charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson

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Pretty packaging can sell me on a product almost alone so I fell instantly in love with Charlotte Tilbury’s newest collaboration with the Norman Parkinson archive. A little background on the limited edition collaboration — Charlotte was inspired by Norman Parkinson’s vision of beauty and use of light so she made products that will recreate the makeup looks in some of his most iconic photographs and muses and decorated the palettes and makeup bags with his glamorous images.

Most people prefer creamy products over powder during the summer so Charlotte remade the favorite Filmstar Bronze & Glow in a cream formula. I was a little nervous at how dark the contouring shade looks in the palette but it blends easily and looks natural even on my sun-starved skin. The image on the cover is from a British Vogue cover of Jerry Hall in 1975. The Color of Youth is a bright coral-pink cream inspired by the love story of Norman and his wife Wenda — the image on the cover is a previously unpublished photo of her. I found it looks best when applied with fingers for flushed cheeks or tinted lips.

My absolute favorite product from the collaboration is in the second image, the Dreamy Glow Highlighter. It’s a very fine pearly highlighter that Charlotte describes as giving “peaches and cream” dewy skin. A light swipe of this on the top of cheekbones, down the nose and on the Cupid’s bow just gives you the most beautiful glow. The compact features an image of Carmen dell’Orefice shot for Vogue in the Bahamas.

Charlotte added two Matte Revolution lipsticks for this collaboration — the formulas are hydrating and long-lasting unlike most matte lipsticks but still give that soft finish. 1975 Red is a sunset orange-red hue inspired by the same Jerry Hall photograph. Miss Kensington is a rose-pink shade inspired by the pretty pastel colors in images of Norman Parkinson’s muses Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy and his wife Wenda.

The collection also includes two makeup bags. This one has the same image that’s on the Filmstar Bronze & Glow compact. It’s the smaller of the two, the perfect size to keep makeup in your bag for touch-ups, it can fit every product in the collection. The Bathing Beauty Bag is larger — it will be amazing for when I travel — and features another image of Jerry Hall shot by Norman Parkinson and styled by Grace Coddington.

Products are c/o Charlotte Tilbury for review. As always, all opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting The Glam Files collaborations.