Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2.0
To say that my favorite brand of all time is Charlotte Tilbury is a bit of an understatement. Charlotte Tilbury beauty products have been a staple in my cosmetics arsenal since 2014 when I first started migrating into luxury cosmetics. Charlotte herself is an icon in her own right. Working as a celebrity, editorial, and fashion week makeup artist, she later moved to be the voice behind iconic brands like Tom Ford Beauty before starting her namesake line.
I had the extreme pleasure of winning a contest through Charlotte’s social media channels and received the entire Hot Lips 2.0 Collection. A line of lipsticks inspired by women (and one man) who are changing the cultural conversation and societal ideas of beauty. Sound familiar? Well, that is because Charlotte released the first version of the Hot Lips Collection several years ago.
The original Hot Lips Collection featured women like Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, and Kim Kardashian-West. What many do not know is that the first installment of the series donated £1 to Women for Women for every bullet sold. This time around, Charlotte has pledged £1 Million to the same organization. Women for Women is a non-profit organization committed to helping women and girls in worn-torn countries gain a sense of self through work, education, and community. As a military child, the cause is something that means a lot to me.
Hot Lips 2.0 pays tribute to women like Amal Clooney, J.K Rowling, Sofia Vergara, and Charlotte's mother Patsy. The 10 lipsticks (and 1 lip conditioner) come in both of Charlotte's award-winning formulas. Matte Revolution is a comfortable matte lipstick with a squared-off tip for precise application. The KISSING formula is a buildable moisturizing/glossy finish with a typical lipstick shape. With Hot Lips 2.0, we are given the squared tip as well as the signature lip engraving within the lipstick itself.
Another highly important feature about this release is that not only has Charlotte switched up the packaging from the tradition rose gold and initial embossed casing to 5 unique designs but also the lipsticks are refillable. This is a huge step in decreasing the brand's footprint in beauty waste. Furthermore, this means that, when you finish a lipstick, you do not have to pay the same full price to replace it. The refill product is only available on CharlotteTilbury.com for $25. The actual lipsticks themselves retail for $37.
Many have pointed out that one does not have the option of coordinating their favorite shade within the collection to their favorite packaging, but it would require a much more hands-on approach to product release and can create a bit of delay in production and product release. What can I say, no system is perfect.
All of the shades are pictured here in non-direct sunlight and no image editing so you can see how they look on a fair/light skin tone with a neutral undertone. My personal favorites are J.K Magic, In Love With Olivia, Angel Alessandra, Amazing Amal, and Patsy Red. I found that shades DanceFloor Princess, Glowing Jen, Carina’s Star, Via La Vergara, and Red Hot Susan (while beautiful) were not shades that performed the way I had expected. For example, Carina’s Star applies a bit patchy and comes out to be much more of an orange than peach as I anticipated.
I also included swatches of the three nude shades with two of Charlotte’s most loved colors, Penelope Pink and Pillow Talk. This allows you to see the diversity of the shades to determine if they are worth adding to your collection. The Pillow Talk Lip Cheat and Pink Venus Lip Cheat are also shown here.
I had originally purchased J.K Magic, DanceFloor Princess, Angel Alessandra, and Amazing Amal on my own before the entire collection was gifted to me. That being said, I would highly recommend these lipsticks to anyone who is looking to expand on their collection and looking for unique and universally flattering colors. The formulation of Charlotte's products is incomparable and her selection of influential icons, as well as organization to support, truly are standouts!
* The Hot Lips 2.0 range were gifted to me via an Instagram giveaway. *