Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks remain my favourite lipstick formulas ever, and even though I don’t mention it that often on here I do own quite a few of their various shades and formulas.
I don’t tend to buy many High End Lipsticks as there are some amazing dupes, and I don’t see the point in spending three times as much for something just as good on the High Street. I even wrote a post about various dupes for Pillow Talk (which still remains my number one shade ever) and spoke about how wonderful the formula was.
Despite this, Charlotte Tilbury is the only High End brand I will actively purchase lipsticks from because they are SO BLOODY GOOD!
Naturally, when browsing on the website before Christmas I noticed that there were 3 new shades added to the range under the guise of the limited edition ‘cities’ range; two Matte Revolution shades and one to the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection; English Beauty, Shanghai Nights and American Sweetheart. I didn’t buy all in one go; I brought English Beauty and American Sweetheart first, and then in February purchased Shanghai Nights!
Now, I know it’s a complete indulgence and I didn’t need all three on top of the ones I already own blah blah blah, but can you honestly blame me?!?
I don’t actually own many of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks – just Coachella Coral – so I was most interested in this one as I definitely have a preference for satin finishes at the moment. That being said, the CT matte lipstick formulas are the best I’ve ever known; they are so velvety and comfortable to wear, not at all drying and last ages.
American Sweetheart – K.I.S.S.I.N.G
This is described on the website as a tawny pink that looks very similar to Pillow Talk in photos (ABOVE: Left, Pillow Talk, Right American Sweetheart). In the flesh however, it definitely has a more peachy undertone which is still very beautiful, but not necessarily the best colour for my natural skin tone. These coral tones definitely look better with a tan, so it’ll probably be one I get more use from in the summer months. Maybe if I tried it with a pale pink/nude lip liner it’ll bring out the pinker undertones. As it stands though, when I’ve worn it through the winter months it’s definitely a better shade when I blot it slightly; it seems a little more flattering against pale skin when it’s more ‘worn’. The formula is great, though. It feels very hydrating and moisturizing, and as with all K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks, around 3 hours wear time.
English Beauty – Matte Revolution
One thing Charlotte Tilbury does well is nude shades and this is no exception. Compared to Pillow Talk this is a touch lighter and slightly more pink, but that’s me just splitting hairs. As far as traditional pink toned nudes go, this is incredibly beautiful. It wears incredibly well as a ‘my lips but better’ kind of shade, and as always the formula is perfect. Honestly though, if you have Pillow Talk you probably don’t need this. It is so similar when compared to it (see above swatch – Left Pillow Talk, Right English Beauty) that it might not be worth your hard-earned cash (But because I’m so extra about this sort of thing, I don’t mind having both). If I had to pick between one of them, I’d go with Pillow Talk every single time.
Shanghai Nights – Matte Revolution
This is a medium true red with blue undertones. Translates roughly as universally flattering shade for all skin tones. It appears very similar to last years limited edition shade Opium Noir, but as I didn’t purchase this I have no comparison other than online swatches. Shanghai Nights is a little more muted a red shade than others CT produces; it would probably class as more of a berry colour than anything else (SIDE NOTE: perfect for Autumn!). Again, do you really need it? Probably not. There’s a thousand very similar shades on the High Street that you could gravitate towards instead, but if like me you are a fan of the CT matte formulas then I’d recommend this one over the others.
Overall, I can’t help but be slightly underwhelmed by this collection. Yes, I do like all the shades and will definitely get use out of them, but when you compare these to some of the current lines there’s nothing that differentiates these lipstick shades from others. With the massive success of Pillow Talk at the beginning of 2017, all of the other Charlotte Tilbury launches for the rest of the year haven’t quite hit the mark. Her Instant Eye Palette didn’t really do anything for me, and I’m not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks at the moment to really care about the Hollywood Lips collection. I do like the Filmstar Bronze and Glow, so the Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow may be a future purchase.
Whilst the year ended on more of a high, I’m definitely interested in where 2018 takes the collection. The Hollywood Flawless Filter primer/foundation hybrid sounds intriguing and – let’s face it – time-saving and convenient. Watch this space!