I recently tested 5 high end lip products and pitted them against each other in a day test comparison. One of those 5 was the new Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Between The Sheets. I picked it up on a whim when I was in Covent Garden recently, I’d heard a lot of good things about CT and wanted to try something for myself. I also picked up the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk which *spoiler alert* was considerably more impressive than this but neither are really worth the price tag.
I have to touch on the packaging, I’m certain I’m in the minority but I think it’s really dated. I have some old Estee Lauder lipsticks in similar tubes from WAY back and although I’m sure it’s supposed to look classic/vintage I think it just looks a bit old fashioned and not particularly high end. I have some lipsticks from Joan Collins Beauty to share with you that are very similar and something tells me that’s not what Ms Tilbury was going for. The uniquely shaped bullet is designed to mimic a lip brush for precision application..
I love a matte finish lipstick but this is designed to be a more comfortable ‘modern’ matte which is some kind of hybrid formula and nothing like matte as I know and love it. That was the first negative but I do have cream/satin lipsticks that I love so I wouldn’t have tossed it aside for that reason alone. The colour is lovely, I believe the name was put to a vote and Between The Sheets was chosen because the colour is reminiscent of a post action ‘flush’ but don’t hold that against it, it’s a pretty pink. The formula is the kicker because this is where you expect to get your moneys worth with these more expensive brands and for me this was a poor mans version of the Revlon Lip Balm. It was thick, picked up on every area of dryness and didn’t last long at all before there was nothing left of it on my lips.
It’s a really unusual texture and NOTHING like a matte lipstick in my opinion but many have suggested it is a matte for those who prefer cream.. what the point of that is I’m not certain but if you’re looking for a comfortable semi-matte lip I’d suggest the Revlon crayons any day of the week. I know one shade isn’t necessarily representative of an entire line and I’m sure this wont be my only forray in to the world of Charlotte Tilbury but for now I’m not quite getting the hype.
You can watch this video to see the application/wear as well as Nars, Estee Lauder, YSL and Tom Ford put to the test..