The Tan Mask: Overnight Bronze and Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze and Glow Mask Review

After a run of quite serious facial tanning disasters, I have found a version that leaves a smooth and flawless tint. I was apprehensive about Charlotte Tilbury’s new Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask after some of my more recent – patchy – experiences with tanners, but it has delivered brilliant results three times out of three. A believable, non-orange tan that’s streak-free and doesn’t smell of biscuits.

As regular readers will know, my face-fake-tan of choice is Hylamide Glow, a watery serum that can be applied neat beneath moisturiser or added in drops to your face cream. It gradually adds a hint of colour to the skin (though if you apply it neat, as I do, the results are bigger and faster) and it is virtually foolproof. I think because the product is so light and absorbs so quickly there’s no chance for any residue to migrate to susceptible streaking areas, or sweat off in patches.

Read my Hylamide Glow review…

And I do think that’s what happens with a lot of facial tanners – it’s not so much the user’s application technique that fails them, it’s the fact that they go to sleep or sit up staring at their iPhone for hours, and the product melts and gathers and sets in odd places. Take last week, for example, when I applied the new Dior Bronze Self-Tanning Jelly; a beautiful, fresh texture and pleasant smell, but I woke up with a dark brown patch under my chin (probably from where I’d had my neck bent over scrolling through my iPhone before bed) and a weird streak at my temple where I think I sweated in the night (nice) and the tanner pooled and developed in its new home.

Anyway, no problems with the Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask: it was my third use last night, and I didn’t have any of my usual sense of trepidation. I normally have to keep fake tan testing to evenings when I know that I have absolutely no reason to leave the house the next day, just in case I wake up looking like a patchy potato, but I seem to have adopted the Charlotte Tilbury Mask into my trusted products inner circle.

I was apprehensive about the “mask” element, mainly because when I think about masks, I think about that very neat application pattern that masks always display on their packaging – a perfect oval of product on the main part of the face, but avoiding the eyes and the hairline. Subconsciously, I think, the idea of a mask doesn’t gel well with the idea of a self-tanner, but there we go. Masks, especially overnight ones, are all the rage. But fear not: you apply this one just like a face cream, albeit more carefully, making sure you’ve covered all areas and blending well into the hairline and under the jaw. I actually take this tanner all the way down (and around) my neck, and onto the chest in the “v” that is usually on show once I’m dressed.

No streaks or patches and, miraculously, no weird smell. I mean there was a hint of it as my head hit the pillow, but I was really tuned into sniffing for that biscuity aroma, knowing that this post was in the making, and I don’t think that a normal (non-obsessed) person would notice any sort of odd scent whatsoever.

The result after one application is – for me, at least – a beautiful, low-key bronze. It’s noticeable but not so much that you do a double-take in the mirror as you blearily do your morning ablutions. Just glowy and summery and perked-up, which is exactly how I want to look first thing.

This stuff isn’t cheap at all – £38 a tube – but for even, trustworthy results it’s worth the splurge. You don’t need a separate moisturiser beneath it (though I used a hydrating serum) and it can be built up to a darker tan over a number of nights if you want a deeper colour. Find it at Cult Beauty here* or – if you want something infinitely more cost effective – the Hylamide Glow is £20 here*.


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  1. SuWu
    June 9, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Hi Ruth, thank you for this post, I’ve been wondering about this product. Does the Hylamide Glow have a smell?

  2. Gaya
    June 9, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Hi Ruth! Sounds like a great product. I also love the hylamide glow, such an easy to use product. Have you tried their version for the body (Hand chemistry Glow oil)? It’s brilliant and gives a golden gradual tan although it does smell of biscuits.
    Have a nice day! X

  3. June 9, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I usually rely on the Clarins lotion for the face, but every now and again I want something a little less subtle. I think I will try the Hylamide Glow next.

  4. sarah
    June 9, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Do you have any before/after pics?

    • June 9, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Not really, it’s so hard to get the lighting the same the day after, it makes it all very pointless! x

  5. Kay
    June 9, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    I bought this and really like it, but, while it doesn’t really matter, for £38 I’d like real packaging and not a sticker over an abandoned product name. I can see yours does too which is ok for a press sample I guess, but just felt a bit crappy when you’re spending so much on a luxury product.

    • June 9, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Oh really? I presumed mine was just like that because it was a press sample!!

    • Lizzie
      June 9, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      That’s a bit tacky, isn’t it?

      • Lizzie
        June 9, 2017 / 8:50 pm

        The packaging, I Meagan.

  6. SomeGirlMel
    June 9, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    I think James Read and Vita Liberata have similar masks. Is the CT one heavy in texture?

    • June 9, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      No, it’s quite light but nice and hydrating. x

    • Jennifer
      June 12, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      James Read mask is brilliant. Even on my Celtic blue skin (red hair) it looks natural. I loooooove.

  7. Carolyn
    June 12, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Many moons ago, you published a really positive review of the Sisley facial self-tanner, under the heading of “Beware: you will want” or something like that (because it’s so ridiculously expensive). One of the very first blog posts I ever read. And so, I was wondering, how does the Charlotte Tilbury one compare?

    • June 13, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Oh yes, that was a great one!! I think that one was lighter in texture, more gel-like? I’ll see if I still have it, though I think I used it all up ages ago! x

  8. cindy mchaffie
    June 28, 2017 / 7:19 am

    which one did you really prefer Ruth? as i would like to buy one dont want to buy both x

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