I believe Charlotte Tilbury line is one of the most exciting makeup launches of the year in the US. For those that don’t know, this is a high end makeup line, curated by a world-renowned British MUA Charlotte Tilbury, and finally her products are now available at select retailers.
|Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick – packaging
|…beautiful rose gold coating on the bullet is highly reflective!
|Almost mirror-like shine… unfortunately, that attracts fingerprints.
|Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect – closeup.
Since I have a limited monthly makeup budget, I decided to only buy two things for now, and one of them was K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect. For a luxury makeup line this was an unexpectedly crude name, considering that the packaging is very classy – rose gold ribbed lipstick tube is monogrammed with brand initials, and housed in glossy brown cardboard packaging.
Bitch Perfect is a warm light coral pink with very fine light-reflecting shimmers, that make this otherwise matte color look a bit satin-y. The formula is not super creamy, but it still wore comfortably on the lips throughout the day, without making them feel dry. Since I love smelling my products, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this one has a sweet scent of vanilla frosting to it. Nothing better than a delicious-smelling lippie, since it’s a product I wear for hours right under my nose!
|Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect – arm swatches outdoors
Speaking of wear time… I didn’t find this color particularly long-lasting – it started showing noticeable signs of wear after 3.5 hours without eating or drinking. However, I did enjoy the moisturizing effect; it seemed like my lips were actually getting some nourishment.
K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks feature extract of achiote, or the lipstick tree, that was used by native american women to add color their lips and protect them from the sun. It’s also used as a natural remedy for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
The packaging is visually stunning, but if you are expecting to get one of those nice weighty tubes, à la vintage Estee Lauder, you’re in for a disappointment. I’m not entirely sure what the bullet case is made of, but it looks and feels like cheap plastic with rose gold coating. I figured this was worth mentioning, in case you care about the packaging quality as much as the lippie formula itself.
|On the lips – Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect.
Oops, just noticed that I have a dent from sunglasses on my nose! 🙂
92%, A- points mostly deducted for longevity, and I don’t rate packaging.
Do you need this? Odd naming aside, I think K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect is really nice overall, as expected from a high end brand. The formula contains light-diffusing particles that create the illusion of full and even lip surface, and who wouldn’t want that? However, when I buy expensive products, I expect expensive packaging, so seeing that cheap rose gold-coated plastic bullet was an unpleasant surprise. I’m 50/50 about purchasing any more CT lipsticks at this point, mostly because wear time is a bit short for me, and I was not a fan of the packaging.