Charlotte Tilbury is launching a new Hot Lips range of lipsticks this month, a sequel to the 12-shade Hot Lips collection she launched back in 2016. That first collection paid homage to some of her favourite celebrity friends and clients. Hot Lips 2 features 11 lipsticks in total, all inspired by Very High Profile People that Charlotte considers iconic, but we can't tell you exactly who they are until June 18th.
Packaging for the new collection is considerably different from that of the first range, in appearance as well as in relation to the planet: the Hot Lips 2 collectible lipstick cases – five in total – are refillable. When purchased, each case comes with a designated shade. When comes time to refill, you can select any colour bullet from the collection to replace the original. Each Hot Lips 2 Lipstick in a case is $49 CAD; refills will be $29 CAD.
The Hot Lips 2 lipstick cases in the photo are, from left to right: The Magic Infinity Starburst, The Timeless Leopard (available in red and in rose gold), The Power of the Universe, and The Magic Panther.
About the suits-everyone Hot Lips 2 lipstick hues, Charlotte says in the press sheet that her objective was "looking for gaps in the colour spectrum and mixing the most nuanced, super-flattering, super-wearable shades." (See slideshow below.)
As she did when she previewed the first Hot Lips lipsticks to the media, Charlotte has also announced a major charity contribution: her company has pledged £1 million to Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that helps train and empower women who live in regions of conflict or past conflict.
"From the very beginning, our partnership has been grounded in a mutual and intense desire to create transformational change," says executive director and senior vice president for Global Partnerships at Women for Women International Brita Fernandez Schmidt, via press release. "Charlotte Tilbury's support has helped hundreds of women survivors of war graduate from our year-long training programme with tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. Our partnership has helped to inspire hope for the future for the women we serve, empowering them to become leaders and role models in their communities."
Charlotte herself was inspired to get involved with Women for Women International when she heard that for one woman, a bold red lipstick served as a source of confidence, power and strength in the face of harrowing circumstances. "A lipstick can change a life because if you can change how a woman feels, you can change a community, and you can change the world," says Charlotte in the press material. Her promise of £1 million (approximately $1,683,480 CAD) is the largest corporate donation the organization has ever received.
Stay tuned for the shade names and the people who inspired them; we'll update this post on June 18th. In the meantime, have a look at the slideshow below for preview snaps of the Hot Lips 2 lipstick shades.
What do you think of the packaging? Re: The Timeless Leopard case, are you Team Red or Team Rose Gold?
And in the press-preview snapshots, the shade colours might be a little off, but what do you think so far? (I'm wearing one in this post.)