When it comes to makeup, I’m not one to squander money. If my constant hashtags of #drugstore and #budgetbeauty weren’t demonstrative enough, I’ll always plump for MUA over MAC, and if you ever want to locate me, your first stop should probably be the Superdrug aisles somewhere between Sleek and Makeup Revolution. However, I am one to know a good thing when I see it, so,when my friends Char and Hels gifted me with a beautiful Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, I fell. I fell hard.
It’s from the Matte Revolution range and it’s gorgeous. It’s obvious that love, care, and attention has gone into the design right from the moment you lay eyes on this lipstick. It is packaged beautifully, in a soft burgundy box embossed simply with rose-gold decoration; the casing is also rose-gold, super polished and impeccably engraved with intricate grooves that run from top to bottom. It’s also pretty weighty and sturdy-feeling, not light and plasticky which can happen with a lot of drugstore products (even though I still love them and they’re great). So far, the high-endness speaks for itself.
The first thing I noticed about the actual product was the colour. The shade is called Glastonberry and CT herself describes it as a ‘sheer blackcurrant hue for sex kittens and rock ‘n’ rollers like Rihanna, Grace Jones and Rita Ora’, all fantastically fierce women. The second thing I noticed was the peculiar angled shape of the stick, which made applying it to my lips really easy, even without a lipliner — in fact, it made for easier wear without one!
Once on, it felt so soft and creamy without being too glossy or smudgeable, and — not to blow my own trumpet — it looked so hot. Beautiful is not the word; the shade has more impact than beautiful. It’s dark and vampy while still being wearable, and the matte finish isn’t drying in the slightest. It makes my lips look so full and pretty, and I honestly can’t fault it.
Further research of the lipstick and the Charlotte Tilbury company reaped the following list of benefits:
- Lipstick tree (whatever that is) and orchid extracts for hydrating purposes
- Glowing pigments to give the illusion of fuller lips
- Paraben free
- Cruelty free
All that in a cute li’l tube is hard to fault, and even believe!
Although I’m still very much a cheerleader for the drugstore team, I may have been convinced of a few of the pros of high-end makeup. It’s a thoughtful, luxurious treat from my friends, and I’ll feel very special wearing it. I might even have been checking out a few of the other shades in the range if I fancy another treat in the future!
What do you think of high-end vs. drugstore?