Charlotte Tilbury claims her Matte Revolution lipstick is a "luminous modern matte long-lasting lipstick," and for the most part, we found that to be true. While the finish somewhat varies from shade to shade, overall you can expect a semi-matte look with a non-drying feel and reasonable wear time. It's a good but not quite an amazing lipstick, especially given its price.
One of the first things you'll notice about this lipstick (other than its luxe rose gold packaging) is its squared off, slanted tip. At first, we found it a bit cumbersome when trying to apply the lipstick precisely along the cupid's bow, but with a little maneuvering you'll find it workable. What's nice is how evenly this lipstick applies straight out of the tube. You get rich color, no tugging, and minimal (if any) bleeding.
We were surprised to see finely-milled golden sparkles upon inspecting Matte Revolution in the tube. Tilbury refers to this as "3D glowing pigments," which are supposed to create the illusion of "lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller." Once applied to lips, the sparkles are barely detectable (you have to look really closely to see them) but regardless, sparkles don't inherently make lips look fuller or wider. However, in a subtle way they help this lipstick not look as flat as a true matte would.
Shade-wise, Matte Revolution comes in a roundup of ten colors to complement a variety skin tones, and as mentioned earlier they vary a bit in finish. For instance, the coral-toned "Sexy Sienna" has more of a matte look than "Red Carpet," which is more of a satin-matte finish in comparison. Regardless, they all go on opaque so you get full-bodied color from the get-go.
As far as "long-lasting" claim goes, a few hours of wear is reasonable to expect, and some of the deeper shades last even longer. As with most lipsticks, wear time is decreased by eating and drinking, and this lipstick does have a moderate propensity to transfer. In essence, the tradeoff for the more comfortable wear is that it isn't as budge-proof as some of the newer modern matte lip products on the market—it's a matter of personal preference.
What about the marketing claim that Matte Revolution is enriched with, "Lipstick Tree extract which protects lips and is a natural anti-oxidant?" Referring to bixa orellana seed extract, it does indeed have beneficial anti-oxidative effects, but it's also one of the very last ingredients listed, meaning it's in a minute concentration so its function here is more for a marketing story than providing actual anti-aging benefit.
All in all, Matte Revolution is good lipstick for anyone who wants a semi-matte, opaque color in a comfortably smooth lipstick. It didn't exactly knock our socks off, and considering the price, we were hoping for some sort of wow factor—but if you're in the mood to splurge it's certainly not a bad option.
FYI: This lipstick does have a slight vanilla flavor from the ethyl vanillin extract, which is not sensitizing.
Charlotte Tilbury At-A-Glance
Charlotte Tilbury’s journey into creating her own makeup line began back in her teen years when she discovered the transformative power of makeup. Fast-forward several years and celebrity clients later, Tilbury made a name for herself as a makeup artist who epitomized the glamorous beauty of the supermodel era in the 90’s. Along the way, she became a consultant for beauty brands, and eventually decided to create her own line of makeup and select skincare products in 2013.
One of the strong suits of Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup is her take on color. The woman knows her way around flattering a complexion and making features pop, and you can see that in her shade range. That doesn’t mean you won’t find some misses along the way, but as a whole, the line offers an impressive selection of color.
Tilbury’s skincare, on the other hand, doesn’t fare quite as well. Between the use of jar packaging and some highly fragranced formulas, skin is left compromised (see individual reviews for details).
In no small way Tilbury’s years of painting beautiful faces has helped shape what her makeup line is today. If you don’t mind the $$$ factor, it’s worth taking a look at the standouts which earn our highest rating.
Strengths: Excellent color selection; natural-looking foundation and concealer.
Weaknesses: The iconic Magic Cream comes in a jar; some highly fragranced formulas.
For more information about Charlotte Tilbury, call 646-828-7431 or visit www.charlottetilbury.com/us
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