I recently tested 5 high end lip products and pitted them against each other in a day test comparison. One of those 5 was the new Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Between The Sheets. I picked it up on a whim when I was in Covent Garden recently, I’d heard a lot of good things about CT and wanted to try something for myself. I also picked up the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk which *spoiler alert* was considerably more impressive than this but neither are really worth the price tag.
I have to touch on the packaging, I’m certain I’m in the minority but I think it’s really dated. I have some old Estee Lauder lipsticks in similar tubes from WAY back and although I’m sure it’s supposed to look classic/vintage I think it just looks a bit old fashioned and not particularly high end. I have some lipsticks from Joan Collins Beauty to share with you that are very similar and something tells me that’s not what Ms Tilbury was going for. The uniquely shaped bullet is designed to mimic a lip brush for precision application..
I love a matte finish lipstick but this is designed to be a more comfortable ‘modern’ matte which is some kind of hybrid formula and nothing like matte as I know and love it. That was the first negative but I do have cream/satin lipsticks that I love so I wouldn’t have tossed it aside for that reason alone. The colour is lovely, I believe the name was put to a vote and Between The Sheets was chosen because the colour is reminiscent of a post action ‘flush’ but don’t hold that against it, it’s a pretty pink. The formula is the kicker because this is where you expect to get your moneys worth with these more expensive brands and for me this was a poor mans version of the Revlon Lip Balm. It was thick, picked up on every area of dryness and didn’t last long at all before there was nothing left of it on my lips.
It’s a really unusual texture and NOTHING like a matte lipstick in my opinion but many have suggested it is a matte for those who prefer cream.. what the point of that is I’m not certain but if you’re looking for a comfortable semi-matte lip I’d suggest the Revlon crayons any day of the week. I know one shade isn’t necessarily representative of an entire line and I’m sure this wont be my only forray in to the world of Charlotte Tilbury but for now I’m not quite getting the hype.
You can watch this video to see the application/wear as well as Nars, Estee Lauder, YSL and Tom Ford put to the test..
I was sitting down to do my makeup last week when it occurred to me that much of what I’m currently using has been in my daily rotation for almost a year.. if not longer. I don’t award any product ‘holy grail’ status lightly so I can’t tell you every single thing I used here is irreplaceable by something else but there are definitely a handful of serious must-haves that I’d run out and repurchase immediately if I had to start over.
Estee Lauder Double Wear (Bone)
I have tried COUNTLESS low cost foundations and for a time was totally in love with Revlon’s Colourstay however when they changed the formula I could never find anything affordable to replace it. I eventually caved and picked up Double Wear and never looked back. By far the best foundation I’ve ever used and if you’re looking for something buildable (anything from light to high depending on how you apply it/which version you choose) and super long wearing this totally lives up to the hype.
Freedom Pro Highlight in Ambient
I have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette and it’s really beautiful but it’s HELLA expensive, y’all! It was a gift and I love it but I would never repurchase it because the lighting powders from Freedom and Makeup Revolution are just as good for a fraction of the price. This one in particular is my absolute favourite, a subtle sheen I can use lightly all over or heavy high on my cheeks. There’s a slight warmth to it that can almost replace a blush (for a cheek-colour-phobe like me) too, just super pretty for an amazing price.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
I have a post coming up pitting this against the Benefit Roller Lash and *spoiler alert* this still comes out on top. Mascara is so subjective but for me this is the perfect balance of a dry enough, thick enough formula and a brush that manages to grab and coat every lash while separating and defining.
MAC Satin Lipstick in Faux
Ahhh it’s the my-lips-but-better nude lipstick I always dreamed of. When I first started blogging nude lips were a major trend and nothing that everyone else seemed to love suited me AT ALL so this deeper nude trend is a big winner for me. Faux is the perfect rosy mauve on me and worn with Essence Plum Cake liner (as below) it’s my go to lip combination and one I’m always questioned about.
You can see each of these items in action as well as what else I used in this video..
I didn’t have much on my beauty wishlist for our recent visit to the states but I knew I HAD to get one of these. Liquid lipsticks have made a huge comeback recently and these have been widely heralded as some of the best. They come in loads of colours, half of them are some variation of a nude (literally something for everyone) however most of what I wanted was out of stock so I ended up with a totally over the top neon hot pink.. standard.
Crazy as it is I’ve worn it a few times already and love the formula, dry but not drying, long lasting, doesn’t bleed, just excellent really. Of course it wears away from the inside out and left long enough while eating and drinking you WILL be left with an ugly lip line but so long as you’re topping up every 3 hours or so I think you’re pretty safe. My main (and only) irk with this product is the packaging, it has a comically long applicator that makes application awkward, it kind of feels like you’re applying lipstick with a selfie stick. It gets easier with practice but given that it’s totally unecessary design feature I’d rather the wand just be shorter.. if that’s cool, Kat?