Charlotte Tilbury's new Hot Lips 2 collection launched officially today with 10 brand new shades – five are Matte Revolution formulas and five are K.I.S.S.I.N.G formulas – plus one balm. The names and their inspiration have been revealed by the brand, so I can now tell you I've got Amazing Amal, Dancefloor Princess, Carina's Star – UPDATE: JUST GOT PATSY RED, TOO – and Enigmatic Edward. I've swatched the lipstick shades; see the results later on in this post. But first, here's what's in the photos below...
The back row is all K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick. From left: Enigmatic Edward, a "hydrating clear lipstick;" Angel Alessandra, a "sunset, peachy nude;" J.K. Magic, a "peachy nude-rose;" In Love With Olivia, a "luscious pretty-in-pink;" Dancefloor Princess, a "cool, '60s-pop pink;" and Glowing Jen, a "tawny beachy rose."
The front row is all Matte Revolution. From left: Carina's Star, a "modern peach soft coral;" Viva La Vergara, a "soft wine;" Amazing Amal, an "elegant soft berry pink;" Patsy Red, a "statement red" (this one is on the cooler side; it's my fave red of the collection); and Red Hot Susan, a "wearable, accessible tawny-orange red."
And here are all the arm swatches, identified:
charlotte tilbury hot lips 2 patsy red
UPDATE: I didn't have Patsy Red when I posted the reviews below. But I have it now and I'm thrilled – it's the shade I loved the most at the preview! A vivacious statement red with a slightly cool tone, it's named after Charlotte's mum Patsy, featured here in one of Charlotte's makeup videos.
When Patsy Red landed in my #grabbyhands, my lips had for some reason been sans salve for quite some time, and they were pissed, almost screaming for a layer of soothing lanolin. I ignored them and applied Patsy Red Matte Revolution, expecting my lips to swear at me in a rage for giving them matte lipstick instead of a melty, comforting balm.
Instead my lips settled down and said, "Oh hey, this is good too. We cool."
What matte-magic is this??? It's Charlotte Tilbury matte magic, that's what. The Matte Revolution formula spins on a blend of waxes and safflower and corn oil that delivers a truly comfortable and emollient experience. The finish also has the slightest sheen so lips look lush and healthy instead of chalky and dead. As I said to a friend, it's a matte to love, even for more mature faces. #truth (Note: I geeked out about the formula below as well; it was written BEFORE this little bit about Patsy Red, but I'm not going to rewrite it as the experience is still valid. *grin*)
charlotte tilbury hot lips 2 amazing amal
One of the new Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 lipsticks in particular, Amazing Amal, is a surprise and also a surprise for me. Yep, two surprises.
Described as an "elegant soft berry red," the shade seems to me more a striking, confident berry red. Amazing Amal is almost vivid, deep rather than bold. In the tube it looks like a plummy red, a shade I'm usually inclined to skip over in favour of something brighter, more vibrant.
Surprise! Okay, at first I wasn't sure – the colour is, as my niece Lauren says, "darker" than I usually wear, "but it looks good." *grin* And it doesn't have the zip I lean toward in a bold, vibrant shade. But after a while I started to see the colour as more berry than plum. Not that it changed on my lips, but my eyes... adjusted? Whatever, however, I've fallen in love with it. (Wow, look at me expanding my shade preferences! I hadn't realized how narrow my range was until I tried all these new CT hues.)
Amazing Amal is a Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution formula. I don't wear much in the way of matte lipstick. My lips tend toward dryness, and frankly, the older I get the more I gravitate toward sheen on my lips rather than not. But if the colour gets me, I'm happy to wear it over a bit of lanolin or under a touch of gloss.
Surprise! It took me about six or seven hours after I'd applied it to remember that I was wearing a matte shade! I shouldn't have been quite so surprised; I've worn Charlotte's Matte Revolution shades before – note to self: wear The Queen more often – so I know it's not your average moisture-sucking matte. But to forget for six hours or more that I'm wearing matte lipstick? Yeah, you get it.
According to Charlotte in her shade description, Amazing Amal can be applied as a stain or more intensely, rather like the way I'm wearing it. (Applied straight from the tube, sans lip liner.) I've also got the tiniest bit on my cheeks, over my Nudestix Nudies Matte Bronzer in Sunkissed.
charlotte tilbury hot lips 2 carina's star
To be fair, I'm a bit surprised by the other two Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 shades I have: Carina's Star and Dancefloor Princess. Both are shades I wouldn't have considered had I not received them as samples – my love for vibrant fuchsia and bright blue-red blinds me to more subtle shades, especially if they read as nudes.
