I did another Charlotte Tilbury haul and ordered a few items that are online exclusives. Many of you have been asking about some of the limited-edition lipstick exclusives and I resisted for months but finally caved. I’m still loving the Beauty Filters Collection for Eyes very much but as a fan of her Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadows I knew I had to buy the new Star Gold and Rose Gold Shades even if it was going to be sight unseen. What I hauled:
- Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadow in Star Gold (online exclusive)
- Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadow in Rose Gold (online exclusive)
- K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess (online exclusive)
- Matte Revolution Lipstick in English Beauty (online exclusive)
- K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in American Sweetheart (online exclusive)
- K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect (repurchased)
The new Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadows in Star Gold and Rose Gold do not disappoint. Star Gold is the prettiest warm coppery bronze shade. In case you haven’t tried these (they’ve been out for a few years now), the formula is creamy and emollient with pretty shimmers. I find the pigment, texture and lasting power to be really good on my lids. I like to wear them alone, 2 shades layered together or as a base for any powder eyeshadow.
To compare them to other brands they are most similar to the Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes. Chanel Ombre Premieres are not as emollient with a drier texture and they have a more opaque base. Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks are a little bit more emollient, but the Charlotte Tilbury cream shadows have more buildable pigment.
I use her shades Bette and Marie Antoinette on a weekly basis. I was really excited to find she launched more. For comparisons Star Gold is a true coppery gold which I find unique in my collection of cream shadows. Rose Gold is almost identical to Tom Ford’s Pink Haze. The difference is noticeable with Charlotte Tilbury’s being a bit warmer and Tom Ford’s a little more pink, but once blended I think they are really close. Shown below:
- Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color in Copper
- Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette, Norma Jean (now just called Jean), Marie Antoinette
- Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Pink Haze
- Tom Ford Cream and Powder Duo for Eyes in Paradiso (cream shade swatched, also shown here)
- Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Platinum
- Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Copper
There are several online exclusives for lipsticks. I ordered the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula in The Duchess which is a medium cool-toned mauve rose, Matte Revolution in English Beauty which is a perfect nude pink, and K.I.S.S.I.N.G in American Sweetheart which is a warm peachy neutral rose. I also repurchased K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect which used to be more pinkish on me and to my surprise my tan has now made it where this is a lighter neutral peachy pink rather than a medium pink. I still had remnants from an older tube to compare and made sure the color is indeed the same, my 2-3 shades deeper skintone compared to when I was in San Diego makes a difference with lighter lipsticks!
I was a little bit prepared to not love the three online exclusives. I did search online but couldn’t find swatches that would tell me what they’d look like on my lips. The reason why is that the colors look almost identical in the tubes, on the arm they swatch warm and dark, but on the lips they look a lot better and aren’t as dark as arm swatches go. I’m relieved to report that my money was well spent. All three are perfect. The Duchess is a gorgeous creamy pink. English Beauty is my perfect nude for my medium tan skintone right now. It’s a bit more neutral compared to Pillow Talk which was my previous favorite. American Sweetheart is nice, but if I had to skip one it would be this, it’s warmer which isn’t a bad thing, just on me more peachy and I already own a ton of peachy lip colors.
For those who have missed my previous reviews on the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick formula, her K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick is creamy and opaque with full coverage. They have a nice shine finish but aren’t glossy. Lasting power is excellent although they sometimes get on my teeth because they are so creamy. Her Matte Revolution Lipstick is among the few matte lipstick formulas I actually like because in general I hate matte lipsticks (they make my lips look shriveled like raisins!). Her mattes are modern mattes with a velvety finish but soft sheen. It’s hard to describe but they are amazing.
Comparison swatches below to:
- Pat McGrath LuxeTrance in Sextrology (swatches here)
- Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Hot Lips in Liv It Up (review here)
- Tom Ford Lip Color in Pink Dusk (lip swatch here)
- Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk
- Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Hot Lips in Kidman’s Kiss (swatch on lips here)
- Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick in Valletta (swatches here)
- Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Hot Lips in Super Cindy (review here)
Bottom line this was a very happy haul. I’m 100% happy with everything, the lipstick colors are perfect and quality/pigment is excellent. If you already own Tom Ford Golden Peach Duo or Pink Haze, you can probably skip Charlotte Tilbury’s Rose Gold if you want to avoid dupes.
Right now Star Gold, Rose Gold, The Duchess, English Beauty and American Sweetheart are all exclusive online at Charlotte Tilbury. I’m not sure if they will launch elsewhere eventually, I know the lipsticks have been out for some time and haven’t popped up anywhere else (they are limited-edition). K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect can be found at all other Charlotte Tilbury retailers like Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Net-A-Porter.
Have you tried any of these online exclusives? What did you think?