Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Swatches – Kim KW & Very Victoria

I got these lipsticks for either Christmas or my birthday – it’s hard to remember which when your birthday is on Boxing Day! I thought I’d do some swatches and share my thoughts on them in case you were interested in purchasing them for yourself, or like me, you just love lipstick.

These lipsticks come in gorgeous, vintage-style rose gold packaging and feel very luxurious in your hand. The lipsticks themselves are slightly different to your standard lipstick because of the squared off tip. I’m not convinced this makes a dramatic improvement to application though so it makes no difference to me.

The two shades I have here are Very Victoria, which is in the Matte Revolution formula, and Kim KW, which was part of the Hot Lips collection and I believe is in the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula. I hadn’t seen these in person before I got them so I had to go off pictures I found online. Luckily I was happy with the colours – they are beautiful. I was hoping Very Victoria would be a shade close to MAC’s Velvet Teddy and it’s not too far off.

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Very Victoria and Kim KW
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Kim KW is such a gorgeous, pale, pinky-peach nude! It’s probably not to everyone’s taste but I love it and it’s certainly the kind of shade that Kim Kardashian-West became known for.

The finish of this lipstick is quite high-shine and glossy which is a nice change when you’ve been wearing matte lips a lot. I will say that I occasionally find the formula a bit gloopy so it definitely looks best if applied to freshly exfoliated lips otherwise you could become victim to the dreaded inner lips lipstick line. It does feel lovely on the lips though, you can feel it there but not in a bad way and it does help hydrate. Despite being fairly glossy it’s not sticky and it lasts rather well! I love this one and it’s my favourite of the two.

Very Victoria is a hard to describe shade, I’d say it’s kind of a brown-pink nude. It has a matte finish but not the kind of matte you get from a liquid lipstick. It’s still got that tiny bit of sheen that allows it to still be hydrating and non-drying.

I like this lipstick but I don’t love it. There’s something about the pigmentation and application that just didn’t wow me – and you kind of want to be wowed with a price of £24. It could partly be to do with the fact this colour is fairly similar to my natural lip colour. Without trying another colour lipstick in this Matte Revolution formula I can’t say for sure. It is however a nice enough lipstick that feels good on the lips and lasts a reasonable amount of time. A lack of creaminess and super amazingly intense pigment just makes me question whether at £24 it’s really worth it. I think I need to try it with a lip liner and see if that changes anything! I’m still on the fence with this one.

So, a quick re-cap. I love the Kim KW shade and am not head over heels for Very Victoria. I’m not convinced these lipsticks are all they’re raved up to be for £24 either. As much as I love Kim KW, it’s more the shade than the formula that wins me over. I also think the photographs on the Charlotte Tilbury website are inaccurate! Maybe it’s just my screen resolution but when I look at these shades on the screen and in real life they just don’t look the same.

Charlotte Tilbury is widely available now in John Lewis and House of Fraser, and online at CharlotteTilbury.com, Feelunique and CultBeauty.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Skinny Dip

I wanted to share this absolutely gorgeous shade of liquid lipstick. It is one of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£11.50) and is in the shade ‘Skinny Dip’. I don’t know exactly how to describe the shade, it’s a nude that leans towards pink and brown but I feel like there’s a hint of mauve too. Whatever it is, I think it’s one of my favourite shades!

The formula of these is really nice. It’s not at all drying for a liquid lipstick. The application is lovely; it’s creamy and opaque and you can do your entire lips with one dip. It takes a few minutes to dry down to a matte finish. When it does it gives a velvety, plush appearance and I find it doesn’t enhance the lines on my lips as much as some other liquid lipsticks. It’s not completely faultless, I have had a few incidences where it’s broken apart slightly or formed that weird white line around the inside of your lips, but this isn’t the norm and is probably caused by me not exfoliating my lips beforehand or eating something! So I wouldn’t let that put you off and I say definitely give them a go if you love the matte lip look. It is a very nice formula and not too expensive. The frosted glass packaging is also a nice touch. 😉

What do you think of the colour? If you have any questions on the formula, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

Love Nicole xxxx

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks | Sandstorm, Soft Spoken, Tea & Cookies

Another post on the items of makeup I own the most of – lipsticks! These are from NYX and are called Liquid Suede. I have three colours in this formula and I love them!

‘Sandstorm’ (which is my favourite) is a browny, pink nude , ‘Soft Spoken’ is a red, brown nude and ‘Tea & Cookies’ is what I would consider a true pink colour!

