My First High-End Lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury

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?


I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

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  1. I love drugstore products, I really do! But it’s also fun to have a couple of high-end pieces in your stash! I think you did a great job with this lipstick. It looks like a lovely colour and it’s great with your skin 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! My friends really pulled it out the bag with their choice!

  2. Amazing Grace by CT was the first high end lipstick I ever purchased! Definitely one to look at getting if you were wanting to invest in some of her other lipsticks! Great post xx

    1. Ooh, thank you for the recommendation, I’ll have a look! xx

  3. Wow! This is a beautiful color!

    1. Isn’t it gorgeous!

  4. Gorgeous colour. I tend to stick to drugstore for most things, I have so many Sleek products I could probably open a store, but I do sometimes like having a high end product as a bit of a treat. It always feels special when you use them then. Not truly high end but a few more expensive eyeshadow palettes are creeping into my collection.

    1. I’m the same, only with MUA. I can’t get enough of their Velvet Lip Lacquers, and I don’t understand when people say they don’t like them! Which eyeshadow palettes are you looking into?

      1. I haven’t tried their velvet lip lacquers, they never have any in stores near me and I like to see lip colours, though I have been tempted when I made a couple of Superdrug orders. I have seen some good things about them, it seemed like it depended on which colour you got with some reviews. I have a few palettes from thebalm which aren’t really high end but made me look at more expensive ones. At the moment I have my eye on pretty much anything from Viseart, I really want to try something from them though they’re so expensive and a Jeffree Star palette. There are a couple of others but they’re first on my list.

        1. I know what you mean, there’s nothing worse than ordering a lipstick and finding that it doesn’t suit you or you don’t like the colour/formula, but you can’t return it because you’ve already used it. I know the VLLs can be a bit hit and miss, so it would be best to test them out before you buy. I’ve never looked at Viseart before, but I’ve seen a lot of thebalm stuff, especially their highlighters, and they look beautiful!

  5. Beautiful shade!

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