A Look With Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Look in a Palette and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk and Instant Look in a Palette.

Another blog post, another Charlotte Tilbury product. Welcome to my vanity.

If you have more self-control than I do and you haven't already emptied your wallet at the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I suggest trying her Instant Look in a Palette products—they're a great introduction. The look I'm going to show you today features the lighter of the two palettes, called Natural Beauty. It features a three eyeshadows, a bronzer, a highlighter, and two blushes designed to be used together (reminiscent of her "Swish and Pop" blushes). All colours are new—even the bronzer and highlighter, which are just a tad lighter than the colours in Charlotte's famed Filmstar Bronze and Glow. The eyeshadows are perfect for a very natural daytime look: A matte, barely-there pink, a champagne shimmer, and a light, soft brown with a satin finish. The blushes are both warm pinky-peaches with satin finishes.

If you've heard of any Charlotte Tilbury products, you've probably heard of Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, which is not only the perfect lip liner formula, but also the perfect nude for lining and enhancing your lips. Friends, it was a good day indeed when Charlotte released this perfect pinky-nude shade in the form of her Matte Revolution Lipstick, which happens to be the best matte lipstick formula I've ever tried—it's matte without looking flat, and it's incredibly comfortable on the lips. If you buy one nude lipstick this year, it should be Pillow Talk. Trust me. I ordered it about a nanosecond after I got the email, and I haven't looked back!

Here's a basic, light look I came up with featuring these two products.

Eyes:

I brushed the light pink all over my lid, from lash line to brow bone. Then I patted the champagne all over my lid and blended the light brown into my crease. I applied some black eyeliner and mascara, and then softened the black line with a bit more of the light brown shade.

Base:

I warmed up my cheekbones, jawline, and hairline with the bronzer, and applied the highlighter to the high points of my face. Then I swept the lighter peach blush shade up my cheekbone, and "popped" the darker shade on the apples of my cheeks.

Lips:

I finished with a slick of Pillow Talk on the lips—no liner or gloss.

What do you think? Will you be giving the Instant Looks in a Palette a try?

Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

A Lip Look I Love Featuring Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Valentine

Products in my new favourite lip look: Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Valentine, Marc Jacobs' (Pout)Liner Longwear Lip Pencil in (Prim)Rose, and Marc Jacobs' Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Pink Steam.

Do you ever try a lipstick on its own and think. "Mmmmm," but then pair it with the perfect liner and gloss and think "WOW"? Welcome to my experience with Charlotte Tilbury's new K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Valentine, a rose petal shade named by Charlotte's Instagram users.

I've been warming up to the classy, sophisticated look of nude lip colours lately. My preferences run cool-toned—I almost always prefer a pink over a peach. Valentine is an exception, though, and when I use the right liner and gloss to coax it to be a wee bit pinker, I LOVE it. This is one of my new favourite lip combinations, and, of course, I sported it on Valentine's Day earlier this week.

Here's the breakdown:

1) Marc Jacobs Beauty's (Pout)liner Longwear Lip Pencil in (Prim)rose ($30)

If you haven't tried Marc Jacobs' (Pout)liner, you really need to. In terms of formula, it absolutely rivals the legendary Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat. It's soft and smooth—almost gel-like. It's also not at all drying like some lip liners, and it defines the lips beautifully. Sephora.ca describes (Prim)rose as cocoa spice, but I'd describe it as a brownish dusty rose. Colour-wise, it's very similar to Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk, but ever so slightly cooler and darker. For me, the packaging is what pushes (Pout)liner over the edge: It's twist-up, meaning I never waste any product in the sharpener. I'm not a fan of twist-up liners for the eyes because I like working with a sharp tip. With lip liners, though, the rounded tip of a twist-up lip liner is just about perfect.

2) Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Valentine ($39)

Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick is in my top three favourite lipstick formulas of all time. It's so comfortable, so pigmented, and so beautiful. Whenever she comes out with a new shade, I'm interested. Period. Valentine, a warm, pink rose petal, was no exception. When Wayne Goss said he liked Valentine even better than Pillow Talk, I was sold.

3) Marc Jacobs' Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Pink Steam ($35)

It took me a long time to come around to this product because $35 for a lip gloss just seems so ridiculous. I waited and picked Marc Jacobs' Pink Steam, an iridescent lavender, up during a VIB sale, and even with the discount, the price tag hurt. But let me tell you—it's worth it. The formula is thick, but not too thick or sticky, it has a beautiful sparkle and shine, and it's gorgeous. It also smells yummy without being overpowering. I love it on its own or layered over a number of my favourite lipsticks.

Here are some swatches:

Left to right: Pink Steam, (Prim)rose, and Valentine.

And here's the look!

What did you think? It's lighter than I usually go for, but I loved it.

Have you tried Valentine or any other lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury? Did you come up with any great looks for Valentine's Day? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in the Pinks: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever Artist Acylip in 201, 200 and 202.

Is there a popular makeup brand out there that hasn't released a liquid lipstick line in the last year? They're definitely the current hot thing—and generally, I don't get it. I like the look of matte lips as much as the next person, but I don't like the hyper-dryness of most liquid lipsticks. I also find them more work to apply than I would like, so I tend to prefer regular old lipstick in the bullet.

Make Up For Ever's new Artist Acrylip formula is a great product for makeup mavens like me who don't appreciate the dryness of typical liquid lipsticks. The formula is definitely liquid, but it doesn't set to a dry, ultra-matte finish. It also don't last quite as long as a typical liquid lipstick, but that's a fair trade-off for me. It does leave behind a nice stain.

The downside of Acrylip for me is the applicator. It's a round sponge-tip that doesn't provide the precision I want given the consistency of the product—it's easy to over-apply. I recommend a brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Acylip in 200, a light, milky candy-pink.

The formula itself is probably one of the most pigmented I've ever tried. It really does remind me of acrylic paint, as per the product name. A little goes a LONG way!

I have three shades of Artist Acrylip to show you: 201, Fuchsia Pink, 200, Candy Pink, and 202, Coral Pink.

Artist Acrylip 201, a loud, bright fuchsia, is my happy place. You can apply a thin layer with a lip brush for a stained look, or you can layer it for more of a pop, like I did above.

My face in this photo pretty well sums up how I feel about Artist Acrylip 200, Candy Pink. It's very pretty, but the milky shade looks comical on my skin tone! I found it applied a little streaky compared to the other colours—I needed to build it up to full opacity. I think that's fairly normal for such light colours, though.

Acrylip 202, which I'd describe as a deep, deep coral, surprised me. I normally don't go for orange, but this grew on me. Even my husband, who doesn't often comment specifically on my makeup, thought this colour was lovely. I might just wear it to the movies tonight!

If you're interested in a liquid lipstick that doesn't make your lips dry and crumbly, and that isn't fully matte, definitely give Artist Acrylip a try. As usual, Make Up For Ever doesn't disappoint. You can find these at Sephora for $29.

Are you part of the liquid lipstick fan club? What do you like about them? Are you interested in giving these a try? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.