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Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick – is it worth the hype?

Everyone hypes about how good Charlotte Tilbury make up is, don’t they! And because I’m a very basic and curious bi….logger, I really really wanted to treat myself and try at least one of her products.

I put the CT lipstick on my wishlist and waited for the miracle to happen. And you know what, I’ve got it as a Valentine’s Day gift yey!! Keep reading to find out if this Charlotte Tilbury lipstick lived up to my expectations!

charlotte tilbury lipstick


Obviously the packaging is gorgeous and it was exactly what I’ve expected. It’s super shiny, beautiful and classy, and also feels heavy and luxurious. Absolutely adore it!

charlotte tilbury lipstick


I’ve listed a few shades that I wanted to try, and it was my boyfriend who picked Pillow Talk for me. I can’t complain, because it’s one of the most (if not the actual) most popular and hyped about products, and I was really excited to add it to my collection.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t swatch the lipstick for a few days, because I wanted to enjoy its beauty and I was afraid not to ruin it. Anyone doing the same or is it just me? 😀

Anyways, I finally found the courage to try it and… well I was surprised.


Pillow Talk is a part of the Matte Revolution collection, but to be honest, it doesn’t look or feel like matte to me. It doesn’t dry down matte at any point, but has this casual sheen to it, which I don’t mind but you know… false advertising.

When it comes to texture – I found it really soft and creamy, and feels really nice on the lips. It’s moisturizing and has a really nice sweet scent as well, so I can’t say anything bad about that.

However, I definitely wouldn’t say it’s long-lasting (and even the cheapest lipsticks on my lips are), something that I might be a little bit disappointed of.

charlotte tilbury lipstick


The shade is.. well, interesting. I thought it was going to be ‘my lips but better‘ type of lipstick but it’s actually just ‘my lips‘. Honestly I can even see if I have this lipstick on or if it’s faded throughout the day. It is literally my exact lip shade!!

The first time I’ve tried it I was like ‘so that’s all??’. Then I avoided it for a while, because I didn’t want to disappoint myself even more, but now I’m kind of getting used to it. I sometimes manage to get a pinky hue, especially if I apply about five layers at once. But at the same time I don’t want to waste it, so I don’t. That sounds very confusing, doesn’t it 😀

This Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk feels like a very expensive lip balm to me. Like I said, it has a nice texture and scent, and makes your lips feel really smooth, but perhaps I’d have been more impressed if I’ve got another shade. I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate the one that I’ve received, it’s just that it basically looks non-existent on my lips.

I definitely have mixed feelings about this CT lipstick, but I’m learning to love it. It might become my favourite nude lipstick one day, but I’ll keep you updated on that. Overall, I’d really love to get another CT lipstick in the future, just because it’s CT and not because it’s the best lipstick I’ve ever tried. Soooo… is it worth the hype? You tell me 😀


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  • Reply beyo11

    Love the packaging !!

    March 31, 2018 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Joy

    Lovely review, I don’t think I’ll ever purchase CT lipstick, I mean if there’s nothing impressive in the formula, then I don’t think it’s worth it. The packaging is very pretty though, I agree!

    March 31, 2018 at 7:53 am
  • Reply NotesbyLaura

    Thank you for this review! I’ve always wanted one too but I’m unsure if it is worth the investment. A lot of people seem to like the glastonberry shade which is a lot darker. She has me sold on the packaging though it’s so pretty! x

    April 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Well perhaps a shade which you could actually differentiate from your lips might be a good investment after all 😀

      April 24, 2018 at 9:54 am
  • Reply imambertan

    CT is the bomb, but I think the lip liner in pillow talk is much worth it and the airbrush flawless powder. Please do a review

    April 3, 2018 at 4:55 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Yeah I’ve hear the same 🙂

      April 3, 2018 at 10:42 am
  • Reply hannahslifediaries

    Thanks for sharing this. High end brands are hard to get right, I don’t really have money to ‘waste’ so this was very useful x

    April 3, 2018 at 10:53 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Aw thank you!

      April 3, 2018 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply outnaboutweb

    One of the best written lipstick reviews I have ever read, you don’t make it boring or list facts that no one is really interested in! So thanks for that! I guess the fact that the shade is not really an exciting color takes a lot away from the product for you, but I often wonder if hypes like that are because of the brand and not the actual product. Great post,
    love, elena

    April 3, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Aww that’s really sweet of you to say! I always try to make my reviews as most interesting as possible, because like you said – it’s usually only a list of facts.

      And perhaps the hype is because of both the brand and the product, it’s just my luck that not every product is suited for every one. x

      April 24, 2018 at 10:00 am
  • Reply mufavorites

    I got two shades of this. Hepburn Honey and Bitch Perfect. I really like them. Too bad the Pillow Talk shade didn’t work out to well on you. Maybe its the shade, because I think mine are a bit too opaque to be considered expensive lip balms 🙂 but did you check out the Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipstick (aka the dupe). They have very similar packaging that does not feel cheap at all (It smells cheap though 😅). Anyway, nice to read you review on this 😊 💕

    April 4, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Yes, I’ve tried the Makeup Revolution lipstick and I’m actually planning to do a comparison post soon. ^^

      April 4, 2018 at 4:11 pm
      • Reply mufavorites

        That sounds great! I will be looking forward to reading it! 😊

        April 4, 2018 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply John

    An good article. Maybe it will help me in nearby future.

    April 6, 2018 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply theconfessionsofanonlineshopaholic

    Your photography is on point Siyana! I love how honest you are about what you really thought of the lipstick. It’s a shame that you feel like it’s non-existent on your lips. I haven’t actually tried any Charlotte Tilbury products, so I think I may have to go and try them in Selfridges first, if I ever do decide to purchase any.

    Jenny xx

    April 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Jenny! I’ve actually found a dupe of the CT lipstick, which I’m going to review very soon ^^

      April 23, 2018 at 10:35 am

    So what do you think?

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