This review has long been overdue. I’ve had this prepared right after arriving from Chicago. I happen to wander around their downtown Nordies in Michigan Avenue and I was stunned at Charlotte Tilbury’s poster of such pretty model with a well-done makeup and pretty lip shade. Obviously, the model wore the newly-released Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick ($34) and she looked gorgeous in it. I knew I had to try it ASAP.
First thing I noticed about these liquid lipsticks are their very odd, very different yet very unique brush applicator. I’ve never seen nor tried anything like that before. It’s like the brush is sliced vertically halfway, revealing a half brush on one side, and a full brush on the other. A bit “L” shaped as well. I understand the concept behind it. It’s meant to shade the lips on the full side of the brush and to line or contour with the other (half-brush side). I found it to be quite tricky to use at the beginning, and it did take some getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll actually like it as I did.
The formula is thickly-whipped, super pigmented, but never drying. It has a slight vanilla cocoa milkshake scent that is not overwhelming to the senses. It glides smoothly on the lips and I dipped the brush twice on the product to get a full coverage. The result was really pretty. The nice thing is that the formula never dried my lips. It remains well hydrated and comfy throughout the day.
It noticed a similarity between these and Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet. Even Baremineral’s Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color is quite similar to these two as well. The main difference is that these Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips feel a bit thicker, even more pigmented, and though they didn’t dry on my lips, they’re still slightly drier than Burberry’s or Bareminerals. But these don’t transfer as much as Burberry’s, which basically has very good and very wearable color range, but requires regular reapplication especially after eating.
I had a bit of a hard time picking the shades I like because a lot of them are kind of on the bright side, and I wanted something that would suit my lip’s color, and also something that’s ideal for Fall. Eventually, I settled on these two.
Show Girl (Deep Berry) – Looks more a like medium to deep reddish muted mauve to me. It’s a pretty shade that’s perfect for the start of Fall and Winter. Also, an ideal shade if you don’t wanna go full-on with the ripe berry lips trend.
Dangerous Liaison (Rusty Rose) – I wasn’t really planning to purchase this shade, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off it. It’s so beautiful, it’s making my heart stop. I also love its pretty, hard-to-resist, matte deep red-wine shade. It’s so perfect also for Fall and Winter.
These two shades are pretty much close to each other. You could say that Show Girl is a lighter version of Dangerous Liaison, though they may have a slight variation in tones. Overall, these are really gorgeous matte liquid lipsticks and the two colors reviewed are ideal for these cooling temps. On top of that, they have minimal transfer and they also have reliable lasting powers (5-8 hours).
The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks are available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman
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