If you’ve been on social media at all, you might have seen the most recent Latest in Beauty box was in collaboration with The Sunday Times beauty awards. This box was amazing, you got to pick five products, the large majority of which were full size and from well known brands. I didn’t actually choose the Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow moisturiser, instead I chose one of their liquid lipsticks, luckily when I emailed about the mix up they offered to send me the liquid lipstick and keep the moisturiser, which is why today’s post has been possible.
You might be wondering why I would choose a liquid lipstick over a far more expensive base product, this is pretty simple to explain: I am the palest of the pale, so any product that claims to ‘morph’ into my skin tone makes me a little nervous, (I’ve been caught out by shade adjusting products on more than one occasion.) Even a product by the very talented and knowledgable Charlotte Tilbury makes me nervous, but I didn’t place it in my pile of products to give to my friends because, well, I’m a beauty blogger, I live to test products and make them work. And that is exactly what I did.
For once it has actually been quite sunny in the UK, between all the thunderstorms of course. I thought that it would be perfect to try this on a sunny day as then perhaps I would be expected to have some sort of glow – not that tanning is something I manage to do naturally. It was an SPF 50 kind of day so I applied that first and then proceeded to apply this, with fingers, over my face and neck. At first it seemed to work nicely, blending into my skin tone, but as I kept going I noticed streaks appearing. Now by streaks, I do not mean light, easily fixable streaks, I mean full on I fake tanned my face with a cheap tanner and you can evidently see where it has not been applied properly.
I was expecting this to seamlessly blend in as the packaging says you can put it on as, or over, your daily moisturiser, but it didn’t, at least not for me. I imagine the streaks are much more noticeable on pale skin, and as I said earlier I wasn’t expecting it to work for me which is why I didn’t pick it. Part of me wonders if the problem was my SPF beforehand, but this is not something I am going to remove from my skincare as the health of my skin is much more important than an added glow. Obviously, that is a personal choice, but I am not going to get this to work at the expense of my sun protection.
That day I was meant to be going for a stroll by the canal and stopping for a picnic with my boyfriend and there is no way this oompa loompa wasn’t going to fix the mess on her face. I ended up removing it completely and reapplying both my SPF and the Unisex Healthy Glow, but this time I mixed them together. This seemed to work well indeed (for reference my SPF is from the La Roche Posay Anthelios range,) the white of the SPF seemed to cancel out the dark orange of the moisturiser, allowing me a subtle glow, not an orange streaky mess.
Once I had sorted the mess of application, I actually really enjoyed the result. It doesn’t give you coverage, it is as it says: a ‘summer tint moisturiser’, but it is also good to note that the tint didn’t specifically cling to try patches. If it had, I would’ve ended up with a dark orange nose as it is hayfever season at the moment. Is it worth £35? Not for someone who has to mix it to achieve that ‘healthy glow’ it’s on about. Also, Origins do a similar moisturiser called GinZing which has SPF 40 which makes a lot of sense, and you get an extra 10ml – the Unisex Glow is only 40ml and £5 more. As for the Sunday Times/Latest in Beauty box, that was 100% worth the £30 ish I spent on it. Sadly I won’t be writing a post on it as it’s no longer available, but you will be seeing quite a few of the other products included in upcoming posts.