This Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter dupe is half the price with all the glow

A red carpet worthy complexion without the pricetag

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / May 30 2024

If you’ve ever seen a celebrity swanning the length of a red carpet and their skin looks gloriously luminescent, chances are they’re wearing one particular product under their foundation – Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter.

An anomaly in terms of makeup, this pick is somehow not quite a foundation, not a primer, or an illuminator either. Yet, this skin-perfecting product confidently straddles all three categories with ease. 

Hollywood Flawless Filter 

$70 at Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is basically like the signature Vaseline filter of a midday soap opera (but like, IRL) – it blurs imperfections, smooths skin and illuminates the complexion to perfection.

Glowy without looking shiny, sweaty or oily, this pick is a notorious must-have for celebrity makeup artists with clients who spend their lives under the glare of a camera flash.

Fun fact: A-listers like Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman, and Salma Hayek all flocked to Charlotte Tilbury for the stuff before she officially launched her makeup brand in 2013 and made the secret sauce available to the wider public.

Beauty notes: 

  • Available in 12 shades 
  • Wear alone, as a primer or mix in with your foundation 
  • Moisturising formula to create a hydrated base 


Image credit: @charlottetilbury

Image credit: @charlottetilbury

And now that we’ve got our hands on it, we’re obsessed. 

The only problem is we have a tendency to speed through a bottle of CT’s Flawless Filter when we use it on a daily basis. So instead, we’re saving it for special occasions only and opting for convincing Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter dupes on the days we can get away with it. Here are a handful we really rate for the job…

The best Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter dupes of 2024

Flawless Glow Luminous Skin Filter 

$35 at MCoBeauty 

Consider this the perfect dupe, MCoBeauty's Flawless Glow Luminous Skin Filter delivers all of that sunkissed luminosity without breaking the bank. It's a multi-tasking product that does it all whether you prime, use it as a mixer, foundation or spot highlighter - this creates a natural, healthy glow on your skin in just moments. 

Beauty notes: 

  • Available in 11 shades 
  • Finely milled reflective finish
  • Minimises fine lines and blurs imperfections 


Revlon Photoready Face Gloss Rose Primer

$16.47 (usually $32.95) at Chemist Warehouse 

Revlon Photoready Face Gloss Rose Glow Primer boasts a universally flattering rosy-hued tint. In fact, this glow-boosting face gloss leaves skin with a glass-like level of luminosity that makes it the Flawless Filter’s equal. 

This pick is pumped full of skin-loving ingredients such as a superfruit complex, glycerin, and olive oil that make it a no-brainer for daily wear.

Beauty notes: 

  • Water infused for skin hydration
  • Iridescent glow
  • Gel formula infused with Super Fruit Complex

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XX Glow Skin Fauxxdation Foundation

$15 (usually $30) at Revolution

Revolution XX Glow Skin FauXXdation Foundation is a lightweight and luminescent foundation that leaves skin with a barely detectable skin-perfecting tint and a pearlescent finish. 

Enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid, this radiance-enhancing foundation can be worn as a sheer layer over skin, or built up to provide medium coverage.

Beauty notes: 

  • Available in 55 shades to suit all colours and tones 
  • Infused with hyaluronic acid for a nourished finish 


elf Halo Glow Liquid Filter 

$28.87 at Amazon

e.l.f Cosmetics Halo Glow Liquid Filter caused quite a stir when it launched last year. From the finish to the packaging, it’s very obviously an imitation of Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter. 

Enriched with hyaluronic acid, squalane and blurring and smoothing powders, this stuff does exactly what Tilbury’s offers at a mere fraction of the price.

Beauty notes: 

  • Enriched with hyaluronic acid and squalene
  • Finely milled powders
  • Multi-use formula

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Maybelline Instant Perfector Glow  

$17.49 (usually $34.99) at Chemist Warehouse

After her stint as a Real Housewives Of New York cast member, Bethenny Frankel appears to be spending most of her time spilling the proverbial tea on budget-friendly beauty products. 

Apparently, Frankel really rates the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind® Instant Perfector 4-in-1 Glow Makeup as a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, especially on mature skin types.

Formulated to emulate the effects of a primer, concealer, highlighter and BB cream in one handy product, it makes sense why the no-nonsense reality star is a big fan of this multipurpose product.

Beauty notes: 

  • Smoothes skin texture
  • Five self-adjusting shades

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Fenty Eaze Drop'Lit All-Over Glow Illuminator 

$28.87 at Sephora

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop'lit All-Over Glow Enhancer, poses a promising threat to Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter loyalists. Boasting a sheer illuminating finish that harnesses the powers of prismatic pearl technology, this stuff ensures a flawless finish regardless of how it’s applied. 

Mix it into your foundation to amp up its radiance, wear it alone on no-makeup makeup days or layer with your base products for a customised glow. No matter how you wear it, you’ll notice an improvement in hydration, overall brightness and the appearance of your pores. 

Beauty notes: 

  • Available in 4 shades
  • Lightweight, sheer formula that is easy to build
  • Can extend the life of your base when used as a primer 


Main image credit: @charlottetilbury

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Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).