Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics feels like brand that has really anchored itself in the hearts of those who like their high end luxury make up – indeed there is a big swish counter in my local Selfridges, not an easy spot to inhabit if you’re a brand that doesn’t sell well, and whilst I haven’t actually gone along to try anything yet (no time – the life of a mummy with small children!), it remains one of those ranges I want to try more of if given the chance.
Anyway so I got a little goody bag and look what was inside!
I have a Matte Revolution lipstick in Amazing Grace and a new Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadow in Bette. As this was a goody bag, I didn’t choose these colours, these colours chose ME. It could go horribly wrong.
So let’s have a peruse.
The packaging is a deep burgundy with gold highlights. It reminds me of your rich uncles leather sofa (or was that just my rich uncle?) – it’s all very luxe, it reminds me of Tom Ford (I believe Charlotte designs/formulates, whatever is the right term, FOR Tom Ford).
The lipstick. Matte Revolution is the newest range of lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury. I do adore the look of a matte, hate the feel as I naturally have dry lips. I believe there are 10 shades in a mixture of nudes to dark berry. It comes in a pretty rose gold coloured tube which reminds me of classic glam, like Estee Lauder, although it is more lightweight.
I like the shape that the lipstick has been cut – it reminds me of the top of a sexy dress (I SEE THINGS THAT AREN’T THERE).
The idea of these Matte Revolution lipstick is that they are matte but LUMINOUS. Let’s face it – I think there is such thing as TOO MATTE. Those liquid lipsticks that dry to the point of absolute SAHARA matte…it looks…unhealthy to me. Let me smear some vaseline on there for you darling.
I haven’t finished talking about the lipstick, bear with me.
The other shade in the range that screams my name is Sexy Sienna, a medium pretty peach. Anyway thankfully- Amazing Grace is right up my street. It’s a pretty mid toned pink-rose. It doesn’t look like a nude but it’s not too RAH in your face. It’s a very pretty matte wearable lipstick, no shine but still soft and flattering it wear. It doesn’t feel hydrating but it’s not drying either, and I didn’t get the dreaded crusting (yeah I know) you can get with mattes. Me like this very muchly.
Eyes to Mesmerise – now cream eyeshadows are also my thing because they work for the lazy girl with no time. Not all cream shadows are equal thats for sure.
Now – to point out that Bette IS the perfect shade for me – if I were to buy one it would be Bette, a true yellow based slightly bronzed gold. This is a shade I wear every single day.
This cream eyeshadow texture is that of an extremely soft to touch mousse – reminds me of Max Factor’s excess shimmer range the most in that it isn’t hard at all, it doesn’t require warming up and it doesn’t have that underlying firmness that Chanel D’Ombre has. SO – if you are on a budget but love Eyes to Mesmerise, definitely check out the Max Factor (although I am not sure if you can find a dupe shade wise).
Now, my favourite cream shadows in a pot are soft to touch but have a firmness because sometimes mousse like shadows lack pigmentation and need a lot of building up otherwise they just leave a wash of colour. The Charlotte Tilbury ones are very pigmented, so really, 1-2 layers is enough for a decent colour. They are light and have a fair amount of setting time which is both a good and bad thing depending on your skill level – I think I prefer ones like this because eyeshadows that dry fast need to be worked quickly and I ALWAYS get distracted “H! STOP JUMPING ON YOUR BROTHER!”.
The CT gives you a few minutes to blend and move the product until you are happy before it sets.
Oh! it’s in a proper solid jar. I hate cheap plastic jars.
A stroke of luck for me that I ended up with two shades I would wear every single day.
Anyway here I am wearing both products. I would probably buy a cool toned Eyes to Mesmerise:
I would happily buy either of these – at around £20-ish each, I don’t think the price is unreasonable.