Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in 4 Medium

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter ($50 CAD) in 4 Medium is a neutral golden yellow for medium skin tones.

How to Use

When this product first launched, it was extremely confusing. People were not sure if this is a foundation, highlighter, primer or a glowy mixture to pour into foundation. Charlotte Tilbury didnt really make the explanation any easier either. In her signature over the top, dramatic way she kind of made it sound like it was everything.

I use this one of two ways: as a liquid soft glowy highlighter over my foundation or in between my primer and foundation to add a glow.

To me, this is not a foundation (there isn’t any coverage) and it’s not a primer (it does not hydrate or fill in pores). This is of course just my take on the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter. Others may use it as a primer or foundation, which is the beauty of makeup. You can use it however you like!

The Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter comes in a heavy glass bottle with a bronze ridge twist top and a large dome foot applicator.

The product gets quite messy as it comes up the sides of the applicator and gets around the bottle, which can get quite annoying. Also it’s not very travel friendly because of the hefty glass component.

I really dislike the dome foot applicator. It doesnt dispense enough product to use all over the face and i’m constantly having to dip back in to the bottle. Also, it only picks up product on the tip of the dome foot, making it annoying to spread across evenly on the face.

Shade

Despite the packaging, which i’m clearly not a fan of, the product is amazing. 4 Medium is described as a neutral golden yellow for medium skin tones. The description fits the shade quite well and looks great on my medium, olive skintone.

Despite the packaging, which i’m clearly not a fan of, the product is amazing. 4 Medium is described as a neutral golden yellow for medium skin tones. The description fits the shade quite well and looks great on my medium, olive skintone.

Consistency

The consistency of the formula is not super runny but it’s not thick either. It’s smooth enough where the formula blends out effortlessly with a sponge or a brush.

Formula

The formula is glowy, never sparkly or glittery. The colour adds a tint on the skin that is quite soft and blends out to reveal the glow more than the base colour.

Heavy swatch of Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in 4 Medium (artificial light)
Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in 4 Medium (daylight)
Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in 4 Medium blended out in artificial light
Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in 4 Medium blended out in natural light

Overall, I really despise the packaging but love the product. This not only creates a natural glow to my face but it leaves my glam looking more natural. It’s expensive for what it is and if I can find a dupe i’ll take it, but for now I really love the product and would continue to repurchase it.

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