Charlotte Tilbury Lips

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks and Lip Lustres – Neutral Lip Perfection

January 7, 2015

If you’re like me and are obsessed with neutral lipsticks and glosses, you might be very curious about the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks and Lip Lustres. The line is currently available at select counters and stores right now so you may not have easy access to the line. Buying nudes lip colors sight unseen can be a bit risky – not all nudes are wearable and everyone has a different definition of what they consider nude or neutral. I ordered Bitch Perfect, Nude Kate, Blondie and Sweet Stiletto sight unseen last August. I was really pleased with these but wanted to wait to see the rest of the colors in person before ordering more. In October, I was thrilled to be able to attend the Charlotte Tilbury Nordstrom launch at The Grove last year and took that time to look at all the nudes in person. They all looked phenomenal and I made a wish list. Even after seeing them all in person it took me a few weeks to decide whether or not to jump and purchase more (after all I have enough nude lipsticks to last multiple lifetimes).

Today I have six of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks and five of the Lip Lustres to share with you. All of them swatched side by side to show you the differences and similarities with comparisons and photos of how they look on my lips.

First up are the neutral K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks ($32 each). Left to right is Nude Kate, Hepburn Honey, Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect, Confession and Stoned Rose. All of these lean neutral or on the warm side which I think make them easier to wear and more naturally flattering on the skin. Some of them look remarkably similar in the tubes side by side. I’ll add my descriptions on the differences below. With the exception of Confession, all are permanent and have cream finishes (without shimmer). These are high in pigment and full coverage. Fragrance wise there is a very soft nice vanilla scent, it fades after a minute. They have a creamy finish with a slight sheen. Lasting power is quite good and the colors adhere really nicely to the lips. Due to the pigment, I do think you need to have a well-prepped lip before applying otherwise they will emphasize lip lines. While they aren’t really moisturizing, they do have a nice cushiony feel and I was happy to find that they did not dry out my lips. For recs on lip prep, check out this post Lip Primers and Lip Balms in Rotation.

Nude Kate is a flesh-toned beige nude cream, this for me is a true nude
Hepburn Honey is a honey-toned neutral nude beige
Penelope Pink is a pink-nude beige, leaning more pink than Nude Kate
Bitch Perfect is a pinky-peachy medium pink neutral
Confession is a medium rose-nude with golden shimmer
Stoned Rose is a warm almost terra-cotta nude rose cream

Swatch comparisons to other neutrals below:

Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille
Tom Ford Lip Color Sable Smoke (review)
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara and Brigette (review)

The Lip Lustres Lip Lacquers ($22 each) range from creams to sheers to shimmers to sparkles. Out of all the neutrals, I don’t own Bardot Beige or Portobello Girl, but here are the ones I do own. The coverage is sheer to medium on these. I find them pigmented enough to wear alone, but for the shimmers I think they work best layered over other lipsticks to add dimension and shine. They are a bit sticky but not tacky. I really love these glosses.

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds is a sparkling light beige nude pink
Seduction is a creamy beige nude cream
Ibiza Nights is a super sparkly sheer golden champagne
Blondie is a pink base with cool-toned champagne frost
Sweet Stiletto is medium warm neutral rose

High Society is a medium plummy color, it’s not a neutral/nude but I added it for comparison purposes below:

Comparisons below:

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Baby (swatch mislabled)
MAC Lipglass in Bijou (discontinued, review here)
Tom Ford Tawny Pink (discontinued)
NARS Lipgloss in Belize
NARS Lipgloss in Dolce Vita (review)

I hope you found this roundup and swatch lineup helpful, especially if you can’t see the Charlotte Tilbury beauty line in person before purchasing. For the lipsticks, I hate to say this, but I think every single one is perfection for a neutral lip. I think Nude Kate is the truest nude in the sense that it is a flesh-toned nude. I was worried it would be too pale but it has enough color to not wash out the complexion. That being said, I think Hepburn Honey and Penelope Pink will be easier to wear for a nude color since there is more pigment and depth. If you want more color but still want something natural Bitch Perfect and Stoned Rose are good to look into.

For the Lip Lustres, your mileage may vary depending on what kind of gloss you are looking for. If you want a full coverage high pigment gloss, you might not like these. They have medium pigment and a natural shine which I find really flattering on the lips.

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty items yet? What are your
favorites? I’m still working my way through testing out items from the
line but so far I’ve really liked most of what I’ve tested. Would love
to hear about your favorites!

You can find Charlotte Tilbury online at Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, Selfridges and Charlotte Tilbury.

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  • Ria

    Those colours look gorgeous! Big fan of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range, eyeshadow palettes and eyeliners. Recently had my make up done at a CT counter in London, UK and decided to invest in some products. My next purchase will be The 'Fallen Angel' palette and a couple of lipsticks from the matte revolution lipstick range. Sorry for mammoth comment! *shy face*

  • i have stoned rose and i love it!

  • Those are some gorgeous lipsticks!

