Monday, June 29, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Event at Selfridges Birmingham

On Thursday, I was super excited to be invited to a peek at the new Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson collection at Selfridges in Birmingham. The whole range doesn't land on Selfridges counters to buy until July 4th and later on in the month on Charlotte's website but pre-orders are being taken in Birmingham so if any of this takes your fancy, get in there quick! I have no doubt, with such a classic collection, this will sell out super fast!

Not only were we greeted by the gorgeous new collection, there was an incredible spread of chocolates, strawberries and bubbly from the Selfridges Food Hall for us to chow down on as we perused the rose gold laden beauty products.

The Charlotty Tilbury Norman Parkinson collection is made of up five new products as well as two exclusive travel bags. Each one is adorned in a gorgeous image taken by Norman Parkinson himself with some being never-seen-before from his own personal archives. The whole thing screams old Hollywood to me and each piece will be a keepsake for years to come even when you've finished it off because it's truly some of the most beautifully packaged products I've ever seen!

The two bags in the collection are a smaller soft bag with the stunning image of Jerry Hall on the front and also a larger one which has a plastic front, making it great for keeping clean, and that one is £55.

Now onto the good stuff. The one I was most drawn to was the Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£55) which is a cream version of the original, and super popular, Bronze & Glow which is powder. I adore cream products so this was right up my street and the shades, Sun Light and Sun Tan, do differ from the powder version. I find the bronze to be a bit cooler toned and the highlight is less pigmented with more of a golden finish.

If highlighters are what you're all about, then the Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter (£45) is what you'll want to make a beeline for. Ohh this is dreamy! The formula is butter soft and blends so well with it showing up more of a peachy toned highlight - perfect for summer!

One that doesn't look like much in the pan but will totally transform the skin is the Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow (£40). It's such a pretty coral shade and really perks up the skin without being too heavy. The creamy formula hydrates the skin and is ideal for warmer weather.  The packaging for this is my favourite and I'd keep this as a mirror compact in my handbag even when I'd run out - the picture on the front is a never-before-seen image of Norman Parkinson's wife for his own collection that was taken in 1956. Stunning!

Finally we have the two lipsticks which I think will be the most popular of the bunch. Both a matte formula, there's Miss Kensington - classic nude - and 1975 - a fiery orangey red. Miss Kensington is a great addition as there's not really a nude shade like that within Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution range so fingers crossed that, or something similar, is made permanent at some point! However, the one that stands out to me is 1975 - it's such a beautiful colour that really brightens the skin and will suit so many skin tones. It's very similar to a shade from Tom Ford but if you're already a fan of the Matte Revolution formula, this is the one you'll want to check out.

Overall I think it's a stunning collection that's made up of products everyone can wear and get use out of. Too often I see brands come out with huge collections that have a number of items you'd just never get use out of but the Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson collection is really versatile.

Will you be picking anything up from this launch?


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