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NYX Liquid Suede in (L-R) Tea & Cookies, Soft Spoken and Sandstorm

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NYX describe them as a cream lipstick that glides on like silk and sets to a velvety matte finish. I agree with all of this. The formula is creamy and smooth and the applicator is great and makes it easy to apply. Pigmentation is good and I generally find one layer is perfectly adequate. It’s quite a thick formula so I find it takes a while to set, longer than most other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, however because it remains so comfortable on the lips I really don’t mind that it takes longer to dry down. Once dry, I think velvet matte is an accurate description of the finish. It’s definitely not completely matte and retains a little bit of sheen. I think calling these liquid suedes was spot on and I absolutely love the finish it gives.

Due to this not-super-matte finish I find they wear very nicely, even on their own with no lip liner underneath. Once dry I find they can last a good few hours comfortably on your lips. It can sometimes be hard to know when they are completely dry so I have had a few transfer issues on occasion but this doesn’t really bother me!

The shade range is decent but I personally love nude colours so I’d love if they expanded the range with more nudes as I love the formula so much. I have seen on their website that they’ve launched a few new shades, one of which called ‘Brooklyn Thorn’ looks appealing to me so I might have to snap that up if it’s available in the UK.

These sell for £6.50 each and are available from Boots, Feel Unique and ASOS. I think they are well worth the money and they are definitely one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas that I’ve ever tried.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks | ‘Truffle’ and ‘Bare with Me’

As a huge lover of all things lipstick, I had to try the matte liquid lipsticks from Dose of Colors. They go in and out of stock on Beauty Bay and I am still patiently waiting for ‘Stone’ and ‘Desert Suede’ to come back into stock long enough for me to order them! I’ve had the link bookmarked for months and despite checking every day I always seem to miss them, or maybe they’re just not getting restocked!

The shades I do have however are ‘Truffle’ and ‘Bare with Me’ and they are gorgeous! ‘Truffle’ I would say is a brown, rosey nude whilst ‘Bare with Me’ is a more of a peachy, nude pink.

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Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Truffle and Bare with Me (right)

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The pigmentation of these is fantastic; the texture is creamy and moussey which I really like. They dry down to be super matte and whilst this can make your lips look quite dry, they don’t actually feel drying, which is a major plus as I hate products drying out my lips. I do find they wear off in a rather unappealing way sometimes however, where bits start to flake off and separate and you get that kind of line around the inside of your lips. They don’t always do this so I can’t quite put my finger on why they do it some times and not others. I think I have much better success with them when I wear a lip-liner underneath, they don’t seem to wear off as badly so maybe that’s the secret. Application is easy as the applicator is a great shape and one dip is enough for the whole lips.

These are some of my favourite lip products and I love wearing them. They look so nice on and the colours are perfect. The packaging is really cute, I love the frosted glass, and the brand is proudly cruelty free. ❤

Love Nicole xxxx

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Current 5 Favourite Everyday Lipsticks

Lipstick is one of my favourite things. It’s got to a point where I have so many that I don’t wear so I’m going to try to make a conscious effort to rotate what I’m wearing so they all get some love. However, at the moment there are certain ones I just can’t help myself but wear all the frickin time! So maybe the rotation thing won’t be happening any time soon…

Here is the current squad…

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Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup | Urban Decay Uptight | Urban Decay Backtalk | NYX Liquid Suede Sandstorm | Dose of Colors Bare with Me Matte Liquid Lipstick

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Buttercup £10.50

This is a really easy to wear nude pink. It’s one of those lipsticks you can chuck on without having to think about it as it looks great and will go with most makeup looks. The formula is buttery and I’d say the finish is satin, it’s not glossy but there’s definitely shine.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in Uptight and Backtalk £15 each

I’ve previously done a whole post dedicated to these lipstick when I first got them. You can read that here. Since writing that I have only grown to like them more. The comfort matte formula is so creamy and smoothing and one of the nicest I’ve ever tried. I’ve also grown more fond of the packaging which I initially didn’t really like lol.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sandstorm £6.50

This is probably my most worn lipstick out of all of them the past couple of months! It’s a real struggle to not wear this every day! I just love the colour and the formula of these is fantastic. It definitely leans towards being a cool brown/beige which I love because of the 90s vibes, however I’d still class it as a nude because it has pinkish tones. It’s just a gorgeous colour that allows me to wear brown on my lips but in a way I am very comfortable with. Liquid suedes also last well on the lips providing you allow them to dry down fully, which does take a while.

Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick in Bare with Me £14.50

I’d call this colour a peachy, nude pink. The formula of these is also brilliant and really long-lasting. They look more matte on the lips than the NYX Liquid Suedes but this means they can make your lips look dry and enhance all the lines and cracks! However despite this they manage to actually not feel drying or uncomfortable! Bare with Me is a really pretty colour and I feel I neglected it at first because I love the other shade ‘Truffle’ so much, but I am making up for it now. 🙂

Love Nicole xxxx

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