Forgive me for I am weak; I live not only for the latest Charlotte Tilbury launches but find myself actively awaiting any celebrity beauty product endorsement - I blame years of trashy TV and frankly a lack of self control. Forget cheesy celebrity collaborations and treat yourself to one (or many) of Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips lipsticks, all of which credit various inspirational and beautiful well known women as muses - no less than 16 to be precise.
As you'd expect from any Charlotte Tilbury product, along with being a high quality beauty item, the packaging itself is utterly beautiful: a rose gold, art deco, inspired case that not only looks but feels expensive too. I'm sure that there are very few people that won't agree that when it comes to packaging worthy of an Instagram snap or ten, very few come close to the stylings of Charlotte Tilbury make-up. That alone does not make a great lipstick.
Before I hand over £30 for a lipstick (yes two shades within this post were gifted to me, the other I purchased), I require that it is not only comfortable, easy to apply but also wonderfully formulated - all of which the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks can claim to be. Let's forget about the formula for one moment and hone in on the style of the lipstick bullet. Yes it may look fancy, perhaps a little too elaborate but the design is not without purpose. The almost chiselled bullet style of the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks, allow for precision application (regardless of lip size or shape), each and every time, meaning should you wish you can wave goodbye to lip liner.
Despite being a fairly firm in texture lipstick, all three of the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks that I have been lucky enough to sample are fairly creamy but not overly so, meaning you don't need to worry about the shade bleeding or smudging with ease. I find that the almost gel based structure of the Hot Lips shades practically glide on to the lips, feel utterly lightweight and as such more than comfortable to wear, all the while wearing typically (not including eating/drinking/smooching) for up to three hours per application.
With 16 shades to choose from, there really is something for everyone and every complexion for that matter (over on the Charlotte Tilbury website you can see all 16 shades applied to a wide spectrum of skin tones); if I could offer up one piece of advice, it would be not to pay too much - or as much - attention to the celebrity muse behind each lipstick, rather focus on the shade. Despite being a nude fan, I selected three tones that are not at all alike and in the case of two, not my typical go-to hues:
Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (Helen Bonham-Carter) - A deep, vampy almost plum-come-magenta shade that has a slight pink undertone, this can be applied in layers to create a more intense/shade if desired. I must warn that out of the three I tried this shade happens to be the most matte (it is almost flat in finish) and as such it is a little drier in comparison and can apply ever so slightly patchy.
Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (Liv Tyler) - A soft, light blue toned pink that will is slightly deeper when applied to the lips (or skin) than the bullet suggests. As someone with a light to medium complexion and with blonde hair, I found this to the perfect non-Barbie pink - it has an almost nude quality and as such gives the illusion of fuller, plumper lips thanks to the creamy-come-light sheen finish.
Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma (Salma Hayek) - By far my favourite shade of the bunch, a sultry, deep nude that has a strong pink leaning - it is not too dissimilar from the likes of MAC Velvet Teddy. This is a shade that I think will look great on just about everyone and despite being matte, it is not at all drying. In my experience this is a wonderful everyday shade that does somewhat create the illusion of fuller lips.
Now the difficult part is deciding which Hot Lips lipstick you'll be adding to your make-up bag some day soon?