Oh Charlotte… Just look at these products. Have you ever seen anything more photogenic? I didn’t think so. Since releasing her makeup line in 2013, celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has been making waves in the beauty world. Her trademark rose gold packaging is resonant with high end luxury but… is it worth the money?
This is the question I’ve been asking for a very long time. There are so many positive reviews on her products, but I wasn’t about to find out answers without trying some myself. I just couldn’t bring myself to it due to the high price point and our poor dollar until a couple of weeks ago. I hit a significant milestone on my Instagram, so I ended up having a bit of a yolo (do people still use this term?) moment and wanted to spoil myself. Before I knew it I was hitting “check out” on the Beautylish website… oops!
The moment I laid my eyes on the opulent packaging, I realised I had no regrets. I mean, Charlotte just gets it. I picked up the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria (USD $32) and the Air Brush Flawless Finish powder in Medium (USD $45).
I’ve been trying out both products vigorously for the past week and I wanted to share a few early thoughts. Firstly, the shade Very Victoria is just perfection. In case you haven’t noticed, I am utterly obsessed with rosy brown nudes, and Very Victoria is unlike any other lipstick in this shade range I currently own (phew!). It is more of a satin-matte finish, and if you look closely, there are some gold reflects through it. It’s creamy and comfortable, but neither drying or hydrating. It’s not super pigmented – it takes me a few swipes to get full opacity, which I found surprising. Is it revolutionary, as the name would suggest? I don’t think so, but it’s a pretty damn lovely lipstick and I can’t help but feel a little bit special when I whip out the stunning bullet out of my purse.
Although I am a lipstick junkie, I was most looking forward to trying the Air Brush Flawless Finish powder. I’d briefly heard a few bloggers/vloggers talk about it, and I was getting pretty bored of using my Rimmel Stay Matte everyday. What an upgrade! Firstly, the powder does look super light on the pan for someone with a medium complexion, but it’s almost translucent – it doesn’t change the colour of my chosen base, nor does it add coverage. What it does do, and does rather well, is set my makeup beautifully and blurs out pores and fine lines. It is a micro-fine powder with soft-focus nano particles, and its texture is silky smooth. It’s not completely mattifying, as it still allows the skin to look like skin, which is what we want, right? In the oil-control department, this powder doesn’t make any promises, but it does keep shine at bay quite well for someone with combination skin. If you are oily, you may need to touch up.
Still early days, but so far I’m very happy with both these products and I definitely want to keep exploring Charlotte Tilbury’s fabulous line. Next on the list for when I’m feeling super spendy are the Filmstar Bronze & Glow (a cult classic), the Light Wonder Foundation and a Lip Cheat lip pencil.
Let me know if you’d like a follow-up, more in-depth review on either of these in the comments.
If you’ve tried Charlotte Tilbury, please leave me some recommendations below! If not, are you planning to?