    I specially like Hepburn Honey and Bitch perfect!

    Great post and comparisons

  • Amazing swatches, I'm so hooked can't wait to purchase one.

  • I have a difficult time finding nude pinks, purchased Bitch Perfect lipstick and Pillow Talk lip liner and adore both! Prior to this I've had the best luck in this shade range from bobbi brown (no surprise). Got Bitch Perfect due to both blogger raved and the Charlotte Tillbury website photos and Pillow Talk after a glowing review from Be Beautiful; Pillow Talk really is a great everyday pink lip liner. I chose these to fill the organizational/everyday makeup bag essentials as detailed by Lisa Eldridge and they are perfect! Now I have a lip liner to which I can add lip balm, gloss or lipstick and I have a great pinky neutral that goes with everything. Still add in the occasional rose toned lippie, but these two items have really streamlined and organized things so I can always feel chic and polished!

  • Thanks for the amazing swatches, and I love that you added comparisons. I definitely want to pick up the CT lipstick in Bitch Perfect, looks so pretty!

    xoxo Nicole

  • It's a good line up. Sweet Stiletto looks like it might work for me.

  • I definitely want to try these ones out! Thank you for the amazing swatches ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nikoleta, xoxo

  • Thank you for the wonderful review and swatches. It helps so much to see the lip swatches as well. As always, your blog is perfection. Sincerely, Kim

  • jenna

    thanks for the tom ford comparisons! I'm loving hepburn honey and penelope pink the bonus is that the names are adorable as well!

  • I think I like the High Society one. I super like the color and finish.

  • This range is stunning, so many beautiful wearable shades.I hear they have opened a CT counter near me & I am excited to pop in & have a look. There are so many products I want to try

  • These look gorgeous!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I've been trying to decide between Bitch Perfect and Confession for ages so have been waiting for a comparison. They both still look great so I still can't decide!
    Ting |

  • I love the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. range! I have Bitch Perfect and Penelope Pink and they are the most gorgeous and flattering nude lipstick for me. Will have to check those glosses as well… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bitch perfect is the nicest shade, I love it!

    Laura | Laurzrah

  • Amazing review and swatches! These all looks so gorgeous, Hepburn Honey will be first on my list to buy xx

  • They are all perfect!

  • just bought Sweet Stiletto

  • michelle

    Just beautiful! Amazing how similar a few of those lipstick shades are once on the lips-surprises me. I'm so drawn to Bitch Perfect but that's because I buy EVERY lipstick in that shade and I have to stop. No wonder I've always coveted Tom Ford's, Indian Rose, it looks like NARS, Barbara, which I own. I am seeing a pattern here-LOL:) I am also lemming Blondie gloss but I also have to stop the lip glosses. I don't wear them enough, mostly just a touch over my matte lipsticks for a bit of gloss/glimmer. I also own too many that look too much the same! I don't know how you do it, Sabrina–I am overwhelmed:))
    Do you have a method for switching things out–I mean, you own the best of the best and most beautiful cosmetics. How do you choose? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks for this incredibly helpful review (as yours always are!). Stoned Rose was the first CT lipstick I bought, and unfortunately it was a complete fail, color-wise, for my NC15 (but more neutral) coloring. Far too brown/orange. However, I liked the formulation, so I got Bitch Perfect (love it) and, after your recent review, Confession, which also works well for me. Oh, and Pillow Talk! I also have Sweet Stiletto–bought after reading your original review of it–and like it quite a bit. Plus I have two CT blushes (Love Glow and Love is the Drug), which I think are fantastic. And, uh, the Magic Cream. And Wonderglow (too yellow for me.) And a foundation, but find it too thick. Okay, so I have a lot! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for helping those of use who live faaar from beauty counters learn more about this brand. (Much better than the mostly blind/only semi-successful buying I've been doing!)

  • I own Bitch Perfect and Sweet Stiletto and I totally love them! But seeing your swatches I feel like I need every single one of the neutral lipsticks. For reasons.

  • Anonymous

    I bought the stoned rose. But I am surprised everyone just loves these. They look very dry and patchy after twenty minutes. I can not put lip gloss on all day long! It is the first time I have been asked if I am sick because my lips look so dry. Am I the only one?

  • Omg, those look shades look like they are the best for all skin complexion's. Can't wait until I can save up and buy a couple of the lipsticks.

  • They looks nice colors

  • Bitch Perfect and Stoned Rose are beautiful! I really like those glosses too. Especially the shimmery ones!

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  • All the colors are soooo amazing!!!!!

  • i have seen TF's tawny pink lip gloss for sale, has it been d/c'ed? thanks!

  • This is such an incredibly helpful post re: all things nude lipsticks and glosses – thank you! Photos of the colours on lips is always appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

    …Tom Ford Nude Vanille has always been a favourite, but am off to purchase Charlotte Tilbury's Nude Kate!

  • Hi there. I love your posts because the shots are natural and I can see the true tone. Finally I found your blog ๐Ÿ™‚