Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks Review, Swatches: Bond Girl vs Walk of Shame

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks have made waves recently. Having tried the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick, reviewed here, I wanted to try more of her products, especially the lipsticks. Besides, the gorgeous packaging and the beautifully precise bullets reeled me in.
There are 10 shades in this range: Amazing Grace, Birkin Brown, Bond Girl, Glastonberry, Liberty Love, Lost Cherry, Red Carpet Red, Sexy Sienna, Very Victoria and Walk of Shame. I first bought Bond Girl and Walk of Shame and have just ordered Amazing Grace and Very Victoria as well, and Liberty Love for my Mum's birthday.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.

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Packaging of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks

These come in the same rose gold cases as the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks. One word - magnificent. The tip of the bullets is precision-cut so the lipstick stays within the contours of the lips without using a liner.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.

Formula and pigmentation of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks

These are soft matte lipsticks. They apply smoothly enough. I warn you that they accentuate dry areas and settle in lines although they do not actually feel drying on the lips. So a good idea to prep the lips with a scrub and balm before application. Rubbing your lips after application makes them look even drier.
These lipsticks claim to give the illusion of fuller lips. I already have full lips so I cannot vouch for the claims. They contain papaya and orchid for hydration and are supposed to have a "cashmere-cream texture". They do not feel dry on me, although they tend to look dry as the colour dries.
Pigmentation was iffy - patchy even - while swatching so I was afraid these would look patchy or sheer, but was better on the lips. I had to swipe two times on the forearm BUT got far better results on the lips. Possibly because I moisturised my forearms in the morning? Coverage is buildable so I got full opacity on the lips.   

Staying power of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Great for a bullet lipstick! You can easily get five or six hours' wear time. I blot them with tissue and then reapply so transfer is reduced, though still existent. They stay on through green tea, biscuits, kiwi fruit, bananas, yoghurt and cous cous, going by some of the things I have eaten while wearing these. Fading is even and makes the shades look subtle and pretty. I have photos of the lipstick at the end of the day, further below.

Swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame

These two shades are deeper than they look in photographs. I made the mistake of falling for online swatches - perhaps with one swipe? I picked what I thought were subtle rosy shades. However, Bond Girl is a rose-berry, while Walk of Shame is a brick-red. On paler people, I imagine they must look even deeper. Both are definitely Fall/Winter shades.
I have just ordered Amazing Grace and Very Victoria and will show you those two when they arrive. Fingers crossed that those two are subtle shades.
In cloudy light; Bond Girl above, Walk of Shame below. Two swipes. You can see where I have applied the second swipe in the Bond Girl swatch.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.

Direct sunlight.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.


On-lips swatches.
Photo in cloudy light, early morning. This is Walk of Shame.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.

This is Walk of Shame at the end of the day, evening daylight. The colour has faded to the kind of subtle shade I like after a meal and a few hours. With less pigment, the lines are less visible.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.

Bond Girl in cloudy early morning light. Fine line fest.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.


Bond Girl after fading, evening daylight.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.


Verdict and where to buy

I adore the packaging, of course, and the staying power is great for a bullet lipstick. With these, you need to build up coverage for opacity. The Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks do not actually feel drying on the lips, but they do settle in and exaggerate lines on the lips. I love the post-fading sheer look of these lipsticks.
Shade-wise, Bond Girl and Walk of Shame are the among deepest lipsticks I own. These are perfect for Fall, but I prefer a subtle lip so I bought Amazing Grace and Very Victoria. Fingers crossed that those two are subtler.
Do you need these? Yes, everyone needs at least one Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in their lives! Matte Revolution or K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipsticks? The former if you want staying power; the latter for creaminess and hydration. They cost £23 or $32, depending on currency, and are definitely worth every bit.
You can buy from Selfridges here - they ship worldwide (postage rates apply so bulk orders make more sense but there will NEVER be customs duty); however, Selfridges has nice GWPs - I got a couple of samples with my order and am hoping they have nicer freebies as the Holiday Season approaches. I only hope wisdom will prevail and I will not succumb to the allure of the Christian Louboutin lipsticks.

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