels soft and plump, like it's been hydrated from within - maybe it does work?!
I think if you're not averse to ordinary sheet masks, or facial oils etc, then I'd advise sticking with those (I just a big skincare post if you'd like some ideas). If you're like me however and just sometimes are positively not in the mood to tie up your hair and deal with a drippy mask, then these might be for you. I'm actually wondering if I could slather on an oil or balm or something and then apply this over the top?
What are your Charlotte Tilbury favourites? And have you tried dry masks??
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