Charlotte Tilbury Lips

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Collection Review

July 11, 2016


Charlotte Tilbury launched a new collection of lipsticks called Hot Lips ($32 each). This launch features 12 new lipsticks shades designed in collaboration with 12 celebrities to support Women for Women International a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women survivors of war and injustice. $2 from each lipstick sold will be donated to the organizations in the first two months of sales.


The launch features 12 new shades of both her lipstick formulas Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick which you can purchase individually for $32 each. The Hot Lips shades have a special box packaging with red lips on the exterior and the actual lipstick tubes themselves have a lip print embossed on the front of the product. There are a few re-promoted shades with this launch. On Charlotte Tilbury’s website there is an exclusive set that features all 12 of the new Hot Lips and a lipstick holder called the Hot Lips Luxury Collection for $350. I ordered this set direct from her site – purchasing 12 shades individually would have retailed at $384. I have all 12 shades swatched today.


Here is what the lipstick holder looks like, it’s an exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury’s website and only comes with the set.


I’ve split the twelve shades into two color groups, neutrals and brights:



Neutrals shown below from left to right:
  • Penelope Pink K.I.S.S.I.N.G  is a repromote, it’s a neutral light nude pink
  • Very Victoria Matte Revolution is a repromote, it’s a cool-toned mauve nude pink brown
  • Kim KW K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a pale flesh toned pink nude
  • Super Cindy Matte Revolution is a medium 90’s shade nude with peach tones
  • Kidman’s Kiss Matte Revolution is a light peach pink
  • Liv It Up K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a neutral-cool light pink
  • Secret Salma Matte Revolution is a berry mauve pink



Brights and bolds:
  • Hot Emily K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a bright orange cream
  • Miranda May Matte Revolution is similar to Hot Emily, Miranda May has a bit less orange and more pink, it’s a bright color
  • Tell Laura Matte Revolution is an orange warm red
  • Carina’s Love Matte Revolution is a bold blue-based red
  • Bosworth’s Beauty Matte Revolution is a medium bright cool pink
  • Electric Poppy Matte Revolution is a hot pink
  • Hel’s Bells Matte Revolution is a deep purple plum



Swatches of the 12 Hot Lips Shades on bare lips below. For skintone reference I’m wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundations in 6 and 7 mixed together set with the Flawless Finish Powder #2.

A few comparison sets below to other shades from her line. I’ve reviewed and swatched her lipsticks quite a few times before. For those new to her lipsticks, she has two formulas. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks were the first formula she launched. This is a creamy high pigment lipstick with medium to full coverage and a natural shine. She later launched a matte lipstick called Matte Revolution which is a luminous matte lipstick. These also have full coverage and have a satiny sheen to them even though they are matte in finish.They have a slight vanilla scent and while they aren’t moisturizing like a lip treatment, I find they are hydrating and they do not make my lips peel. In terms of prep, I rarely wear lip liner these days but the ones I reach for the most are Pillow Talk and Iconic Nude which will go with a wide range of colors. For a base I like her Lip Magic to help moisturize and prep the lips or the MAC Prep and Prime Lip.


Comparison Set 1:
  • Hot Lips include Kim KW, Super Cindy, Kidman’s Kiss, Liv It Up
  • Matte Revolution includes Miss Kensington (swatch), Between the Sheets (here), Very Victoria (review)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks include Nude Kate, Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect and Stoned Rose (a;; swatched here)
  • Lip Cheat Lip Pencils include Iconic Nude and Pillow Talk (swatched here)



Comparison Set 2:
  • Hot Lips include Hot Emily, Miranda May, Tell Laura, Carina’s Love, Secret Salma and Hel’s Bells
  • Matte Revolution shades include Sexy Sienna, 1975 Red (here), Walk of Shame, Bond Girl and Love Liberty (rest here)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G shades include Kiss Chase (swatch)



Lip swatches for other shades linked above in comparison labels, but here are a few reswatched for reference:



Out of all 12 shades I think 10 are perfect. There were only two that I found a bit patchy or hard to apply including the lightest and darkest shades. Kim KW which I suspect is going to be one of the most popular options is one of those light nudes I cannot wear easily. It took me a lot of layering and blending to get smooth streak-free application. It’s very opaque and contrasts with my natural lip tone so it washes me out a little bit. Hel’s Bells went on my lips streaky and a bit patchy but did smooth out with layering. Adding a lipliner under both shades can fix any uneven application – and this might not happen to you if your natural lip tone is different from mine.



