I got my hands on that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, the matte revolution line launched in the US and I simply couldn’t resist. I broke my no-buying ban for the very best, Charlotte Tilbury! I made a quick order from Nordstrom for me and a friend, who picked up a different shade from the line as well as the Rock’n’Kohl. I went for Lost Cherry which has to be the most unique red I’ve encountered. For my preliminary thought keep on reading.
As always Charlotte Tilbury doesn’t disappoint. While these have been out for a while in the UK and they did make a quick 1 month long appearance on the brand’s US website these were something I was waiting for. Thankfully an abundance of swatches was available to make the choosing a bit easier. Lost Cherry is described as a “pop of pastel fuchsia” on me it’s more of a pinked red, watermelon on speed kinda shade. The star of this lipstick isn’t the shade, which is great more on that in a bit, or the formula but rather the bullet and packaging.
The Nordstorm order came in quickly, I got several samples included with it and it wasn’t packaged insanely like Sephora orders usually are. There were 5 items in the package; my friend’s lipstick + Rock’n’Kohl and my own lipstick, lip pencil and Rock’n’Kohl – oops, I was bad, more on that some other time.
The usual rose gold gorgeousness that is a CT lipstick is here. It feels oh so luxe to handle, but unlike the YSL Rouge Volupte line it isn’t heavy at all. No fears little handbag, I can happily carry this in my bag with no fear of too much weight.
There’s the CT logo embossed on the top which is nice and pretty too. It’s got this general vibe of vintage glamour that the line has, and sitting next to the Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette that I love makes it a true vanity piece. I’m reminded of the old Estee Lauder lipsticks that haunted my childhood with their old-floral scent.
The bullet is the real star. It’s got this flattened square shape that allows for precise application along the edges of the lips, no need for a lip brush here. But the wider part allows you to apply the lipstick to the lips as usual. It’s also very aesthetically pleasing to me.
You can use the flat tip to line the lip line or use the edge. I like the first to do the cupid bow and the edge to line and apply to the lower lip’s edge. It’s very easy to apply and the formula glides, it’s nothing like the traditional matte lipstick. This formula is soft and moisturising to a degree, it also packs a punch with the colour and leaves behind one hell of a stain. I’ve worn this full on or dabbed on gently for a hint of colour. It has a scent to it but not one that’s overwhelming like the Burberry or Chanel lipsticks, it’s rather a pleasant scent.
As you can see it’s much lighter and far pinker than Cruella or Ruby Woo, and the formula is quite a bit creamier. It doesn’t tug or drag on the lips upon application, and it doesn’t feel dry when worn over time. I haven’t truly put this to the test of being worn for a long time but it has lasted me thru a quick weekend lunch of a Burrito quite well, without any wonky fading of smudging. I did need to touch up after eating but that’s to be expected.
I’m now eyeing even more shades from the range – with Amazing Grace and Sexy Sienna really catching my eye. That’ll have to wait until I visit London or a Charlotte Tilbury counter or a very special occasion.
The Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks are available from Nordstrom for 32.00$ (here) in the US (as well as Charlotte Tilbury’s site), and on Selfridges (here) or Net-a-Porter (here) as well.
Have you tried a shade from the Matte Revolution line? Which one and what are your thoughts?