If there’s one word for a brand to put on a product to immediately make me want to buy it, it would have to be ‘glow’. Yep, I want to glow. I want that ‘radiant, lit from within’ glow. Even though I don’t really know what that means. I don’t want to shimmer or shine. I want to glow. I want to look all healthy and fresh and glowy. And lacking that in day to day life, I want products to do the job for me. So a product promising a Brightening Youth Glow? Yep, I’m interested. So let me tell you a bit more about the Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow.
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow
More than just a glow, the blurb of the product promises ‘Anti-ageing, colour-correcting, glow-booster’. Yes, yes and yes again please. Sure, I’m only in my early 30s (actually just typed 20’s there… I wish…sort of) but sure. Offer me some anti-ageing. I have a few redness issues going on so colour correcting is also very much welcomed and boost whatever glow I have. Yes Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, you are speaking my language.
But what does the product actually do or offer (apart from the magic glow etc). Well, usage wise it’s suggested to be used alone or on top of the famous Magic Cream. I would say it’s best role is either on no make-up days where you just want a little ‘something’ but don’t want to go the whole hog with complexion perfecting products. Or, my other preferred use is as a primer/base for foundation. My current trio of foundations I have in rotation are teh IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I’ve tried it in combination with all three of these and I LOVE it under (or even a drop blended in with) the IT Cosmetics CC Cream or as a base for Luminous Silk. It works ok with Bare Minerals but I tend to want that on low-effort days so the chances of doing a primer then a base are unlikely – so I opt for it on days when I’m making more of a concerted effort to get my base right.
The biggest question with this one is is it better than the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow? In my opinion they’re two different things and to choose between them essentially comes down to whatever you’re looking for. I adore Wonder Glow (it was one of my wedding day makeup products) and it really does offer that ‘lit from within’ thing I mentioned at the start) but I would say the Youth Glow offers a bit more of the brightening effect. The whiter tint to the Wonder Glow (which is a more bronze/golden shade) is a bit more light reflecting. Both are gorgeous products and both do comparable things in terms of ‘wow look at my gorgeous skin’ results so a lot will be down to personal preference.
One thing I would say with the Brightening Youth Glow is that it’s the sort of product that definitely peps up my complexion if I didn’t sleep well. Will be holding on to this with dear life when baby arrives. But I didn’t really notice any significant colour correcting overall – only judged against my redness, because that’s the only colour correcting related issue I really have. But any change wasn’t that notable without a foundation over it too.
Charlotte Tilbury Youth Glow – available from Selfridges (£38.50)