Some of the Hot Lips colors look nearly identical to each other in the tubes. The difference definitely shows up on the lips though. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite because every single color is amazing. I will say that I do think Tell Laura looks identical to 1975 Red (discontinued). If you already own 1975 Red, skip Tell Laura. On the flip side if you missed out know you can buy Tell Laura as an exact dupe. My perfect Charlotte Tilbury nudes are still Penelope Pink and Bitch Perfect although Super Cindy and Kidman’s Kiss are both great peachy neutrals.


Overall the colors are all great which I think is rare for me to say on an entire collection launch. Charlotte Tilbury created a good range of wearable color options that are suitable for any occasion and any season. 100% worth the splurge for me. Because I know many of you will insist that I pick my top favorites, my top 5 are Super Cindy, Hot Emily, Secret Salma, Kidman’s Kiss and Liv It Up.


You can find the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Luxury Collection Set exclusively online at Charlotte Tilbury. Individual shades also available online and in stores at Charlotte Tilbury, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Beautylish and Selfridges.


Have you ordered any shades yet? Which ones?


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  • Lu Suito July 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    those are lovely!

    lu | coco&louis

  • Leah Rose July 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Electric Poppy looks like an amazing shade!

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:37 am

      It's a knock out bright pink without being too bright 🙂

  • Sofia July 11, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    This look beautiful!! I want a CT Lipstick so badly, but I could never decide on a shade!

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:38 am

      Picking a first shade is definitely a tough one!

  • GreenEyedArtist July 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I picked up to CT lippies about 6 months ago and really love them. I'm tempted to splurge on this set as well. They're just so velvety. I would hard pass on Kim KW (hate her) and the lilac bosworth one. But the rest of these are really lovely.

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:38 am

      I think the Matte Revolution formula is genius!

  • SJ Sellers July 11, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Liv It Up and Secret Salma are my 2 favorites on you 🙂 although i think almost all of them are very flattering on you!! GORGEOUS! Thank you for the wonderful swatches!!!

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:38 am

      Awww thank you SJ 🙂 glad you liked the swatches.

  • lmc1971 July 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for this Sabrina! It's so helpful to have lip swatches! I really like the Super Cindy, Hot Emily and Sexy Sienna

    Best Lisa

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:39 am

      Happy to help 🙂

  • Jenn July 12, 2016 at 12:40 am

    I ordered Secret Salma and Hel's Bells. Now I'm so excited! Super Cindy looks beautiful too though, I may need that one as well.

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:39 am

      LOL! I think the colors are great in this launch.

  • Beautygirl 24 July 12, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Great reviews! I really love them all! The pinky peach colors are my favorite though as I can't wear nudes because they wash me out and the brights are a bit too bold for me. I noticed Nordstrom has a Charlotte tilbury palette that I may purchase since I have yet to try the brand!

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Awww thank you!! Most nudes wash me out too, try Super Cindy!

  • Anonymous July 12, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Is this review sponsored by CT?

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:40 am

      No it is not.

  • Evelyn July 12, 2016 at 2:17 am

    oo Secret Salma and Carina's Love are definitely on my buy list. So glad you reviewed these!

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Thanks Evelyn, glad you liked the review.

  • A Little bit of Everything... July 12, 2016 at 3:02 am

    This is so in depth! Thanks for a great review!

    • Sabrina July 12, 2016 at 3:40 am

      You're very welcome!

  • Running with Scissors July 12, 2016 at 3:55 am

    gorgeous review, thanks. Miranda is my favourite! 🙂

  • Julie Ann Alontaga July 12, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Serious heart eyes for these lippies. Great review, btw! 🙂

  • Sophie July 12, 2016 at 8:57 am

    They all look gorgeous on you, Sabrina! Would you say that Super Cindy is deeper/peachier than Bitch Perfect?

  • bisbee July 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Secret Salma will be here tomorrow. I think I ordered the right color…thanks so much for a great review!

  • Clever Girl Reviews July 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Secret Selma and Kidman's Kiss both look great on you. I'm loving Electric Poppy!

  • Anonymous July 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    As always I just luv~~ your review~!!
    I have Liv it up, Bosworth's Beauty,Miranda May.
    Yesterday I ordered 4 more. Are CT hot lips limited~? If so I guess I'll need to order Liv it up as a back up….it's just gorgeous♡ Appreciate for your great review 🙂 luv Rachel from Korea

  • Anonymous July 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Hi!! Is liv it up similar to in between the sheets and is carinas love like red carpet red? Thank you for in depth review and beautiful pictures

  • rachel hoe July 15, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Hi!! Super Cindy looks almost identical to Bitch Perfect! which one would look nicer on fair asian skin?

  • Ra, UK August 4, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I received a sample of Kim K.W. which was thinner and satiny but when I purhcased the actual product it was much thicker and pastel looking. So disappointed.

  • Anonymous August 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Hi – I have been told that Super Cindy is the same as Miss Kensington (special edition) – is this true?

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