Welcome to the July installment of The Year of Charlotte Tilbury! If you follow the Tilbury hype at all, then you’ve been seeing and hearing lots about her new collaboration with the famous British fashion photographer, Norman Parkinson.
The collaboration sprung from Tilbury’s love of Parkinson’s photography. After frequently seeing Parkinson’s photography featured on Tilbury’s Instagram account, Parkinson’s grandson, Jake Parkinson, the current director of the Norman Parkinson Archive, approached Tilbury about a collaboration, and voilà, a match made in heaven was born!
Although I would have loved to have everything, I purchased four items from the limited-edition release. They’re even more glorious than I had imagined, inspiring me to keep them in a prominent place on the vanity… and of course to use and enjoy them as well!
I selected the two compacts from the Charlotte Tilbury / Norman Parkinson collection, as well as the two newest Matte Revolution lipsticks. You know how big of a fan I am of her mattes!
This is a lovely, subtle highlighter, and the experience of luxury is definitely boosted by the gorgeous case it comes in. Tilbury has said that the powder “creates ‘peaches and cream,’ dreamy skin” and that it’s the “perfect blend of pearl and pigment to enhance your complexion, scattering light and opalescence across the features, transitioning skin from winter to golden summer in one easy swipe.” Carmen Dell’Orefice is the chic woman gracing the lid of this rose-gold, old-hollywood glamour compact. My flimsy cheekbones need all the help they can get, and, although subtle, this powder does pack a highlighting punch!
This cream blusher is easy to use and, in my opinion, a universally flattering pinky coral. Wenda Parkinson, the famed photographer’s wife and greatest muse, is the beautiful woman on the lid of Tilbury’s Colour of Youth Happy, Healthy Lip & Cheek Glow. Tilbury has said that, feeling inspired by the enduring love between this couple, she created this color while thinking about the “blush of love and happiness that keeps you youthful forever.” What I love most about this product, besides its lovely shade, is that it’s easy to apply and blends flawlessly, while also adding an undeniable flush to the cheeks.
Miss Kensington is far from the pale, lip fading shade that I had imagined. You know, that paler-than-lips 1960’s bubblegum pink that only three percent of the population can pull off. Being a Tilbury fan, though, I had to try out this Matte Revolution, as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while it is the rose-petal hue that Tilbury promises, it could also be considered part of the nude family — something much more up my alley (Look below in the Miss Kensington section to see for yourself.)
I’m fairly cautious about making blanket statements, but 1975 Red has to be the most stunning red I’ve ever seen. It’s not just that it’s a *gorgeous,* highly pigmented and concentrated persimmon red, but that it also blends seamlessly with the lips while wearing for *hours* like a dream. When you do finally sit down for a meal, this red wears naturally, leaving you looking like a natural beauty instead of a beauty blunder, like so many long-lasting lipsticks can.
“My Matte Revolution lipstick is designed to create the illusion of fuller, wider lips that look lit from within. It’s a trick I use all the time on photo shoots, using lighting trickery, pigments and powders, and I have been working for years to re-create this effect in the slick of one lipstick. Matte Revolution’s formula soothes and hydrates the lips for a soft, buildable cashmere finish.”
— Charlotte Tilbury
The Art of the Vanity With a Little Help From Charlotte Tilbury
As with all of Tilbury’s products, and not just this heavenly collaboration with Parkinson, these beautiful compacts scream to be displayed. They inspire me to care for my space, as well as for myself — by picking them up to apply a brush stroke of highlight to my cheeks or a dash of crimson to my lips before slipping out the door for a day of work or play.
The Miss 1975 Look
“Sun-kissed and sexy, as if she were lit from within, Miss 1975 is a homage to Jerry Hall’s first Vogue cover shot by Norman Parkinson. This gorgeous look creates a flawlessly dewy complexion, bright sunset red lips and mesmerising eyes. Ooze 1970’s glamour everyday with a fresh, modern update.”
— Charlotte Tilbury
Besides the lipstick and cream blush, I didn’t have much in the way of the makeup that Tilbury used to create her Miss 1975 look, so I improvised using similar shades. Do you see what I mean about this red!? It’s incredible!
The Miss Kensington Look
“Flushed with the glow of youth, Miss Kensington channels the soft focus sensuality and dreamy diffused light of Norman Parkinson’s photos of his 1960’s muses: Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy and his wife Wenda. Recreate the look with rose petal lips, a perfect cashmere complexion and sensational sixties lashes.”
— Charlotte Tilbury
Unlike my experience creating Tilbury’s Miss 1975, I did have most of the makeup items used to create the Miss Kensington look. I wore this for an evening out with my husband, but it’s a subtle enough look that I would have felt comfortable wearing this during the day, as well. Do you see what I mean about the Miss Kensington Matte Revolution being a creamy, rose-petal nude?
So what do you think of the collaboration? Will you be picking up any of the items? What are the standouts from the collection for you?
I hope you enjoyed this (epically long) post, and that your week is off to a great start!
Thanks for visiting A Vibrant Day!
P.S. Here are my previous The-Year-of-Charlotte-Tilbury posts if you’re still interested in checking out more.
The Year of Charlotte Tilbury:
January — Filmstar Bronze & Glow
February — PillowTalk Lip Cheat
March — Luxury Palette
June — Colour Chameleons