After what felt like a lifetime of seeing Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk lipstick in *basically* every Instagram photo and blog post I stumbled across, I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself and seeing if it really is the lipstick of dreams.
Obviously, as with all makeup, the most important thing is the product… people notice the face more than the tube sat at the bottom of your handbag after all. BUT JESUS can we take a moment to appreciate the packaging.
Admittedly with a £24 price tag I’d be pretty peed off if the packaging wasn’t to die for, but still, LOOK AT IT. It’s rose gold, it’s perfect, and it makes every other cheap lipstick in my collection look pretty bloody naff sat next to it in the acrylic lipstick holder on top of my dresser.
The Pillow Talk lipstick is part of Charlotte’s Matte Revolution range, so naturally I was wary of how drying the formula would be. I won’t beat around the bush, it’s not a moisturising lipstick and it doesn’t flatter dry lips in the slightest – but that’s the nature of a matte lippy, isn’t it? I really have to prep my lips before using this product as I would with all matte formulas, and for that I tend to use a Lush lip scrub followed by my favourite lip balm, the Nuxe Reve De Meil Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm.
In terms of wear it’s quite average. It lasts through a glass of water or two, but chow down on a butty and it’ll disappear. It’s not a formula that can withstand eating, but I usually expect to top up lipstick after lunch so for me that’s not a deal breaker – it’s just something to bare in mind in case you’re one of those people who likes to apply lipstick and forget about it for the day.
The colour is a gorgeous pinky nude that I find very flattering on my skin tone. It helps to brighten up my makeup and gives it quite a fresh look, perfect for no-makeup makeup or those days I need to perk my complexion up a bit after a night of too many Sambucas, too much Netflix binging or a 14″ Papa Johns pizza.
To me £24 is expensive for a lipstick when there are so many great options on the high street. Although I don’t feel this lipstick is absolutely amazing (to me amazing would mean there are absolutely no cheaper alternatives that even come close), it’s still a really great lipstick in a beautiful colour. It’s not something I’d indulge in all the time, but on occasion it’s nice to have something a bit more high end in my collection. I already have my eyes on the matching lip liner.