There was once a time when I wouldn’t go anywhere near a red lip, and nor would I ever consider a matte lip – their notoriety at the time for being anything but flattering once terrified me. Fast forward three years in my makeup endeavors and I’m in love with both. Red lips are something I’ve come to embrace and depending on the shade of red, I’ve come to realise how flattering the colour can be on me if I wear it correctly (even if I do say so myself!) As for matte lips, that’s also a trend I’ve come to love; it really makes a lip colour look classy if it’s matte and the lasting power is fantastic. Charlotte Tilbury’s dabble in the world of matte lips is different to others though – instead of being immediately bold and thick upon application, it applies like a balm and then settles to a matte texture. It takes a couple of coats to get the desired effect and though some people have viewed this negatively, I beg to differ. On the contrary, I actually think this is a fantastic quality for a bolder lip colour to possess. It makes applying the lip colour evenly much easier as well as making sure you apply a thick layer so that it sticks around for longer.
I won’t lie to you though: I do tend to find this pretty drying. Due to the product’s balm-like application process, it’s also near impossible to apply it over a lip balm (trust me, I tried it with the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm). The dryness of the product is bearable though and when the lip colour comes out with the pigment it does in the GIF above (obviously the shot with red lips is me wearing the lip colour and the other picture are my natural lips), it really is worth it. The blue undertones to the colour really flatter my teeth and make them stand out as so much more white than they really are and against my skin tone, it’s nice to find a colour that manages to be bold without clashing with my skin tone. It’s a nice change.
For £23 a bullet, is it worth it? Meh, I guess so, but I wouldn’t really go stretching for it if you don’t have the money with ease. The packaging is stunning and the product is great, but I think you’re much better off spending your money on something similar from somewhere like MAC for a much more affordable price tag.