When I first saw make up artist extraordinaire, Charlotte Tilbury’s make up range online, I wanted to lick the screen, it looks so delicious. However – with the prices quite high and no counter in my local Selfridges, I didn’t order anything, although all of it looks stunning (with a Scott Barnes-ey feel, if you remember his cosmetic line). For Christmas my aunt bought me a lip gloss and liner from the range:
I have the Lip Lustre Luxe Colour-Lasting Lip Lacquer (tongue twister!) in Blondie and the Lip Cheat Re-shape and Re-size lip liner in Iconic Nude, a nude brown beige.
They say: “Lip Lustre is a super luxe, high-gloss lacquer that gives your lips a brilliant mirror-shine finish, creating the illusion of a three-dimensional, voluptuous pout.” and “Lip Cheat is a rich, velvety lip liner glides effortlessly over the lips and has the power to completely re-shape, re-size and balance your lips.”
I thought that this lip duo would be a rather nice lip plumping match, and for all intents and purposes, it is, creating a subtle nude effect lip. More about this later. Can we talk about the packaging?
I love the colour scheme chosen for this range, it’s dark like all the expensive brands are (well the external boxes) and since this is a very glam looking range, the products have this rich gold colour on them.
I disliked the actual feel of the product though – the lip gloss felt surprisingly cheap in a smallish lightweight plastic tube. I say this because I think high end and pricy items should be in good packaging and feel a little heavy in the hand as lets face it – a bit part of pricy make up is how it looks too. Whilst it looks nice, it doesn’t feel nice and I didn’t like the sponge applicator at all – it was quite a hard, doe foot applicator and it’s hardness made it hard to comfortably spread the product (which was already somewhat thick) to the lips without dragging. I really do prefer super lush comfortable applicators for glosses, like the Japanese brands do so well. For reference, Esprique do a great sponge applicator for their Aqua Drape glosses.
I digress. Here are the colours close up – the gloss pinky-peachy sheer with lots of shimmer but it’s a sheer gold when applied on me:
The lip swatch on the website shows a very wet looking gorgeous sheer peachy pink with lots of fine gold shimmer. I honestly don’t think this shade is a. as glossy or as plumping as pictured and b. as multi dimensional, which is a shame.
The lipliner is a great colour for people who love nudes like me as it’s a very ‘useful’ colour. I didn’t find the formula as creamy and pigmented as I wanted though in that, for the price, it could’ve been from one of my favourite cheaper brands for lip liner (hey, I don’t spend much on lipliner) such as Rimmel or No. 17. That’s the problem I guess…lip liner is so dupable.
Worn together – it gives a warmish nude and if my lips don’t look that glossy, then it’s the gloss which I found quite hard to get ‘spreadable’…imagine butter that goes a bit hard in the cold? Like that.
The duo does look nice on though: