Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Collection

September 20, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Collection Review | The Beauty Look Book

By popular request I have a review + swatches of the entire Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Collection. This collection launched a few weeks ago with new makeup formulas for lips (liquid lips) and cheeks (contour wands and a new highlight wand). I’m still playing catch up with posting about new beauty launches – these have all been put to the test for several weeks by now. The entire collection has a glamorous theme with luxe packaging. For me there are some hits and misses with this launch. More details on each below.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Review | The Beauty Look Book

For the lips there are 10 shades of a new liquid lipstick called Hollywood Lips which are soft matte liquid lipsticks that have a plumping effect. I’m still not a fan of liquid lipsticks because I have full lips and matte shades tend to make my lips either look flat, dark or wrinkled like prunes. The best thing about liquid lips is the lasting power once they set and don’t budge after they dry however for me the “setting” factor isn’t something that works in my favor. They usually make my lips look like dry cardboard and I end up looking aged. Adding a balm or primer underneath can help with the finish for me but it’s an extra step I’m not thrilled about (I did that here with the NARS Powermatte Lips). In terms of matte lipsticks in general, the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution formula is the best matte I’ve tried (reviewed here and here). I had high hopes of the new Hollywood Lips as her colors are usually 100% on point but I was still unsure of the formula. These come with a beveled sponge tip applicator and have full buildable coverage. Texture is smooth and easy to blend but they still dry to a soft matte finish. Once on the lips they don’t budge or slide around but they aren’t transfer proof as they never set or dry completely. The thing that struck me the most was how full they made my lips look – without any tingle or plumping feel. The formula is one of the better ones I’ve tried for a matte liquid lip but it still has not made me fall in love with liquid lipsticks. Out of all the liquid lipstick formulas I’ve tried the Burberry Lip Velvets have the best formula and finish but if you remember my review from a while ago, none of the colors worked for me. With the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips the colors work well, but formula is still a bit dry-looking.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick | The Beauty Look Book

Descriptions of the colors:

  • Charlotte Darling is a light peachy pink
  • Best Actress is a perfect nude
  • Dolly Bird is a cool-toned light pink
  • Platinum Blonde is a pink nude
  • Rising Star is a medium neutral pink
  • Pin Up Pink is a deeper brighter rose
  • Too Bad I’m Bad is a deep coral pink
  • Show Girl is a perfect plum mauve
  • Dangerous Liason is a deep brick red
  • Screen Siren is a bright red

My favorites are Best Actress, Platinum Blonde, Too Bad I’m Bad and Show Girl. All the darker shades performed the best for me. I was relieved to see all the lighter colors worked as well color-wise, the formula not so much with Charlotte Darling and Dolly Bird – they looked extra dry on my lips.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Review | The Beauty Look Book

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Review | The Beauty Look Book

Next are the contour and highlight which I wasn’t excited about in the least. To this day I’m not huge about contouring as I have a round face and there’s really only so much I can do to create the illusion of sharper cheek bones. I do use products to contour softly in a 3 shape (or backwards 3 on one side) with creams or powders but it’s usually a very quick process for me. I don’t have the patience to do a proper contour. There are two shades of the Hollywood Contour Wand in Light-Medium and Medium-Dark. Swatched on the arm you can clearly see the difference in undertone but on my face both look very similar in the sense they look dark straight out of the squeeze tube. The Beauty Light Wand highlighter comes in one shade Spotlight which looked super frosty when I swatched it but was surprisingly wearable once blended onto the face. Both come with a sponge tip applicator which is soft and cushiony. I don’t know how well it will hold up after use – it’s something that looks like it could get really dirty quickly.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand and Beauty Light Wand

The pigment is intense and quite rich but very easy to blend for a natural look. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like these. They do set after a few minutes so I’d recommend blending quickly. The Double-Ended Complexion Contour Brush is very good and quite clever with the smaller angled tip so you can easily blend along the nose or other areas where you want a more detailed contour or highlight. I’ve lost some of my tan with recent travel and the heat here in Florida has made it where I’ve pretty much stayed indoors as much as possible. I like the Light-Medium color but think it has enough of a cool undertone to work for those lighter in skintone than me.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand and Beauty Light Wand



Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand and Beauty Light Wand

A quick look with two of the Hollywood Lips and the Contour Wand + Beauty Light Wand. I’m wearing the Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation in 21 mixed with 31, Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Powder #2, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brow Gel in Supermodel, Contour Wand in Light Medium and the Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight (both on eyes and cheeks).

Right side: Hollywood Lips in Platinum Blonde, left side: Screen Siren

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips and Contour | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line a nice collection for lips and cheeks. The Hollywood Lips are definitely among the better formulas I’ve tried since they don’t dry down 100% and aren’t super matte. The colors are all beautiful and easy to wear. I was pleasantly surprised by how wearable and easy to use the contour wand and highlighter are. They’re compact and easy to travel with or apply on the go if you need to touch up or apply makeupΒ  in the car.

You can find the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Collection now at Charlotte Tilbury and Beautylish. Also available at all other Charlotte Tilbury counters.

Many thanks to the Charlotte Tilbury team and Beautylish for providing products for me to review and swatch for my readers.

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  • Carolina September 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I love all the colors of the liquid lipsticks! I really need to get one, this formula is very interesting. The highlighter is also something that I would like to try, seems gorgeous! xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • loriindc September 20, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I just can’t get into the trend of matte lips. I just bought the Dior rouge liquid and had to trash it πŸ™ Matte doesn’t feel good and accentuates lines I didn’t even know I had!

    • BeautyLookBook September 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      LOLLL .. I bought one of the Satin Dior Rouge Liquids and it’s still too matte for me πŸ™ so sad b/c I love the color and Dior is so good but yes, mattes continue to be a fail for the most part for me. Especially liquid lipsticks.

      • loriindc September 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm

        i bought poison metal in the metallic version….way out of my comfort zone, I looked goth! the matching nail vernis is gorgeous tho. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda Hollingsworth September 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

    You really do rock the reds! I have major concerns as to what an incubus of germs and bacteria these wands are going to be after a few applications. There is also very little product for your money.

    • BeautyLookBook September 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you Amanda – your comment made me LOL. I had the same thoughts about sanitary issues. Seems ok for now but yes if it had more product in the tube (ie if it was larger) it would definitely concern me.

  • Suzanna September 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I don’t care for matte lipsticks–although I do have a couple of Matte Revolution (and a third on the way). Liquid lipsticks I only like in Chanel and topped with a Glossimer. I often get clients wearing matte liquid lipstick and I have to soften the lip lines in Photoshop :–(

    The contour looks great on you. I haven’t gotten the hang of it and do as you do with the backwards 3. Otherwise contour ends up looking muddy or like too-dark bronzer.

    Am a huge TIlbury fan and use two of her palettes and Wonderglow on a regular basis. Those work brilliantly for me.

    • BeautyLookBook September 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Phew! Love that there are other anti-matte beauty people lol. Thanks for the kind comments about the contour – I often find they look muddy on me as well. The powder Filmstar Bronze and Glow is much easier for me to use but it was nice to be able to test these out!

  • Ellie | PetiteElliee September 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    This collection is simply stunning!

    Ellie xx

  • Heeyoung September 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I am not a fan of liquid lipstick, either. It does not give me the feel of lipstick ritual. However, I am impressed by the colors by Charlotte Tilbury (again!). Although I believe your opinion on formula, you look really sophisticated with the contour/highlighter, red lip and actually all the lip colors shown above, especially in show girl, so I am strongly tempted to purchase some darker color lipstick and contour…

    BTW, what did you used for your base? Looks great with CT colors.

  • emmmilyyy September 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful review, Sabrina <3 I had a very similar experience to you with regard to the Hollywood Lips. I have always been a fan of CT's bullet lipsticks so I guess my expectations were high. And I'm also not a fan of liquid lipstick – like you, I find Burberry's Lip Velvet formula to be the most tolerable. (However, Smith & Cult Flatte Tainted Lip Stains actually blew me away and despite the name, are def liquid lipsticks.)

    I found the Hollywood Lips formula extremely drying to the point of being quite painful. It was irritating that transfer was an issue because when the finish feels so dry, you'd at least think it would be transfer proof.

    I thought that the Contour Wand was okay but not particularly special. I'm not sure about her upcoming eyeshadow palette but am looking forward to the Christmas lipsticks!

    • Swingtime September 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      I’ve been looking at these as well as the Smith & Cult stains. (Smith & Cult doesn’t get enough love, IMO.) I’ll be going with the stain. I’m really over the matte look/feel/painful lips thing, and it’s not terribly flattering on me, either. Many, many thanks for posting!

  • lawler September 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I, too, don’t really like liquid mattes. I do seem to get along okay with the NARS Velvet Lip Glides. However, this CT formula looks really uncomfortable, so that’s a firm pass from me.

    I think a lot of our contouring woes have to do with the shades presented in products. We get that muddy effect for a reason–irl shadows aren’t brown or bronze or brick red. Contouring colors in general need to be a bit more taupe or cool even for warmer skin tones. This is especially ture if you aren’t after that certain instagram look. It’s not our fault! πŸ™‚

    Burberry is the best formula, you say? I just added that holiday set to my wishlist. Looking at the swatches from your previous post, I wish Fawn was in the set instead of Rose Fawn. But I’m still attracted to it.

    • Sunnykm September 21, 2017 at 1:21 am

      I agree with what you have posted about contour colors! I haven’t been able to find a non-muddy or terra cotta bronze or contour and I when I do go looking, I ask the SA for a face powder to use as a contour but they always, always steer me to something that looks just awful on me. The only one I have found to be kind of close to a real shadow is Tarte Park Ave Princess and reading your comment I think it looks ok because it is a cooler shade.

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Lena L September 21, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks, Sabrina! Beautiful and very helpful reviews/swatches as usual. I have two Bloomingdale’s exclusive Hollywood Lips shades to review. Although matte formulas are never going to be my favorites, I find Hollywood Lips are quite comfortable to wear.

  • Nicole Merza September 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    These swatches look stunning, omg. I need everything!!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge