On my trip to London recently visiting the Charlotte Tilbury Boutique in Covent Garden was at the top of my to do list. Ever since I found out about the flagship store opening last November I have been itching to step foot in the Hollywood-esque beauty boudoir; I mean look how gorgeous the interior is!Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, Charlotte has built up a renowned reputation and she is without a doubt one of the most sought after British Makeup Artists with both celebrities and designers. In September 2013 Charlotte launched her own cosmetic line exclusively in Selfridges, London and ever since her brand has taken the Makeup world by storm.
Being my first visit to the Charlotte Tilbury flagship store I was pretty excited to say the least and I HAD to treat myself to a few rose gold beauties. I chose two lipsticks; one from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range, one from the Matte Revolution range, the beloved wonder glow primer and one of the Colour Chameleon eye pencils. Since my visit to the store, Charlotte has launched a new line of lipsticks called ‘Hot Lips’ and being the Makeup Addict that I am I had to order one online on the launch day. A Legendary Lashes mascara may have slipped in my shopping cart too..
The first lipstick that I selected was the flattering nude-pink shade (middle swatch) from Charlotte’s ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G’ range, ‘Penelope Pink‘. This shade was actually designed for Penelope Cruz and has since became one of Charlotte’s best sellers. It’s a universal nudey-pink shade, which will suit any skin tone. I find this lipstick very easy to wear, day or night. The ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G’ lipsticks are enriched with a secret ingredient, known as the lipstick tree. The lipstick tree is an anti-oxidant which naturally protects the lips from UV damage and external pollution leaving them hydrated and silky smooth. They also contain light-diffusing properties which give the lips a real full-bodied, satin-like appearance.
Lipsticks are one of my favourite beauty products and I wanted my second CT lippy to be somewhat different to my first. I chose one of the ‘Matte Revolution’ lipsticks in shade ‘Love Liberty’ (left swatch). Love Liberty is a gorgeous medium to dark berry red colour. I have so many reds in my lipstick collection already however this one had such a gorgeous pinky undertone that I had to have it! The ‘Matte Revolution’ lipsticks have a tapered, square tip which allows for a more precise application. I instantly fell in love with this range; the lipsticks are matte yet still hydrating, long-lasting and the colour pay off is impeccable. The ‘Matte Revolution’ lipsticks contain orchid extract as well the lipstick tree goodness (which is also the secret weapon in the ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G’ lipstick range). Unlike many matte lipsticks, these contain 3D glowing pigments which are meant to give that lit-from-within appearance. This is my favourite Charlotte Tilbury lipstick so far, I love the defined finish it gives and I’m so happy with the shade I chose, it just oozes glamour!
The ‘Hot Lips’ collection launched on June 24th and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. The shade I chose was inspired by Kim Kardashian-West (right swatch); I’ve really been loving my pale, nude toned lipsticks recently and this was the palest nude in the range. I find nude lipsticks so easy to wear whether it’s a day time look or an evening smokey eyed look and the Kim K.W. shade is gorgeous; it’s a pale, pink nude which has a real vintage feel to it. The ‘Hot Lips’ range was inspired by some of the world’s most inspiring celebrity women. I found it difficult to decide on just one lipstick; there were so many gorgeous shades to choose from in the ‘Hot Lips’ range. If you fancied a deeper coloured shade or a shade with a little more va va voom I would check out ‘Hot Emily’ and ‘Hel’s Bells’, they are so gorgeous! These lipsticks have the same tapered, square tip as the matte revolution range which will allow for a more precise application and the glowing pigments give you that gorgeous lit-from-within appearance.
Next, the Wonderglow Primer. I’ve heard such great reviews on this product and I’m delighted to finally have it in my makeup kit. I really like it, especially for using on my Bridal clients. Charlotte Tilbury describes this as mix between an anti-age elixir and a complexion-enhancing light diffuser. It’s intended to transform drab, sleep-deprived skin into youthful, radiant, hydrated skin. Although wonder glow is called a Primer, I actually think it could be doubled up as a highlighter. It has a definite golden shimmer which gives the skin a really beautiful luminosity. I find Wonderglow Primer very hydrating and if you have a drier skin type this would be a great product for you. And the rose scent is so luxurious.
And lastly, the Colour Chameleon pencil in shade ‘champagne diamonds’. I instantly fell in love with this pencil because I knew it would be great for highlighting. These pencils are intended for use on the eyes, however I think it would also be great for highlighting the cupids bow to give the lips added definition. On Charlotte’s website she categorises the shades of the colour chameleon pencils into groups of eye colours; so ‘champagne diamonds’ is intended to be used by blue eyed clients. I think this is a really clever way to market the pencils as it makes choosing a shade so much easier and more accessible for everyone, especially someone that isn’t very confident when it comes to selecting makeup. The pencils have a long-lasting finish and the texture is very creamy, which I like, as it makes them far more blendable. This shade does have glitter through it but I think this adds to the whole glamorous appeal of Charlotte Tilbury products.
I’m yet to try my Legendary Lashes mascara as I’m waiting until I finish the YSL mascara I have open right now, but when I do I will be sure to let you know what I think of it. There are so many other Charlotte Tilbury products I’d like to try. I’ve always been a sucker for gorgeous packaging and luxurious treats! Next on my hitlist would be the Dolce Vita eye palette, the Magic Foundation, the magic complexion brush and probably another ‘Hot Lips’ lipstick, that little pout detail on the lipstick wins me over every time. Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products? Which were your favourites?