Part of the reason I love vivid shades is that they mean I need no more than a touch of dark upper-lid waterlining and mascara as eye makeup. With subtle lip shades, I need to do more. In preparation for swatching Carina's Star and Dancefloor Princess, I intensified my eye makeup a bit with a bit of shimmer and bronzer as well as a chocolate smudged liner and slate along my upper waterline.
I don't like to emphasize that I receive samples so I can evaluate and decide whether to write about them. But I'm especially glad of it with this collection. I love Carina's Star! It's a more subdued version of the kind of juicy, bright coral shades I'd gravitate toward – it looks rather like an orange-y nude in the tube. But it's so pretty and just bold enough to look polished instead of KaPow. I think I can can even wear it with no more than the chocolate liner along my upper lashline, slate along my upper waterline, and lots of mascara. No eyeshadow necessary. By the way, photos while holding lipstick are awkward indeed. My nieces Lauren and Erin had to listen to me making resentful huffing noises after each snap. 😆
Carina's Star is a Matte Revolution – a matte so comfortable I forget that I'm wearing a matte until six hours later.
charlotte tilbury hot lips 2 dancefloor princess
The more I see it, the more I love it – Dancefloor Princess is a fun name. Maybe a bit cutesy for our Beautygeeks friend Ally McBeagle 😉, but I can't help but enjoy the vibe. I also think it's ideal for a smokey-eye situation.
Dancefloor Princess is a K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick, Charlotte's more emollient, conditioning lipstick with a healthy shine. And oh wow, do I dig the formula. It feels good on lips and wears quite well – you'll want to touch up after eating or drinking, but that's not a problem when the case is so beautiful. And it makes me think again that Charlotte Tilbury is a lipstick genius. I want to wear K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks all the time except when I wear Matte Revolution. (Yes, that's a bit of hyperbole, but if you're going to pay $$ for lipstick, it's got to be lovely to wear – Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks absolutely qualify.)
I think I could have done with a bit more eye makeup, smoked out along my lower lashes – or maybe a livelier expression? The shots I'm posting on Instagram are different; with this makeup, Dancefloor Princess looks best with a smile. *grin* But the extra eye-makeup work will be worth it because this is such a pretty shade. It's quite neutral – Ally, does the shade appeal to you?
charlotte tilbury hot lips 2 in love with olivia
The shade I'm wearing in my Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm review is In Love With Olivia. I didn't see it as pink in the tube at the preview and I still don't see it as pink on me – seems more nude-y to me, with a warmth that works nicely with my fair/medium neutral skin tones.
In Love With Olivia is a K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick – seriously, if you've never tried one, you must. Lovely texture and glide and a lovely sheen. Must. Try.
The only other thing I have to say about In Love With Olivia is that again, it's a shade that I did not expect to like as much as I do. I've only had it applied, by CT makeup pro Michael Patterson, but I'd definitely wear it again on days I feel like wearing a touch more eye makeup than liner and mascara. It looks especially good with the Glowgasm + Flawless Filter makeup Michael painted me with, which only confirms that I need Michael to pop over to do my makeup whenever he's in Toronto. (I think he's based in New York.)
charlotte tilbury hot lips 2 in enigmatic edward
I'm wearing Enigmatic Edward right this minute, but you don't need me to show you a swatch – it's a clear lip balm. According to the press sheet, it's made with shea butter, synthetic (aka vegan) beeswax, a hyaluronic-acid matrix that includes olive triglycerides and a time-release action, a sunflower + mimosa + jojoba wax blend, and aloe vera. And it feels great on lips, light yet moisturizing, not sticky at all. Even better, it's in a gorgeous lip balm case you'll enjoy whipping out in public. If you must have a new Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 refillable lipstick case but aren't drawn to any of the lipstick shades in the initial roll-out, then may I suggest Enigmatic Edward for now?
The refillable aspect of this collection is so smart, and makes for easy limited-editions for holiday and greeting-card day sales times. My fingers are crossed for refills in shades that Charlotte hasn't yet dreamed up... or maybe they're already in the works?
The new Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 lipsticks ($43 CAD and $37 USD) and refills ($29 CAD and $25 USD) are available right now at charlottetilbury.com as well as Charlotte Tilbury counters everywhere and at sephora.com (lipsticks, not refills).
What's your read on all this so far?? xoxo
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