As a beauty editor, I've tried a lot of lipsticks. But to be honest, before I ever laid hands on a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, I wouldn't have considered myself much of a lipstick wearer. Sure, I like MAC's Ruby Woo (£18) for a proper red-lip occasion, but having not been blessed with the plumpest pout known to man, I've previously shied away from lipsticks, focussing instead on my skin or eyes. But a few years ago, I tried my first-ever Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, and things changed. I think my first ever dalliance was with Bitch Perfect—a creamy pink shade that's definitely a good everyday nude for a lot of people.
From that moment, I was hooked. Bitch Perfect, part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range, is hydrating and nourishing on the lips, perfect for people (like me) who don't like the feeling of drying, matte lipsticks. Armed with a newfound lipstick enthusiasm, the next shade I ever tried was Sexy Sienna, a much bolder colour, that before, I'd never have the confidence to choose. Sexy Sienna is a golden coral shade inspired by one of my all time beauty muses, Sienna Miller. It's also part of Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution line, which, I can hand-on-heart tell you, will change your mind about matte lipsticks feeling dry and uncomfortable on your lips.
Throughout the next couple of years that followed, I bought (and was lucky to be gifted) a ton of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. My favourites include Lost Cherry (a hot pink), Pillow Talk (everyone's favourite nude) and Glastonberry (a gothic plum shade, which five years ago, I'd have never dared to wear).
There have also been shades that have come and gone during this time that I am using so sparingly inc ase Tilbury decides to never release them again. Sunset Lover, a warm, golden coral that's similar to Sexy Sienna, was released earlier this summer but has remained out of stock for months since. English Beauty, American Sweetheart and Miss Kensington are all variations of pinky nudes that remain out of stock on the website. Also, Shanghai Nights was my go-to red lip last winter, but it's still sold out. Sob.
So, Charlotte Tilbury, this is a thank-you from me to you. Thanks for helping me embrace lipstick, and I think I speak for the nation when I say please, never, ever discontinue Pillow Talk.
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