As soon as I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was coming out with matte lipsticks, I wrote it down my wants list even when I didn’t know which shades would be in the collection.
Initially, I wanted to get Glastonberry. But I already own enough plum-berry lipsticks so I bought Bond Girl instead — which, to be honest, I kind of regret.
Bond Girl has one of the more unique matte lipstick formulas I tried. There doesn’t seem to be any other matte lipstick line quite like it. Most people describe it as creamy but I’m not sure if that’s the spot-on word to describe it. That said, if creamy means that the lipstick doesn’t tug, well then, it is creamy.
Most non-tuggy creamy matte lipsticks usually feel silicone-y. Bond Girl doesn’t have a silicone-feel which is surprising because it doesn’t feel waxy or oily either. As I said, it’s unique. Maybe the oils, waxes, and silicone in it are so perfectly balanced that none of them is overpowering the others.
One layer feels lightweight and comfortable but it doesn’t have the level of pigmentation that I prefer in my matte lipsticks. Here’s one layer on my lips. It looks like a stain that a matte red lipstick would leave after eating. You can see my lips underneath.
I would describe Bond Girl as a muted medium brown/cinnamon red. In the Charlotte Tilbury website, it is described as —
“a chic natural berry for sultry and alluring beauties from Halle Berry and Barbara Bach to Olga Kurylenko.”
I can’t see the berry, though.
I’m not sure if it’s just how the color registers against my skin tone, but I feel underwhelmed. I was expecting a color that is more like that on the untouched part of the lipstick bullet (see photo below) — a little bit deeper, and slightly more vibrant.
I guess this is better suited for those who are currently into the 90’s brown/ brown-red lip that’s on trend right now. I can also see this type of color being more appreciated by those who want to ease into red lipsticks.
On me, it’s more of a safe color to wear when I don’t want to look pale.
Bond Girl can be built to full opacity, but since the color is muted, it wouldn’t look significantly different from the lip swatches above. But I noticed that the more I layer it on, the fuller my lips look without adding shine (in a good way!).
You can literally apply as many layers as you like to make your lips look plumper. It’s hard to describe, but watch Lisa Eldridge’s Marilyn Monroe Makeup tutorial to understand what I mean. In the video, she layered gloss and lipstick alternately (and several times) on the model’s lips. The actual volume of the packed-on lip product made the lips look volumized (literally).
Anyway, I can still see myself trying out other shades. I feel like this type of matte lip formula would be awesome for lighter shades because it doesn’t settle between creases or emphasize the cracks. I might try Very Victoria, but not soon.
Charlotte Tilbury products are not readily available in the Philippines, but Cult Beauty (my preferred) and Nordstrom offers international shipping.
My pimple is asking to be popped, but I’m letting it be.