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Bronze + Glow vs. Sculpt + Candelight

charlotte tilbury bronze and glow vs. kevyn aucoinNot that long ago I raved all about the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, and as much as I love the comparison had to be done. I adore the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, and a few months back I scored the Candlelight Powder, but the real question is how do these super-lux products compare? A highlight/contour battle commences.
I’ll cut to the chase, in my opinion these aren’t really that comparable. It isn’t a situation of, if you have one you needn’t the other. Each one is a wonderful product, and if you can afford to I’d say get them all but if you’re thinking about splurging on just one thing… here’s my thoughts on each product’s strengths and weaknesses as well as price so you can make an educated desicion.charlotte tilbury bronze and glowThe Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow set is a gorgeous duo of a red-cool based bronzer named “Sculpt” and a shimmery light golden highlighter named “Highlight” that come together housed in a stunning art-deco rose gold case. For my entire rave about it check out this post. In a nutshell, the “Sculpt” shade is a great one for a subtle contour, and bronzing in one. It gives that reddish tone of sunned skin, and pulls a bit cooler than the usual bronzer so it can be used to contour. It’s great in giving some definition to the face, but the light reflective particles in it mean it’s not a true contouring powder. The highlighter is a pawo! light bouncing off one and not subtle in the slightest. For those who love their highlight or for going out, if shimmery cheekbones aren’t your thing stay away. The duo retails for 68.00 USD, and has about 0.56 oz or 15.8 grams of product.DSC_3611-EditThese two are two separate products that are raved about net-wide as the secret to a sculpted cheek and a highlighted face. The Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder is a cool toned greyish brown powder that replicates a shadow on fair-medium skinniness perfectly, it’s a smooth buttery formula that’s pigmented and blends out like a dream. There’s bit of “kick” when picking it up with a brush, but there’s no fallout over the skin and just a tiny bit is enough to emphasise all that need emphasising on the face. A dab in the pan, swipe on the hollows of your cheeks and you’re good. If you go overboard you’re likely going to end up with a buddy complexion, and this in no way shape or form can double up as a bronzer.
The Celestial Powder in Candlelight is a subtle champagne highlighting powder that is bereft of any glitter particles, it’s a super soft light reflective powder that gives a very subtle sheen to the face that reflects light but doesn’t shimmer quite like other highlighters. If you’re fond of the super reflective powders, and like some serious highlight this will likely be too subtle for you. If you despise the disco-ball, see my highlight from outer space look this will make you a very happy lady. Its so gorgeous that you can use this on the under eye to set concealer and give a slight highlighted effect with out seeming too much.
Each one retails for 44.00 USD and has 0.11 oz or 3.9 grams of product, but these are very potent so you need so little product to get effect so it’s well worth the price.
charlotte tibluber bronze and glow vs. kevyn aucoin swatchesAs you can see, they are quite a bit different. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpt powder is more pigmented, and has far more presence that the Charlotte Tilbury offering which in my opinion needs to be built up quiet a bit to achieve a semi-close effect. In terms of highlighters the Candlelight is a lot less yellow toned and smoother in texture, it’s not as reflective that’s for sure which is probably due to the texture and pigments in it.

If I had to choose one I’d go for the Bronze & Glow, because to me it’s more versatile and the packaging is just killer. But the Kevyn Aucoin powders are so unique and gorgeous, they blend and just melt into the skin in a magical process that’s difficult to explain. Going by contour alone I’d say try the Sculpt out and your cheekbones will never be the same without it.

Which one would you choose?

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  • CT palette is one of my most used and loved palettes. I haven’t tried the other two since I already have other contour palettes but when I ran out I might give them a go, I’ve read so many good reviews and the colors seem really nice.

    • Dar

      I think the Kevyn Aucoin line in general is great – if I had to go with just one I’d probably pick the Sculpt because it’s so unique!
      Thanks for the comment ❤️

  • Love the comparison and the details. Thank you for sharing. I want the Charlotte Tilbury one so much more now.

    Between the Pearls

    • Dar

      Rightfully so!
      Such a great product, it’s a really treat too… I love having it out on display because of the gorgeous packaging.

  • wow ! they look great! nice post .

    I am following you 🙂

    • Dar

      Thank you!
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Meg Casson

    I have been trying new highlighters and things, these look nice.

    • Dar

      These are some of the nicest highlighters I’ve encountered – but there are a few others I’ve been eyeing lately… *Becca*

  • Cat

    Beautiful post, thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    • Dar

      Thanks for checking it out and leaving a comment!

  • Susan Dollparts

    I´d probably go for the sculpt, I´m so pale that bronzer makes me look too much. (unless it´s for photo shoots, in that case it´s fine :;D)

    • Dar

      Sculpt is such an amazing product for pale ladies! I find that most bronzers look muddy on me but this one is very natural and hard to get muddy.