Tested on animals:No
Charlotte Tilbury's Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop Blush is yet another product from the line that has received its share of buzz online—and we're pleased to report it lives up to the hype. Geared towards those who enjoy a subtle sheen to their blush, this collection of highly pigmented and carefully curated shades is indeed stunning.
Packaged in a lightweight, mirrored compact, each of the shades within the line (at the time of this review, there are six available) contains two complementary tones—an outer ring shade encircling a bolder center color. The instructions direct you to "swirl" your brush on the outer ring and apply to your cheekbones, then dip your brush into the center shade and blend a "pop" of bolder color onto apples of your cheeks.
The reason Charlotte Tilbury chose this design, according to the marketing for this product, is the desire to mimic the "youthful flush of excitement you get when you're in love." (Though, given the "blush inducing" names of these shades—"The Climax," "Sex on Fire," and "Ecstasy," to name a few—love may not have been the flushed glow the brand was interested in emulating!)
The effect using this two-step application is indeed a flushed, radiant glow. However, you can also blend the two shades together for a single wash of customized color. The texture is buttery-soft, allowing this powder to blend like a dream on skin—which is a good thing, as their two-shade application wouldn't be nearly as successful if either tone applied choppily to cheeks.
Each of the shades has an ultra-fine infusion of shimmer, which doesn't appear as sparkle or glitter on skin, but does lend an attractive glow. As a powder, it is suitable for any skin type, though those with oily skin may or may not prefer the sheen this formula leaves on skin.
The color range, for only having six options, includes a surprising variety of color combinations. From pale peaches and pinks to bold rosy, bronzed tones, there is something for every color preference. As mentioned earlier, the pigmentation of these formulas is impressive—layering well for more intensity—yet these can easily be sheered out for a subtle wash of color.
The price may seem like a splurge, as we first thought, but upon comparing the amount of product Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop Blush contains to other department store lines, this is actually on par, if not less expensive than blushes from brands like Tarte, NARS, Too Faced, Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay.
Due to the interesting approach this blush takes, gorgeous color selection/combinations and quality, Charlotte Tilbury's Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop Blush earned our highest recommendation. If you find yourself near a Tilbury cosmetic counter, we would recommend checking it out.
- Fragrance free.
- Gorgeous, buttery-soft powder formula.
- Beautiful color range.
- Well pigmented colors that suit a range of skin tones due to their blendability.
- You may be shy about asking for "Sex on Fire" at the cosmetics' counter.