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.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($65 at Charlotte Tilbury) 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.
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…
#1 Revlon Photoready Face Gloss Rose Glow Primer
Revlon Photoready Face Gloss Rose Glow Primer ($17.99 at Chemist Warehouse) 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.
#2 Revolution XX Glow Skin FauXXdation Foundation
Revolution XX Glow Skin FauXXdation Foundation ($21 at Revolution Beauty) 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.
#3 Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer Glow
Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer Glow ($55.70 at Dick Smith) is the perfect primer to keep on hand for nailing the same unbeatable glow that Flawless Filter provides.
It also offers a little bit of coverage and blurs imperfections too, which makes it a great companion on no-makeup makeup days. Simply mix with your favourite tinted moisturiser for a perfected skin finish in minutes.
#4 NYX Total Control Illuminator
NYX Total Control Illuminator ($28.95 at Oz Hair & Beauty) is designed to be dropped into your foundation to enhance radiance.
Available in warm and cool-toned shades, this pick allows you to customise your base routine regardless of the occasion. Pair with a blurring primer to emulate that signature Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter finish or amp up the coverage with a foundation.
#5 e.l.f Cosmetics Halo Glow Liquid Filter
e.l.f Cosmetics Halo Glow Liquid Filter ($36.21 at Amazon) 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.
#6 Maybelline Instant Age Rewind® Instant Perfector 4-in-1 Glow Makeup
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 ($17.49 at Chemist Warehouse in Fair Light, Light, Medium, Medium Deep & Deep) 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.
#7 Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop'lit All-Over Glow Enhancer
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop'lit All-Over Glow Enhancer ($52 at Sephora), 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.
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.